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Check for recalls in preparation for Labor Day Travel
By Naitore Djigbenou/Chuck Wolfe
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages every Kentucky vehicle owner to check their recall status ahead of the Labor Day weekend when motorists may be planning a late-summer trip.
Any vehicle owner can learn whether they have an open recall by visiting CheckToProtect.org and entering their license plate or their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN. The VIN can be found on the driver's side dash, inside the driver's door, on your registration documents or on your insurance card. Another option for vehicle owners is to text "RECALL" to 99724 - or, for Spanish speakers, text "REVISA" to 99724 - and snap a picture of the license plate when prompted.
In the United States, over 50 million vehicles have unrepaired safety recalls and many of those recalls involve defective parts that can pose life-threatening risks to drivers or passengers. In Kentucky, 22.3% of vehicles on the road today have unrepaired safety recalls. All can be repaired for free at local dealers.
Led by the National Safety Council (NSC), the Check To Protect campaign encourages all vehicle owners to proactively check their recall status and, if necessary, schedule a free repair as soon as possible.
"What you don't know can hurt you," said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. "Vehicles transport the most precious cargo - people - and doing a quick search to see if your vehicle has an open recall can help keep you and others on the roadway safe. Those with an open recall can schedule a free repair and have the peace of mind behind the wheel."
"Now is the time of year when more Kentuckians will be driving, so it's important to make sure the vehicle you're driving is safe," said Mark Chung, vice president, roadway practice at NSC. "We encourage everyone to take two minutes this week to check their vehicles for recalls. You won't know if you and your loved ones are at risk until you check."
All recalls are free to have repaired at authorized dealers, regardless of whether you purchased your vehicle from the dealer or take it there for regular service. For more information on safety recalls, visit CheckToProtect.org.
This story was posted on 2021-09-03 12:58:24
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