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Instant Recall


U.S. requires carmakers to offer data about recalls

DETROIT – Starting next summer, U.S. consumers will be able to search a database to find out whether recall repairs have been made to their cars or motorcycles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it will require major auto and motorcycle makers to give customers online access to databases so they can be searched by vehicle identification number.

Only about 70 percent of recalled vehicles are taken to dealers for repairs, leaving thousands of cars on the road with critical safety flaws. The database would let used car buyers or owners search the database free to see whether all recall work had been done.

By August of next year, consumers will be able to access automaker databases, or they can do the searches through the agency’s website.