Older vehicles have lower rate of fixes on recalls, NHTSA says

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging drivers to check for recalls on their vehicles, even older ones. Just in 2018, 722 vehicle recalls affecting more than 29 million U.S. vehicles have been issued, the administration says. In 2017, 900 recalls affected more than 42 million vehicles.

The Administration says particularly, older vehicles have a lower rate of being fixed due to recalls than newer ones. Vehicles that are 6-10 years old when a recall is made have an average 56 percent completion rate. For cars 1-5 years old, the rate jumps to 76 percent, and 80 percent for vehicles newer than 3 years old.

Some of the recalls that affect a lot of vehicles are the recall on Takata airbags, which affects more than 50 million air bags in 37 million vehicles. The airbags are prone to deploying after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity.

A recall on Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler vehicles regarding the cruise control affects 4.8 million vehicles. The defect could prevent the cruise control system from disengaging.

Click here to find out if your vehicle is subject to a recall. You’ll need your vehicle’s VIN number.

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