NEW ONLINE SEARCH TOOL ALLOWS CONSUMERS TO DISCOVER SAFETY RECALLS ON VEHICLES

Posted September 30th, 2014 by admin and filed in Automotive News, Safety

NHTSA_KWhat if your vehicle was recalled and you were never made aware? Millions of vehicles in the United States are recalled every year due to a variety of safety issues, ranging from minor to more critical. Of that, one in every seven U.S. cars have been recalled but not repaired. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has unveiled their solution to informing the public of any defects or safety concerns to a person’s vehicle.

Through the organization’s website, NHTSA has released a new tool designed to allow consumers to input their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into an online search tool. Results will appear if a consumer has an open recall. If there are none, owners will see “No Open Recalls” displayed. This is a great tool to use when considering purchasing a used car, searching for recalls that may not be covered in the news, or for an overall piece of mind for you and your loved ones.

What is the cost of the tool?

The tool is completely FREE of charge and quick and easy to use.

Where is my Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located? 

Your VIN # can be found directly on your car near the driver’s side. Look for it on the dashboard of the vehicle or on the side door on the door post where the door latches when it is closed.

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Where can I locate this FREE tool?

The new tool is available on www.safercar.gov/vinlookup

At Terry Wynter Auto Service, we are thrilled by the initiatives NHTSA has unveiled in attempt to aid in avoidable safety issues. While a potential recall on your vehicle requires a visit to the dealership, Terry Wynter Auto Service Center is qualified both in training and equipment to handle all vehicle maintenance and non-warranty repair. Schedule an appointment with us today and let us help ease your mind of any safety concerns! www.terrywynterauto.com

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Pedestrian Right of Way Tips

To date, our blog topics have dealt with specifically your vehicle. This week’s offering is a start to different driving-related safety messages designed to increase your awareness when driving and improve overall safety for you and those in or around your vehicle when you are driving.

Have you ever heard the statement, “they seem as though they are in a world of their own…?” In today’s world there are plenty of distractions. Cell phones, iPods and PDA’s seem to have extended themselves from convenience items to essentials for life. Unfortunately, they are some of the most distracting items for drivers and pedestrians alike. With all these distractions, many motorists seem to be unaware or forget that pedestrians DO HAVE the right of way in a crosswalk, marked or unmarked. 

As drivers, we must always be alert. If you see a pedestrian in a crosswalk, or waiting to cross the street at a cross walk, you MUST yield the right of way. Unlike video games, you do not get points for running down a pedestrian. But most important is that life does not come with a reset button, although sometimes I wish it did. 

Two things you should always remember behind the wheel are:

  • STAY ALERT and BE SITUATIONALLY AWARE
  • OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS

The Terry Wynter Service Team wants you to remain aware while driving and look for pedestrians. We value more than your business. We value you, our customer. Stay safe!

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