Car Safety: Have I Got an App for You!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a new app to help you and your family stay safe — just do not use it while you are driving.

Originally released in March of this year, the SaferCar app is free from iTunes for iPod Touch and iPhone devices. NHTSA is working on a version for Android products.

NHTSA is the premier source of automobile safety information in the United States. With a trove of safety data, reports and ratings, the agency does its best to get safety information to consumers. With the SaferCar app, NHTSA puts you in the driver’s seat with timely and topical information you might need, including:

  • Ratings: No more digging around websites and books, NHTSA gives you access to five-star rating information to compare cars and models you might be interested in buying, renting or leasing.
  • Recalls: Do you drive a Honda Odyssey van, Yamaha motorcycle or maybe a BMW? If you do, the SaferCar app has recent recall information for you. The SaferCar app allows you to register your vehicle and receive information about problems and complaints specific to your car.
  • Complaints: Speaking of complaints, the SaferCar has a quick and easy interface to let NHTSA know all about the defect you might have noticed on your car.
  • Car seats: Properly installing car seats is essential for the safety of young family members. Not only can you get installation advice from the SaferCar app, but find out where to go locally to get your car seat checked out.

In an effort to spread the word, NHTSA also provides the application programming interface (API) to developers interested in building NHTSA information into their own apps and websites.

Check out the SaferCar app. It may allow you to avoid an accident and get a little help keeping your family safe.

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