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Roadside Chat - Does your vehicle have a recall? Check today

03/11/2022

3-11 recallsWhether you just drove your new vehicle off the lot or your car has been in the family for a long time, regularly checking for recalls can keep you safer behind the wheel.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes checking for recalls quick and easy. Simply go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and type in your vehicle identification number (VIN). To find the VIN, look on the lower left of your car's windshield or inside the driver’s door frame for a 17-character combination of numbers and letters. Your VIN is also located on your car's registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card.

 

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Here's a video to help you find your VIN number and what each character represents.

When you type in your VIN number, the site searches a database for recalls issued in the past 15 years for major automakers, motorcycle manufacturers, and some medium/heavy duty truck producers. If your vehicle has a recall, the site will give you information on how to get repairs completed at no cost to you. The site also allows you to download apps for your phone that will alert you of recalls to vehicles you have entered into the recall system.

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Most decisions to conduct a recall and remedy a safety defect are made voluntarily by manufacturers prior to any involvement by NHTSA, but most recalls are registered on the NHTSA site.

So far in 2022, there have been 41 deaths in traffic crashes. That’s an increase of four since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf


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