The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced new plans aimed at informing consumers of uncompleted recalls. From 2014 onwards, manufacturers will be required to provide vehicle owners with the ability to search for recall information by entering their car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) in an online tool.
The new policy won’t take effect until August 14, 2014, giving manufacturers a full year to set up their systems. According to NHTSA, several manufacturers already offer this free-of-charge service, while the new policy will make it mandatory.
You won’t have to go to the automaker’s Web site, either; NHTSA will provide a common front end from a single location (safercar.gov).
Downside, and you know you’re going to hear it: “What’s a VIN, and where do I find it?”