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July 16, 2013

Shopping For A New Car? Research Vehicle Safety with NHTSA ‘SaferCar’ App

NHTSA-SaferCar-app-App_iconThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a free mobile Apple app for iPhones and iPod touches that will offer real-time vehicle safety information from NHTSA’s site. Are you shopping for a new car? Then be sure to take NHTSA’s SaferCar app along with you as you shop to search 5-Star Safety Ratings for vehicles by make and model, locate car seat installation help, file a vehicle safety complaint, find recall information, and subscribe to automatic notices about vehicle recalls. The app can currently be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Store; ; development is also underway for a version compatible with Android devices.

NHTSA-SaferCar-app-categoriesMillions of consumers already rely on this data to inform their purchasing decisions on popular automobile review sites; now they’ll be able to access it in real-time, for added assistance while out on the dealer’s lots.

“Safety is our highest priority, and we’re always working to find new and better ways for people to access SaferCar, one of the most popular programs on our website,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This app takes advantage of the latest technology to ensure that consumers have the real-time information they need to buy safe, drive safe and stay safe.”

The new SaferCar app gives consumers immediate access to key safety information to help them make informed decisions, with features including:

  • NHTSA-SaferCar-app-safety-ratings5-Star Safety Ratings: Consumers considering vehicle purchases can look up crash test ratings and compare them across different makes and models.
  • Recalls and Complaints: App users can stay on top of safety issues for vehicles they already own. Consumers can register their vehicles to be notified by NHTSA if a safety issue is discovered. The app also makes it simple to submit complaints to NHTSA regarding possible safety problems with a particular vehicle.
  • Child Seat Installation Info:  The app helps consumers ensure their most precious passengers ride safe. Users can quickly get driving directions to the nearest child seat inspection station and get assistance to properly install their car seats and boosters.
  • Safety Headlines and Alerts: App users can receive important news and information from NHTSA, as well as recall notices and push notices on their recorded vehicles. 

NHTSA-SaferCar-app-child-safety-seat-info“Timely, accurate, and accessible safety data is the lifeblood of our agency’s work,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “The new SaferCar app literally puts the latest in vehicle safety information directly in the hands of consumers so they can make the appropriate purchasing and other decisions for themselves and their families.”

The launch of the NHTSA app is part of ongoing efforts by the nation’s chief automotive safety agency to make it easier for consumers to access and submit information about important vehicle safety concerns. Earlier this year, the agency also updated resources on its website to enable consumers to quickly locate information on specific safety defect investigations, complaints and vehicle recalls. 




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