Keeping Up With Vehicle Recalls
Unaddressed Vehicle Recalls on the Rise
As of March 2017, there were over 63 million vehicles with unfixed recalls in the U.S. alone. According to Carfax’s Top 10 Cities for Open Recalls in Each State, 25 percent of the vehicles in Mesa are being driven with open recalls that have not been addressed. Surprisingly, it is family oriented vehicles (vans and SUVS) that make up a great percentage of these vehicle recalls. This means that every day, millions of children are at risk of dying or being injured in recall related collisions that could very well be avoided.
Because of the increased risk of serious accidents related to recalls, it is extremely important for drivers to keep themselves updated on manufacturer recalls and make any repairs quickly. But where should consumers begin?
It’s easy to imagine how a deadly collision could be caused by sticking accelerator pads and snapping axles. This makes it important to stay aware and proactive with repairs. Make sure to keep your information (phone number and address) up to date with your car’s manufacturer. It is the manufacturer and not the individual dealerships that will alert you of a recall.
Also, spend some time reviewing The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s user friendly website as it is a hub of vehicle recall information. Proactive drivers can file safety complaints, read investigative reports, and search for vehicle recalls all in one place. The NHTSA provides a VIN search tool that allows vehicle owners to search for recalls specific to their vehicle as well as a sign-up feature that will send out an email alert in the case of a recall.
We here at Orlando Auto Body are capable of taking care of all of your collision related repairs, we strive to help our customers improve their vehicle safety and avoid collisions altogether. If you are concerned about a specific recall or are involved in a recall related crash, reach out to us at (480) 485-4653.