News

It’s now easier for drivers to search for auto recalls

It’s now easier for drivers to search for auto recalls

RECALL: Technician Bob Poe works on wiring under the drivers seat of a Chevy Traverse because of a recall at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch, Illinois. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said owners can now search for possible safety recalls on the agency's SaferCar.gov website by using the unique Vehicle Identification Number. Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators on Wednesday unveiled a more precise way for vehicle owners to search online to find out if their cars or motorcycles have been recalled by the manufacturer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said owners can now search for possible safety recalls on the agency’s SaferCar.gov website by using the unique Vehicle Identification Number.

Previously, vehicle owners searched on the NHTSA website by make, model and year, but the number of vehicles actually subject to a recall could be smaller than the search result. Searching by the 17-digit VIN gives a precise result.

NHTSA is also requiring starting on Wednesday that manufacturers of light vehicles and motorcycles provide the ability to search for recalls on their websites using the VIN, which on cars can be found on the dashboard on the driver’s side.

Only about 75 percent of recalled cars are brought in by consumers to be fixed and the agency said it hopes the new search tool will boost that rate.

“Safety is our highest priority, and an informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.

A record 43 million vehicles have been subject to a recall this year in the United States, a NHTSA spokeswoman said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Recent Headlines

in Sports

Monday’s Sports Minute

lebron

Here is a look at some of today's big sports stories, on Monday, Dec. 22.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Dr. Evil’ on the Sony hack

20-overlay2

Mike Myers interrupts "Saturday Night Live" to address North Korea and Sony Pictures directly about the hack.

in Sports

Florida State QB Winston cleared in conduct hearing

jameis-

Star quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared in a hearing looking into alleged sexual assault charges.

in Sports

Seahawks soar, take control of battle for NFC West

seahawks

Seattle thumped Arizona 35-6 to take control of the battle for the NFC West division crown.

in Sports

Packers, Steelers, Cowboys head to playoffs

playoff

Defending Super Bowl champions Seattle also booked their place in the postseason.