Check if YOUR CAR is Under Recall: a Simple Tool to Use in the US
You don’t have to worry so much if your car is recalled or not. From now, all car owners and buyers in the US will be able to see if they car has been recalled or fixed under a new federal program launched on Tuesday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a special online search tool which allows drivers to find if a specific car has been recalled and why. The tool is called Safecar, and can be found on this address http://www.safercar.gov.
The car manufacturers will have to provide all required information for the tool, and update that information every seven days. Currently, manufacturers are recalling more vehicles than any other time in US history, around 46 million vehicles have been recalled this year.
The tool will provide drivers with “the peace of mind knowing that the vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying or renting, is free of safety defects,” as NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman said. Staff from NHTSA hopes that the new tool will bring peace to people’s minds, because it was reported that car owners were very concerned about a recent flood of recalls.
Friedman said that not enough car owners are getting their cars fixed, which puts them and other drivers at risk. Around 25% of recalled vehicles still need repairs, even 18 months after their recall has been announced.
“These cars should be fixed before they get out on the road, even for just a test drive,” said Rosemary Shahan, president of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety.”Who wants to be the dealer that sold someone the ticking time bomb car and a whole bunch of people get injured?”
Sahan has also said that car dealers can now look up if the car has been announced for recall and not involve them in any trades, if they’re not eligible.