It is common for automotive makers to release a car recall for things like mechanical problems or safety issues regarding a car they have manufactured. It is always suggested that new buyers research the cars they are interested in to see if there have been any car recalls. There are several ways to check the status of car recalls.
- Online Resources - There are so many different companies and agencies that provide recall information and statuses on the internet. For example, Motor Trend has a section where they list all current auto recalls.
- Manufacturer of the Particular Car - If you have a particular car you are interested in purchasing it may be wise to call the manufacturer directly. Contacting the makers headquarters will allow you to get all the information you desire, including current recalls. A good place to find auto manufacturer's contact information is ThomasNet. This is a database that has compiled the contact information for all manufacturers in every industry.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - The NHTSA is a government agency that strives to save lives through its efforts regarding driving and auto safety. The "Recalls, Defects, and Complaints Databases" tab on their website will take you to an overwhelmingly informative database where you can look up anything and everything about car recalls.
If you have already bought a new car, the manufacturer will automatically send any recall information to the address of the person who the car is registered to. It is important to read these recalls and take any suggested or required action immediately.