The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website allows you to sign-up for automatic notifications of recalls affecting your vehicles, as well pertinent recalls of tires and child safety seats at www.safercar.gov.

Dealers repair recalls for free.  Getting recalls fixed could not only save your life but also help prevent your vehicle from being sold to a future buyer with a dangerous defect.

State-by-state numbers from CARFAX study:

The study found 2,720,661 used cars listed for sale online in 2011 with at least one unfixed recall.  

TX188,752VA58,425MD36,434OR21,291ME8,738DC31
CA118,756MI50,688AZ35,430KS19,089SD8,044 
FL115,888IN50,630SC33,140AR17,423MT6,807
PA91,145TN49,388AL32,068NH17,415DE6,511
IL88,872MN46,037OK 30,883MS16,689RI5,697
NY87,356MO45,345KY29,273NE13,764VT5,672
OH83,119WA45,055LA26,244WV11,927ND4,322
NC65,800MA44,002CT24,772NV11,840HI3,483
NJ63,848CO40,134IA24,409NM10,350WY3,253
GA63,007WI37,742UT24,174ID10,172AK2,906