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Posted: 4:18 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Easy Way To Stay on Top of Auto Recalls



By Clark Howard

ClarkHoward.com


If you're concerned with auto safety, the government now has a notification e-mail system that will alert you to recalls for your specific make, model, and year of car.

Here's a simple way to learn about auto recalls

There are recalls of cars all the time. Some serious, like braking and steering issues, or sudden acceleration; and others that are just kind of nagging little problems that you'd like to get around to taking care of -- but you never really do!

When a car is recalled for serious safety issues, I've heard that some 35% to 40% of cars are never brought in for the free repair. That's a dangerous game of roulette that you don't want to play.

Without obsessing over it, there's an automatic and easy way for you to know if there's a serious issue with the car you own. SaferCar.gov offers a recall notification email system for free. If a recall happens on your specific car, you'll get an email. Otherwise, they won't bother you.

So log on today and set up a recall alert. Motorcyclists can even enter their make and model of bike or helmet and get alerts.

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