The US Department of Transportation’s Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now requires automakers and motorcycle manufacturers to provide a VIN recall tool on their websites in an effort to increase safety. While several automakers already offer this feature, those who do not will have until next year (August 14, 2014) to comply with the final rule. Consumers will be able to quickly and efficiently check for uncompleted safety recall that affects their vehicles. This will be a valuable tool for both current owners and buyers.
This information must be updated weekly and will note the severity of the recall and the time frame in which it should be resolved. Manufacturers will have 60 days to serve direct notice to owners of recalled vehicles.
Additionally, the VIN recall tool will also allow the NHTSA to note defect trends.