Consumers are at high risk as many auto recalls are being ignored, according to research performed by Carfax. The number of vehicles on sale over the internet with unfixed recalls averages more than 25 percent in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Buyers in these Midwestern states need to be aware that the cars they may purchase have been recalled but have not been repaired.
In 2012, there were roughly 2.1 million cars with open recalls for sale online nationwide. Carfax offers a free public service to check for recalls, and the company also reports VIN-specific recalls from manufacturers on its vehicle history reports. “Consumers seem to be more aware of this threat, but there’s still a long way to go. Before a car changes hands, there are lots of opportunities for everyone involved to check for open recalls,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax in a recent interview.
Carfax strives to encourage buyers, sellers, and owners to make sure to fix their vehicles if a recall has been made. Consumers can check for recalls on the company’s website and share their recall stories on the Carfax Facebook page and Twitter feeds using #openrecalls.