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Does your rental car have a secret danger? See how to check

Cars with open safety recalls are being rented out, and it's not even illegal. Jeff Rossen reveals the hidden danger, and how to detect it.
/ Source: TODAY

It's the largest recall in U.S. automotive history: More than 34 million vehicles with Takata air bags. Over 100 injuries have been linked to the defective air bags, and even eight deaths.

But while it's against the law to sell a car with an open safety recall, it's not against the law to rent you one.

Check if your rental car has an open safety recall here.

On Monday, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen revealed that the Rossen Reports team was able to rent cars with open air bag recalls from several well-known companies.

Experts say you should check the VIN (vehicle identification number) — the 17-digit code generally printed at the bottom corner of your vehicle’s dash on the driver's side — before you drive it. Enter the VIN at to quickly learn whether the vehicle has an open safety recall.

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The rental companies and the American Rental Car Association tell NBC News safety is paramount, and they've pledged their support for legislation making it illegal to rent cars with open safety recalls.

To suggest a topic for an upcoming investigation, visit the Rossen Reports Facebook page.