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Oklahoma City—Safe Cars Save Lives: This is the lifesaving message the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is sharing with all vehicle owners. NHTSA and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) urge vehicle owners to check their vehicle for open recalls during Vehicle Safety Recalls Week March 4-10, 2024. The safety week coincides with the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins Sunday, March 10, 2024. In 2022 alone, there were 1,050 safety recalls affecting more than 31 million vehicles and other automotive equipment in the United States.

“Checking for recalls is free, quick, and easy,” said OHSO Director Paul Harris. “During Vehicle Safety Recalls Week in March, we are urging everyone to take a few minutes to check for an open safety recall. Remember that every vehicle recall is important and should be repaired immediately. Your diligence will help keep you and others safe on the roadways.”

Two Ways to Check for Recalls

NHTSA has two ways to check for open safety recalls:

First, drivers can use the free, user-friendly Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Look-Up Tool, located at NHTSA.gov/recalls. This web tool allows vehicle owners to check for open safety recalls on their vehicles or automotive equipment, such as tires and car seats.

By entering their vehicle’s 17-digit VIN into the search bar, the vehicle owner will know if their vehicle is subject to an open safety recall in seconds. While there, vehicle owners can sign up for Recall Alerts. If a vehicle is included in a future recall, they’ll receive an email letting them know. NHTSA’s free web recalls tool will provide details on any unrepaired recall in a vehicle for at least the past 15 calendar years. It will also provide details on unrepaired safety recalls from major automakers, motorcycle manufacturers, and some medium/heavy truck manufacturers.