New car safety app aims to curb unfixed recalls

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CHICAGO -- It would seem auto recalls are grabbing headlines so often it's hard to keep them straight.

But drivers can't afford to tune them out.

There are 47 million vehicles on the road right now in the U.S. that have unfixed recalls. Two million of them are in Illinois.

If you’re wondering if you are a guilty party, maybe rolling the dice every time you start your car, there's one way to find out.

A massive air bag recall at Takata.  GM's faulty ignition switches. Toyota's billion-dollar settlement to handle sticky accelerators. Did you get a notice in the mail? Ever wonder if your car was affected? These days, drivers are having trouble keeping the recalls straight. Are drivers lazy or just confused? Right now 1 in 5 vehicles are operating with an unfixed recall.

Chris Basso from mycarfax.com is helping with this mobile app that tracks the maintenance work on your vehicle and, yes, alerts you to recalls on your vehicle. Time for a tire rotation or oil change? No problem. A text or email will let you know when it's time.

The app reads your license plate number and the state it's registered to in order to retrieve your car's maintenance and recall report. It's tied into your vin#. In a matter of seconds it can remind you of what you've done -- or what you still need to do.

The app not only clarifies your recall status, it details the exact problem - airbags, seatbelts, whatever. It also can suggest places to get it fixed near you. You can even see if the parts are in stock.

So who are the worst offenders nationally? The busiest, of course: 1 in 4 minivan owners have outstanding recalls.

What do you do if you have one? You call your dealer. The fix is generally free. And so is the app.

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