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Check your car's recall history

Check your car's recall history

Credit: KVUE News

by Terri Gruca

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kvue.com

Posted on August 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 30 at 10:37 PM

You’ve seen me mention car recalls here a lot in the past two years. I get the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recalls e-mailed to me each week and it would be impossible to post all of them.

If you have moved since purchasing your car you may not get the notice in the mail. So it's important to check.

And here's another reason to check, CarFax says last year 1.4 million cars did not undergo the necessary recall repairs and still changed hands. Meaning plenty of used cars are being sold with repairs that should be made.

The government estimates that 25 percent of owners of recalled vehicles never get those problems fixed, meaning an estimated 37 million vehicles the government wants repaired for safety reasons never get the fix.

Here are some helpful tools to help you search a car’s history.

CarFax has a terrific site to help you pinpoint recalls by car. You will need the car's VIN.

You can always go here to the NHTSA check to see if your car has ever been part of any recall.

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