Recall notices by automobile manufacturers seem to get announced and never heard about again in most cases. We’ve put this information together to help you quickly look-up your vehicle and determine if your vehicle has been included in a recall action, the reason why and what resolution is offered, repair or compensation might be available. Of course, some recalls offer little in terms of compensation, but there’s more to consider in most cases.
A good portion of all recalls are mandated by U.S. government agencies, but quite a few are arranged and announced directly by manufacturers. Multiple information resource links are provided below for your convenience.
Recall Notices Look-up by VIN – Vehicle Identification Number
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Recall notices are issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, (car van, SUV, truck, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards and specifications. Almost all decisions to conduct a recall and remedy a safety defect are made voluntarily by manufacturers before any involvement by NHTSA.
Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle. View the 2018 Recall Report.
Using the VIN lookup tool, access to recall information is provided by the manufacturer conducting the recall which may or may not be posted currently on NHTSA’s site.