Vehicles With Open Safety RecallsMarch 22, 2016
Carfax, the provider of used car history, reported recently that almost one in five vehicles on the road in the United States have open recalls, meaning they have safety issues that are serious enough to put them on the federal recall list. Out of the 258.5 million cars on the road, a staggering 47 million cars that are being driven on a regular basis are in need of repair. This problem is only worsening as the number of vehicles with open recalls has increased by 27 percent since last year.
The Director of Communications at Carfax shared a particularly troubling statistic regarding the type of vehicle with the highest rate of unfixed safety issues. One out of every 4.6 mini-vans fall into this category, which is concerning since it is a popular vehicle for families with young children. SUVs came in a close second. Both of these vehicles tend to be popular family cars, putting the safety of young children in jeopardy.
While it is easy to place the blame for failing to repair these safety issues on the consumer, most car owners have no idea that their vehicle has any safety issues. The process of notifying consumers about these recalls needs to be improved. As a result, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a “Safe Cars Save Lives” campaign, which is a vehicle recall database where vehicles can be searched by VIN number or vehicle make or model. The database provides instant results so that consumers can find out immediately whether their vehicle is on the federal recall list. In most cases, these repairs are done free of charge.
The following are the top ten cities in Maryland with open recalls:
- Hyattsville 22%
- Frederick 20%
- Baltimore 20%
- Laurel 19%
- Silver Spring 19%
- Bowie 17%
- Upper Marlboro 17%
- Annapolis 16%
- Gaithersburg 16%
- Rockville 16%
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