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File a Vehicle Safety Complaint

Form Approved: OMB No. 2127-0008; Expires 05/31/2018

Your Complaint is Important


COMPLETE this 5-step form -- it takes about 5 minutes, and have the following information handy:

  • Email Address -- To file a complaint without one or for other assistance, please call the Vehicle Safety Hotline (Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236 / Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1-800-424-9153).
  • Your VIN
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  • Make
  • Model
  • Year of your vehicle
  • Any documentation you have related to your complaint, such as photos or a police report
  • Complaints involving Takata inflators: Please type "Takata Recall" at the beginning of your complaint description on Step 3 of this form.
  • ALL complaints are reviewed.
  • Some complaints may lead to an investigation.
  • Some investigations lead to recalls.

Note: The review and investigation process MAY take a long time, but don't worry--you will be notified if there is a recall.

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All the information that you submit to NHTSA will be transmitted using a secure mechanism.