National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a free iOS app, the SaferCar app.
Looking for a new car? With the app you can access NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings. Get crash test ratings and compare them across different makes and models.
If you already own a car, there is a push feature to lets you know if your car has a safety recall.
“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.”
Besides getting NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings, the app also includes features like:
- 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.
- Help Installing Child Seats: 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.
Right now, the SaferCar app is only available for iPhone and iPod Touch devices, which can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Store. Development is also underway for a version compatible with Android devices.