What would you do if you were driving down a busy freeway and your car door flew open?
It’s not a make-believe scenario, but a real problem that has led to a number of recent vehicle recalls from both Ford and BMW. Current recalls also include software glitches in Chrysler pickups, faulty seat belts across a variety of Hyundai models, and fire risks in late-model Ford Escapes, Fiestas, Fusions, and Transit Connect models.
As safety recalls rise, it’s scary to think: One out of every six vehicles subject to such safety recalls goes unrepaired, reports J.D. Power and Associates. That’s about 63 million vehicles.
Safety is one of the top reasons buyers select a particular vehicle model. Some drivers end up ignoring recalls, however, which could lead to their “safe” vehicle being, well, the opposite. They may think that the longer they drive a car, the safer it is. Or, the rise in recalls might also have some drivers feeling “recall fatigue.”
Fight back against that fatigue by taking the following four actions. None of them should take more than five minutes, so you won’t get tired. In fact, “taking five” could help you survive!
- Go online. Check whether your car has an open safety recall, especially if you bought it used. SaferCar.gov offers a convenient tool for looking up this information. All you need is your car’s VIN number and an internet connection.
- Download an app. Prefer using your smartphone? You can do just about anything with an app today. Checking recall information is one of them. Available apps include MyCarFax and Recall Alert and Safety News Notification.
- Pick up the phone. If you need some one-on-one help, call the dealership where you purchased or leased your car. They should have recent recall information readily available.
- Become “alert.” Create a Google Alert for the make and model of your car along with the word “recall.” When relevant information is published online, you’ll automatically receive a notice. You can also sign up for alerts at SaferCar.gov.
Taking five minutes to take action against open safety recalls is one of the best ways to make sure you stay safe and your car stays in tip-top shape. Once you’re in-the-know, you can get the recall fixed and get back on the road. Remember, it’s free to have a safety recall repaired. All you have to do set aside time in your schedule.
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