NHTSA Vehicle Recalls and Complaints


Source National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
File Size 1.12 GB
Dates Covered 1977-April 2007
Cost Snapshot

  • Nonmembers $150
  • Members $50
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalls and complaints database is broken down into a series of tables that can be cross- referenced. This data set includes records from 1977 through April 2007. Records for earlier years are incomplete.In early 2000, NHTSA changed this database significantly from previous years, combining all recall information into one table and all complaints information into one table (previously these were in three and two tables, respectively). It also reduced the need for lookup tables.

In 2003, NHTSA eliminated lookup tables by changing numeric coded data to a text description.

Record layouts and samples of this database

Main documentation (Readme.doc) 41.5 KB
Record Layout, Complaint table (comp_layout_05.txt) 1.3 KB
Record Layout, Recall table (recall_layout_05.txt) 1.9 KB
Sample Data, Complaint table (comp_sample.xls) 45.4 KB
Sample Data, Recall table (recall_sample.xls) 49.1 KB

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