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New Website Allows You to Check Repair Status of Recalled Vehicle

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).

As 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.