Recall compliance rates quadrupled this year in Vermont and nearly doubled in the District of Columbia after they started listing unrepaired defects on residents' annual vehicle inspection reports, a study commissioned by American Honda found.
The results suggest that more states could reduce the number of defective vehicles on their roads for minimal expense.
"Advising people at the point of sale has a really positive impact on the remedy rate," said Edward Cohen, the company's vice president of government and industry relations. "We are talking to other states now, sharing this experience and trying to persuade them. I think this will become a national trend in a year or two."
Motor vehicle administrators in Vermont and the district were preparing to upgrade their inspection programs when a company named Revecorp showed them that it would be simple to add the software programming needed to print recall notices on the final report handed to the driver.
Revecorp, which provides technical and management support to vehicle inspection programs, helped Vermont hire a vendor named Parsons to convert from a paper-based program to a electronic one. It also matched the district with Opus Inspection, a multinational provider of program management services for government inspection programs.