The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds us that the annual time change this weekend is also the time to check your vehicle for safety recalls.

This Sunday, March 8, as you turn the clocks forward and change smoke detector batteries, NHTSA is asking you to check your vehicle for safety recalls.Don’t risk your safety, that of your loved ones, or others on the road by failing to address any open vehicle safety recall.

Taking a few minutes maintaining the family car can help keep everyone safe on the road. Remember: “Safe Cars Save Lives.”

Do not assume you will be notified of a recall by the OEM directly.  If your vehicle is new and you are the original owner, you will likely get notices as they are issued.  BUT, if you have moved around a lot or you are the second or third owner, you may never get a recall notice from an OEM.

Take the initiative yourself as you set your clocks forward this weekend – following these very easy steps from NHTSA to protect yourself and your family:

Check for Recalls:

Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter your 17-character VIN in the VIN Lookup Tool. In seconds, you’ll know if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.  Recalls can occur throughout the life-cycle of your vehicle.  There may be one out there from months ago to just last week.

Get Alerted:

Better yet, learn about recalls as soon as they are announced.  Sign up for Recall Alerts. If your vehicle is included in a future safety recall, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know as soon as it is published.

Get It Fixed. 

Every recall is fixed for free.  Do not delay and put you and your family at risk. Contact your local dealership to schedule the repair right away.

What if No Recall?

If you think your vehicle may have a safety-related defect that isn’t part of a current recall, contact NHTSA.

Even a single complaint is enough to initiate a recall. Contact NHTSA online or by calling the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Stay safe by checking for safety recalls, getting any open recalls fixed and encouraging your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. For more information visit NHTSA.gov/recalls.

Notice provided by NHTSA