About one of every four recalled vehicles on U.S. roads right now hasn’t been fixed.

Collectively, hundreds of auto-safety recalls are issued each year, covering everything from drivetrains to powertrains. All of those problems can place the safety of vehicle occupants—and others on the road—at risk.

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That's why it’s crucial for owners to keep up with recall notices. And you shouldn’t assume that just because your car is several years old that it’s out of the recall woods. In December 2017, for example, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles issued a recall for faulty gear shifters that affected more than a million Ram trucks dating all the way back to the 2009 model year.

To help protect you and your family, Consumer Reports has created the Car Recall Tracker (CR.org/carrecalltracker). Enter your car’s make and model, and you’ll get a list of recalls—and information on how to get the problems fixed. Users who aren’t logged in to the website will be asked for their email address to get this information. Remember that all repair work associated with safety-related recalls should be done free of charge by an authorized dealership. 

Use our Car Recall Tracker to find out whether your car has a recall and what to do next.

Recall Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 Pickup Trucks

Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500

Ram is recalling about 1.5 million pickup trucks in the U.S.—mostly heavy-duty models—because of a problem with the gear shifter, which is mounted on the steering column. (The recall doesn’t apply to vehicles with a rotary-dial or floor-mounted shifter or to trucks built after Dec. 31, 2016.) The automaker said the shifter can be moved out of Park even if the brake isn’t being depressed or, in some cases, if the key isn’t in the ignition, causing the truck to move unexpectedly, especially if the parking brake isn’t engaged.

What owners should do: Always use your parking brake as recommended. You can call 866-220-6747 for more information about the recall. If necessary, schedule an appointment with your local dealer to correct the problem.

2015-2017 Ford F-150 and Super Duty

Ford F-150 and Super Duty

Ford has recalled 1.1 million 2015 to 2017 F-150 pickup trucks and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks because the doors might not open or close properly. According to Ford, the problem is caused by a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable. The company has warned owners that the latch might not fully engage the door striker, leaving the potential for the door to open while the truck is in motion.

What owners should do: Contact your local Ford dealer using reference number 17S33 to see whether your vehicle is part of the recall. Ford will make any necessary repairs at no cost to you.

Car recall: 2006-2011 BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series

BMW is recalling more than 670,000 3 Series cars from 2006 through 2011 because the wiring and electrical connectors for the heating and air-conditioning system can deteriorate and overheat, potentially leading to a fire, even if the car isn’t running.

What owners should do: Contact BMW customer service at 800-525-7417 to see whether your car is part of the recall. BMW will replace the wiring harness and possibly other parts, if necessary, at no cost to you. 

2014-2016 Kia Soul and Soul EV

Kia Soul and Soul EV

Kia is recalling 342,381 previously recalled Kia Soul SUVs over a steering issue, because the first repair may not have been done properly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected vehicles may have a flawed steering-gear assembly, and if not repaired correctly, the driver could lose control of the car. Drivers of affected vehicles will probably hear a “clunking” noise from the steering rack when the steering wheel is being turned.

What owners should do: Contact Kia Consumer Affairs at 800-333-4542 or your dealer, using reference recall number 17V608000, to find out whether your vehicle is affected. Kia will make all repairs free of charge.

2005-2007, 2009-2010 Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

2005-2007, 2009-2010
Toyota has recalled 310,000 Sienna minivans built from 2005-2007 and 2009-2010 after discovering a problem with the shifting lever, which can be moved out of Park when the brake pedal isn’t engaged. If this occurs, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.

What owners should do: Call Toyota at 800-331-4331 to find out whether your Sienna is part of the recall. Toyota will replace the necessary parts at no cost.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 153,859 Pacifica minivans because they can stall in some situations. Fiat Chrysler said that most such events “reportedly occurred at idle or while starting, turning, or driving at low, steady speeds.” Most drivers were able to restart their vans. This recall doesn’t affect hybrid versions of the Pacifica.

What owners should do: Call customer service at 800-853-1403 to find out whether your van is part of the recall and, if so, how to schedule a service appointment. Dealers will install updated software free of charge.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the April 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.