The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just issued a press release reminding motorists to check for recalls on their vehicles during the daylight savings time change. On Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 a.m., daylight savings begins. This means we will lose an hour of sleep. We will gain an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings though.
At this time, officials with the NHTSA are urging motorists to check their vehicles for recalls twice a year. The easiest way to remember when to check for recalls is to associate it with the time change. Don’t count on getting a post card. Actively check for recalls on your vehicle in the spring and fall.
How to Check for Recalls on Your Vehicle
The NHTSA has a really easy search tool, so you can check your vehicle’s recall status swiftly and efficiently. It only takes a few minutes, and it will let you know if your vehicle is in need of a potentially life-saving repair. All you need to do is find the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on your car and type it into the search tool. If your vehicle has any recall notices listed, contact your local dealership to schedule a free repair as soon as possible.
Check your Car For a Recall
- Locate the VIN. This is a 17-character code that’s on a label inside of your driver’s side doorjamb. You can also find it while standing outside of the vehicle and looking near the driver’s side door, where the windshield meets the dashboard. The VIN is stamped under the glass there. Write it down or take a picture of it with your phone.
- Punch the VIN into the NHTSA’s recall search tool. This search function will tell you if there is an open safety recall on your vehicle. You can also sign up for email alerts.
- If your car is under recall, follow the steps located on the recall notice. In most cases, you will need to contact your local dealership for a free repair.
Dangerous and Defective Auto Parts
According to the NHTSA, in 2018, there were over 900 recalls impacting over 33.5 million vehicles across the nation. Unfortunately, only about 75 percent of recalled vehicles in a given year are ever fixed. If you think a defective auto part caused your injury accident, contact the skilled team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.