The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a redesigned mobile app, SaferCar, that automatically checks whether a recall is issued and alerts users when a recall occurs.
Available for both iOS and Android, it allows users to save their vehicles, car seats, equipment, or tires in a virtual garage on their smartphone.
“In today’s world, smartphones are the tool of choice for many tasks—and the updated SaferCar app is a new safety tool at the public’s disposal,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The SaferCar app allows you to store your information locally on your device and then the app goes to work to inform you of recalls as they occur—and owners can more quickly get their free recall repairs scheduled.”
The same tools that power the NHTSA.gov website, combined with the capabilities of a mobile app, enable an enhanced experience for mobile users to access critical safety information without the need for NHTSA to develop additional services.
Because each user’s information is stored only on their device, no personal information can be shared with NHTSA—ensuring a safe and private user experience. Once the user sets up their virtual garage, the app checks for safety recalls every day, and will notify the user if an issue requires their attention.