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Vehicles with unfixed recalls skyrockets 34% over past year

CENTREVILLE, Va. (February 9, 2017) – This year, millions more lives may be at risk from people driving and buying vehicles with unfixed safety recalls. According to Carfax, more than 63 million recalled vehicles now are in use across the country, an alarming 34 percent increase from 2016. The annual research also suggests this issue affects nearly one in three vehicles in Texas, the highest rate in the nation. Behind Hawaii, the other Gulf Coast states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama round out the top five.

In addition, people in California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York have the most vehicles with open recalls.

“Reducing the number of open recalls on the road is an ongoing effort,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “Safety is our number one concern. Carfax, manufacturers and government are working together to make it easier for drivers to get accurate information and timely alerts about open recalls. It may be inconvenient, but people driving recalled cars should make getting them fixed a high priority.”

The new data also suggests that family life may be a factor for some vehicle owners not knowing about a recall or getting it fixed. Minivans and SUVs – family-oriented vehicles – are the ones most likely to have unfixed recalls.

With myCarfax.com, vehicle owners simply enter their license plate, a feature unique to the service, or VIN to get started. The service sends recall alerts to users’ mobile devices or email for up to five saved vehicles. In addition, anyone worried about buying a car with an unfixed recall can shop with confidence at carfax.com. Every vehicle listed for sale there comes with a free Carfax Report, which includes open recall information reported to Carfax.

Editor’s note: A used car expert from Carfax is available anytime via satellite, phone, Skype or in-person to help you localize a recall story and provide tips for purchasing safe, reliable used cars.

About Carfax (www.carfax.com)

Carfax, a unit of IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), is the vehicle history expert for used car buyers, sellers and the automotive industry. Carfax created the Vehicle History Report in 1986 and continues to develop innovative services – like Carfax Used Car Listings and myCarfax – that make it easier to shop, buy, own and sell a used car. The company maintains a database comprising over 17 billion vehicle history records from more than 100,000 sources worldwide. Get a free Carfax® Vehicle History Report from dealers with every used car for sale on Carfax.com or look for Carfax Advantage™ dealers in your area and say ‘Show Me the Carfax™’. Based in London, IHS Markit is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.