More than 257 million vehicles have now been processed through the Vehicle Recall Search Service (VRSS), a tool aimed at creating greater consumer awareness of auto recalls.

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 percent 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.

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. Nearly 39 percent of those, or 656,000 vehicles with an open Takata airbag recall, have been repaired, according to Carfax.

Currently, there are eight state DMVs registered to use the tool to provide supplemental recall notifications to consumers. 

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