Unfixed Vehicle Recalls Increase 34% Year-Over-Year

Photo courtesy of International Franchise Systems
Photo courtesy of International Franchise Systems

Currently, more than 63 million vehicles with open, unrepaired recalls are in use across the country, a 34% increase from 2016, according to Carfax.

The annual research also suggests that recalls affect nearly one in three vehicles in Texas, the highest rate in the nation. Behind Hawaii, the other Gulf Coast states of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama round out the top five U.S. states with the highest vehicle recall rates.

In addition, people in California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York have the most vehicles with open recalls.

“Reducing the number of open recalls on the road is an ongoing effort,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “Safety is our number one concern. Carfax, manufacturers, and government are working together to make it easier for drivers to get accurate information and timely alerts about open recalls. It may be inconvenient, but people driving recalled cars should make getting them fixed a high priority.”

The new data also suggests that family life may be a factor for some vehicle owners not knowing about a recall or getting it fixed. Minivans and SUVs — family-oriented vehicles — are the ones most likely to have unfixed recalls.

With myCarfax.com, vehicle owners can enter their license plate or VIN to get started. The service sends recall alerts to a user’s mobile device or email for up to five saved vehicles.


  1. Jason [ February 10, 2017 @ 09:30AM ]

    How many of those vehicles are waiting for parts because of the huge
    air bag recall?

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Max. 10000 characters)  
Please leave blank:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Newsletter: Sign up to receive latest news, articles, and much more.

Read the latest

Auto Focus Blog: A blog covering fleets, auto rental and the business of cars

Market Forces Driving Car Rental in 2018

An analysis of the conference calls of Avis Budget Group and Hertz Global Holdings reveal trends and initiatives involving fleet right sizing, pricing, ancillary revenue opportunities, and renting to ride-hailing drivers.

Trends Moving the Truck Market

Storylines that emerged from the 2018 Work Truck Show include the increasing need for on-site productivity, inclusion of active safety systems in trucks, DPF frustrations affecting product decisions, data management, and the growing link between fleet management and company revenue.

MIT Study Reinforces the Newfound Importance of Fleet

Uber and Lyft drivers make far less when factoring vehicle expenses, though the actual numbers are now in dispute. A proper lifecycle cost analysis would’ve helped, and shows the benefit of collaboration with fleet professionals.

Job Finder: Access Top Talent. Fill Key Positions.