GREENSBORO, NC -- We're going to take a minute to go over how to look up a recall on your vehicle and there's a good reason why; last year automakers recalled 53-million cars for various issues.

Usually you get a card in the mail alerting you, but that's not 100%.

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The place to start is the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website. To find out about any recalls, you need to know your vehicle’s VIN. It's your vehicle's fingerprint. The 17-character line on the lower left of your windshield.

Then you type the info into the search bar and it will bring up recalls for the last 15 years. Now, what if there is no recall on your car but you think maybe there should be? NHTSA has a way for you to register a vehicle safety complaint. It's a 5-step form and they say it takes about 5 minutes.

You'll need your VIN and any documentation about your complaint.

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