How To Check If Your Vehicle Has A Recall

How To Check If Your Vehicle Has A Recall

How To Check If Your Vehicle Has A Recall

There are several ways to check to check if your vehicle has a recall, but there only two options that I would recommend.

Option 1 Check NHTSA

Go to the source, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA recall Page https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls has all the open recalls on every vehicle.  NHTSA is committed to providing the most accurate and complete information available to its customers, the American traveling public, in a helpful and courteous fashion. 

NHTSA Recall Page

 The process is very simple, the one thing that you need is your Vehicles Identification Number(VIN) to get started.  So navigate to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your 17 digital VIN.  Once 
you enter a valid VIN
 
 You will get a page that looks like this to show if you have a recall or not.  In this scenario, the vehicle does not have a recall as it shows “0 Recalls”.  In this case, your vehicle has no current open recalls, today.  Why do I say that, NHTSA is updating the list from the manufacturers on a daily basis, so if you suspect your vehicle has a recall you would have to check this site regularly.  I’ve seen in the past, vehicles within a 12-hour period go from 0 recalls to 5 or more recalls. So Always check this site.
NHTSA Recall
When you buy a vehicle from a dealership or from a private transaction, the DMV will store your information until there is a request from the manufacturer in case of a recall.  Some recalls are very serious and need to be addressed ASAP, at times, manufacturers will deem a recall as dangerous and request the owners not to operate the vehicle.  If this scenario happens, the manufacturer will make arrangements with your local dealership to fix your vehicle at no charge and the manufacturer will offer rental vehicles.
 
 The other option that I would recommend is calling your local franchise dealership that sells and services the make of vehicle you own and ask them if your vehicle has an open recall.
 Remember all safety recalls are performed at no charge to you.  According to CarandDriver.com there are 63 Million vehicles running around with unrepaired open recalls, that is just mind-blowing.  So do yourself a favor and check your vehicle for any open recalls
 


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