What no one else will tell you about cars

Consumer Reports doesn't just rate new vehicles, but advocates for improved car safety too

Published: March 2015

Marta L. Tellado

My guess is that you are as eager as I was to explore Consumer Reports' latest Top Picks and recommended vehicles of 2015. But we don’t stop there. Unlike other publications that provide ratings, we report on the best and uncover the worst. While I think we deliver on both fronts, it also sheds light on the safety issues making the headlines and Twitter feeds.

In 2014, some 62 million U.S. vehicles were recalled, an all-time record. That’s about the equivalent of four combined years of all cars sold in America, or roughly one out of every four cars on the road today. Several of those recalls made news and were linked to scores of injuries and deaths. You may be wondering what it all means, and whether your car is safe to drive.

In “The Truth About Recalls,” we look into what’s behind this record-setting year, including an interview with Mark Rosekind, the new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We also give you a five-step guide for what to do if you think you may be ­affected by a recall.

You can always rely on Consumer Reports to give you the information you need to stay safe in your ­vehicle and on the road. And we’ll continue to advocate on your behalf to ensure that manufacturers and government agencies are ­accountable for your safety.

—Marta L. Tellado, President and CEO

Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the April 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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