7 ON YOUR SIDE: New effort underway to help remove recalled vehicles off roadways

7 ON YOUR SIDE: New effort underway to help remove recalled vehicles off roadways. (ABC7)

A 7 ON YOUR SIDE Consumer Alert.

A new effort is underway to help inform drivers when a vehicle in under a recall and speed up the process of removing those with immediate repairs from roadways.

The I-Team has been heavily involved in making sure consumers know about the latest recalls and the new push is asking car owners to be responsible. More than one in four vehicles have unresolved safety recalls.

Vehicle fatalities are rising at a pace that hasn't been seen in 50 years and older vehicles with recalls -- that are not receiving repairs-- is the biggest issue. In fact, only 44 percent are receiving repairs.

"Check To Protect" a National campaign is being launched. The National Safety Council and Fiat-Chrysler wants you to retrieve your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) number and go online to see if you have a recall.

To find a VIN number, look on the lower left of your car's windshield for a 17-character number. Your VIN is also located on your car's registration card and it may be shown on your insurance card.

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman says, “In particular audiences that own these older vehicles... they may not be the original owner. We want them to understand those recall fixes are free as charge to them as well."

Click here to use a VIN number to locate the latest recall.

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