US Vehicle Recalls Database

Car companies typically announce recalls when they identify safety-related issues or defects in their vehicles that could pose a risk to the drivers, passengers, or others on the road. Recalls are usually initiated to address problems that could lead to accidents, injuries, or even fatalities. The announcement of recalls can happen at any time when a manufacturer becomes aware of a safety concern, and it’s not limited to a specific time of the year.

Vehicle Recalls in the USA by Manufacturer

When car companies might announce recalls

Here are a few common scenarios in which car companies might announce recalls:

Ongoing Monitoring: Car manufacturers continuously monitor the performance and safety of their vehicles even after they’ve been released to the market. If they identify a recurring problem that wasn’t initially anticipated, they may issue a recall.

Reports from Customers and Dealerships: Sometimes, individual vehicle owners or dealerships report issues that raise concerns about safety. These reports can trigger investigations, which might ultimately result in a recall if a widespread problem is discovered.

Regulatory Agencies: Government agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States monitor vehicle safety and can request recalls if they identify potential safety defects.

Internal Quality Control: Car manufacturers have rigorous quality control processes in place to identify any issues during production or after vehicles are on the road. If a pattern of defects is identified, a recall might be initiated.

Publicized Incidents: If a safety issue gains public attention due to accidents, injuries, or media coverage, car manufacturers may choose to conduct investigations and potentially issue recalls if the issue is widespread.

Software and Electronics: With the increasing integration of software and electronics in vehicles, recalls related to software glitches or electronic malfunctions have become more common. These can be announced when issues are identified through diagnostics or user complaints.

It’s important to note that there is no fixed schedule for when car companies announce recalls, as they are primarily driven by safety concerns. If you suspect that your vehicle might be subject to a recall, it’s a good practice to periodically check the manufacturer’s official website, contact your local dealership, or subscribe to recall alerts from relevant regulatory agencies. This way, you can stay informed and take appropriate action if your vehicle is affected by a recall.

In addition to the United States (this page), we are also tracking recalls throughout Europe, also specifically in Germany, as well as in the United Kingdom.