Annual Report on Vehicle Recalls Shows Danger for Unsuspecting Drivers

As the nation con­tin­ues through its largest wave of vehi­cle recalls in US his­to­ry, a new study has alert­ed car own­ers and the auto indus­try that the sit­u­a­tion is poten­tial­ly more dan­ger­ous than they knew. Car­fax just released its annu­al recall research find­ing more than 46 mil­lion vehi­cles nation­wide have at least one safe­ty recall that has yet to be fixed. Out of these vehi­cles, five mil­lion were bought and sold last year.

The auto man­u­fac­tur­ers, deal­ers and com­pa­nies like Car­fax are mak­ing every effort to get car own­ers to take their recalled cars to autho­rized deal­er­ships to have them fixed. Yet despite these efforts, many peo­ple still are like­ly unaware of recalls that direct­ly affect them — which pro­vides a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for deal­ers to serve their cus­tomers and keep them well informed of recalls. Car­fax offers two great resources to help, the myCar­fax app and Car­fax Vehi­cle His­to­ry Reports.

“Every morn­ing mil­lions of peo­ple dri­ve to work, school and oth­er places in a poten­tial tick­ing time bomb,” said Lar­ry Gamache, com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor at Car­fax. “Fires, crash­es and seri­ous injury are just a few con­se­quences of let­ting recalls go unfixed. The minor incon­ve­nience that comes from hav­ing a recall fixed pales in com­par­i­son to what can hap­pen if you don’t.”

As you can see above in the info­graph­ic image from Car­fax, some vehi­cle types are more vul­ner­a­ble than oth­ers – and that can be a prob­lem for trans­port­ing fam­i­ly mem­bers. Peo­ple dri­ving or buy­ing fam­i­ly-ori­ent­ed vehi­cles – specif­i­cal­ly mini­vans and SUVs – are most at risk. One in three mini­vans and one in five SUVs has an unfixed recall, accord­ing to the study. Deal­ers are well posi­tioned to alert cus­tomers about poten­tial recalls that may affect pick­ing up their kids at school and oth­er fam­i­ly trans­porta­tion needs.

Car­fax Vehi­cle His­to­ry Reports include open recalls report­ed by the man­u­fac­tur­ers. To help find open recalls, Car­fax Advan­tage Deal­ers can run as many Car­fax Reports as they need. Deal­ers that are part of myCar­fax also can get all their cus­tomers signed up for the free ser­vice and down­load the app for them, which mon­i­tors for open recalls using only the license plate. Final­ly, deal­ers can eas­i­ly dis­close open recalls on their inven­to­ry to poten­tial buy­ers by list­ing them on Car­fax Used Car List­ings. Every vehi­cle deal­ers list there includes the Car­fax Reports they’ve run which used car shop­pers can view for free.

The Car­fax annu­al research report also reveals the states with the high­est ratios of unfixed recalls. the Car­fax announce­ment and to view the info­graph­ic with oth­er facts about recalls revealed in the Car­fax study.

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