CENTREVILLE, VA (NBC33) — Carfax released new data on Tuesday showing that more than 3.5 million cars were listed for sale online with an open safety recall in 2013.
Every state was shown to have unfixed recalled cars for sale, but Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Ohio had the most. Combined, those five states had nearly one-third of the total.
“Open recalls are still a major public safety issue,” said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. “In fact, our research indicates that more than one in ten used cars for sale online has an open recall. It’s another reminder that consumers, especially those shopping online, need to know as much as possible about a used car before they buy.”
The company’s research also found that in 42 states, consumers who shopped online for used cars in March and April stood the greatest chance of buying one with an open recall.
Experts urge buyers to check for recalls and have them fixed. Most recalls can be fixed free of charge at a local franchise dealer.
Whenever and wherever you shop, make sure to look for open recalls and have them fixed. Almost every recall will be fixed for free at your local franchise dealer.”