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Stay Informed About Open Recalls on Your Cars

According to annual research from, over 63 million vehicles on the road today have open safety recalls. That’s about one out of every four vehicles in the U.S. – and an astounding 34% higher than last year’s total! Family oriented vehicles – minivans and SUVs – are the most likely to have recalls that haven’t been fixed.

Create a FREE myCARFAX account now and save up to five vehicles to get alerts about new recalls issued for them. Start by entering the license plate or vehicle identification number (VIN) for each vehicle, or you can check by VIN only.

Top 10 Cities for Open Recalls in Each State

Click on the map below to see which cities in each state have the highest percentage of cars with an unfixed recall.

Three of the top five states with the highest rate of open recalls are on the Gulf Coast - Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. People in California, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York have the greatest number of vehicles with open recalls.

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Open Safety Recalls on U.S. Vehicles

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Common Types of Recalls:

Since NHTSA began enforcing recall actions in 1966, over 390 million vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, RVs, motorcycles, and mopeds) as well as 46 million tires and 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment have been recalled in order to correct defective parts. Most recalls are fixed for FREE at a manufacturer’s dealership. Some of the most common types of recalls include:

  • Exploding airbag inflators (driver and passenger)
  • Axle or steering components
  • Brakes, tires, or wheels
  • Defective seat belts
  • Engine parts
  • Electrical and internal computer systems
  • Overheating and other technical defects
  • Car parts "sticking" (accelerator pedal)


  1. Be Aware – Receive recall notifications from myCARFAX.
  2. Be Connected – Ensure your vehicle manufacturer has your current address and other information.
  3. Be Knowledgeable – Get further information on the myCARFAX website as well as from manufacturer notices.
  4. Be Proactive – Follow any interim safety guidance from the manufacturer and take your vehicle into a nearby dealer location for recall fixes (nearly always free of charge).
  5. Be Consistent – Remember to take your vehicle in for regular service with account notifications from your myCARFAX app.