CENTREVILLE, Va. — A new report from Carfax suggest that more than 47 million vehicles that are being driven, sold or purchased in the U.S. market have at least one unfixed safety recall issue. Additionally, every state now has at least 100,000 vehicles with an open recall.
Owners of SUVs or minivans have a higher likelihood of having an unfixed recall issue on their vehicle, as do those living in Texas, Mississippi, Alaska, Utah or West Virginia, according to Carfax.
"Our data shows there's still much hard work to be done in addressing recalls," said Larry Gamache, a spokesperson with Carfax. "Many people still are unnecessarily risking their lives by not staying informed or taking action when their vehicle is under a recall. It's one of the many reasons family-oriented vehicles, including one in four minivans, are the most-highly impacted. Carfax continues to work closely with the auto manufacturers so we can alert people in the U.S. and Canada that their vehicles have a potentially dangerous defect that needs to be fixed."
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recently announced that new recalls were issued for more than 51 million vehicles in 2015, the most-ever in a year.
"Millions more vehicles will likely be recalled this year, adding to the ones already with outstanding airbag recalls, ignition switch recalls, electrical system recalls and more. Resources like myCarfax that continuously monitor your car and send alerts to your mobile device are helping people everywhere find and fix more recalls," Gamache added.