Program Description

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed a free online tool that provides recall information on your car or truck at any time at Check for Recalls on Your Car. You can also use this if you are considering buying a used car. You can check the record for that vehicle. You may also get a notice in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer if you have registered your vehicle. This is a good time to make sure your vehicle registration is up-to-date with your current mailing address.

What is a vehicle recall?
A recall occurs when an automaker or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem. If there is a recall for your car or truck, it is very important that you take it in to a car dealership to get it repaired.

General Program Requirements

NHTSA recommends that you use the free Vehicle Recall Look-up Tool twice per year to see if there are any open recalls on your vehicle.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Vehicle Recall Look-up Tool
Please go to Check for Recalls on Your Car on NHTSA's website to enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The VIN is a 17 character number located in the lower left of your car's windshield on the driver's side. You can also find it on your car's registration card or your insurance card. Any outstanding recalls from the past 15 years will be listed. You can also sign up to receive email notifications about future recalls at Recall Alerts.

Program Contact Information

Please visit www.safercar.gov to learn more about the vehicle recall process. You will also find tips on tire safety, crash test ratings on new vehicles, and other safety information. You may also report a safety problem with your vehicle by filling out a complaint form at Vehicle Safety Complaint Form. You could also call the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 to file a complaint over the phone. For the hearing impaired, the number is (TTY) 1-800-424-9153.

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