TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – This is National Vehicle Safety Recall Week for the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the federal Department of Transportation. From March 7-13, safety advocates and government agencies are encouraging drivers to check their cars for recall notices and other potential safety or repair needs.
The hundreds of millions of drivers in the United States all have different cars, different commutes, and different needs. CARFAX has released a report showing the number of cars in each state in need of a recall as of 2021. Florida has the third highest number of vehicles with recall notices in the country, behind California and Texas.
According to National Safety Council and CARFAX research data, there are 53.2 million cars in the United States that need repairs due to a safety recall or defect. Some of these recalls relate to “defective parts which may pose fatal risks to drivers or passengers”.
In Florida alone, there are 3.34 million cars with recall notices. According to CARFAX, 19.7% of all vehicles in Florida have a recall notice, among all cars, light trucks, minivans and sport utility vehicles. The company said of all light trucks, the percentage of recalls is 25% nationwide.
- California – 6,323,608 recalls
- Texas – 5,364,968 recalls
- Florida – 3,346,321 recalls
- New York – 2,109,098 recalls
- Pennsylvania – 1,945,599 recalls
Among other vehicle types, cars and minivans have recall rates of 21% and 20%, respectively, according to CARFAX. The NSC’s Check to Protect campaign is a way to help vehicle owners and drivers “proactively check the status of their recall”, with the option to enter the vehicle identification number of their car or from their truck check recall statuses online.
According to CARFAX, different Florida communities and metropolitan areas have different proportions of state recalls. Here’s how some Florida metros are hitting the road when it comes to recall notices.
|Region||# of cars||% of cars|
According to NHTSA, the largest segment of recall notices, by producer, is for Ford Motor Company. Ford has eight active recalls, covering everything from service brakes and hydraulic systems to fuel systems, powertrains, airbags and engine cooling issues.
“Preparing your vehicle before you depart for your destination is an essential part of safety,” said Lonny Haschel, senior mobility safety program manager at NSC. “Checking for open safety recalls is important and easy to do. NSC encourages every driver to check their vehicle for an open recall and have it repaired free of charge as soon as possible, so they can drive safely knowing their vehicle is in good working order for everyone involved.
However, Ford’s recall with the most potential number of affected vehicles concerns the prevention of rollbacks, with backup cameras producing blank or distorted images for drivers. The recall was released on February 16 and could affect 330,784 reported vehicles.
Ignoring the brand, out of all U.S. vehicles, more than 45.5 million could be recalled for equipment issues in 3,526 different recall notices. This is 19% of all US vehiclesaccording to the USDOT.
NSC said recall repairs are free and can be scheduled whenever needed. The organization encourages all vehicle owners and drivers to check their recall status and check for new notices each time they have their vehicle serviced.