Has Your Recalled Car Been Fixed? Here's How to Find Out

UK. 31 May 2014 - Toyota issues the recall of 5,409 Yaris cars due to potential failure of power steering
Stephen Barnes, Transport/Alamy
DETROIT -- The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started Wednesday on its website, www.safercar.gov.

Drivers can key in their vehicle identification number to get the results. The number can be found on the dashboard near the windshield or on the driver's door post near the latch.

Also starting Wednesday, automakers must keep the same data on their own websites, and they have to update it at least once a week.

The safety agency's site will show data if there's an open recall, or it will tell drivers there are none.

The agency also said used-car buyers also can check for unrepaired vehicles before they make a purchase.

NHTSA said millions of vehicles are recalled every year, yet about one-third of them are not repaired. That can be dangerous for used-car buyers.

Also, many people move, and automakers often have a difficult time finding them to notify them of recalls.

Without the search feature, car owners who hear or read about recalls of their make and model had no way of finding out if their car was covered, said Carroll Lachnit, consumer advice editor at the Edmunds.com auto information site.

"It is a huge step forward," said Lachnit.

U.S. automakers have recalled more than 40 million vehicles so far this year, breaking the previous annual record of 30.8 million set in 2004. About 29 million of those are General Motors (GM) vehicles as the company undergoes a sweeping safety review. The review began when GM revealed that it knew about a deadly small-car ignition switch problem for more than a decade, yet it didn't issue any recalls until this year.

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Ford refuses to fix repairs needed on recall 15S02. I brought it in during April 2015 and they dais repairs were needed but they don't have parts. I am still waiting for parts. How do I file criminal charges against Ford for child endangerment

Tuesday at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

By the way, I found out my car is recalled by going to the GM website in the Chevrolet division..
You enter your VIN number and it will show if your car is recalled. Simple.

August 23 2014 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can also get your cars VIN number on your car registration card for your license plate. Geeees everyone knows that, er maybe not.

August 23 2014 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a joke! AOL should have tested the site.

August 20 2014 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great site! DB or data base failure. Just like our leaders!

August 20 2014 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chowder Boy

Of course.... It's a government site that errors out in several dropdown boxes.... "DB Error Occur!".... I should have known! LOL

August 20 2014 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply