Increasing Recall Numbers Cause Safety Concerns on U.S. Roads

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Over 55.7 million unfixed, recalled vehicles are on U.S. roadways every day, according to annual CARFAX data.

Vehicle Recalls Continue to Increase

CARFAX data reveals that over 55.7 million unfixed recalled vehicles are traveling U.S. roadways every day. This number shows a 5% increase from the 52.7 million recalls in 2019, and the issue won’t be solved anytime soon, according to CARFAX.

“We’ve made great strides in recent years working with the vehicle manufacturers to try to help reduce the number of open recalls, but there’s still a long road ahead,” said Faisal Hasan, General Manager of Data at CARFAX.

Highest Recall Percentages

Several Southern states have the highest recall percentages for unfixed recalls, including Texas (26.8%), Mississippi (26.1%) and Louisiana (25.8%).

Below are the to 10 states with the highest number of recalled vehicles:

  1. California – 6.8 million
  2. Texas – 5.9 million
  3. Florida – 3.5 million
  4. Pennsylvania – 2.3 million
  5. New York – 2.2 million
  6. Ohio – 1.9 million
  7. Georgia – 1.8 million
  8. Illinois – 1.8 million
  9. North Carolina – 1.8 million
  10. Michigan – 1.5 million

Vehicle Recall Solutions

Though the current number of unfixed, recalled vehicles is large, the yearly number has greatly decreased since it peaked at 63 million vehicles in 2017.

This decrease is largely caused by the support of Departments of Motor Vehicles across the country and the increased use of free recall monitoring services such as CARFAX Car Care and other services that provide free supplemental recall notifications to consumers.

Though taking vehicles off the road to be fixed can be inconvenient, most repairs can be made within an hour or two. Owners can stay safe on the road by checking whether their vehicles have open recalls for free at CARFAX.

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Defect Attorney

Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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