Top 10 states with unrepaired vehicles that have ‘Do Not Drive’ or ‘Park Outside’ safety recalls
CARFAX said on Wednesday that its data shows more than 2.5 million vehicles that have been tagged with “Do Not Drive” or “Park Outside” safety recalls remain unrepaired as of May 1.
In fact, CARFAX pointed out 10 states have more than 70,000 of these vehicles driving on their roads, with California leading the way.
Those 10 states with the highest amounts of those vehicles include:
New York: 118,000
North Carolina: 85,000
“Despite efforts by state and federal governments — and the auto industry itself — too many consumers are driving in vehicles that have been deemed too dangerous to drive, or that shouldn’t be parked in or near a home for fear of a fire,” said Faisal Hasan, general manager for data at CARFAX. “Officials and communities need to break through consumer recall notice fatigue and drive home the message: We can save lives today by getting these recalls fixed.”
CARFAX reiterated “Do Not Drive” and “Park Outside” notifications are recalls issued by automakers and federal safety officials.
The vehicle history report provider explained a “Do Not Drive” recall advises drivers not to operate their vehicles because a serious safety issue could lead to an accident or physical harm.
CARFAX added that a “Park Outside” recall is issued for vehicles with a high risk of causing a fire, and owners are advised to park these vehicles outside of garages and parking structures, and away from buildings.
“These recalls are rarely issued,” CARFAX said about the second category.
CARFAX already warns its 30 million Car Care members when there’s an unfixed recall for their vehicle.
Soon, CARFAX will highlight these urgent recalls in Car Care and through email campaigns.
In addition, CARFAX said it is working with the Alliance for Automotive Innovation to involve more states with the Vehicle Recall Search Service (VRSS). The VRSS is used by Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and Texas to alert residents to open safety recalls and get them fixed.
Texas, for example, provides a free recall check using VRSS for every vehicle that undergoes a state safety inspection and those results are provided to the vehicle’s owner.
Launched in 2018 as a completely free system, the VRSS has checked more than 3 billion vehicles since its launch five years ago.
CARFAX data showed that, since 2018, 212 million recalls identified by the VRSS have been closed.
There are about 200 separate models from various automakers, over multiple model years, for which “Do Not Drive” or “Park Outside” safety recalls have been issued. That list is available via this website.