Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Every vehicle has a unique VIN. Enter a VIN to learn if a specific vehicle needs to be repaired as part of a recall.

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Where's my VIN?

Look on the lower left of your car's windshield for your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car's registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card.

Vehicle Identification Number location

What this VIN search tool covers

What this VIN search tool does not cover

  • Completed safety recall information
  • Manufacturer customer service or other nonsafety recall campaign
  • International vehicles
  • Very recently announced safety recalls for which not all VINs have been identified
  • Safety recalls that are more than 15 years old (except where a manufacturer offers more coverage)
  • Safety recalls conducted by small vehicle manufacturers, including some ultra-luxury brands and specialty applications

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Stay informed.

Know if there is a safety problem with your vehicles, tires or car seat, and how to get it fixed.

From your complaints
to recall campaigns

NHTSA issues vehicle safety standards and requires manufacturers to recall vehicles and equipments that have safety-related defects. Learn about NHTSA's recall process.

01

Complaints

Reporting your problem is the important first step.

Your complaint will be added to a public NHTSA database after personally identifying information is removed.

If the agency receives similar reports from a number of people about the same product, this could indicate that a safety-related defect may exist that would warrant the opening of an investigation.

Example of Complaints

Have a safety problem?

Report a problem with your vehicle, tires, car seats or other equipment. We review every problem as we work to keep our roads safe.

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02

Investigations

NHTSA conducts an investigation from reported complaints.

A. SCREENING

NHTSA reviews filed complaints from vehicle owners and other information related to alleged defects to decide whether to open an investigation.

B. ANALYSIS

NHTSA conducts an analysis of any petitions calling for defect investigations. If the petition is denied, the reasons for the denial are published in the Federal Register.

C. INVESTIGATION

NHTSA opens an investigation of alleged safety defects. It is closed when they notify the manufacturer of recall recommendations or they don’t identify a safety-related defect.

D. RECALL MANAGEMENT

NHTSA reviews filed complaints from vehicle owners and other information related to alleged defects to decide whether to open an investigation.

View monthly investigation reports
03

Recalls

Initiated safety recalls require a manufacturer's action to announce and remedy the defects.

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Most decisions to conduct a recall and remedy a safety defect are made voluntarily by manufacturers prior to any involvement by NHTSA.

Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.

Using our VIN lookup tool, you can access recall information provided by the manufacturer conducting the recall which may be not posted yet on NHTSA’s site.

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Roles in the Recall Process

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Manufacturer

Manufacturers will notify registered owners by first class mail within 60 days of notifying NHTSA of a recall decision. Manufacturers should offer a proper remedy to the owner.

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NHTSA

NHTSA will monitor each safety recall to make sure owners receive safe, free, and effective remedies from manufacturers according to the Safety Act and Federal regulations.

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You (owner)

You’ll be notified via mail from the manufacturer. When you receive a notification, follow any interim safety guidance provided by the manufacturer and contact your local dealership to fix the recalled part for free.

Tips For Your Safety

Register your vehicle, tires, car seats & equipment and check recalls twice a year.

Safercar TV:
Driven by Safety

For more than 50 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been working to keep people safe on the road. Learn more about how your VIN can help you get information about recalls for your vehicle with this video.

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