When a vehicle is recalled in the United States, the intent is to correct a safety defect that could potentially harm drivers and passengers. Millions of vehicles are subject to these recalls each year. Unfortunately, it was not always easy in the past for vehicle owners, buyers, and renters to know whether their vehicle’s safety defects had been properly addressed. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created a new online search tool to address this problem. The tool allows consumers to search for vehicle recalls and determine whether a vehicle underwent the necessary repairs required by any such recall.
How the New Vehicle Recall Lookup Tool Works
The new tool available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the following features:
- The new tool is available on the website at www.safecar.gov/vinlookup
- The car recall online search tool is completely free
- Users are required to enter in their Vehicle Identification Number
- All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched
- To determine if your car is subject to a recall that has not been completed, simply enter the required information and review the search results
In addition to offering this new tool, the U.S. Department of Transportation is now requiring that all major light vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers provide search capability for uncompleted recalls directly through their own websites. The data must be kept up to date on a weekly basis. This is important not only to make searches easier for consumers, but also because the NHTSA’s own tool relies directly on information supplied by the major automakers. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the tool, information must be updated regularly.
Utilizing these tools can help keep car owners, buyers, and renters safe by preventing accidents that may have been prevented through a proper repair made under a recall. If you were injured by a vehicle with a defective part, it is important to act quickly in order to protect your legal rights. We encourage you to reach out today for a complimentary consultation at 888-894-0119.