Carfax Warns Millions of Unfixed Recalled Cars Were Sold Online in 2013 | Edmunds

Carfax Warns Millions of Unfixed Recalled Cars Were Sold Online in 2013


Just the Facts:
  • Carfax on Tuesday warned online car shoppers that they may have unknowingly purchased millions of used cars with unfixed recalls in 2013.
  • The company's annual research on the issue shows more than 3.5 million cars were listed for sale online with an "open" safety recall.
  • "Open recalls are still a major public safety issue," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax.

CENTREVILLE, Virginia — Carfax on Tuesday warned online car shoppers that they may have unknowingly purchased millions of used cars with unfixed recalls in 2013.

The company's annual research on the issue shows more than 3.5 million cars were listed for sale with an "open" safety recall.

"Open recalls are still a major public safety issue," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax.

Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Ohio led the nation with the most recalled cars for sale online last year.

Ignoring or not knowing about open recalls can affect a vehicle's safety, performance and resale value.

In December, Edmunds and Carfax announced a new agreement that enables dealers and manufacturers to include Carfax Vehicle History Reports for used cars listed on Edmunds.com.

The Vehicle History Reports include VIN-specific open recall information.

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said almost 22 million vehicles were recalled last year in 632 recalls. In comparison, nearly 16.4 million vehicles were recalled in 2012 in 581 actions.

Edmunds says: The most important thing about open recalls is knowing there is one. And keep in mind that almost every recall will be fixed for free at your local dealership.

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