If you’re like millions of Americans, you could be driving a vehicle that shouldn’t be on the road, but instead, at the dealer getting fixed due to a recall. New research from Carfax suggests that one in five cars nationwide has an unfixed recall.
The company’s annual research on the issue shows more than 46 million cars nationwide have at least one safety recall that’s never been fixed. In fact, 5 million of them were bought and sold by potentially unsuspecting consumers in 2014.
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 Carfax.
“America’s cavalier response to manufacturer safety recalls is putting lives at risk,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “Every morning millions of people drive to work, school and other places in a potential ticking time bomb. 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.”
While every state has a significant number of unfixed recalled cars, California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania top the list. However, the risk is greatest in West Virginia, Michigan, Mississippi, Wyoming and New Jersey, which have the highest ratios of unfixed recalled cars in the nation, the online consumer resource says.
For the Car Pro’s take on recalls, check out Recalls: Why You Should Take Them Seriously.