Safety Recalls API

CarScan Safety Recall API works on all vehicles sold in the US since 1996. It provides information on a vehicle’s recalls issued by NHTSA.

This API provides data on the following elements:

  • Descriptiong of the safety issue
  • Corrective action the OEM will take regarding this safety recall
  • Consequence if safety issue is not resolved
  • Date of recall issue

For specific details, please see our API Documentation for Safety Recalls.

Testing the API

This document will guide a user to testing the endpoint without having to touch any code other than the endpoint data.

1 – Register an account for free or login to grab your API keys.

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Once you reach your dashboard, click Next as shown below to view your keys.

2 – Download and open your RESTful client

Install Advanced REST client for Google Chrome.

Open the client by going to the app. Then click Launch app.

3 – Add Safety Recall API endpoint and data

Once you’re at the main screen of the client insert the endpoint and parameter data into the Request URL field at the top.

Example endpoint and parameter data 1 (copy and paste the line below into the client):

4 – Adding your header

At this point we’re prepping to add your authorization and partner keys to the header, first lets setup the header.

Under Parameters, click Insert headers set.

The default header will display, then click USE THIS SET

The result should look like below:

5 – Adding your keys to the header

Here we’re going to add your keys to the header. First lets open up some fields in your header by clicking ADD HEADER twice.

It should look like this.

Now add your keys to the empty header fields.

6 – Sending your request

Submit your request by clicking SEND. The response may take a few seconds.

Your response should look something like the below.
If so, congrats and thank you for using CarScan’s API!


Each response is broken down into two portions, one is the message which contains basic diagnostic results of the request and the other is the data.

Your safety recall information will be contained in the ‘data’ field.