There are more than 52 million cars with open recalled on U.S. roadways, according to the most recent Carfax report. An article on Automarketing.com says this is an improvement over 2018 when there were 57 unrepaired recalled vehicles on our roadways and in 2017 when that number was a 63 million. While the decrease is good news for the industry, there is also the pressing need for improvement as tens of millions of unrepaired vehicles are still out there posing a danger to consumers.
Millions of Recalled Vehicles
Carfax posts recall announcements through its Carfax4Life program. The company said there are about 13 million people registered under the free myCarfax service who will get the recall announcements. When a license plate or vehicle identification number is entered, myCarfax checks for open recalls and sends recall alerts to the user through a mobile app. As far as the current open recall numbers, the 52 million-plus cars with unfixed recalls equates to about one-fifth of the registered vehicle population, according to Carfax.
The numbers also show that Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, New Mexico and Arkansas are the states where the highest percentage of vehicles have open recalls. As far as the most number of open recalls is concerned, California leads the pack with 6.3 million vehicles, Texas with 5.5 million, Florida with 3.2 million, Pennsylvania with 2.2 million and New York with 2.1 million.
The Danger Posed by Unrepaired Vehicles
When vehicles are not repaired for safety recalls, consumers are placed in harm’s way. The most tragic illustration of this fact has been seen in vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags. We’ve seen in a number of older-model Honda vehicles that have been resold, the recall repairs were not done. People have died as a result of exploding Takata bags in vehicles where the repairs were not carried out.
You can check if your vehicle is part of a safety recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website and entering your VIN. Before you buy a used vehicle, whether it’s from a dealer or a private owner, make sure the recall repairs are done. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a recalled or defective vehicle, please contact an experienced auto defect lawyer to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.