Industry well short of total recall

The vast majority of recalls have not gone in for repairs yet, meaning there are millions of potentially dangerous cars on our roads.

Recalls topped 51 million last year alone, but the number of drivers taking their cars for repairs is well short of that figure with more than 45 million cars recalled between 2013 and 2015 still unfixed.

This is according to data analysed by J.D. Power and Associates. Vice president Renee Stephens said, ‘The fact that there are all these vehicles on the road, it poses a possible danger both to the driver and the other drivers that are around.’

However, their research found that it wasn’t all the responsibility of drivers, with parts often in short supply for large recalls – J.D. Power found that for recalls of over a million units, less than half are repaired.

This is certainly the case for recalls of Takata airbags, which now includes more than 70 million vehicles. Waiting times for replacements are up to three months.