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Is My Car Subject to a Safety Recall?

Posted by: Mark Bilek

Thanks to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicle owners can get that answer with the click of a mouse. Previously, vehicle owners would have to wait for a letter in the mail or call the dealer service department to determine if their vehicle had an open safety recall. You can still do those things but, but NHTSA has unveiled a new, free, online search tool consumers can use to find out if a vehicle is directly impacted by a recall.

NHTSA-VIN-SAFETY-RECALL-TOOL

The new tool is available on www.safercar.gov/vinlookup and provides consumers with a quick and easy way to identify uncompleted recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched.

"Safety is our highest priority, and an informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Starting today car owners, shoppers, and renters can find out if a specific vehicle has a safety defect that needs to be fixed -- using our free online tool."

Consumers can find their vehicle identification number by looking at the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle, or on the driver's side door on the door post where the door latches when it is closed.

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