In a Safe Cars Save Lives bus tour going on this week, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is spreading the word about vehicle and passenger safety. A team of experts will be deployed to each stop to teach motorists about recalls, tires, car seats and heatstroke.

Free safety checks

“Summer road trip season is in full swing and we want car owners to stay safe on their travels and in their daily lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We’re hitting the pavement and rolling up our sleeves to bring free safety checks to consumers because we believe that Safe Cars Save Lives.”

The ‘Safe Cars Save Lives’ bus is making stops at Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. At each location, safety experts are running free safety checks for vehicle recalls, tire inflation, car seat installation and heatstroke prevention. These community events are open to the public and co-sponsored by NHTSA, Safe Kids Worldwide, AAA and the Rubber Manufacturers Association, among others.

A few minutes could save a life

“We’re meeting motorists in their communities to show them that protecting their vehicles means protecting their loved ones,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. “We want to show people how simple it can be to take safety into their own hands. Taking a few minutes to run a safety check on your car, tires or car seats could help prevent a crash and save a life.”

The public safety checks for vehicle recalls is a first for NHTSA and is an offshoot of the ‘Safe Cars Save Lives’ campaign the agency launched in January. According to NHTSA, millions of cars are recalled each year, yet, on average, 25 percent are left unrepaired.

The bus tour builds on NHTSA’s current efforts to provide consumers with information to help them make informed vehicle safety decisions, including the online recall lookup tool and mobile apps for Apple and Android devices; tire safety, car seat safety and heatstroke prevention.