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Record Recalls in 2015 Spur U.S. DOT Public Awareness Campaign

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jan 27, 2016 in Defective Products

vehicle recall programWith a record number of cars recalled in 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportations National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched the Safe Cars Save Lives campaign, designed to raise public awareness of automobile recalls. In 2015, a record 51 million vehicles in the United States were affected by the nearly 900 recalls issued.

Automobile Owners Encouraged to Check Open Recall List

The Safe Cars Save Lives public awareness campaign aims to encourage automobile owners to check the open recall list a minimum of two times each year. The NHTSA offers a free tool which allows owners to search their vehicle identification number (VIN), which will inform them if their car is affected by an open recall. The campaign also offers a number of safety videos which provide instructions on how to use the lookup tool to search VIN numbers, as well as information on how the recall investigation process works.

Improving Recall Notification

Each year, an average of 25 percent of recalled automobiles go without repair. Once vehicles are recalled, the automobile manufacturers are required to contact owners by mail, but this method may be ineffective, as repair rates are so low. To gather the input of automobile owners, the NHTSA has invited individuals to provide feedback on recall notice methods.

Recall information is also available through the NHTSA's SaferCar mobile app, which is available for Apple and Android devices. The app provides recall information for new automobiles as well as many of the older models which may be affected. The SaferCar app also provides users with instant access to information regarding vehicle safety and crash protection features.

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