Recalled Cars are Out In High Numbers
We have written about how important paying attention to car recalls is, but unfortunately it is still a huge issue in the U.S. According to Carfax, there are more than 63 million vehicles currently on American roads that have a recall but have not yet been fixed. That is a 34 percent increase from last year. It also means that one out of every four cars on the road next to you have an open recall.
The worst state for unfixed recalls is Texas. They have almost a third of registered cars with unfixed recalls. States that follow Texas’ lead are many gulf states. In many of these states where it is humid and hot, had a large percentage of Takata airbag recalls. Florida’s percentage is 18.12% putting us in the middle for the pack, with Tampa specifically being at about 18%. That is almost 1 out of every 5 cars in Tampa.
The most common cars with recalls that have not yet been repaired are minivans and SUVs. Most people with these kinds of vehicles have families and family obligations that keep them busy. While it is difficult to make time for something that isn’t your fault, a recall needs to be a top priority so you can keep your family safe while shuttling them around town. You can easily check for recalls via your car’s VIN number here.
According to Carfax the most common types of recalls include:
- Exploding airbag inflators (driver and passenger)
- Axle or steering components
- Brakes, tires, or wheels
- Defective seat belts
- Engine parts
- Electrical and internal computer systems
- Overheating and other technical defects
- Car parts “sticking” (accelerator pedal)
Majority of the recalls in the U.S. are fixed for free by the manufacturer or at the dealership where you purchased your vehicle. While getting these kind of issues fixed may be a hassle, it is so important to keeping yourself and others safe.