For most people, the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday means gaining an extra hour of sleep, and maybe a reminder to change smoke detector batteries. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages you to add a new tradition to your safety essentials list when falling back and springing forward: Checking for vehicle safety recalls.
Don’t risk your safety, that of your loved ones, or others on the road by failing to address any open vehicle recall. Taking a few minutes maintaining the family car can help keep everyone safe on the road. Remember: “Safe Cars Save Lives.”
Take these steps to protect yourself and your family:
Check for Recalls. Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). In seconds, you’ll know if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.
Get It Fixed. If your vehicle is affected by a recall, contact your dealer to schedule a repair. Every recall is fixed for FREE.
Get Alerted. Sign up for Recall Alerts. If your vehicle is included in a future recall, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know.
If you think your vehicle may have a safety-related defect that isn’t part of a current recall, contact NHTSA. Even a single complaint is enough to trigger a recall. Contact NHTSA online or by calling the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
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