Consumers Have The Ability To Check To See If Their Vehicle Is Involved In A Safety Recall
Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is making consumers aware that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) provides a Vehicle Identification Number Search Tool (“VIN Search Tool”) which allows vehicle owners to determine if a specific vehicle needs to be repaired as part of a safety recall.
Vehicle Identification Number (“VIN”) & The VIN Search Tool
Vehicle owners can look at the lower left side of their car’s windshield for the unique, 17-character VIN. The VIN is also located on a car’s registration card, and it may also be printed on a vehicle insurance card.
The VIN Search Tool Will Show
- An unrepaired vehicle affected by a vehicle safety recall in the past 15 calendar years;
- Vehicle safety recalls from major light auto automakers, motorcycle manufacturers, and some medium/heavy truck manufacturers.
The VIN Search Tool Will Not Show
- A vehicle with a repaired safety recall. If a vehicle has no unrepaired recalls, the message: “0 Unrepaired recalls associated with this VIN” will appear;
- Manufacturer customer service or other nonsafety recall campaign;
- International vehicles;
- There may be a delay with very recently announced safety recalls for which not all VINs have been identified. VINs are added continuously and should be checked regularly;
- 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.
How To Check A Vehicle’s VIN For Safety Issues & Recalls
To check a vehicle affected by a safety recall, please click VIN Search Tool and enter the vehicle’s 17-character VIN.
Additional Information About Motor Vehicle Safety Defects And Recalls
Please click “What Every Vehicle Owner Should Know,” for more information about motor vehicle safety defects and recalls, including information about how and why recall campaigns are initiated, as well as one’s rights and responsibilities when a vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment is recalled.
Do You Think You Have Experienced An Automotive/Vehicle Defect? Is Your Vehicle The Subject Of A Defect Investigation?
If you have been affected by a vehicle problem, please contact Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. by completing the form on the right, or by sending an e-mail to [email protected], to help you determine whether your vehicle is the subject of a defect investigation or to request a free, no-obligation evaluation of potential legal claims.