How to Check if Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled

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If you own a car, staying up-to-date on recall information is essential. A recall occurs when a car manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a car model has a safety defect or doesn't meet federal safety standards.


To find out if your vehicle has been recalled, you can visit one of two websites. The first website is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA has a tool to check for recalls through the following categories:

  • Vin
  • Vehicle
  • Car seats
  • Tires
  • Equipment

To begin the process of finding a recall, enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) into the search bar and hit search. If you are unsure where your VIN is, you can locate it on your car’s registration card, insurance card, or on the lower left half of your car’s windshield.

Kelley Blue Book

Through a similar process, you can also use the Kelley Blue Book database to find a recall. However, you are also able to search your vehicle by license plate and make/model. You can also find some of the latest recalls from the NGTSA on their recall page.

If you find that your car has been recalled, it's important to take action right away. Depending on the recall, you may need to take your car to a dealer to have it repaired. In some cases, the recall may require that you stop driving your car until the recall can be repaired.

We Can Help

If you were injured due to a recall, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your legal rights, contact our product liability lawyers today. With having secured over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our client, it’s no surprise that we have the experience and resources to take on some of the biggest names.

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