Check for Recalls

Manufacturers use state vehicle registration data to issue recall notices. If you do not maintain your state registration information, a future recall notice may not be sent to you. Make sure to update your address if you move.

CarMax also recommends that you register your car with the manufacturer as soon as you make a purchase. The details for registration vary by manufacturer, but you will usually need your address, date of purchase, VIN, and the year, make and model of your vehicle. By registering, you will receive information on open recalls, as well as other important information, directly from the manufacturer.  You also will be listed with the manufacturer as the current owner if a new recall is issued. As with www.safercar.gov, most manufacturers have VIN-specific recall look up tools on their websites.

Register at your car manufacturer’s website:

Visit your car manufacturer’s recall VIN look-up website:

You can also subscribe for email recall notifications from NHTSA at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/subscriptions/index.cfm. These notifications are not specific to your VIN, but are based on your car’s year and make. You can register up to five cars. By subscribing, you will receive an email whenever there is a recall for your selection.

You can also use the NHTSA VIN-specific recall look-up service to check for open recalls at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.