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How do you find recent car recalls?

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As of 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation provides information on recall campaigns from 1966 to present at Recall.gov and SaferCar.gov, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publishes information on its website related to vehicles that failed to comply with federal emissions requirements. Websites such as Edmunds.com, AutoBlog.com and AutoNews.com also frequently feature articles and other information about recent vehicle recalls.

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The NHTSA information includes recall campaigns due to a safety related defect or failure to meet the federal motor vehicle safety standards. This includes information on motor vehicle recalls, child safety seat recalls, motor vehicle equipment recalls and tire recalls. It is also possible to view information related to school bus recalls, as well as monthly recall reports that list any notable safety recalls during a given month.

The EPA recall information is provided by its Office of Transportation and Air Quality, which is responsible for checking that vehicles comply with emissions standards throughout the life of the vehicle. If a large number of vehicles in a certain class or model fail to meet these requirements, the EPA can force the manufacturer to issue a recall. The manufacturer may also voluntary issue a recall for emissions-related problems.

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