According to data from CARFAX, more than 2.5 million vehicles tagged with “do not drive” or “park outside” safety recalls remained unrepaired as of May 1, 2023. The CarFax Editor-in-chief went on the record saying “I worry there is recall fatigue. People have been hearing about recalls a lot for the last 10 years.” Olsen is aware of close to 200 vehicles from various automakers covering multiple model years currently under recall. In the last week almost 220,000 Jeep Cherokees were recalled due to fire risk. Just two weeks ago BMW issued a “do not drive” warning due to recalled airbags and late last month G. M. issued a “park outside” warning on 40,000 pickup trucks.
“These are more serious, more urgent recalls than most because they require drivers to do something unusual,” he said. “Either do not drive it, or in the case of a lot of these cars, they get a park outside order, which means don’t park it in your garage, don’t park it next to your garage. If you can, park it away from a building because the risk of fire is just that great.” Olsen said there are several reasons drivers don’t always heed recall warnings. “A lot of people, when they get notices like that, they think it’s a scam. They think somebody is trying to sell them something, and I think they overlook it,” he said. “But I do think there’s a significant portion of people for whom their car is their livelihood and who feel they can’t be without their cars for a certain amount of time.”
Of the over 2.5 million vehicles with “do not drive” or “park outside” orders, Illinois ranks eighth in the country, with 92,000 recalled vehicles. Missouri accounts for 42,000, with more than half of those recalled vehicles located in the greater St. Louis area. Owners and automakers want and need to get these recalls fixed. They don’t want them lingering. They want to make sure everyone who is driving their cars are safe,” Olsen said.
Olsen urges consumers to take recalls seriously and to contact their automaker to get the problem fixed. “These are things that can injure you. They can injure your community. They can injure your family. You’ve got to get the recalls taken care of,” he said. There are about 2000 separate models from various automakers, over multiple model years, for which “do not drive” or “park outside” safety recalls have been issued.
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