While many car shoppers say safety is a big factor in their choice of new car, there hasn’t been an easy to way to access data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The government agency’s website is clunky at best, and close to unusable on mobile devices.
That’s why NHTSA decided to release the SaferCar app for mobile iOS devices. Users can easily access crash test ratings, recalls and complaints about hundreds of cars. Use the app to scan your car’s VIN and it will even alert you to news and recall notices. The app also helps with the proper installation of child safety seats by directing users to the nearest fire or police station and other entities that can assist.
But possibly a more important piece of news from NHTSA today is that it will open up its databanks and Application Programming Interfaces (API) to other app developers so the data can be used in other apps. NHTSA will even publish an online course to teach programmers how to access and use the APIs.