Check for Recalls by VIN

You can check recalls by entering the VIN number in our VIN check tool. Our proprietary VIN check can deliver significant information about the recalls issued by the auto manufacturer or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in regards to specific models.

 

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What is a recall and why should I care?

Over the last few years in the United States & Canada, there has been an increase in the rate of vehicle recalls involving both cars and trucks. The main objective of vehicle recalls by manufacturers is to address safety issues of vehicles with defects, even minor ones. A defect can be exposed in numerous ways, including an in-house review conducted by auto manufacturers, customer complaints, or disastrous accidents related to the defect. An auto recall is issued when a manufacturer or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finds out that a vehicle’s specific part creates an arbitrary safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards.

There is a recall on my car, what next?

If your car has any open safety recall, your Auto Manufacturer is responsible to fix the problem by repairing, offering a refund, replacing the car, or repurchasing the vehicle. According to the Safety Recall outline, auto manufacturers are needed to notify vehicle owners about the problem within a period of 60 days. If an owner could not get it repaired within time, the vehicle continues to have an open recall. Even if you have not been notified by your manufacturer, you are still eligible for a remedy on the recalled vehicle. If your vehicle is recalled, you don’t need to worry about the repair cost. All costs associated with the repair or replacement are completely the responsibility of the dealer or manufacturer.

Whether a safety recall is accompanied by the auto manufacturer or is ordered by the NHTSA, a public report must be filed giving the following information:

– The safety-related defect or noncompliance with a federal motor vehicle safety standard

– The number of involved vehicle/equipment

– The major events that caused the recall determination

– A description of the remedy

– A schedule for the recall

Can a vehicle you are purchasing have an open recall?

When buying a used vehicle, it is important to check if it has any prior safety recalls. An open recall may not be necessary when buying a new car because the manufacturer is bound by law to fix it.  For all major and minor safety concerns, car recalls are issues that happen all the time. So whether you bought your vehicle new or used, once there is an open recall on your car, truck, or SUV, you are eligible for a repair or replacement at no cost. Use our service to do a car recall check by supplying the details in the form above.

How to check Vehicle recalls by VIN Number?

Our proprietary VIN recall check can deliver significant information about the recall check issued by the auto manufacturer or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in regards to specific models. This vehicle recall check is related to safety features to remove an existing issue in the vehicle. Our recalls tool keeps owners up to date with technical capability and safety features to make sure that the driver and passenger stay safe in case of an unfortunate accident.  Find out if your vehicle has any outstanding recalls or safety concerns. Find out about the recall impacts on safety and how to fix these issues.

You can check recalls by VIN by entering the VIN number in our VIN check tool. In the United States, a recall lookup can also be done using the license plate number, a feature we are making available in the United Kingdom soon. You can find the VIN number on the following positions of a car.

  •   By the driver’s side on the dashboard near the bottom of the windshield.
  •     On the car’s sticker on the driver’s side door.
  •   On the engine block, chassis, and transmission.
  •   On the vehicle title, registration, or insurance papers.

Sometimes VIN numbers can also be reported as “Chassis Number”, or the “Serial Number”.

How to look up recalls by license plate?

If you don’t have access to the VIN number for certain reasons, the license plate lookup is a  good way to find out about any recalls on your car.

For a license plate lookup, locate the license plate number issued by the state department of motor vehicles (DMV). You can also use our DMV license plate lookup service. If there is any concern about license plate number tempering, you can check the Certificate of Title which provides the issued date.