More than 63 million vehicles with unfixed safety recalls are in use across the U.S. — a 34 per cent increase from last year, according to Carfax research. The issue affects nearly one in three vehicles in Texas, which is the highest rate in the United States.
Hawaii, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama round out the top five. Family-oriented vehicles like minivans and SUVs are most likely to have unfixed recalls.
“It may be inconvenient, but people driving recalled cars should make getting them fixed a high priority,” says 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.”
Carfax offers myCarfax.com, a service that sends recall alerts to users’ mobile devices or email for up to five saved vehicles.