According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), tens of millions of vehicle recalls occur every year in the U.S. Keeping up with the latest recall information can be difficult, so to make things easier, the NHTSA is launching the new SaferCar app.
The new app provides users with up-to-date recall information and notifications. Using it is easy – after downloading the app to their mobile device, users simply enter their vehicle information based on the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), while also adding any auto-related equipment they would like to monitor, including things like tires, car seats, or trailers. Users can add as many vehicles as they like to their “virtual garage.”
With all the information entered, the app will then provide notifications if a recall is issued, providing up-to-the-minute safety info. The app will even point consumers to local dealerships handling the vehicle repairs to make things even easier.
The new NHTSA app is free to download, and is available for both iOS and Android devices. NHTSA also stipulates that it won’t sell consumer information to any outside parties, and does not store any user data at NHTSA.
“In today’s world, smartphones are the tool of choice for many tasks – and the updated SaferCar app is a new safety tool at the public’s disposal,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The SaferCar app allows you to store your information locally on your device and then the app goes to work to inform you of recalls as they occur – and owners can more quickly get their free recall repairs scheduled.”
With the complexity of modern vehicles and overflow of information directed at consumers these days, this “set it and forget it” approach to vehicle recalls makes a lot of sense. Check out the NHTSA’s app in the following brief video: