Where to Check for Recalls for Your Car

Did you know you can go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and type in your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to learn if a specific vehicle needs to be repaired as part of a recall.

How to find your VIN Number

Look on the lower left of your car’s windshield for your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. I usually look from the outside and take a picture of it. Then it will be on your right hand (driver’s side) window in the lower right corner. Your VIN is also found on a sticker on the door, usually. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card. I just bought a new-to-me (used) SUV. I checked this site before I purchased it. I shared this site with my 18 year old son and taught him where to find the VIN for his SUV he bought last year. We never stop teaching (or learning) do we? #lifelonglearners

Here is a picture to show you what to look for.


What the VIN search tool will show

  • Vehicle safety recalls that have not been completed
  • Vehicle safety recalls conducted that span over the last 15 years
  • Vehicle safety recalls conducted by major automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers.

What the VIN search tool does not show

  • Completed safety recall information
  • Manufacturer customer service or other recalls that are not safety oriented
  • International vehicles
  • Might not include any very recent announcements for safety recalls where not all VINs have been identified
  • Safety recalls that have expired (those that are more than 15 years old)
  • Safety recalls conducted by small vehicle manufacturers, including some ultra-luxury brands and specialty applications

Where to Check for Recalls for Your Car

Click below to see if your car has any active recalls on it. Be sure to check the other tabs on this page. You will see recalls on tires, car seats, and other equipment.

Check Recalls

About the author


Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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