Car happen far more often than you may realize, and the truth is, your car may be part of one at any moment. Whether you purchased a car new or used, owned it for months or years, open recalls happen all the time — and you’re entitled to a repair for your car, truck or SUV. Automakers are required by law to send out recall alerts to owners, including via mail, email and sometimes over the phone, but these notices can be pretty easy to miss. Thankfully, keeping tabs on open recalls is actually a very simple process.
If you’re wondering if your vehicle is part of a recall, read on to follow the simple steps to check.
1. Locate your VIN
Your unique 17-character vehicle identification number, or VIN, can be found in a number of places on your vehicle. Think of it like your