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Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Automatic Vehicle Safety Recall Notification Service Debuts
Recently, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced that under a new automated alert system, vehicle owners across the nation could be instantly informed of a safety recall. 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.
Each year, there are about 600 vehicle recalls, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. When they are announced, one in four motorists ignore these recalls.
"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."
Motorists can choose to receive all vehicle recalls, as they are made public, or personalize the alerts to specific vehicles.
Acting administrator of NHTSA David Kelly pointed out that the new vehicle recall notification system is an expansion of the agency's consumer safety communications program. The NHTSA also introduced automated recall alerts for child safety seats and tires earlier this year.
"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 begin receiving NHTSA's recall alerts, go to www.safercar.gov and choose the "Email recall notifications" option.
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