The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new online tool in which car buyers and owners can use a vehicle's identification number to identify open or un-repaired safety recalls.
The site will show data if there's an open recall or it will tell drivers there are none. The agency also says used-car buyers can check for un-repaired vehicles before they make a purchase. You can find the search tool at www.SaferCar.gov.
Some 37.5-million vehicles were recalled in the United States in first six months of this year. That's more cars and trucks recalled than in any prior year.
First published August 20 2014, 12:19 PM