Study: Drivers unaware of recalls on vehicles

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You could be driving a car with recalls, and not even know about it. A new study, released Thursday, says that could be the case for 57 million drivers across the country. 

The report is by Carfax, and the numbers locally are surprising. There are half a million drivers in the state with 70 percent of them being in the Las Vegas area.

The study says that 99 percent of the recalls are for safety reasons, so the ones that haven’t been fixed may be putting drivers at risk.

The recalls could likley involve car parts.

8 News NOW met up with the people behind the Carfax study went to the DMV on Sahara and Eastern. It was easy to find cars with recalls.

Most of the drivers had no clue.

One driver had recalls for his air bags which have been reported to explode during crashes and have been deadly, in some cases.

“It’s a very scary thought you know what I mean because we expect that all those safety features are effective and not putting us in danger,” said driver Anthony Lasane.

Carmakers mail a notice whenever a recall is issued but Carfax says the actual owner isn’t always the one on file, so that notice sometimes gets lost.

There’s a free app called “my-car-fax.” You can enter in your license plate or vin number and in a matter of seconds, it checks for any unfixed recalls.

All you have to do then is call the carmaker and they’re supposed to take care of it for free.

The study also found the owners of light trucks and SUVs, busy business owners or families, are most likely to be driving a car and not knowing about recalls. 

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