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Posted: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 11:42 AM HST

Flaws found in new vehicle safety stickers

By Associated Press

WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) Flaws have been found in Hawaii's new vehicle safety stickers.

Hawaii News Now says Kalihi mechanic George Nitta worries that if he can easily wipe numbers off the sticker decals, so can criminals.

Nitta has found he can wipe off the VIN number from a sticker in seconds using nail polish remover. He also says that including the VIN numbers could attract car thieves who could use the number to have a locksmith make a set of keys.

The state began using the new safety inspection program last fall, with mechanics and gas stations using technology to replace the old paper-based system.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caroline Sluyter says the stickers are designed to hold up under normal washing.

She says the VIN numbers could help deter theft.



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