The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a new smartphone app that provides consumers with real-time car safety information. The SaferCar app offers five-star crash-test ratings, car recall information and driving directions to the nearest child-seat inspection station for help installing a car seat. Users also can register their personal vehicles to get automatic recall alerts for the types of cars they drive in addition to important news bulletins from the NHTSA.
The SaferCar app is currently available for iPhone and iPod Touch devices, while apps for other devices, including for Android, are in development. The new app is part of the federal agency's ongoing effort to make it easier for consumers to access car safety information directly from the agency.
Would you use this type of smartphone app?
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