New NHTSA App Sends Vehicle Recall Information to Your Phone
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a new app designed to notify drivers of vehicle and equipment recalls.
Vehicle Recall App Helps Drivers Stay Safe
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 53 million vehicles, car seats, tires, and equipment were recalled last year.
Despite this number, only several of those defects were fixed, meaning that vehicles with potentially dangerous problems remain on the roads. According to a 2017 Detroit Free Press story, the number of unrepaired vehicles under recall is 30%.
To encourage consumers to repair their vehicles quickly and easily, the NHTSA has launched a smartphone app that provides information about recalls and where to schedule repairs.
How the Vehicle Recall App Works
According to the Detroit Free Press, once consumers download the app, they are asked to enter their vehicle identification number, or VIN, to get information and notifications regarding their specific models. They can also enter information about their equipment or car seats, the agency said. The app automatically checks for recalls daily and sends alerts when relevant. The app will also recommend dealerships for repairs.
User data is stored on the phone only and won’t be sent back to the agency. The app became available last week for download on the Google Play store and the Apple App store.
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