HOUSTON- - Summer travel season is here and the National Safety Council and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles U.S. have launched a new campaign called "Check to Protect."
The campaign encourages drivers to check for and address open recalls on their vehicles. There are currently more than $53 million vehicles on the road with an open recall.
In Houston, the rate of open recalls is even higher, with 31 percent of vehicles having an unfixed recall. The city also saw a 41 percent increase in the rate open recalls since last year.
This is important given the increase amount of traffic fatalities that has happened in 2016.
Texans ranks first in the nation for the highest rate for open recalls.
“Vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “When vehicles are in top form, they reduce critical risks. Unfortunately, too many drivers are complacent when it comes to recalls, or they are unsure whether their car is subject to one. ‘Check To Protect’ should help close that knowledge gap and, by extension, make our roads safer.”
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