The Takata airbag recall has been the largest recall in United States automotive history, and it’s only getting bigger. Currently, more than 1 out of every 5 cars, or 57 million total autos out on U.S. roadways with open recalls. Though all of them may not be related to the Takata airbag recall, it’s enough vehicles to have people worried, and not just vehicle owners. If you’re someone who uses a ride-hailing app like Uber or Lyft regularly, there’s cause for concern that you may be riding in a vehicle with an open recall, as Yahoo Finance reports.
Right now, there’s nothing on the Uber or Lyft app that will alert passengers that their driver is in a vehicle with an open recall that hasn’t been fixed.
Even if their vehicle has been cleared for use by the two companies, keeping up with new recalls, which are announced regularly, is proving tricky.
When reaching out to Uber, a spokesperson said that they proactively waitlist drivers with vehicles that have open recalls as long as the recall includes “Do Not Drive” language from the NHTSA or the manufacturer. Lyft said that their drivers make a continuous representation that their vehicle is in safe operating order.
However, if you’re a passenger in an Uber or Lyft driver’s vehicle, and you are concerned about the status of their vehicle when it comes to recalls, there are some strategies to consider.
AirbagRecalls.com monitors Takata airbag recalls, and lists vehicles both by VIN and license plate number if known. Since both Uber and Lyft send you the license plate number before the vehicle arrives, that can come in handy if you want to check the vehicle for recalls before you get in.
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