Is there a possibility that your vehicle is subject to a recall but that you ignored the notice to take it in to the dealership? This could mean that you’re facing a higher risk of being hurt if your vehicle breaks down. Even worse, your car may cause a serious accident that injures or kills others. Recalls have become a fact of life in recent years, but the plethora of notices causes some people to ignore them altogether. A safety recall should always prompt you to set up a meeting with the dealership to discuss your options.

Unfortunately, automotive recalls have become increasingly more common in the past several years with more people than ever having to cope with one or more defective parts on their car. While some of these fixes may be minor and may never cause a problem for the vehicle operator, others can be deadly as indicated by some of the recent recalls such as the GM ignition switch situation.

According to a new study conducted by CarFax, there are more than 63 million active vehicles with safety recalls on American roadways today. This is a 34% increase from the 2016 numbers. Reducing the number of open recalls is a primary goal for safety advocates.

When a safety recall occurs, the manufacturer is responsible for notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. From that point on, a notice is sent to vehicle owners informing them that they should take their vehicle to a dealership.

The states that have the most open recalls on vehicles include Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York but California tops the list. Takata airbag recalls are one of the most serious recalls that has impacted victims in recent years. If you wish to determine whether or not there are any active recalls, visit the NHTSA’s website to search your VIN to determine whether or not you need to contact your dealership today.

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