Wednesday - Aug 23, 2017

NHTSA introduce Safercar – the vehicle recall search tool

NHTSA introduce Safercar – the vehicle recall search tool

Good news for anyone in the market to buy a second-hand car, is the release of the online search tool.

The search tool, developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) but applicable to car owners throughout the world, provides prospective car buyers with the ability to discover that the particular model that they are interested in has ever been recalled by the manufacturer due to a production flaw or possible safety risk. Even more important, by referencing the link, car owners can discover if the particular vehicle that they already own or are interested in buying has ever been the subject of a recall, and if the previous owner took the trouble to return the vehicle to the manufacturer to have the repair carried out.

According to a spokesperson for NHTSA, vehicle safety should be everyone’s number one priority, meaning that by providing this information, car owners will go a long way in ensuring that recalled vehicles are properly repaired.

“Starting today car owners, shoppers, and renters can find out if a specific vehicle has a safety defect that needs to be fixed—using our free online tool.” The NHTSA spokesperson summed up.

The search tool is being backed up by a new mandate that requires auto manufacturers to add a vehicle identification number (VIN) search to the website providing details of uncompleted recalls, with this data, required to be updated weekly in order to ensure efficiency.

Potential buyers can check out any vehicle through its unique VIN which is required by law to be clearly and prominently marked on the driver’s side dashboard or door. Armed with that information, car owners should log on to the NHTSA website, looking for the link, which will provide all details of an open vehicle recall. In the event that the link has been okay with the vehicle, a simple “No Open Recalls” response will pop up.

The logic behind the VIN initiative, according to information found on the NHTSA website, is that just as every single automaker should never hesitate to recall a defective vehicle, consumers also have the responsibility to ensure that their own vehicle has the floor repair. Through the act of allowing individual VIN searches to be so readily available, NHTSA are providing an important service to global consumers, as well as the peace of mind of knowing that the vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying or renting, will hit the road free of all safety defects.”

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