NSC teams with Carma Project to drive down number of vehicles with open recalls

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Itasca, IL — In an effort to reduce the number of vehicles on the road with open safety recalls, the National Safety Council, in collaboration with the Carma Project, has added the safety technology platform’s “direct-to-vehicle” recall identification technology to the council’s Check To Protect safety initiative.

According to NSC, this new technology can scan up to 1,500 license plates an hour using recognition cameras mounted on specially designed cars and identify vehicles with open safety recalls. A custom notification is then placed on any affected vehicle’s windshield to alert the owner about the issue and explain how to get the vehicle repaired.

“The Check To Protect coalition has reached millions of vehicle owners, encouraging them to check for recalls and schedule free repairs whenever necessary, and this innovative technology from Carma Project allows us to do even more,” Nick Smith, chief operating officer and chief strategy officer at NSC, said in a Sept. 22 press release. “Safety is more important than ever, and we want anyone with an unrepaired recall to take action and get it fixed for free.”

In its first recall check event with NSC, Carma in one day checked more than 11,300 vehicles in Orange County, CA. As a result, more than 2,000 owners were notified about their vehicle’s open recall, including 338 for faulty airbags – many of which had been open for years.

“By creating a scalable solution that allows us to go directly to vehicle owners, we’ve been able to find and notify thousands of people driving at-risk vehicles throughout the country during our initial tests alone,” Carma CEO Fabio Gratton said in the release. “By supporting the NSC Check To Protect mission, we’ll be able to help thousands more.”