Recall Check using Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
A vehicle recall occurs when a manufacturer (or the NHTSA) determines that a vehicle model (or several models) has a safety-related defect or does not comply with a federal safety standard. In such cases, the vehicle owner is issued a notice to get the recall work done and the manufacturer usually offers free repairs. If the owner does not get it repaired, the vehicle continues to have an open recall.
Does the Vehicle You are Buying Have an Open Recall?
When buying a vehicle, you need to check if the vehicle has any previous safety recall, especially when it is a pre-owned vehicle. Though you do not need to worry about an open recall when buying a new vehicle, as the manufacturer is obligated by the law to repair it, the case is not the same when it comes to used vehicles. Buying a vehicle with an open recall is a safety hazard to passengers and to others on the road alike.
VIN decoding allows you to check whether a vehicle you are planning to buy has an open recall. A VIN is a 17-digit unique serial number that acts as a fingerprint for individual vehicles. You can find the VIN of a car on the front of its engine, chassis, above the rear wheel tire, and driver side doorpost. In motorcycles, the VIN is on the motor near the bottom of the cylinders. You can decode it to get various details about a vehicle’s history.
What does VIN Decoding Tell You about Recall Events?
The vehicle history report you get after VIN decoding includes details such as junk salvage information, insurance information, odometer accuracy, and most importantly, recall events. The VIN check tells you these three information points about the recall events:
- Current recalls issued for your vehicle
- All safety recalls for your vehicle over the past 15 years
- Any recalls that are incomplete
NOTE: The VIN check report does not provide information on non-safety related recalls, recalls on international vehicles, or recently announced recalls.
How to Decode a VIN for Recall Check?
Once you locate the VIN, you can enter it into our website, and we will provide you instant detailed reports about the vehicle’s history, including any closed or open recall. The check, in addition to providing the information you need to make the right decision, also saves you from buying an open recall vehicle.
Sign up to enter as many VINs as you wish, and get information on any unresolved recall notices on your vehicle.
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