Great news when it comes to getting recall information. There is a new tool that makes searching for recall information easier and more efficient. It's a new recalls dashboard launched this month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA says the cloud-based dashboard offers "user-friendly and transparent ways to sort, filter, visualize and export recall data." It's updated daily and you can check it out here.
“This new dashboard provides unprecedented transparency into the recall process,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, NHTSA’s Acting Administrator. “More than 50 years of recall data are now easily available to the media, researchers, safety advocates, and anyone interested in learning more about vehicle safety. This initiative is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s commitment to safety on our roadways, and it provides increased transparency and accountability to the American people.”
The new dashboard allows you to filter various data and search by keyword. You can export the data in CSV, TSV for Excel, XML, and other formats. It also presents data in easy-to-read charts and graphs. A color-coded pie chart breaks down recalls by manufacturer to show current recalls. It also conveniently provides a direct like to the recall on the NHTSA site.
It's an improvement over the old system. NHTSA says it previously made its recall data available through a bulk download. Users were required to download large data files and import them into a database like Microsoft Access. NHTSA says this data has long been available to the public, but the new dashboard makes all of that information easier to access and analyze.
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