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October 24, 2020

These Brands Now Offer Online Recall Checkers

Every carmaker is committed to upholding the highest quality of their products and services, and maintaining transparency is important in prioritizing customer safety. As vehicles become increasingly complex, there are cases where manufactured vehicles have concerns with certain parts which may affect its overall performance. This is why carmakers issue Service Campaigns or Recalls.

Having a recall doesn’t mean the entire car is defective. It simply means that there is an isolated issue with a particular vehicle part or system that’s in need of repair or replacement.

As car owners become much savvier, carmakers have responded by offering a more convenient way for them to check the status of their vehicle.

To do so, you need your vehicle identification number or VIN. Depending on the car make and model, it could be found at several possible locations such as at a plate at the base of the windshield or a plate by the inner driver or passenger side door. The most common place to find it though is through your vehicle’s OR/CR where it’s listed as the Chassis Number:

If you still prefer the old-fashioned way, you can still contact any authorized dealer to find out if your vehicle is included in any service campaign or recall.

In addition, carmakers are required by law to notify the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), particular the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau or CPAB, and to send out letters to the registered owner.

Responding to a service campaign or recall notice in a timely fashion is very important. It’s best to get the work done as soon as possible to keep the ownership experience hassle-free. It’s also important to contact the service department of your dealership before taking your car in for the service, to be sure replacement parts will be available.

Check out these official links to Service Campaign VIN checkers depending on your car’s make and model. This list will be periodically updated once more brands activate their own online VIN check:

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