Initiated Vehicle Safety Recalls require a manufacturer’s action to announce and remedy the defects. A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. The NHTSA site will let you know if a recall has been issued on your vehicle.
Vehicle Safety Recalls
A Vehicle Safety Recall is a manufacturer’s way of admitting its product has a flaw. If not corrected this flaw could possibly jeopardize the safety of you and/or the passengers in your vehicle.
When a recall is issued, the manufacturer rectifies the problem at no charge to you.
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Every vehicle has a unique VIN. Enter a VIN to learn if a specific vehicle needs to be repaired as part of a recall.
Where’s my VIN?
Look on the lower left of your car’s windshield for your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card.
What this VIN search tool covers
- Vehicle safety recalls that are incomplete
- Safety recalls conducted over the past 15 calendar years
- Vehicle safety recalls conducted by major light auto automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers.
VIN search tool does not cover
- Completed safety recall information
- Manufacturer customer service or other nonsafety recall campaign
- International vehicles
- Very recently announced safety recalls for which not all VINs have been identified
- Safety recalls that are more than 15 years old (except where a manufacturer offers more coverage)
- Safety recalls conducted by small vehicle manufacturers, including some ultra-luxury brands and specialty applications
Vehicle Safety-Defect Examples That Can Initiate a Recall
- Faulty windshield wiper systems.
- Accelerator pedals that fail to release.
- Defective steering systems, hampering a drivers ability to maintain control.
- Cracking tires.
- Faulty fuel system components that leak upon impact, making them susceptible to fire.
- Seats or seat backs that fail to hold their position.
- Defective seat belts.
- Faulty air bag systems that deploy upon the slightest impact.
- Defective wiring systems that make the vehicle susceptible to fire.
- Car jacks that fail to hold.
- Child safety seats with defective buckling systems or components that break or crack.
- Car components that crack, break or fall off the vehicle, rendering its ability to remain in control.
Keep in mind that recalls are only issued if the defect poses as a safety risk. Recalls do not cover:
- Common wear and tear. This includes brake pads, car batteries, exhaust systems and shock absorbers.
- Chipping and/or fading paint.
- Body rust.
- Faulty air conditioning systems.
- Defective car stereo systems.
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