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A vehicle identification number (VIN) is the 17-digit "name," made up of numbers and characters, that an automobile manufacturer assigns to an individual vehicle. Vehicle identification numbers can reveal many things about automobiles, including their airbag type, country of origin, engine size, model year, vehicle type, trim level and plant name. The VIN (sometimes known, redundantly, as the VIN number) is the key to safety. Just enter a VIN in the free search tool from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to see whether a vehicle is subject to a recall.

Typically, the vehicle identification number is stamped into a plate that's mounted on the dashboard near the windshield or the driver-side door jamb. It's also stamped on the engine's firewall. A VIN is also important for purchasing replacement parts for your vehicle. Bring it along when you buy. Vehicle parts are often specific to certain VINs and may not fit your car if you only go by its year, make and model.

Approximately 36,000 Ford vehicles equipped with defective Takata air bags are under recall. The recall covers the 2006 model year Ford Ranger vehicles. According to the recall, the airbag inflators pose a higher risk of exploding in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles are being recalled to replace faulty Takata airbag inflators. Decode your Ford VIN to get all the information about your vehicle. Ford VIN decoder can be used to determine everything from vehicle body and drive type to fuel tank capacity to vehicle safety rating.

All vehicle owners will receive a letter from Ford notifying you of the recall. When you receive the letter, please contact your local dealer to schedule a service appointment, dealers will repair recalled vehicles free of charge. Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall, do a free VIN check on our online tool to determine if your Ford vehicle is under recall.

The first car VIN was the 2013 Scion FR-S. There was one item that stood out: The VIN decoder shows the manufacturer is Subaru, not Scion (now reabsorbed back into Toyota). This is not an error. The Scion FR-S and its twin, the Subaru BRZ, are the products of a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota. Both are manufactured at Subaru's plant in Japan.

Each character or set of characters within a Ford VIN indicates specific vehicle information including the vehicle’s model and model year, make, where it was manufactured, and more. Ford VIN decoder instantly provides more than these vehicle specifications plus a full vehicle history report. We also provide information on the market value, equipment details, fuel efficiency, safety rating, current warranty, recalls and defects of a Ford vehicle.

Whether you are looking for a set of brake discs, oil filters or flywheels for your Ford vehicle, search by VIN and find the right part for your vehicle at the Ford online store. Ford produces high quality original parts that are designed to fit and enhance your Ford vehicle perfectly.

Decode a Ford VIN which could be important to you as an owner or as a buyer. For more interesting facts about Ford, Ford vehicles or to get a free Ford vehicle history report, visit our Ford VIN decoder now.

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