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.
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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.