Keeping your car in safe working condition is important. The health and safety of your family depends on it. That's why the government created a new site where you can easily find recall and repair information on any car.
Car companies are recalling more and more cars every year. They're required to mail notices to owners, but not everyone goes to the dealership to get their vehicle fixed. So, how can you make sure that the used car you're looking at is safe?
Not enough car owners are getting their vehicles fixed, [NHTSA Deputy Administrator David] Friedman said, putting themselves, other drivers and passengers at risk. On average, about 25% of recalled autos still need the repair 18 months after the recall was first announced.
That's where www.safercar.gov comes in. It lets you search for any car and look at recall records. It also shows you whether or not the previous owner took the car in to get fixed. That way, you can research a car before you buy it from a private owner or dealership.
The website uses information from all car manufacturers that sell vehicles in the U.S. The government has required them to provide recall and repair information for the past 15 years. They also have to update that information every seven days.
You can also look up your own car to see if you missed a major update from the manufacturer. It's a great tool to make sure your car is safe, especially if you plan on selling to someone else. You don't want to accidentally pass on an unsafe car to another person.
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