Want to find out if your vehicle is subject to a recall? There’s
an app for that.
The National Highway Transportation Administration recently released a
mobile application called SaferCar. Among other valuable safety information,
the app puts
vehicle recall information at your fingertips.
“Safety is our highest priority, and we’re always working to
find new and better ways for people to access SaferCar,” said U.S.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This app takes advantage of
the latest technology to ensure that consumers have the real-time information
they need to buy safe, drive safe and stay safe.”
With regard to vehicle recalls, consumers can register their vehicles to
be notified by NHTSA if a safety issue is discovered. The app also makes
it simple to submit complaints to NHTSA regarding possible safety problems
with a particular vehicle. Users can also receive important news and information
from NHTSA, search its 5-Star Safety Ratings for vehicles by make and
model, and locate car seat installation help
The free application is currently only available for iPhones and iPad devices.
However, the NHTSA indicates that efforts to release a version for Android
phones and tablets is underway.