A search tool focused on bringing consumers the information they need about auto industry recalls recently managed a significant feat, over 100,000,000 cars have been processed using the tool.
Carfax and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers jointly developed the Vehicle Recall Search Service, which launched in March 2018.
Those groups say approved commercial and government entities such as state departments of motor vehicles, auto insurers and finance companies can search for open recalls for thousands of autos at once. And they can do it free of charge.
According to the groups, the VIN search tool supplements automakers’ efforts and works toward informing the public so they can address recalls and improve safety.
Six state DMVs are currently signed up for the tool. New York is the first DMV to fully implement checks for open recalls during the vehicle inspection process, which the groups say helps improve public safety.
The New York DMV started using VRSS 10 months ago. In that time, it has checked 9.4 million vehicles and identified more than 1.6 million vehicles with open recalls. Drivers of vehicles with open recalls receive notification at the time of inspection, with recall details included on the state inspection report.
The California Bureau of Automotive Repair also seeks to implement VRSS into its emissions inspection process.
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