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First-in-the-nation effort enabled by Cox Automotive

Maryland drivers to receive notice of open recalls when they register vehicles

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  1. Maryland drivers will soon receive notice of open recalls on their vehicles when it is time to renew their registrations under a program announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  2. State officials said they would partner with Atlanta-based Cox Automotive Inc. to obtain the recall information. The database includes information about whether a car has already been fixed, so owners should not receive notice if they’ve already addressed the problem.
  3. “This first-in-the-nation grant will serve as an example to the rest of the country as we continue to work across government to reach consumers in new and creative ways with potentially life-saving information about their vehicles,” Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a statement.

By John Fritze — Maryland drivers will soon receive notice of open recalls on their vehicles when it is time to renew their registrations under a program announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

State and federal transportation officials described the two-year pilot program as a first-in-the-nation effort to ensure that owners are aware of problems such as the Takata airbag recall, which has affected tens of millions of vehicles nationwide.

Beginning next year, when Maryland car owners and lessees receive registration renewal documents from the Motor Vehicle Administration, they will also receive information about recalls specific to their car.

That information will also be sent to car owners who receive email reminders about their registration deadline.

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