3 Easy Ways to Stay Informed About Vehicle Recalls

Posted by Safeco September 24, 2015
Stay Informed About Vehicle Recalls

Get the Safety Recall Notices You Need

Ignition switches that cut off power to moving vehicles. Airbags that inflate with too much force. Gas pedals prone to sudden acceleration.

When a major vehicle recall hits the news, it may leave you wondering if your own car or truck has any recalls you may have overlooked. It’s certainly not uncommon for a recall notice (car manufacturers send them by mail) to go unnoticed sitting in a junk mail pile or thrown out with the recycling. And that puts you and your loved ones at risk.

While some vehicle recalls address minor issues, others have serious consequences if left unrepaired. It’s important to take each one seriously and to take your car in for service as soon as possible. But, first things first, you have to know when a recall is issued.

To that end, here are three easy ways to stay informed about vehicle recalls:

  1. Check for Safety Recalls Online Using Your VIN
    Enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) at Safercar.gov/vinlookup to search for recalls on a vehicle you own or are considering purchasing. You can typically locate your VIN in the lower left of your car’s windshield as you’re sitting in the driver’s seat or possibly along the interior edge of the driver’s door.
  2. Register Your Car With the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Receive email or mobile alerts when you register your vehicle(s) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Either sign up for recall notices by email or download the Safercar app on your mobile device.
  3. Choose a Car Insurance Carrier That Provides Recall Notices
    When you switch car insurance carriers, be sure to ask about recall notices. Safeco Insurance® sends recall notices, when detected, by email, and there’s no additional cost for the service. If you’re already a Safeco customer, be sure to keep your contact information up to date with your local insurance agent to receive these notices.

Recall notices by mail? They’re just too easy to miss. Instead, rely on one or more of the above resources to keep you up to date when your car’s out of date.

Remember, car manufacturers pay for recall repairs, so there’s no cost to you other than the gas it takes to get to the repair shop. If a shop tries to charge you for a recall repair, you’re in the wrong place. Check your recall notice and schedule a service visit at an appointed shop.


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