Recall check tool now online

NHTSA website utilizes VIN number

Eric Kaminsky - August 20, 2014 10:51 AM


Screenshot of NHTSA web page with look-up tool shown.

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With the many recalls this year, you may be wondering if your vehicle is affected.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a free, online search tool to help car buyers, owners and renters know that their vehicles are safe and their safety defects have been addressed by entering in the vehicle identification number.

All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched. It will show if there is an open recall for the vehicle, or if none are found, “No Open Recalls”.

“Just as every single automaker should never hesitate to recall a defective vehicle, consumers should never hesitate to get their recalled vehicle fixed," said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman. “By making individual VIN searches readily available, we’re providing another service to consumers – the peace of mind knowing that the vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying or renting, is free of safety defects."

In addition to the search tool, NHTSA is now requiring all major light vehicle and motorcycle manufacturers to provide VIN search capability for uncompleted recalls on their own websites. This data must be updated at least weekly. 

To access the online search tool, go here: