NADA is increasing its efforts to complete vehicle recalls through new tools for dealerships and consumers.
Outgoing NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli and his successor, Wes Lutz, separately on Friday announced initiatives with several partners aimed at increasing recall completion rates — a priority of automakers, dealers and regulators in wake of massive recall campaigns in recent years.
"We, as an association, as well as myself, are thrilled this is available for us. At the end of the day, our main goal is to make sure 100 percent of the cars on our lots are recall-free," Scarpelli, who expects the tool to save about 10 hours a week at his Midwest dealerships, told Automotive News following a press conference here.
CarFax, the IHS Markit unit that provides vehicle history reports, built the online portal in partnership with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers. It will allow dealerships and other organizations to conduct free bulk searches of up to 10,000 vehicle identification numbers at one time, greatly simplifying what has been a cumbersome, manual process.
Authorized users can simply upload a spreadsheet of VINs. The system will spit out ones that have an open recall in a matter of seconds. Previously, dealers had to type each VIN into NHTSA's safecar.gov.