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App helps you find out if your car's been recalled

My Car Fax (WBMA)

A record number of you will be hitting the road in the next few days for the July 4th holiday.

But, just how safe is your car to make that trip?

There are 57 million cars on the road, all across the country, that have been recalled but not repaired.

And more than a million of them are right here in Alabama.

That’s according to Carfax. That’s the company that has the vehicle history on every car built since 1981.

Carfax has a free app called MYCARFAX.

It’ll tell you if your car needs to be fixed for a safety recall.

We put it to the test. And many drivers, like Keith Frazier, were shocked.

“Did you know that your car had been recalled?.” I asked. “No, honestly, I had no idea. It’s new to me, honestly. I had no idea,” said Frazier.

All I did was enter the license plate number for Frazier’s car into the MYCARFAX App. In an instant, we found out that his 2007 Toyota Camry LE had been recalled for a problem with the power window master switch assembly.

"It says if the switch overheats, it can melt—and possibly result in a fire. How do you feel about that? Well, I have a daughter. If anything, her safety is everybody’s concern,” Frazier said.

Using the app, we found several car owners at this gas station that had open safety recalls that had never been fixed.

This 2013 Nissan Altima has a problem with the hood latch. The hood could open while the owner drives it—obscuring her vision and increasing the risk of a crash.

This 2007 Ford Freestar is being recalled because of a problem with the third-row seat. The seat could become unlatched—increasing the risk of an injury in a crash.

If a car’s been recalled, manufacturers mail out notices to the owners. But that notification process can be challenging for owners of used cars—especially if the driver doesn’t visit a dealer for maintenance.

Chris Basso is the public relations manager for Carfax.

“The manufacturer may not have the current owner on file. You may move and not get a notification. You may have recently purchased the car and not get a notification,” Basso said.

“You need to take your car to a Toyota dealership and they’ll fix it for free. So, are you going to do that?” I asked Keith Frazier “Of course, of course. As quick as possible as soon as possible.” Frazier said.

Alabama ranks seventh in the country for having the most cars on the road with open recalls.

So, you can download the app. Or, you can visit safercar.gov to see if your car has been recalled.

Be sure to get your car fixed. Take it to the dealer. The repairs are free.

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