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NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) - Recalls

Manufacturers who determine that a product or piece of original equipment either has a safety defect or is not in compliance with Federal safety standards are required to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within 5 business days. NHTSA requires that manufacturers file a Defect and Noncompliance report as well as quarterly recall status reports, in compliance with Federal Regulation 49 (the National Traffic and Motor Safety Act) Part 573, which identifies the requirements for safety recalls. This information is stored in the NHTSA database. Use this data to search for recall information related to: • Specific NHTSA campaigns • Product types

NHTSA is an organization under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) whose mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety.

Dataset Summary

Agency Department of Transportation
Sub-Agency/Organization National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Category 23. Transportation
Date Released Dec 16 2002
Date Updated Jan 22 2021
Time Period 1949 to present
Frequency Daily

Dataset Information Data Category Type
Raw data
Specialized Data Category Designation Research
Keywords Phone, Paper, Email
Unique ID 83

Contributing Agency Information

Agency Program Page
Agency Data Series Page

Dataset Coverage

Unit of Analysis
Vehicles , Tires, Child Safety Seats, Equipment
Granularity United States
Geographic Coverage N/A

Data Description

Collection Mode
Data Collection Instrument N/A
Data Dictionary/Variable List

Dataset Quality

Data Quality Certification
Privacy and Confidentiality
Applicable Information Quality Guideline Designation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Additional Dataset Documentation

Technical Documentation
Additional Metadata N/A


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