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Is your vehicle part of a recall? Find out in 3 easy steps.

It seems like every other day we hear about another auto recall. In fact, just last month Japanese air-bag manufacturer Takata Corp. had to file for bankruptcy protection due to an air-bag recall involving 100 million potentially defective inflators, according to a report by the Associated Press. With 69 million of these inflators in the United States alone, it represents the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

Given how common recalls have become, you may wonder how you can check to see if your car is safe. Well, you just need to follow these three simple steps:

  1. Visit the NHTSA website: Fortunately, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety administration (NHTSA) provides a website you can use to look up recalls associated with your vehicle. This particular service allows you to check for recalls over the past 15 years, including recalls by major auto and motorcycle manufacturers.
    However, it is important to note that this service may not cover international vehicles or small vehicle manufacturers, particularly some ultra-luxury brands. In addition, it may not include very recent recalls since it may take some time to identify all potentially impacted vehicles.
    It is also worth noting that there are other apps and services you can use to check recall information, including some that provide the accident history of your vehicle.
  2. Enter your VIN: Once you are on the NHTSA recall website, you simply need to enter your car's 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You can usually locate the VIN on the lower left of your car's windshield. Your VIN should also be located on the car's title and registration card. If you are having difficulty locating your VIN, the NHTSA website also allows you to search by vehicle year, make and model.
  3. Review the listed recalls: After entering you VIN, you can review the recalls associated with your vehicle. If you are lucky, none will be listed -- although, sadly, that doesn't happen as often as we would like.

If there are automotive recalls linked to your vehicle, you should call your dealership right away and schedule a time to get the issue fixed. After all, you don't want to be driving a car with defective parts.

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