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New app tells you if your car has been recalled


There are plenty of apps for smart phones if you want to play games or catch sales at the stores.

But more and more, the smart phone is becoming a safety device as well.

Recently, the American Red Cross launched an app that will warn you if a tornado has been spotted in your area.

Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is in the app business.

NHTSA has launched a new app that will tell you if there is a recall for your vehicle.  You can also register a safety complaint about your vehicle through the app.

The application, "SaferCar" will also let people look at government safety ratings for new and used vehicles, as well as the nearest location where you can get your child's car safety seat inspected for proper installation.

NHTSA Administrator David Strickland says he was the first customer to load the app on his I-phone, and the first to give it a review (he liked it.)

The app is available only for Apple I-phones right now, but the agency is developing one that will work on Android smart phones.

NHTSA is encouraging outside app developers to develop new applications using the agency's data.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.