Is Your Car or Truck Being Recalled?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is generally thought of as that organization that promulgates safety-related regulations like having seat belts, airbags, ABS, EPS, and soon back-up cameras as part and parcel of every car.
And NHTSA is also the federal arm that recalls vehicles when the automakers just don’t seem to have gotten around to it.
But in the post-Toyota, post-GM, post-VW recall-related situations, it seems as though automotive OEMs are making recalls at the drop of the proverbial hat.
That said, NHTSA has come out with a public service campaign that urges drivers to stay on top of recalls.
They are recommending that people “Take 5 Minutes for Safety.”
NHTSA says that first of all, drivers need to determine what their VIN numbers are (which can be found on a metal stamped strip on top of the dashboard near the windshield, or, more readily read, on insurance or registration documents).
Then, VIN in hand, the driver should check safercar.gov/checkforrecalls to discover whether there’s been a recall.
Finally, if there is one, to go to a dealer to get whatever fixed.
NHTSA recommends that people check safercars.gov/checkforrecalls at least twice a year.
Which is somewhat sad. Also sad is that in 2015 there were some 51.3-million vehicles recalled in the U.S.
Wouldn’t it be better if quality were such that it was necessary to check whether one’s vehicle was on a recall list only once in a blue moon?
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