Vehicle manufacturers must notify car owners of all recalls. However, owners can also check for any applicable recalls at Vinrcl.SaferCar.gov. Manufacturers typically send notification by mail. Online inquiries require entry of the vehicle identification number to generate results.
Most manufacturers attempt to identify vehicle owners for notification by merging their purchase records with state vehicle registration databases. If state registration information is not available, manufacturers must notify their distribution chains and any known owners of recalled vehicles. An owner's failure to receive notification from the manufacturer does not release the manufacturer from its obligation to repair or replace the defective part at no charge.