Nearly one in five vehicles on the US roads has to go back to dealers for all kinds of safety repairs, according to used-car history provider Carfax.
Lately, not a single week goes by without an announcement from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding a recall campaign. There are all kinds of issues, from some curious ones such as Dodge Charger’s wheel chocks to Takata’s massive airbag crisis which is affecting around 24 million cars in the United States only. On these grounds, it is no wonder that almost 20 percent of cars on roads need repairs caused by these safety actions. According to Carfax, there are more than 47 million cars in the US with open recalls, up 27 percent from a year ago. “Our data shows there’s still much hard work to be done in addressing recalls,” Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax, said. From that impressive figure, one of every 4.6 is a minivan, SUVs are second at one in 5.1 vehicles, followed by pickup trucks and cars, each at one in 5.5 vehicles. And for all the cars involved in open recalls, the ratio is one in 5.4, Carfax said.
According to data from NHTSA, there were close to 900 safety campaigns affecting a record 51 million vehicles last year and, from that, about 25 percent of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired. There were 258.5 million vehicles in operation on US roads at last count in October 2015, business research provider IHS, the parent of Carfax, said.