According to the recent results of a safety study sponsored by Carfax, an estimated 2.7 million automobiles on United States roadways have been recalled for safety issues that have not been repaired or resolved. This figure was calculated by comparing the number of automobiles recalled for manufacturer mandated repairs in 2011 to the number of automobiles actually returned by consumers for these repairs. Many of the vehicles, including automobiles produced by Ford, GM, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota that have not been returned for mandated repairs were recalled for safety issues that have been related to serious collisions, vehicle fires, and even fatalities. Many of the vehicles affected by unresolved safety recalls are on the roads or available for resale, the study finds. According to Carfax representatives, many of these cars have been sold without the mandate repairs being made, or the new owner being informed that the vehicle is under recall. Florida, California, and Texas have the largest number of automobiles under unresolved recalls on the roads, the study says. In these three states, more than 100,000 vehicles with unrepaired safety issues were sold last year, according to the study.
As a personal injury attorney in Ventura, I am hopeful that these sort of safety risks can be resolved fully to increase the safety on U.S. roadways. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a malfunctioning vehicle, please consider contacting a Ventura car accident lawyer.