The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that by August 2014, vehicle manufacturers must provide online recall information for individual owners. In addition, the NHTSA said that automakers have to make recall notices more explicit by using the words "urgent safety recall," which will be in capital letters at the top of a notice.
"We all want speedy repair of recalled vehicles, and the goal here is to increase recall completion rates through greater consumer awareness," said Gloria Bergquist, with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. "Providing safety recall information on the websites of automakers is both effective and saves duplication of efforts."
According to the NHTSA, recalls that have not been completed will remain accessible on the online database for 15 years from the date the affected VINs were put online. Organizations are praising the decision by the NHTSA as it streamlines the recall process and makes shopping for a safe car easier.
"Automakers can provide a one-stop digital storeroom for consumer information that the government cannot provide," read the report from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. "Consumers go to automaker websites when they were looking to buy their car, so it makes sense to provide safety recall information on those same websites."
The NHTSA report showed that the the completion rate for recalled vehicles is only 70 percent. With the new requirements in place, they look to improve those numbers. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said shoppers are given the peace of mind knowing that they vehicle they are purchasing is safe.
Tips for those buying a car
Vehicle sales have been strong throughout 2013, and that trend is expected to continue. Those buying a car or truck should be thorough in seeking out good deals and avoiding recalls. Tools and resources are available to ensure you are buying a vehicle that will hold its value for years to come.
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