Recall Search Tool Hits 100M Cars in Under a Year
Aug. 20, 2019—One hundred 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) reached the milestone this month after launching in March 2018. Approved commercial and government entities, like state departments of motor vehicles, auto insurers and finance companies, are able to search for open recalls. Currently there are six state DMVs signed up for the tool, with New York being the first DMV to fully implement checks for open recalls during the vehicle inspection process to help improve public safety.
Since the New York DMV started using VRSS 10 months ago, they've checked 9.4 million vehicles and identified more than 1.6 million vehicles with open recalls. Drivers of vehicles that have open recalls are notified at the time of inspection and recall details are included on the state inspection report.
The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) is also working to implement VRSS into their emissions inspection process.