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Car recalls can be an inconvenience for drivers. Automakers are using new technology to change that.

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Recalls can be a big inconvenience for car owners — but that is changing. From Tesla to General Motors, more and more automakers are using smartphone-style over-the-air updates to replace the faulty software responsible for the recalls.

Automotive recalls have been running at or near record levels in recent years. Last year, around 31 million vehicles were recalled for safety-related problems in the U.S., more than twice as many as in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Government data shows that a growing share of those recalls involves glitches in the software controlling the fast-expanding array of onboard computer systems. And, in many cases, it’s now becoming possible to fix these problems remotely.

All Tesla vehicles now come with the ability to download software to update digital control systems, and most EV startups, such as Rivian and Lucid, plan to build over-the-air, or OTA, capabilities into their…

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