Mary Alice Reporting – Those who own a vehicle are asked to check for any active recalls as over 50 million automobiles are on the roadways with unrepaired safety recalls.

The data from CARFAX highlights the need to take proactive steps as these open recalls create a serious risk to the driver, passengers, and potentially other motorists.

Tom Musick with the National Safety Council notes that almost 1 in 5 vehicles on the road have an unrepaired recall.

“So 19% of vehicles, overall in Ohio, have unrepaired recalls. If we look at specifically at the Cleveland area it’s at 18% and we know that Ohio has the sixth highest number of recalled vehicles in the country.”

Specific vehicles can be checked for a recall online at www.ChecktoProtect.org and that model’s vehicle identification number (VIN) will need to be entered.

“Every recall is free to have repaired. Free for the vehicle owner. Whatever make your vehicle is, you can call that dealership, it doesn’t have to be the dealership where you purchased the car, just any dealership of that make, you schedule that for your repair.”

Musick adds that some dealership mechanics might offer other repair recommendations that would cost money but that would be up to the individual owner.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles launched a recall safety notice program in January 2020 that prints recall information on registration renewal notices that are sent in the mail.

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