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Recall Search Tool Flags Millions of Open Safety Recalls, Including Takata Airbags

LAS VEGAS, Feb.A 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A More than 257 million vehicles have now been processed through a search tool aimed at creating greater consumer awareness of auto recalls. The Vehicle Recall Search Service (VRSS) has identified over 8 million vehicles on the road with an open recall, of which 1.7 million of them had an open Takata airbag recall. We now know nearly 39% of those, or 656,000 vehicles with an open Takata airbag recall, have been repaired.
Recall Search Tool Flags Millions of Open Safety Recalls, Including Takata Airbags
The VRSS is closing in on its two-year anniversary after launching in March 2018. The program was developed jointly by CARFAX and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a newly combined trade association representing innovative manufacturers and value chain partners who together produce nearly 99% of all light-duty vehicles sold in the United States. With this tool, approved commercial and government entities, like state departments of motor vehicles (DMVs), auto insurers and finance companies, are able to search for open recalls for thousands of autos at once, free of charge. Currently, there are eight state DMVs registered to use the tool to provide supplemental recall notifications to consumers. New York was the first DMV to fully implement checks for open recalls during the vehicle inspection process using VRSS, and Ohio during the registration process. Ohio launched their registration program earlier this year. In the first month, 121,000 vehicles with an open recall were identified, including 23,000 with an open Takata airbag recall. Vehicle safety recall information is printed on registration renewal notices, which are sent through the mail.
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