What Do 47 Million Cars Have in Common? 20% May be Recalled

The renowned used-car provider Carfax recently estimated that nearly one in five cars on the U.S. roads are driving with a safety recall issued on their behalf. They assert that the recalls are serious enough to warrant a recall from the federal government. The number of potentially defective cars rose by 27 percent since last year.

Carfax’s communications director, Larry Gamache, shares his concern over the lack of awareness and action regarding auto recalls. He states,

<blockquote cite=" http://www.autonews.com/article/20160210/OEM11/160219981/about-1-in-5-u-s-vehicles-has-open-safety-recall-carfax-says">Our data shows there's still much hard work to be done in addressing recalls.</blockquote>

Furthermore, he is more concerned with the fact that the leading cars that have recalls issues on them are minivans. These family-oriented vehicles have one in 4.6 open recalls on them. What is worrying is that these vans are usually used to transport children. Some of the other leading recalled cars include SUVs (one in 5.1 vehicles) and pickup trucks/cars (one in 5.5 vehicles). In general, one in 5.4 of all operating vehicles function with a recall against them.

According to Carfax, the states with the most recalls are:

  • Texas
  • Mississippi
  • Alaska
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

Safety recalls on automobiles should not be taken lightly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that an average of 25 percent of recalled cars are left unrepaired. This seems too high, considering drivers can have their recalled cars fixed at no cost to them. In the beginning of last year, around 26,000 traffic accidents occurred in the United States, which is 9 percent higher than the year before. Considering how dangerous car accidents are, it is important for consumers to know of their defects and when to get them fixed.

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a car accident because the vehicle was poorly made, you may have the right to seek compensation. Call our Houston product liability attorneys today for a free consultation.

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