Vehicle Recall Search Tool Nearly Ready for Use

The NHTSA is close to final­iz­ing an enor­mous data­base that will allow U.S. car and truck own­ers to deter­mine if their vehi­cle has been recalled — or fixed — that is man­dat­ed to be ready by Octo­ber 1.

Find out more about the emer­gence of the safe­ty agency’s data­base.

The Nation­al High­way Traf­fic Safe­ty Admin­is­tra­tion is get­ting close to final­iz­ing a data­base that will allow the nation’s 240 mil­lion car and truck own­ers to deter­mine if their vehi­cles have been recalled — and if they’ve been fixed.

Under a high­way fund­ing bill signed into law on July 6, 2012, by Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, the safe­ty agency is required to put in place a new online data­base. The agency in Sep­tem­ber said it is work­ing on the data­base to boost the num­ber of recalled vehi­cles that are repaired. The law said that the data­base is to be in place no lat­er than one year after the law is in place.

NHTSA is propos­ing to offer own­ers and prospec­tive own­ers an online search tool at that goes beyond the cur­rent abil­i­ty to search by spe­cif­ic make and mod­el vehi­cle. The new tool would allow them to enter the vehi­cle iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber — or VIN — to find out if the vehi­cle has been recalled and if it’s been fixed.

The agency said this week it is work­ing to fin­ish the data­base. It said it believes the legal dead­line for com­ple­tion is Oct. 1, but some auto deal­ers and Cal­i­for­nia assem­bly mem­bers inter­pret the dead­line as July 6.

NHTSA is propos­ing to require larg­er-vol­ume automak­ers to sub­mit to the gov­ern­ment the VIN num­bers for vehi­cles that have been recalled. The rules apply to automak­ers sell­ing at least 25,000 cars annu­al­ly or motor­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers sell­ing 5,000 or more. Many automak­ers, includ­ing Chrysler Group LLC and Ford Motor Co., cur­rent­ly allow own­ers to type VIN num­bers into a cor­po­rate site to deter­mine if their vehi­cles are sub­ject to recalls, NHTSA said.

 

 

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