Summer Driving Tips for You and Your Family

It is finally summer and we know that lots of our ambassadors are preparing to embark on extended road trips and spend more time with their families. Here’s some important information about summer driving trends, including safety precautions that you can take to make sure that you stay safe and have a fun summer.

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The AAA Foundation’s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index reports that: drinking, driving, speeding, and distraction are among top killers of teen drivers. The report also states that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the worst time of year for crashes and fatalities (statistics based on 2016 NHTSA FARS data). This time period has officially become known as the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers, which makes sense, since there are more road trips, parties, and first time drivers on the road. It’s crucial to talk to your teens about safe driving and ensure that they are being as careful as possible. It’s also important that parents set a good example for their families and practice safe driving tactics.

Here at Carma, we care about everyone’s safety, and we encourage you to check, not just your teen’s, but your vehicle as well, for any dangerous recalls. According to Carfax , there are more than 57 million recalled vehicles still on the road. That roughly translates to 1 out of every 5 vehicles in the US across ALL manufacturers.

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Of the 57 million vehicles with an open recall, 41 million are affected by the deadly Takata airbag recall, which puts people living in hotter and more humid climates at a greater risk. These climates break down the materials used in airbag inflators at a quicker rate, which means that even the smallest of fender benders can activate Takata airbags that explode and launch metal fragments towards the driver and/or passenger.


So before you take off to Disneyland or Yosemite, make sure to check that your vehicle is safe to drive. We also encourage you to use this time to talk to your children about road safety. 

Are you packed and ready?

Are you packed and ready?

You can look up any vehicle from any brand on Carma. It takes less than a minute to check and ensure that you and your loved ones are safe. If it turns out that you have a recall, we will provide you with the information you need to repair your vehicle as soon as possible and at no cost. 


Ambassador Spotlight

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In the short time since launch, we’ve seen Carma Ambassadors that have gone above and beyond expectations. We’re happy to kick off our ‘Ambassador Spotlight’ series to acknowledge some of these outstanding individuals. Each month we’ll introduce Ambassadors from our community and share their personal stories about doing some good. 

Our first story is about Linda S. who cares deeply about saving lives and has even written a letter to her state senator. Here’s an excerpt from her letter:

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I’m reaching out because these airbags can cause wrecks and kill innocent people if the airbags are not replaced. We need tougher legislation to where as citizens, we can identify the vehicles that have not been repaired by dealerships. Then a company like [Carma Project] can contact current owners via Tag information, if given permission by all the states. [This would especially benefit people] who are more than likely unaware of the danger that [they are in] if they purchased a car from someone who did not fix the airbags. 

When we asked Linda what drove her to write a letter to her senator she let us know that her goal was to save at least one life and that if she could help a million more people, that would be another million lives that can be potentially saved from deadly, preventable accidents. 

And just like her, we believe that giving up is not an option!

If I can save one life by reaching out, I’ve done my job.

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Our second Ambassador story is about David S. who believes that safety is a priority and has worked extensively in the automotive manufacturing industry. Here’s how he responded when we asked him why he decided to join us as an Ambassador:

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I worked as both an industrial maintenance tech and as an offsite inspection coordinator for a major quality assurance company for the big three. I’m not sure who still uses Takata airbags but I do remember it being a scary safety issue.


So just like David, we encourage you to check your vehicles for recalls and get them repaired before it is too late.

We are all fortunate to have Ambassadors like Linda and David as part of our community. It is individuals like them that motivate us to work hard and keep people safe on the road. 

You can check your vehicle (from any manufacturer) using our lookup tool here. And as always, if you find an eligible Toyota with a recalled Takata airbag, you can earn up to $55 once the vehicle gets fixed. 


Are you interested in being featured as part of our Ambassador Spotlight Series? Send us an email at hello@carmaproject.com to share your story!

