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The NHTSA’s New Recall Tool Is Really Sweet

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall checker tool just got a useful update in the form of a tool that allows users to break down all of an automakers recalls, rather than just typing in one VIN number or make and model years. There’s a robust set of filters, too, and you now have the ability to export multiple notices into a variety of file types with the click of a button.

This is extremely nerdy stuff, and for the vast majority of people, simply checking alerts for the few cars they own definitely suffices. But if you’re really curious, the new site is powerful, and certainly makes manufacturers’ recall histories and overall reliability more visible to the public. It’s not just for new cars, either — the database goes back more than 50 years, which initially isn’t obvious until you mess with the “report received date” filter. I’m looking forward to all the weird poopies folks uncover with this — data lovers rejoice!
NHTSA Recalls by Manufacturer | Open Data | Socrata

Have fun folks ! :p
 

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This (the new data retrieval) is excellent.

It also shows that Daimler is kinda trashy... especially if you add M-B + DTNA + Daimler Vans (Sprinter and Metris only - yes, just those two models have more recalls than FCA). FCA doesn't do badly at all!

But I wonder what time period this covers. Last week? Probably not very representative.

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The number of recalls per manufacturer do not tell the full story. One recall may not involve many vehicles, or pose a very serious condition.

I’ve seen safety recalls affecting 2-5 vehicles, and safety recalls affecting hundreds of thousands of vehicles for one potential defect.

I’ve seen safety recalls to replace a missing or misplaced warning label or correction to an owner’s manual, or safety recalls which involve potential fires - with a warning to park the vehicle outside and not by a structure until the recall has been performed.
 

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The number of recalls per manufacturer do not tell the full story. One recall may not involve many vehicles, or pose a very serious condition.

I’ve seen safety recalls affecting 2-5 vehicles, and safety recalls affecting hundreds of thousands of vehicles for one potential defect.

I’ve seen safety recalls to replace a missing or misplaced warning label or correction to an owner’s manual, or safety recalls which involve potential fires - with a warning to park the vehicle outside and not by a structure until the recall has been performed.
True, in fact Ram had one liek that recently, but generally having lots and lots and lots of them for a relatively small product line is not good.
 
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