National Safety Council launches ‘Check to Protect’ campaign as Texas ranks second in recall vehicles – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
In an announcement released Thursday, the National Safety Council (NSC) wants Texas drivers to know that keeping their vehicle safe is as easy as the click of a button.
According to CARFAX, about one in five cars last year were on the road with open safety recalls that could have resulted in injury or even death.
Texas has about 5.3 million vehicles with open safety recalls, making it the state with the second-highest number.
In addition, Texas also has the highest number of unsafe Takata airbags recalled.
Safety officials say the airbags, made by major parts supplier Takata, have been installed in cars mostly from model years 2002 to 2015.
In 2021, the airbag maker performed what was known as “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” including vehicles made by Toyota, Volvo and Ford.
The 2021 recall attracted media attention after more than 25 people were killed as a result of airbag malfunctions.
NSC created the Verify to protect campaign to encourage vehicle safety by encouraging drivers to check their status regularly.
To kick off the campaign, the NSC marked March 7-13 as Vehicle Safety Recall Week.
The organization also reminds drivers that recall repairs are free and could save lives and prevent injuries.
“Preparing your vehicle before you depart for your destination is an essential part of safety,” said Lonny Haschel, senior mobility safety program manager at NSC. “Checking for open safety recalls is important and easy to do.”
To learn more and find out if your vehicle is under an open recall, visit CheckToProtect.org or text “RECALL” to 99724.