New website makes finding recalled vehicles easier - WNEM TV 5

New website makes finding recalled vehicles easier

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

It seems like there is a new vehicle recall just about every day, so it can be hard to keep track of your car and make sure it is up to snuff.

A new national database is hoping to ease those worries and keep you and your family safe.

The U.S. Government is taking steps to make it easier for consumers to check auto recalls by launching the website safercar.gov. 

Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president of strategic and corporate alliances at Northwood University, said consumers now have immediate access to critical safety information about their vehicles. 

"We're catching up with the times and making it a lot more easy to access," Nash said.

When exploring the reliability data and safety information on several different manufacturers, Nash said consumers now have another reference point to rely on. 

"Autotrader, and get a rating. You can go to autos.com. This new website, go to consumer reports," Nash said.

Before you go on the government's website you'll have to pull up the VIN number. Take that with you before going to safercar.gov. 

"It'll be an arrow in the quivver of the consumer whose looking for the best product at the most competitive price," Nash said. 

According to the government, automakers must keep recalled information updated weekly on their websites. As for any burden on companies, Nash said that's what companies are supposed to do.

"They release that information on a regular basis. The companies have to do that by law," Nash said.

Used-car buyers can check for unrepaired vehicles before they make a purchase too. 

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