Vehicle Safety Resources
Cars. Trucks. Vans. Motorcycles. Car Seats. Whatever you’re driving, or whatever vehicle equipment you’re using, nothing is more important than safety. Below you will find information and quick links to resources related to vehicle safety.
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In 2022, there were 932 vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30.8 million vehicles in the United States. Yet, millions of vehicle recalls go unrepaired or unaddressed every year. Search for vehicle recalls in three quick steps.
- Find your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number on the lower left of your car's windshield, or on the label inside your driver side doorjamb. You might also find your VIN on your vehicle’s registration or your insurance documents.
- Go to NHTSA.gov/Recalls, enter your VIN and search for vehicle recalls. Your search will show you if there’s an open safety recall affecting your vehicle and what steps to take.
- If you have an open recall, immediately get your vehicle repaired for FREE at a local dealership.
NHTSA’s SaferCar app keeps you aware of the latest vehicle related recalls and notifies you if there is one related to any of the vehicles and equipment you have entered.
Get vital, current recall info in three easy steps:
- Download the SaferCar app
- Add your vehicle, then type in or scan your Vehicle Identification Number
- Add car seats, tires and equipment
NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings help you make smart decisions about safety when buying a car. Use NHTSA’s online ratings tool to search by vehicle year, make and model. You can also compare vehicles with NHTSA's vehicle comparison tool.
In addition to vehicle safety ratings, NHTSA Ease-of-Use Ratings let you compare how easy it is to use certain car seat features so you can make an informed decision about the right car seat.
Also, check your tires with NHTSA’s Uniform Tire Quality Grading Systems ratings – you can compare tire features.
Driver Assistance Technologies
Driver assistance technologies in your car not only help to keep you and your passengers safe, but also other drivers and pedestrians. Some of these technologies help warn you if you’re at risk of an impending crash, while others are designed to take action to avoid a crash.
Visit NHTSA.com/DriverAssistTech to learn how driver assistance technologies can help you stay safe on the road, and what you should know about these technologies when buying your next vehicle.