Imagine you’re on a family road trip when suddenly the rear door flies open. Or you’re cruising along a windy road when the steering wheel falls off in your hands. Or maybe your car just bursts into flames.

If these sound like nightmare scenarios, you’re right. They’re also things that could happen if your car is among the millions of recalled vehicles that still haven’t been fixed.

  • 108,000 2018 to 2019 Honda Odyssey minivans have been recalled over an issue that could cause the sliding door to open while the call is moving, reports
  • 3 million 2014 to 2018 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs were recalled over an issue that could cause the steering wheel to fall off, reports Ars Technica.
  • 6 million 2010 to 2017 BMWs are being recalled over an issue that could result in a fire, reports USA Today.

These are just a few examples. There are many more recalls – some over relatively minor issues and some over serious dangers – that have been announced.

Millions of recalled vehicles are still on the road.

According to the NHTSA, 813 new vehicle safety recalls occurred in 2017, affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States alone. About 25 percent of those vehicles were never fixed. As a result, millions of potentially dangerous cars are still on the road – and that’s just from one year.

If an official recall is declared, the car manufacturer will cover the cost of the repairs. This means that there’s absolutely no reason for people not to get their recalled vehicles fixed.

Unfortunately, many people may not realize that there’s a recall for their car. As a result, they could be putting their lives in danger, along with the lives of their family and anyone else who happens to be on the road with them.

Check your car now.

The NHTSA recommends checking your vehicle for recalls twice a year, when Daylight Saving Time ends and when it begins. If you haven’t checked your car recently, go ahead and do it now. You can do this in three easy steps.

  1. Get your car’s 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You can probably find this on your important documents, like your insurance card and your proof of registration. Otherwise, look on the lower left side of your windshield.
  2. Enter the VIN at the NHTSA recall website.
  3. If your car has been recalled, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer or your local dealership to get the issue addressed. This will be done for free.

You can also sign up for the NHTSA’s Recall Notification Email System.

Don’t waste any time. The sooner you get any problems fixed, the safer you and your family will be.