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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationSafety · 1 month ago

Can recalls cause a vehicle to fail state inspection and emissions test?

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  • Edna
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Not necessarily. It would depend upon why the vehicle was recalled and what needed to be replaced or repaired.

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  • Dan B
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Only if the CEL light is on and the recall affects the OBDII (emissions system) or if the recall affects items on the state safety inspection checklist and upon inspection, the item fails to work. Inspection stations do not check the recall status of your vehicle.

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  • 1 month ago

    No             

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  • 1 month ago

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  • David
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    No. There are so many recalls issued on a daily basis. Any car old enough to have an emissions test would be subject to many recalls already. But the state inspectors have no way to know about the recalls. Also, mechanics doing inspection are specifically prohibited from repairing the same vehicle, for reasons that should be obvious.

    So if you take the car to the dealer for an inspection, the dealer might (possibly) notice that the car is subject to recall. However, the car would not fail a safety and emissions test for that specific issue. What would most likely happen is, the dealer would finish the inspection, issue a new inspection sticker and then ADVISE you that your car needs warranty repair, and ask you to schedule it later.

    If you take the car to an independent garage, or a non-branded dealer, then that inspection department would not know (or care) about any recalls issued. They would simply inspect the vehicle following the standard checklist. Either it passes, or it doesn't.

    In any case, you should not be worried about a recall causing a problem on an inspection. Issues subject to recall are repaired free of charge. So if you know your car has a recall and is due for an inspection...

    Just call up the dealer and schedule both (recall repair) and (inspection) at the same time. Too easy...

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  • 1 month ago

    If the recall covers emission equipment it must be handled before a smog test.

    If your state is doing a safety inspection the same thing goes if the recall is safety related.

    My brother just smogged a car with an outstanding airbag recall and passed because my state does not do a safety inspection.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No.  Inspectors at inspection and emission stations go by their own checklist.

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