The year 2015 was a historic one in terms of the number of automobiles recalled both domestically and worldwide. From General Motors to Ford to Volkswagen, automakers across the globe issued consistent recalls of vehicles for matters ranging from simple mechanical glitches to defective airbags and ignition systems. Nonetheless, thousands of drivers experienced serious accidents and injuries – and some fatalities – due to the unsafe manufacturing and/or design of their vehicles, resulting in thousands of personal injury, product liability and wrongful death lawsuits.
Despite the widespread dissemination of warnings, along with constant media attention over the matters, many believe that a high number of drivers are either unaware of the safety recalls, or have chosen to ignore the notifications from the dealership offering free repairs for the issues.
According to a recent report conducted by Carfax, as many as one out of every five vehicles in America is under an active safety recall – a number as high as 47 million total vehicles. The number of active recalled vehicles has risen 27 percent over the past year, and the “family-oriented minivan” is the biggest culprit with one out of every 4.6 under a recall notice.
Aside from the minivan, SUV’s rank second in the number of active automobiles under recall, followed closely by pick-up trucks. As well, Carfax compiled a list of states with the highest number of unfixed vehicles, which are (in order):
- West Virginia
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates a whopping 51 million vehicles were recalled due to safety concerns in the past year. In order to encourage drivers to seek free repairs to their vehicles, it has launched the “Safe Cars Save Lives” campaign, which includes a website service wherein drivers can check their vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine if an active safety recall is in place.
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