What Is an Open Safety Recall? CARFAX Says There Are 53 Million on the Road

Vehicle Inspection

CARFAX data recently revealed that since 2020, there has been a 5% decline in the number of vehicles on the roads in the U.S. with an open safety recall. While this is a step in the right direction, one in five cars still has an open safety recall, leaving over 53 million recalled vehicles on the road without having proper repairs. In 2021, the vehicles most likely to have open safety recalls were pickup trucks and minivans, and California was found to have the highest number of recalled vehicles at 6.3 million. 

Faisal Hasan, General manager of Data at CARFAX, said “the number of vehicles on the road with open recalls peaked at 63 million in 2017, so we’re heading in the right direction but there’s still a long way to go.” By making information more readily available for car owners and raising awareness for recalls, this number will hopefully continue to decline in the coming years. 

What Does It Mean to Have a Safety Recall on Your Vehicle? 

Whether you don’t know that your car has a safety recall or you assume it can be put on the back burner until you get around to it, it is definitely not something to take lightly. A vehicle will be issued a safety recall when there is a safety-related defect or because part of the vehicle does not meet federal safety standards. When this happens, the auto manufacturer will notify the owners of that specific vehicle and invite them in for a repair free of charge. 

Having an open safety recall means that a car has received a recall from the manufacturer but it has yet to have the repair completed. Although a safety recall does not always mean the car is in need of drastic repairs, it still means that one or more parts of the car are unsafe and should be taken care of immediately. 

Although car owners often avoid the repair shop for many reasons, recall repairs typically do not take more than a day, and they are completely free, as enforced by federal law. It is important to remember that safety recalls are issued to keep cars safe on the road and should always be prioritized to protect yourself and those around you. 

How Can We Boost Closure Rates for Open Recalls?  

Efforts are continuously being made to raise closure rates for open safety recalls. With growing effort from the Department of Motor Vehicles to provide free recall notifications to consumers, as well as free recall-monitoring services being offered to car owners, you now have many resources to make sure you have no outstanding recalls on your car. 

CARFAX Car Care is a free recall-monitoring service that allows you to enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate number to have your vehicle monitored for any current or future safety recalls. Over 24 million vehicles have been registered with CARFAX Car Care, helping to decrease the number of open recalls on the road. 

Be Sure About Your Car Safety   

With a SureSale vehicle quality report, you will get a comprehensive vehicle inspection covering vehicle history and current condition. This report will also let you know if there are any open safety recalls on your vehicle that are still in need of repair. By getting a SureSale report, you can be sure that your car is as safe as possible on the road.