As the nation continues through its largest wave of vehicle recalls in US history, a new study has alerted car owners and the auto industry that the situation is potentially more dangerous than they knew. Carfax just released its annual recall research finding more than 46 million vehicles nationwide have at least one safety recall that has yet to be fixed. Out of these vehicles, five million were bought and sold last year.
The auto manufacturers, dealers and companies like Carfax are making every effort to get car owners to take their recalled cars to authorized dealerships to have them fixed. Yet despite these efforts, many people still are likely unaware of recalls that directly affect them — which provides a great opportunity for dealers to serve their customers and keep them well informed of recalls. Carfax offers two great resources to help, the myCarfax app and Carfax Vehicle History Reports.
“Every morning millions of people drive to work, school and other places in a potential ticking time bomb,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “Fires, crashes and serious injury are just a few consequences of letting recalls go unfixed. The minor inconvenience that comes from having a recall fixed pales in comparison to what can happen if you don’t.”
As you can see above in the infographic image from Carfax, some vehicle types are more vulnerable than others – and that can be a problem for transporting family members. People driving or buying family-oriented vehicles – specifically minivans and SUVs – are most at risk. One in three minivans and one in five SUVs has an unfixed recall, according to the study. Dealers are well positioned to alert customers about potential recalls that may affect picking up their kids at school and other family transportation needs.
Carfax Vehicle History Reports include open recalls reported by the manufacturers. To help find open recalls, Carfax Advantage Dealers can run as many Carfax Reports as they need. Dealers that are part of myCarfax also can get all their customers signed up for the free service and download the app for them, which monitors for open recalls using only the license plate. Finally, dealers can easily disclose open recalls on their inventory to potential buyers by listing them on Carfax Used Car Listings. Every vehicle dealers list there includes the Carfax Reports they’ve run which used car shoppers can view for free.
The Carfax annual research report also reveals the states with the highest ratios of unfixed recalls. Click here to read the Carfax announcement and to view the infographic with other facts about recalls revealed in the Carfax study.