CarFax estimates more than 63 million recalled vehicles are currently running the roads across the United States. About one million of them are driving around Tampa Bay.
Two years ago one in five cars on the highway carried an open recall. This year it is one in four. CarFax says the reason is two-fold. People either don’t know the car they are driving has a defect or they are not making the repair a priority.
The millions of air bag recalls likely play a part in the higher numbers this year. Also nothing in the law forces dealers or private sellers to repair recalls on any vehicle so it is on the owner or buyer to do the research.
Remember the fixes are free and often take place in less than a day. New data also suggests the majority of unfixed vehicles involve family mobiles including minivans and SUV’s.
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