CENTREVILLE, Virginia — More than 47 million vehicles on U.S. roads have at least one unfixed safety recall, according to the latest research from Carfax.
That's an increase of more than 1 million vehicles over last year's total.
The used-car history provider's annual recall report indicates that every U.S. state now has at least 100,000 vehicles with an open recall, with Alaska, Mississippi, Texas, Utah and West Virginia leading the country in neglected defects.
"Our data shows there's still much hard work to be done in addressing recalls," said Larry Gamache, Carfax communications director, in a statement. "Many people still are unnecessarily risking their lives by not staying informed or taking action when their vehicle is under a recall."
Gamache noted that family-oriented models are among those vehicles most impacted, including more than one in four minivans and one in five SUVs, followed by light trucks and cars.
The Carfax report comes in the wake of a record-setting year for vehicle recalls.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 in nearly 900 separate campaigns, including the massive recall for defective Takata airbags.
NHTSA notes that every year, on average, 25 percent of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired.
"Recalls are a serious safety issue that should be promptly addressed," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, in a statement. "An informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired. Do not wait to act if your car is under recall and the parts are available."
As previously reported by Edmunds, earlier this year NHTSA launched a public-awareness campaign called "Safe Cars Save Lives," urging consumers to check for open recalls at least twice a year and prompting dealers to make recall service visits a high priority.
Consumers who want to check for a recall on their vehicle can do a search by VIN at NHTSA's Defects and Recalls page, check the Edmunds.com recalls page, register for alerts at the myCarfax site or consult their local dealer.
Edmunds says: With so much information available, there's no reason for consumers to go uninformed about vehicle recalls.