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.

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.

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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?