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New Apps Lets Owners Find Cars With Vehicle Recall Warnings

Two new smartphone apps give car owners the chance to find out if their car is on a vehicle recall list. One of these apps, developed by used car retailer Carfax, allows owners or potential buyers to enter the vehicle’s license plate information. The app then searches a database to determine if the car, truck, or van is on a vehicle recall list. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has a similar app, which allows car owners to look up the data through the car’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number.

Details of the Vehicle Recall App

The Carfax app lets users enter the license plate number for any vehicle in its database. The app shows if the car is on a vehicle recall list, as well as the specific safety issues that prompted the recall. The app also shows if the problems that spurred the vehicle recall have been repaired on that specific vehicle. The app is available for both Android and iPhone users and is geared toward raising awareness of used cars on manufacturer vehicle recall lists.

NHTSA Creates Vehicle Recall Lookup Tool

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has also developed a vehicle recall app. Instead of using the license plate numbers, the NHTSA vehicle recall uses the car’s Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN. Unlike license plates, which can be removed and transferred to different vehicles, the VIN is printed onto the vehicle itself. Buyers can find the VIN on the corner of the dashboard near the windshield, or inside the driver’s side door near the latches.

Vehicle Recalls Make Headlines

In recent years, some major vehicle recalls have made front-page news. A defective ignition switch in millions of General Motors cars and trucks prompted a massive vehicle recall. The recall stems from the ignition system causing the vehicle to lose power when bumped or jolted. The Takata airbag recall also affected millions of vehicles from at least ten manufacturers. The recall stems from a volatile gas used in the inflation system, which can cause the airbag assembly to explode and propel shrapnel into the driver and front passenger seats.

Texas Vehicle Recalls Become A Widespread Problem

A report from a Dallas TV station showed that nearly 20 percent of all vehicles in Texas have vehicle recall issues that have not been repaired. The high percentage of unaddressed recalls makes Texas second only to California in that regard. A spokesman for Carfax told reporters that more than 4,000,000 Texas vehicles are on a vehicle recall list. He also said that more than 400,000 used vehicles purchased in Texas last year were on a vehicle recall list. In most cases, the buyer was unaware of the safety recall.

Sources: NBCDFW.com, Edmunds

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NOTE: This post is a news story and does not imply an endorsement of the Amaro Law Firm by Carfax, the NTHSA, or any other concerned parties.