Study: 1 in 6 Uber or Lyft vehicles has open safety recall

Andrew Weber
May 21, 2019 - 12:47 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A Consumer Reports study finds that one out of six Uber and Lyft vehicles operating in New York City and Seattle areas have open safety recalls.

These recalls include for dangerous unfixed airbags, and potential for vehicles to catch on fire or for engines to shut down completely.

 The study found that of 93,958 vehicle identification numbers (VINs) associated with ride-hailing vehicles in New York City and King County, Washington that Consumer Reports looked at 15,175, or 16.2 percent had one or more open safety recalls.

"Uber and Lyft are letting down their customers and jeopardizing their trust," says William Wallace, a safety policy advocate for Consumer Reports. "Uber's website says people can 'ride with confidence,' while Lyft promises 'peace of mind,' yet both companies fail to ensure that rideshare cars are free from safety defects that could put passengers at risk."

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