Tuesday, 27 April 2021 15:58

CARFAX Numbers Show 1 in 5 Vehicles on the Road Has an Open Safety Recall


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The number of vehicles on U.S. roads with an open recall is declining, but tens of millions of drivers---and used-car buyers---remain at risk.

The number of vehicles on the road with open safety recalls is down 5% from 2020, but that means there's still more than 53 million recalled vehicles on the road today that haven't been repaired.


In 2021, pickup trucks and minivans are the vehicles most likely to have unfixed recalls, CARFAX data shows.


"The number of vehicles on the road with open recalls peaked at 63 million in 2017, so we're heading in the right direction but there's still a long way to go," said Faisal Hasan, general manager of data at CARFAX. "We're teaming up with the vehicle manufacturers to try to help raise awareness around recalls. The goal is to make the information readily available for owners to boost the closure rates for open recalls."


Southern states continue to top the list with the highest open-recall percentages including Mississippi at 26%, Texas (24%) and Louisiana (24%). Here are the top 10 states with the highest number of recalled vehicles:


  1. California: 6.3 million
  2. Texas: 5.3 million
  3. Florida: 3.3 million
  4. New York: 2.1 million
  5. Pennsylvania: 1.9 million
  6. Ohio: 1.9 million
  7. Georgia: 1.8 million
  8. Illinois: 1.7 million
  9. North Carolina: 1.7 million
  10. Michigan: 1.5 million


The decrease in open recalls in recent years can be attributed to...

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