VIN Decoder: Tool helps shops understand safety equipment on vehicles

Automobiles have become extremely complex – and it is more important than ever for independent repair shops to understand what safety equipment is on particular vehicles.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s VIN Decoder is a top-notch tool that does just this.

The NHTSA tool will help ensure safety equipment is properly working before shops release vehicles to customers. Supporters say using the tool will help protect shops from litigation.

To access the tool, go to