Who to call for safety recall information.
Is there an 800 number one could call to find out about auto recalls? I have a 1989 Dodge Dynasty which leaks oil quite badly.
TOM: You bet there is, George. It's called The "Auto Safety Hotline," and it's operated by NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration--pronounced NIT-za). Those are the guys who put dummies into brand new cars and crash them into walls to see how safe they are. My brother worked for them for a while. He was one of the dummies.
RAY: The Auto Safety Hotline number is 1-800-424-9393. If you call it, you can find out if your Dynasty has been recalled for any reason.
TOM: You can also ask for all kinds of safety-related information, including new car crash test results.
RAY: By the way George, when our pal Andre Codrescu, the Romanian poet, first heard about this car, he said he couldn't understand why anyone would buy a car called "die-nasty" in the first place.