COLUMBUS — In an effort to ensure the safety of Ohio’s motorists, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has launched a vehicle safety recall notification program using the state’s vehicle registration renewal process.
Through the program, vehicle safety recall information is printed on registration renewal notices, which are sent through the mail. Customers will begin receiving open recall notifications beginning in January.
“The safety of Ohioans is top priority,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “By putting recall information on vehicle registration notices, we want to proactively alert motorists to potential vehicle safety issues to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths.”
“We are able to use the Vehicle Recall Search Service to help inform Ohioans so they can address recalls for free,” said Faisal Hasan, general manager of data at CARFAX. “This partnership means more vehicle recalls will be remedied, and Ohio roadways will be safer for it.”
Drivers who were not the original owners of their vehicle may not be aware of an open recall or inadvertently dismissed the notification from the manufacturer. Together with stakeholders, the BMV identified this as a severe gap and worked to close it.
An open recall will not affect the ability of vehicle owners to renew their vehicle registration. Owners should check their Vehicle Identification Numbers for open recalls by using the VIN look-up tool on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or by contacting their authorized dealership, according to the news release.