Disturbing News: 46 Million Unrepaired Recalls in US
- January 28, 2015
- Vehicle Defects
In a recent study, Carfax says there are more than 46 million vehicles on our roads with unrepaired recalls. It’s important to note that these are safety recalls, many of which come with the possibility of fires, defective airbags and more.
Carfax also discovered 5 million of these vehicles were bought and sold by unsuspecting consumers in the past year. Many of these unrepaired vehicles are family-oriented SUVs and minivans.
Why So Many Unrepaired Recalls?
There are several factors that lead these safety recalls going unrepaired. One of these is what Larry Gamache of Carfax calls a “cavalier response” by Americans.
“Americas cavalier response to manufacturer safety recalls is putting lives at risk,” said Gamache. “Every morning millions of people drive to work, school and other places in a potential ticking time bomb. Fires, crashes and serious injuries 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.”
What’s particularly disheartening is Gamache’s last statement. The fact is, many of these safety recalls are simply ignored. While it may be an inconvenience, heeding safety recalls is extremely important; not only for the owner of the vehicle, but also for the other motorists.
Unsuspecting New Owners are at Risk
Another contributing factor to this issue stems from the way manufacturers notify owners. Following a recall, a notice is sent to the owner on record. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the current owner. The leads to unsuspecting new owners driving potentially dangerous vehicles that should have been repaired.
The Dangers of Unrepaired Recalls
No matter the reason, an unrepaired safety recall is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious injury or death. Recalls were all over the news the past few years, and for good reason. The GM ignition recall has been linked to numerous deaths and untold accidents. The Takata airbag issue has been linked to at least five fatalities. These are just two of the millions of recalls made in 2014 alone.
This news should be disturbing for anybody on the road. Manufacturers issue these recalls for serious reasons. It’s a way to mitigate or prevent catastrophic accidents. Recalls cost car manufacturers millions in repairs, so you can be certain that if they issue one, it’s for good reason.
Has My Car Been Recalled?
If you aren’t sure if your vehicles has an outstanding recall, there are resources available to you. Carfax has built a national database that allows you to search for your vehicle and discover whether or not you have an unrepaired recall. Simply go to the database and enter your VIN number.
Injured By A Defective Vehicle?
With 1 in 5 vehicles having an outstanding safety issue, chances are your accident may very well have been cause or worsened by a defect. Because of this, you may have a more complex case and a chance at higher compensation for your injuries, property damage and more.
These types of cases are best handled by an experienced vehicle defect lawyer. We will be able to determine whether your case involves a defect and have the resources and knowledge needed to get you and your loved ones the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free case consultation.