Since the beginning of the automotive industry, great strides in safety have been made. From seatbelts and airbags to newer technology such as automatic braking and lane-departure warnings, safety has been a major concern of the automotive industry. With safety as such a concern, it is no surprise that vehicles get recalled frequently for safety and mechanical issues. In fact, in 2016, for every vehicle sold, there were 3.1 vehicles recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a database for recalls where people can check their vehicles. Yahoo Finance reports that consumers have another way to check for recalls: The Vehicle Recall Search Service.
After launching in March 2018, the VRSS is close to celebrating its second anniversary. The program was developed in partnership with CARFAX and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation.
This tool allows for approved commercial and government entities, auto insurers, and finance companies to search for open recalls free of charge.
There are eight state DMV agencies registered to utilize the tool that provides supplemental recall notifications to consumers. New York was the first DMV to implement these checks during the inspection process. Ohio utilizes the VRSS during the registration process.
In Ohio, during the first month of using the VRSS system, 121,000 vehicles with open recalls were identified. 23,000 of them had open Takata airbag recalls.
This tool, combined with the efforts of automakers and dealerships, may be pivotal in efforts to improve safety by informing vehicle owners of open recalls. Once notified, the owners can address the issue at no cost to them.
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