A Call to Action on Road Safety — #CheckforRecalls this Sunday
By Nadia Anderson, Public Policy, Road and Traffic Safety
This Sunday, March 11th, when you’re moving your clocks an hour forward for daylight saving time, take the time to also #CheckforRecalls. Uber is proud to join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind everyone to check their vehicles for open recalls to help ensure you’re keeping your family — and others on the road — safe.
In 2016 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a total of 927 recalls, impacting upwards of 53 million vehicles in the U.S. Not only does this number sound alarming, it represents the third year in a row where more than 50 million cars on the road were flagged by the safety agency for attention. This is a good portion of all cars on the road, and as we know has a direct impact on road safety.
Studies show that for a variety of reasons, approximately 25 percent of vehicle owners never take their cars in for the free repair when there is a recall affecting their vehicle. And that consumers often do their own risk assessments and decide if the recall actually warrants attention. The data also shows that completion rates vary based on the vehicle’s age, with defects in older vehicles being less likely to be addressed. Not taking action on recalls could lead to vehicles with dangerous parts being on the road — making the roads less safe for everyone that uses them.
Uber wants the help change this and is proud to once again join NHTSA’s bi-annual campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of checking for recalls and taking action. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the steps below can help you prevent a breakdown or crash.
To help you stay safe and informed, NHTSA suggests all drivers to do the following:
- Visit NHTSA.gov to find out if your car or truck is under recall. Search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
- If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free repair. Don’t forget that recalled vehicles are repaired for free!
- Sign up at NHTSA.gov/Alerts to be notified by email if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.
- Get answers to frequently asked questions at NHTSA.gov/recall-spotlight/.
Uber is proud to join NHTSA in their bi-annual #CheckForRecalls campaign. Use NHTSA’s VIN search tool, and if your vehicle has an open recall, take the necessary steps to get it fixed.