Recall Center

About Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) oversees safety recalls of  motor vehicles as well as tires, child safety seats, and other items of motor vehicle equipment.  When one of these products experiences a safety-related defect or is not compliant with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), NHTSA is charged with ensuring public safety. Although almost all recalls are undertaken voluntarily by manufacturers, they may be strongly encouraged by NHTSA as part of an ongoing safety defect investigation, or advocated for by individuals or consumer groups who can petition NHTSA to open an investigation into a particular defect. Rarely, NHTSA will order an automaker or other supplier to conduct a recall. For a weekly update of the newest recalls, follow our #RecallRoundup via Twitter or Facebook.  To check a vehicle for recalls, investigations, complaints and other issues visit the Center’s Vehicle Safety Check. 

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Key Issues

Government selling recalled vehicles

Feds May Stop Selling Unrepaired Recalled Cars. August 20, 2020.

Recalled cabs and ride-shares on the road

Many taxi companies in U.S. aren’t required to fix cabs after safety recalls. CBS This Morning. May 10, 2019.

Used recalled cars sold to consumers

‘I’m paying for a deathtrap!’ Used cars sold in Tampa Bay with unrepaired safety recalls. WFLA. November 5, 2019.

Current Recalls & Investigations

Ongoing Problems

Tesla Autopilot

Kia and Hyundai Non-Crash Fires

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Automatic Emergency Braking

Major & Historic Recalls

Some recalls and investigations stand out from the rest. For example, the Ford Pinto will always be remembered for its exploding gas tanks long after everything else is forgotten about the car. Find out more about these recalls here