Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Check If Your Car Has Recalls

car recall

Although automobile manufacturers take many precautions to ensure the safety of the vehicles they sell, defects do sometimes escape initial notice. Whether these defects arise as the result of insufficient testing of new technology or from a substandard batch of materials, safety hazards are not something to be taken lightly. That’s why, when potential dangers come to light with a particular vehicle, the manufacturer or even a government agency issues a recall for that product to fix the problem or investigate it further.

Unfortunately, consumers aren’t always aware when a recall is made. When a recall is issued, common measures to contact owners are taken, such as calling or mailing those who have purchased straight from the dealer. At times, however, mailed communication gets lost in the shuffle or the current owner of a recalled vehicle cannot be found. In these cases, the responsibility rests on who is in possession of the car to see if a recall is in effect. Here is how to check if your car has one of these recalls:

  • Visit www.recalls.gov
    • Click on the tab for Motor Vehicles, and then choose the type of recall for which you want to conduct a search. If in doubt, choose “Vehicle Recalls.”
    • Use the drop-down menus to select your vehicle’s year, make, and model, and then press “Go.”
    • Read through the results to view any and all recalls associated with your vehicle. If a recall has been made, follow the advised course of action.

Do you drive a used car and you’re not sure if a past recall on your car has been repaired? Check out the VIN Recall page at Safercar.gov, at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

If, after searching for recalls on your vehicle as a whole or of any particular part, you are unsure of the measures you should take, contact us. One of our mechanics can help you decipher any technical automotive jargon and make suggestions for how to proceed.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed Related Trouble Codes: P2441: EVAP Vent Valve Stuck Open EVAP trouble...


Related questions

Q: What safety precautions should parents follow?

In addition to ensuring that children ride in the back, and that they’re correctly seated in a rear facing car seat, a front facing car seat, or booster seat as dictated by your state’s laws, you should also follow these...

Q: Head gasket problem. 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix

There is no way to know for certain whether or not an oil leak did in fact cause the blown head gasket, however, if this condition did exist, it would be reasonable to assume that it contributed to the blown...

Q: How do I unbuckle a seat belt in a 2012 Ford Explorer?

To unbuckle your seatbelt, press the Release button on the belt buckle, until the latch is released. Then, pull the belt off of your body and return it to the retractor.