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1 in 6 U.S. Vehicles Subject to Recalls but Remain Unrepaired

Vehicle Recall

According to NBC News, a new study found that roughly 45 million vehicles – about one in six licensed to operate on U.S. roads – are subject to outstanding safety recalls.

Recalled Vehicles Pose Danger to Motorists

This latest study, completed by J.D. Power and Associates, is in line with recent research showing that an alarming number of dangerous recalled vehicles are still on the road. Further, this reflects the fact that the U.S. has seen an explosion in safety-related recalls in recent years; ranging from improperly inflated tires to airbags that can overinflate in a crash and eject deadly shrapnel into the passenger compartments.

NBC News reports that The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may indeed be pushing for 100-percent recall compliance; however, the reality is that it is not uncommon to see recall response rates as low as 30 percent. In fact, automakers confirm that they are pleased when even 70 percent of the vehicles covered by a recall actually come in for repairs.

In addition to this, NBC News points out that even minor recalls require fixes. Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety, points out that improperly inflated tires contributed to crashes that killed hundreds of people riding in Ford Explorer SUVs at the beginnings of the new millennium.

Another prevailing issue is due to the fact that older vehicles are hard to track down. According to NBC News, the older the vehicle, the more likely it is to have been re-sold – often more than once. As such, recall notices can go astray.

NHTSA Attempts to Overcome Recall Response Problems

The NHTSA now requires all manufacturers to make it easy for owners to find out whether their vehicles are subject to an outstanding recall. This can be found on their public websites with the addition of the government’s own, SafeCars.gov.

In order to check this, you are required to provide the Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN. This can be found on your registration, as well as on a tag at the base of the windshield.

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