3 Tips for Rideshare Safety. Uber and Lyft Riders Take Note!

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A recent Consumer Reports study found that 1 in 6 rideshare vehicles has an active safety recall. This means that you are potentially putting yourself and your friends at risk each time you get in an Uber or Lyft. Luckily there are things you can do to make sure you’re safe.

Uber and Lyft: The Potential Danger

Uber and Lyft drivers are currently not required to prove that their vehicle is recall-free before joining either platform. They may need to own a car from the past decade, but this could be loosely enforced.

Over 41 million vehicles in the US have recalled Takata airbags, so it’s very possible that when you get into an Uber or Lyft, you could be riding in one of them. Many of these recalls affect the front passenger airbag, so if you’re taking a Lyft Line or Uber Pool, or splitting a car among 4 friends, the person who sits in the front is at greater risk.

Rideshare Safely

Here are 3 easy things you can do to make sure you’re safe before getting into your next Uber or Lyft.

1. Check the car for a recall before it gets to your location. When you call a car, you get that driver’s license plate number. All you need to do is enter that number and the state (which will probably be the one you are currently in) and you can search using Carma’s free vehicle lookup tool. You can even bookmark your own unique share link so that if you find a recalled, Takata airbag you can get credit for it.

You’ll be able to see if your vehicle has a recall, and exactly which recall it has. If you find that the vehicle has a recall, tell the driver when they arrive. If it’s a dangerous recall, inform the driver, and cancel your ride! Your safety is the most important thing.

2. Verify that the vehicle that arrives matches the license plate and model you see in your app. Never get into a car if the information is different. And if you haven’t already checked for recalls, you can also snap a photo of the driver’s license plate and use that to check their vehicle as soon as it arrives.

Again, if you find a recall, tell the driver about it. If they drive an eligible Takata vehicle and get it fixed, you could even get $55, just for searching and letting them know.

3. Verify the driver’s name, and make sure they say yours. Confirm that your driver is the person who is registered with Uber and Lyft, so you can make sure you are in the right car with the right driver.

Lastly, if you or anyone you know drives for a rideshare company, encourage them to check their vehicles. This way, you can help make sure that they, and anyone who gets in their car will be safe.


National Safety Month Giveaway

One lucky Carma Ambassador will win a $75 Target gift card. Enter for a chance to win by helping us raise awareness for National Safety Month by completing the following:

  1. Sign up or be an existing Carma Project Ambassador

  2. Press “Going” on our National Safety Month Facebook event page

  3. Tag your friends in the comment section of our pinned post on Carma’s Facebook page with “Check your vehicle’s recall status for National Safety Month!”

This contest will run from 06/10/19 12:00 PM PST to 06/23/19 11:59 PM PST.

Winner will be notified via email on 06/24/19 at 12:00 PM PST.*

*To enter this contest, you must be signed up as an Ambassador at https://www.carmaproject.com, be 18 years or older, and live in the United States. This contest is void where prohibited by law. The name on your Carma Project ambassador profile should match the name on your Facebook profile in order for your entry to be accepted. The contest prize will be delivered via email. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram, and/or Facebook.*

Carma Project and National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, a time when the National Safety Council encourages thousands of organizations to raise awareness and help reduce the leading causes of injury and death from work places, to the roads, to homes and communities. The National Safety Council has been the nation’s leading safety advocate for over 100 years, working with businesses, the government, and the public to help lower the death rate from preventable injuries.

At Carma, our main goal is to keep you and your loved ones safe, by helping you become aware of any dangerous problems with your vehicle. National Safety Month is the perfect time to get involved and start spreading the word about potentially deadly recalls across all auto manufacturers.

Tell your friends and family to check their cars, trucks, or SUVs using Carma’s free vehicle safety search.

  • There are currently 53 Million vehicles on the road with open safety recalls, which means

  • 1 in 5 vehicles in the US is affected across ALL manufacturers, of those

  • Over 41 Million vehicles have potentially deadly, recalled Takata airbags in them.

You can look up any vehicle from any brand on Carma. It only takes a few seconds to help protect your loved ones. Please spread the word, join the movement, and take a stance against needless injury and death.

