Many Rideshare Vehicles In New York Operating Under Recalls
Taxis and ride-hailing services provide both a valuable service and convenience. For those who live in the city and don’t want the additional cost of an automobile, they provide a way to get to and from work and other errands. For those who have perhaps had a little too much to drink, they provide an invaluable and life-saving ride home. Many people get into and out of vehicles driven by Uber and Lyft drivers believing that these vehicles are impeccably maintained and safe. Unfortunately, Consumer Reports found the opposite may be true, as CBS Local San Francisco reports.
According to Consumer Reports, one in six Uber and Lyft drivers in the New York and Seattle area are driving vehicles with outstanding recalls.
The report went on to detail that many of these recalls involve possibly critical safety defects like Takata airbags and possible engine failure.
The report is careful to mention that the one in six number is on par with the rest of the vehicles on the road. However, it does say that both Uber and Lyft are placing their passenger’s safety at risk.
Uber said that when a driver’s vehicle has a recall that is serious enough to trigger a “do not drive” warning, they deactivate the driver. Lyft said that it inspects vehicles in New York and Seattle before they are allowed on the road with passengers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that it has the authority to issue recalls but has no direct oversight over companies like Uber or Lyft.
If consumers are concerned about the safety of a vehicle, they can download the myCarfax app. By punching in the license plate of the vehicle, they can see if there are any open recalls or safety issues before getting in the car.