U.S.DOT Unveils Automatic Vehicle Safety Recall Notification Service

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jan 27, 2011 in Press Releases

Consumers Can Sign Up for Free Electronic Recall Alerts From NHTSA

Vehicle owners across the nation can be instantly informed of a safety recall under a new automated alert system announced today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters.

The recall alerts can be received via e-mail or RSS-feeds on personal computers, cell phones or PDA devices-automatically and free-of-charge.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 600 vehicle recalls each year. Historically, one in four motorists ignore these recalls when they are announced.

It is extremely important that people are aware of recalls and act quickly to get their vehicles repaired, Secretary Peters said. When it comes down to it, ignoring a recall means ignoring a safety defect that could put you and your family at risk.

Under the new alert system, consumers can elect to receive all vehicle recalls as they are made public, or personalize the alerts to specific vehicles.

David Kelly, acting administrator of NHTSA, noted that the new vehicle recall notification system is an expansion of the agency's consumer safety communications program. Earlier this year, NHTSA also introduced automated recall alerts for child safety seats and tires.

I urge everyone to visit the safercar.gov website and sign up for all three recall alert programs, Kelly said. In these cases, information is not just power, it can save your life and the lives of your family and loved ones.

To start receiving NHTSAs recall alerts, go to www.safercar.gov and select the Email recall notifications option.

*This press release was posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration web site.

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