Wondering if your car, van, or truck is covered under a recall issued by the manufacturer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), or a third-party equipment or accessory supplier? Not sure how, or when, to check for vehicle recalls?
While auto makers typically mail recall notices directly to vehicle owners, it's easy to miss this information. If you have moved since buying your vehicle, purchased a used vehicle, or you simply don't check your mailbox very often, you might be in the dark about safety-critical recall information related to your car.
Here at Miller Auto & Marine, our customers can submit an online recall request to our service representatives who will check for any outstanding recalls and safety notices. If we find any, we'll help you schedule an appointment to complete the necessary work.
In addition to Miller's free recall check service, there are a number of options for consumers who want to know if their vehicle needs to be repaired under a recall action, including:
The NHTSA operates an interactive website allowing vehicle owners to search for recalls, investigations, and complaints using a variety of search options, including problems related to aftermarket components like car seats, accessories, and tires.
Consumers can also report vehicle-related safety problems directly to the NHTSA using this website, including complaints related to automotive quality and performance.
CARFAX - Using their free Recall Check, vehicle owners can sign up to have real-time recall alerts sent via email by creating an online account with CARFAX. According to their data, "more than 47 million cars nationwide have an unfixed recall;" that's an astonishing, "one out of every five cars on the road!"
CARFAX also offers the same information and push alerts through their myCARFAX mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
Check for Vehicle Recalls With Your VIN
In most cases, owners can check for recalls on vehicles less than 15 years old by entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the search engine on one of the above websites.
Locating your 17-character VIN is easy - simply check on your vehicle title, your vehicle's insurance card, or look for a metal plate or sticker located either on the driver's side door jamb, or the driver's side dashboard. Other possible locations include on the front of the engine block, under the spare tire, or inside the rear wheel well.
To avoid missing information about vehicle recalls and technical service bulletins, be sure to check for vehicle recalls on major news networks, keep your address up-to-date with the customer service department of your automaker, and have your VIN checked every six months using an online database, or here at Miller Auto & Marine.