Vehicles with ‘Open Recalls’ in U.S. down 8%, still staggering 52 Million

Carfax attributes findings to greater consumer awareness, use of vehicle monitoring services.

CENTREVILLE, Va.April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The open recall problem in the U.S. is improving, but millions of drivers and car buyers are still at risk.

Annual research findings from Carfax show there’s more than 52 million recalled vehicles on the road that haven’t been fixed.

That means roughly one out of every five registered vehicles has open recalls.

The states where this problem is most glaring are all in the South:

  • Mississippi (24.7%),
  • Texas (24.6%),
  • Louisiana (23.7%),
  • Alabama (22.2%),
  • New Mexico (22.1%), and
  • Arkansas(21.6%).

Additional findings reveal that California (6.3 million), Texas (5.5 million), Florida (3.2 million), Pennsylvania (2.2 million) and New York (2.1 million) have the most vehicles with open recalls.


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The good news for consumers: open recalls have declined over the last two years, down from 63 million in 2017 and 57 million in 2018, according to Carfax. Two particular efforts have helped – increased use of free recall monitoring services like myCarfax and checks for open recalls during state vehicle inspections.

“Our research indicates that using Carfax to send and receive vehicle-specific recall information is one of the most effective ways of getting more recalls fixed. We are encouraged by this year’s results, but there’s still a long way to go. Open recalls are a critical safety issue that can impact everyone on the road. It’s imperative that car buyers, sellers and especially owners stay informed about recalls and take action on them to maintain the safety of their vehicles and our roads.”

— said Dick Raines, president of Carfax

Thirteen million people now are registered with myCarfax, a free service that continuously monitors multiple vehicles for open recalls after entering the license plate or VIN. The free myCarfax app sends recall alerts to the user through their mobile device.

For the second year in a row, light trucks and minivans are the vehicles most likely to have unfixed recalls. Taking any vehicle off the road to be fixed can be an inconvenience. However, recall repairs are often completed in only an hour or two, and most take less than a day.

Consumers worried about buying a vehicle with unfixed recalls can shop with confidence at carfax.com. Every vehicle listed for sale there comes with a free Carfax Report, which includes open recall information reported to Carfax.

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