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New Rule Lets You Check a Car’s Recall Status for Free

New Rule Lets You Check a Car’s Recall Status for Free

In this era of digital access, knowledge is power. And thanks to a new rule NHTSA issued yesterday, effective one year from now, consumers will have online access to the power they need to make sure their vehicle, or one they are considering buying, is safe.

This new rule requires that major automakers and motorcycle manufacturers provide information on uncompleted vehicle safety recalls online.  This information will be searchable by the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – free of charge. Consumers will be able to instantly determine whether action is required to address an uncompleted safety recall that affects their personal vehicle, as identified by their unique VIN. Automakers and motorcycle manufacturers will have to update that information at least once a week. NHTSA will also offer the ability to search the industry recall data through our website SaferCar.gov.

Photo of a car with unique vin

In making individual Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) searches readily available, we’re providing another service to car, light truck and motorcycle owners and potential owners – the peace of mind of knowing that the used or older model vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying, is safe.

We continue to work across the spectrum of vehicle and behavioral issues to protect the American public, and help motorists make intelligent choices about their vehicles. We help consumers buy the safest vehicle for their needs. We help them drive and maintain their vehicle so that they and their families feel safe when they get behind the wheel and on the road. And every day we work to ensure that automakers recall vehicles that fail to meet safety standards or that have safety defects.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland addresses the Washingon Automotive Press Association on new VIN rule.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland addresses the Washingon Automotive Press Association on new VIN rule.

Safety is the Department of Transportation’s top priority and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is dedicated to our mission of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing the economic costs of road crashes. This rule is another step in fulfilling that mission and our responsibility to consumers across the country.

David Strickland is the Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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There is NO link provided that you can search with VIN number. So if there was a recall on vehicle how we know if they fixed it or not. We took our car to dealership they said they did it. But how we know if they did it or not.. In 5 minute how can they do that ??

So you mention above a free VIN search, but no link to do so. What is the purpose of this government website? Seems like a waste of money. How much of the taxpayer's money is Mr. Strickland raking in for this?
todd_solomon's picture

Sorry, Bruce, we only linked once here to the app. We generally try to make our links more visible. Here you go: For a web tool, visit http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchVehicles and the app can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safercar/id593086230?ls=1&mt=8
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