CHECK YOUR VEHICLE NOW

Every Vehicle, Every Recall: Now on Carma

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We’re excited to announce that recall results for 30 different car manufacturers are now available on Carma! Over 60,000 vehicles have been searched on Carma across all manufacturers, and the most common request we’ve heard from our community was to display recall info for all of them–not just Toyota/Lexus/Scion. With this update everyone can now easily search any vehicle using Carma’s free recall lookup tool and see their results instantly.

Search a car, any car

While the focus of our program is to find Toyota vehicles with Takata airbags, we know that just about every manufacturer has active recalls on their vehicles. At Carma we believe that safety comes first, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to check for any active recalls that your vehicle may have.

So look up your Honda, your mom’s Mazda, your neighbor’s Nissan, or any other car, truck, or SUV. Tell your friends and family to look up their own vehicles, and if you’re a Carma Ambassador, then share your link with them. We’ll let everyone know immediately if they have a deadly Takata airbag and provide the manufacturer’s phone number and recall website, so they can schedule a repair ASAP.

Check now using Carma’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Earn up to $55 when an eligible Toyota gets fixed

And as always, if you find an eligible Toyota with a Takata airbag recall, you can earn up to $55 once that vehicle gets fixed, so keep searching!

Takata Alpha Airbags: Do You Have One?

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At this point you’ve, hopefully, already heard about the Takata airbag recall, checked your own vehicle and told your family and friends to check theirs. Did you know there are Takata airbags called “Alphas” that pose the highest risk? They can be found in certain vehicles and have up to a 50% chance of exploding on impact, sending sharp, metal fragments into your vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges drivers to get these vehicles repaired immediately, and not to drive them otherwise. Of the 16 people who died in the US from Takata airbags, over half were driving vehicles with Alphas. Here’s the list of affected vehicles:

Takata Alpha Vehicles:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic

  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord

  • 2002-2003 Acura TL

  • 2002 Honda CR-V

  • 2002 Honda Odyssey

  • 2003 Acura CL

  • 2003 Honda Pilot

  • Certain 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford advises do not drive)

  • Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive)

We identified quite a few Alphas among the vehicles searched on Carma--all of these drivers had an extremely high risk of injury or death every time they got in their vehicle.

If you drive one of the vehicles listed above, search Carma’s vehicle lookup, and we’ll help you find out if you have a Takata airbag recall. If you do, call your dealer and get it fixed immediately. The repair is free and quick, and parts are available now.


Deadly Takata Airbag Exclusive Data for Popular Auto Brands

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Over 30,000 vehicles have been searched on Carma, and drivers are finding deadly Takata airbags in cars, SUVs, and trucks from many different manufacturers. For now, we’re collaborating with Toyota to provide rewards for people who encourage their friends to find Takatas in eligible vehicles.

Carma visitors are still checking thousands of vehicles from other automakers, and we’re actively having conversations with some of these manufacturers. We hope to expand our rewards offerings to include even more eligible vehicles soon.

Takata Airbag Recall Data

We looked up how many of these non-Toyota searches resulted in Takata recalls, and here’s what we found:

  • 8% of all vehicles searched had a Takata airbag recall.

  • Mercedes-Benz and Subaru had the highest proportion of recalled vehicles for Takata airbags searched on Carma with 19% and 20% respectively.

  • BMW also made double digits at 15%.

  • Ford and Honda, who recently recalled millions of additional vehicles, had recalled Takatas in 9% of all searched vehicles. Chrysler was close behind with 8%.

Get Your Vehicle Fixed

Remember, no matter what brand of vehicle you own, it’s FREE to get your recalled Takata airbag fixed. Make it easy on yourself--ask about additional free services such as pickup/delivery or towing. You may even be able to get a loaner vehicle. The fix for replacing a Takata airbag does not take very long, and getting yours fixed could save the life of someone you love.

