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Find out if your car has been recalled

Find out if your car has been recalled
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There have been millions of cars recalled in the past few years. General Motors, notably, recalled 39 million cars in 2014 for multiple defects, including an ignition problem that led to some drivers' deaths.

Toyota recalled 6.5 million cars a few months ago for electric windows that can burst into flames. Fiat-Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles when cybersecurity experts proved its cars could be hacked, including remotely putting on your brakes as you're speeding down a highway.

Of course, Volkswagen is in the midst of one of the costliest recalls ever, for deceiving drivers and governments by rigging its emissions control system in 11 million vehicles. The recall list goes on and on.

With most recalls, a carmaker offers to fix the problem for free. Unfortunately, they sometimes can't find you, or you may have accidentally tossed a letter telling you about a recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help. Its Safercar.gov shows you if your car has been recalled. Type in your vehicle identification number (VIN), which you can find on your windshield, and Safercar lets you know if your car has an unfixed recall pending, or if you've had the work done.

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