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3 Vehicle Labels Required by Law

When you’ve been in an automobile accident and your vehicle can be repaired, the body shop you take it to should do the best job they can to restore it to as good as new condition. This includes putting required labels on doors, windows or engines to provide important information. Some labels, such as a Vehicle Safety Certification Label, are used to identify your vehicle.

VIN Label

A label with the Vehicle Identification Number must be placed where it can be easily seen through the windshield to help identify a car. If the dash displaying the label needs to be replaced after an accident, then the auto body shop should order a replacement VIN sticker and place it where it can be seen. A VIN sticker tells facts like the engine type, the manufacturer of the vehicle, where it was built and the model of the car.

Emission Standards Label

The federal government requires a label with the vehicle’s emission standards information to be permanently placed on the engine compartment. If this compartment is damaged and needs to be replaced, then the mechanic doing the repair needs to make sure the label is replaced. This information includes the vehicle’s manufacturer and their trademark, the engine displacement, the exhaust emission standards, which fuels it operates on if other than gas or diesel, and it must be labeled “Vehicle Emission Control Information.”

Vehicle Safety Certification Label

Vehicles must also display Vehicle Safety Certification Labels must be permanently attached to a vehicle, such as on hinge pillar, the door latch post or the door’s edge which meets the post. It must be attached to the driver’s side as well. The label shows the vehicle has passed safety inspections required by law.

When you pick up your car after it has been repaired, check for these labels.