Recalled vehicles are a growing concern for U.S. drivers. In the wake of
General Motors’ massive ignition switch recall, the number of defective
vehicles recalled this year has already broken records.
Even more concerning, many recalled vehicles are not repaired before they
are sold to unsuspecting buyers. According to recent data, approximately
a third of all recalled vehicles don’t get repaired, and about one
out of every seven car and trucks on the road has an unrepaired defect
To help vehicle buyers and renters assess the status of a vehicle, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched
a new, free, online search tool, which allows consumers to identify uncompleted
recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
described by the NHTSA, determining whether there is a recall that consumers need to take action
on is easy. After entering the VIN number into the search field, results
will appear if the consumer has an open recall on their vehicle, and if
there are none, owners will see “No Open Recalls.”
Under a related mandate, all major light vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers
must provide VIN search capability for uncompleted recalls on their own
websites and update the information at least weekly. Since the NHTSA relies
on automakers to provide the information for its own website, their compliance
will be paramount to the success of the search tool.