Thanks to a variety of efforts, the rates of vehicle-related injuries are dropping. And although removing distractions, routine maintenance, and defensive driving are important for safe travels, let’s not forget the easiest of all: vehicle recalls. Bankers Insurance values your safety and wants to ensure you are aware of a free vehicle recall lookup tool that will determine whether your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.
Owners should periodically look up whether an open recall exists for their vehicle(s). It is also a good idea to check for recalls before you purchase a used auto. Currently, it is estimated that 63,000,000 cars with open recalls are driving on U.S. roads.
Why are recalls issued?
Recalls are due to safety problems that may cause an accident or injure the occupants of the vehicle. They are issued when the auto manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines an automobile does not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, or simply contains a safety-related defect.
IT IS ESTIMATED OVER 63,000,000 CARS WITH OPEN RECALLS ARE ON U.S. ROADS.”
One example is the recent Takata airbag recall, a critical safety issue which affects millions of vehicles all across the U.S. This recall is due to the airbag’s potential to injure vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel when the airbag deploys. To give you an idea of the scope of all recalls, in 2017 alone over 28,000,000 were issued by auto manufacturers.
Vehicle Recall Lookup Tool
The NHTSA’s recall tool makes it easy to determine if your vehicle contains an open recall. Simply type in your 17 digit VIN into the vehicle recall lookup tool and it will display if a recall exists. However, searching by VIN will not display closed (fixed) recalls, nor recalls performed by the manufacturer for non-safety issues. To see a list of all recalls reported to NHTSA, search by year and model number in the vehicle recall lookup instead.
Bankers Insurance values your business. Not only do we offer auto insurance, but also home insurance, personal umbrella insurance, boat insurance, and all others. If you have any questions and are one of our clients, contact your agent. Don’t have their information handy? Look it up in your Client Service Portal. If you aren’t one of our clients, visit our personal insurance page to request a comparative quote or contact us.
Most of all, enjoy the road, but drive safely.