One in four vehicles on US roads have unrepaired safety recalls, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

To coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Recalls Week in March, the NSC is running the ‘Check To Protect’ campaign, encouraging drivers to check the recall status of their vehicle.

“Whether leaving for an errand or a long road trip, it is a critical part of safety to prepare your vehicle before you depart for your destination,” said Lonny Haschel, senior program manager with the Mobility Safety Impact Program at NSC.

“Start by checking your vehicle for open safety recalls. It is important for the safety of all road users – both inside and outside the vehicle – and is easy to do. NSC encourages every driver to check their vehicle for an open recall and get it repaired for free as soon as possible, so they can drive safely knowing their vehicle is in good-working condition for all involved.”

Drivers can learn if their vehicles have an open recall by visiting All recalls are repaired for free at authorized dealers, regardless of where the vehicle was purchased.