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NHTSA’s SaferCar App Taps Recall, Crash Test Info

By Admin on March 28, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an app called SaferCar that provides real-time vehicle-safety information for consumers.

Among other things, the SaferCar app allows consumers to find recall information and subscribe to automatic notices about recalled vehicles, among other features, according to NHTSA's press release. Users can also use the app to search for 5-star safety-rated vehicles and compare vehicles across brands.

The SaferCar app is especially helpful as it integrates real-time information with car safety information, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood emphasized. This will help ensure that users have all the information they need to drive safely.

Some of the features of the SaferCar app include:

  • 5-Star safety ratings. Consumers who are making vehicle purchasing choices can access the app for crash test ratings and other safety information and compare them across different makes and models.

  • Recalls and complaints. Automatic updates for recalls and complaints will be fed to consumers in real-time for vehicles they already own. The app also allows consumers to easily submit complaints to NHTSA.

  • Help with installing child-safety seats. With so many different types of vehicles and so many different types of child seats, it can be very difficult to properly install a child seat into a car. The app will give consumers directions to child seat inspection stations, and help drivers properly install their car seats and booster seats.

  • Safety headlines and alerts. Consumers can stay up-to-date on all the news and headlines from NHTSA. They can also receive "push notifications" when there's a safety alert about their vehicles.

NHTSA's SaferCar app is free and available for iPhone and iPod Touch devices. It can be downloaded from Apple's iTunes Store. A version for Android is currently not available, though NHTSA indicates that one is being developed.

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