The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will notify owners in 2020 if their vehicles are subject to a safety recall as part of the regular registration renewal process. LAWRENCE BUDD/STAFF

Ohio to provide vehicle recall info when renewing plate registration

Renew your Ohio vehicle’s plate registration, find out if your gobuggy is being recalled.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will notify owners in 2020 if their vehicles are subject to a safety recall as part of the regular registration renewal process.

The safety recall information will be printed on registration renewal notices starting in January. The notification in particular will help people who bought used vehicles and who may not be aware that the car, SUV or light truck has received a safety recall notice, the state said.

People will be able to register their vehicles if there is an open recall, the state said.

The BMV program, in partnership with CARFAX, makes Ohio one of the first states to launch this kind of a notification program, the state 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,” Governor Mike DeWine said in the news release.

“We are able to use the Vehicle Recall Search Service to help inform Ohioans so they can address recalls for free,” Faisal Hasan, general manager of data at CARFAX, said in the release. “This partnership means more vehicle recalls will be remedied, and Ohio roadways will be safer for it.”

To see now if your vehicle has an open safety recall, check your Vehicle Identification Numbers, or VIN, using an online look-up tool on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website www.nhtsa.gov. You can also contact an authorized dealership.

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