Check your vehicle on Carma and you’ll get a $5 reward, no matter what brand you search. And while this small reward is nice, the most important thing is that you’re helping keep your friends and family safe.


How to Find Out If Your Car Has Been Recalled

Every year, automotive companies recall millions of vehicles. While car companies do their best to inform drivers, you may still miss their notices. Maybe you bought a used car, or changed your address and the manufacturer didn’t have your info on file. Or perhaps you heard about a recall a long time ago, but it got pushed so far down your priority list that you forgot to take care of it.

No matter the reason, it’s important to check and make sure that the vehicle that you use every day is safe for you and your family. Luckily, nowadays it’s very easy to look for recalls on your car or truck. Here are a few ways you can do so:

Directly contact your auto dealer

Go to your car dealer’s website and figure out who to call or email to find out about recalls. Some car manufacturer websites may also have pages dedicated to recall info, but you may have to do some digging.

Check NHTSA.gov/recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website has info on all the latest recalls, along with a VIN search, where you can look up your car.

Visit carmaproject.com and earn rewards

Using Carma Project’s owner lookup page, you can enter your license plate or VIN, or upload a photo of your license plate to look up your car. If you’re using a mobile device, you can also take a picture of your license plate, making the lookup even easier.

Looking up vehicles using Carma will also bank you a $5 reward. And, if you get your friends and family to check their cars, you could even earn up to $55 in rewards for each eligible vehicle they get fixed.

The Takata airbag recall alone has already claimed 16 lives in the US, and there are many other recalls out there putting you and your family at risk every time you get in the car. It only takes a couple of minutes to make sure your loved ones are safe. Check your car, truck, or SUV today and be 100% sure.


Carma Project: We’ve Launched

Fellow Ambassadors,

Nearly a month after soft launching with friends and family, we’re happy to announce that Carma Project is officially open for all! Our endless nights were fueled by Brytelife, and cold-brew coffee all in an effort to squash bugs (well over 200 fixed and counting) and prepare our platform for launch. My sincere gratitude to all of those who have worked so hard to get us here. With their help, today, we open the doors to our community and share our mission with the world.

Below you’ll find our press release and some talking points about Carma-- I encourage you to share what we’re doing with your own friends and family so that we can continue to grow our community and to raise awareness about the deadly Takata airbag recall.

Not an Ambassador, but ready to save lives and earn rewards? Join Carma Project today, and get paid to do good.

What is Carma Project?

Carma Project is a community effort focused on raising awareness about the deadly Takata airbag recall. This recall continues to impact vehicles built by 19 different automakers, with a projected 70 million airbags expected to be recalled by the end of 2019. Fifteen people have died in the U.S., with hundreds allegedly injured, and millions more at risk.

How does Carma Project work?

Anyone can sign up today to become an official Carma Ambassador and start saving lives. Ambassadors can earn financial rewards (CarmaCoin) by sharing messages about the Takata airbag recall with their friends and family via social media, email, and text. These messages encourage friends and family to check the recall status of their vehicle on CarmaProject.com. Ambassadors can then earn up to $55 in rewards for every eligible Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicle that they refer and help to get fixed.

Does it pay to be safe?

Yes, it really does. For a limited time, Carma is offering $5 promo cards for everyone who looks-up their own VIN or license plate using Carma’s recall lookup tool at: https://www.carmaproject.com/owner-lookup Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall can even schedule a fix via the lookup tool on Carma Project.

We’ve been waiting for you

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Meet Paul, Carma’s Chief Ambassador

Hi, I’m Paul.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you just joined us and are wondering what’s to come. Well, to be honest, so are we. This community is about you and me, and the story that we’ll be writing together about how we joined forces to help make the world a safer place for our loved ones — our friends, family, and all the people we care about.

As of tonight, I’m Chief Ambassador to a community that’s just been hatched.

And from this point on, that means I’ll be your constant companion on this remarkable adventure that we’re embarking on together.

Now let’s get out there and spread good carma.