NHTSA Releases New Labels and SaferCar App for Android

By | February 13, 2014
Vehicle owners aren't always aware when a recall has been issued, and to help with this dilemma, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that starting on February 18, all automakers have to use a distinct label on mailings when notifying owners of recalls. This will hopefully distinguish recall notices from other pieces of mail and will prevent people from accidentally discarding the announcement. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary, said in a recent statement that "Recalls only work if consumers are aware of them. This new label will allow consumers to quickly recognize recall notices mailed to their homes so they can act quickly to get their vehicles, child restraints, tires, or other motor vehicle equipment fixed." Only manufacturers involved in recalls must adhere to this new rule, which is one of many tools the NHTSA has released to improve recall notification to consumers. Along with the new label, the organization has also released an iOS app so consumers may have all recall information at their fingertips. Joining this is the new SaferCar app for Android, which was recently released.
To help with recall awareness, the NHTSA suggests that consumers should register vehicles, tires, and car seats with either the manufacturers or the NHTSA. Added to that, consumers should sign up for phone alerts with the SaferCar app and check for open recalls on new and used cars. Source: NHTSA