U.S. Department of Transportation Releases 2015 Recalls Data and Launches New Public Awareness Campaign Safe Cars Save Lives

New Campaign Urges Consumers to Check For Open Recalls At Least Twice A Year
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Mark Rosekind, NHTSA Administrator

(Washington, DC, Thursday, January 21, 2016) - The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today launched a new public awareness campaign called Safe Cars Save Lives that urges consumers to check for open recalls at least twice a year and to get their vehicles fixed as soon as parts are available. Last year, there were nearly 900 recalls that included approximately 51 million vehicles nationwide.  

This announcement builds on NHTSA’s current efforts to provide consumers with information to help them make informed decisions, including the vehicle identification number (VIN) Look-up Tool and mobile apps which provide on-the-spot information on crash protection features, advanced safety features, and recalls on new vehicles and many older models.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind explains this new campaign.

SOUNDBITE #1

IN TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN THERE WERE CLOSE TO NINE HUNDRED RECALLS AFFECTING FIFTY ONE MILLION VEHICLES. UNFORTUNATELY, IN THE BEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, NEARLY TWENTY FIVE PERCENT OF VEHICLE OWNERS NEVER BRING THEIR CAR IN TO HAVE THEIR RECALL ADDRESSED. WE NEED TO DECREASE THAT PERCENTAGE, BECAUSE THOSE DEFECTS CAN COST LIVES.

SOUNDBITE #2

A RECALL MEANS THAT YOUR VEHICLE’S MANUFACTURER OR NHTSA HAVE DETERMINED THAT THERE IS A DEFECT IN YOUR VEHICLE THAT REPRESENTS A RISK TO YOUR SAFETY, OR THAT THE VEHICLE DOESN’T MEET BASIC FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS THAT ALL VEHICLES SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES MUST MEET. THAT COULD BE A DEFECT THAT CAUSES YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF THE CAR; A DEFECT THAT CAUSES SAFETY FEATURES SUCH AS AIR BAGS OR SEAT BELTS TO FAIL THEIR JOB OF PROTECTING YOU; OR A VIOLATION OF THE STANDARDS FOR HOW WELL YOUR VEHICLE SHOULD PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN A CRASH. THESE ARE NOT PROBLEMS TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY – THEY THREATEN YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE IN YOUR VEHICLE, AND EVEN THOSE ON THE ROADS BESIDE YOU.

For more information, visit http://www.safercar.gov/checkforrecalls.

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