How do I know if my car has been recalled?
The number of car recalls for repairs in the United States since 2014 stands at almost 100 million. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates almost 74.2 million recalls occurred in 2014. Recall industry experts estimate almost 25 million recalls for 2015. Two highly publicized recalls, Takata air bags and GM's ignition switches, boosted the number of recalls.
According to a leading report, there are roughly 254.7 million cars and trucks operating on the roads in the U.S. today. Safety is a concern because drivers often fail to bring recalled cars for repairs; one estimate is that almost 60 million vehicles with a recall are not repaired. Many vehicles have multiple recalls listed, so the actual number of vehicles affected is not readily available.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov) offers a search feature that allows you to look up recall information using a car's vehicle identification number (VIN). The tool provides information about safety recalls conducted over the last 15 years by most manufacturers, including safety recalls that are incomplete on a vehicle. Recently announced recalls (such as the expanded Takata air bag recall) may not appear right away because it takes time for automakers to collect VINs associated with a recall.
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