Here's a nice new government-sponsored safety alert system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will now send to any email address notification of recalls for tires, child safety restraints, school buses, motorcyles (and related equipment), and all passenger vehicles. On the latter, you can sign up to receive alerts about all vehicle recalls, or you can register to receive only recall alerts for up to five makes and model years (e.g., 2008 Hyundai). The make-and-model-year alerts may be the way to go because, otherwise, the consumer will have to wade through alerts for about 600 vehicle recalls each year. Go here for more information and to register.