DOT’s Free Online Search Tool for Recalls

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about regarding the DOT’s new, free, online search tool for looking up recall information. This is going to be a great tool for current car owners and consumers who are looking to purchase used vehicles or rent cars. People will be able to check a car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and immediately find recall information on it.

Checking the VIN

The NHTSA is offering motorists a quick and easy way to make sure their car or the car they’re about to purchase or rent is safe to drive. The search takes less than a minute. All you do is type the VIN into the search box, type a two-word captcha, so the website knows you’re a person, and click enter. In just a few seconds, you have manufacturer recall information for your specific vehicle at your fingertips. All major automobile and motorcycle brands are included in the database.

Where Can I Find the VIN?

If you’re anxious to find out about any potential recall information on your car, but don’t know where to find the VIN, that’s okay. You can easily find it by looking at the dashboard, on the driver’s side of the automobile or on the driver’s side door on the door post. This is the area where the door latches when it is closed. You won’t see it unless you have the door open.

Staying Up-to-Date with Recalls

Staying up-to-date with recalls is absolutely essential for operating a safe and roadworthy vehicle. Since rental agencies and used car lots can still sell and rent cars to people without having safety recall issues fixed or addressed, this service is absolutely essential for shoppers and renters. Although it would be nice if rental agencies and used car dealers and sellers would make sure safety issues in their cars are addressed, that’s just not always the case. Checking a VIN is a great way to make sure you’re driving off in a safe car. Don’t leave it to chance or just hope that a dealer or rental agency is doing the right thing. Less than a minute’s worth of due diligence could save your life.

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