the life of the owner of car it’s not easy. In addition to the rush of fuel prices e do new and used vehicle price, the recall of models for correction of manufacturing defects. The number of recalls increased by 31% in the first half compared to the same period in 2020, according to data from startup Papa Recall, which bets on spreading the data of the calls to save on accident repairs.
Vehicles that run in the country were affected, for example, by what is considered the biggest recall in history, of a manufacturing defect in the airbags produced by Takata, which can lead to injuries if the inflatable bag is opened. There are about 20 automakers and more than 100 million cars involved in this global reach recall.
Papa Recall, in turn, developed an application that aggregates information on the calls announced by automakers in the country and the history of calls by the year of manufacture. From January to June, 48 calls were made from 24 companies for the free repair of 101 models.
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Problems in the electrical system lead the list of the most common occurrences, with ten cases, followed by failures in the fuel systems (nine cases) and in the airbags and brakes system (six cases each).
In many cases, the exchange is necessary for safety reasons, as it involves the risk of accidents that could cause injuries to passengers. Since April this year, taking the car for repair has also been indirectly mandatory through a federal law that prevents the licensing of vehicles with pending recall.
“Attending an automotive recall is synonymous with safety for everyone and, above all, a guarantee of savings in the owner’s pocket. A manufacturing defect can, for example, cause damage to other parts, increase fuel consumption and even cause accidents,” he said Vinicius Melo, founder and CEO of Papa Recall.
“With the novelty of the CRLV-Digital blocking for cars that have a pending recall, in addition to the financial loss, comes the headache with the bureaucracy to make everything legal again”, completes the entrepreneur. The platform base currently has around 50 thousand users.
One of the startup’s main target audiences are car rental companies that need to monitor the need to recall their vehicle fleet. Dealerships are also another potential audience for the service.
“Recall information is a kind of pandora’s box, there is little transparency in the industry. We decided to explore this business to bring this information and increase safety for drivers,” says the founder of Papa Recall.