Chicago Automobile Trade Association

Auto recall database set to launch Aug. 20

August 15, 2014
Beginning Aug. 20, any individual interested in buying or selling a vehicle can submit VIN information at various websites and immediately determine if a vehicle has any unrepaired recalls. 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is moving forward with new rules, first announced in August 2013, that require all major automakers and motorcycle manufacturers to provide owners with online access to recall information on vehicles searchable by VIN.
The search feature will be at the NHTSA’s website as well as the automakers’ websites. The websites must be updated at least weekly. The rules apply to automakers that sell at least 25,000 vehicles a year, and motorcycle manufacturers that sell at least 5,000 motorcycles per year. 
The manufacturers must make information available on uncompleted recalls for at least 15 years from the date they first provided the list of recalled vehicles to dealers.
Under the new rules, automakers also are required to provide vehicle owners with direct notice of recalls within 60 days of notifying NHTSA that a recall is occurring.


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