Roughly 250,000 vehicles traveling on California roads are deemed too dangerous to drive due to major safety recalls. Despite recalls alerting owners to “Park Outside” or “Do Not Drive,” people continue to drive them, according to recent data compiled by Carfax. The Carfax report lists more than 200 vehicles including brands such as Kia, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Chevrolet, and Ram trucks.
The Golden State has more of these dangerous vehicles on the road than any other state in the nation. Motorists are warned to “Park Outside” if their vehicle is a fire risk and told “Do Not Drive” if it’s a safety risk.
These types of serious recalls are rarely issued. However, there are currently more than 2.5 million vehicles nationwide with these unrepaired safety issues that are still on the road. Additionally, although California leads the nation with the most cars, Texas comes in second place with 242,000 unrepaired vehicles, followed by Florida with 237,000 vehicles. Seven other states, including nearby Arizona, have more than 70,000 of these vehicles traveling on their roads and highways.
The “Do Not Drive” and “Park Outside” notifications are recalls made jointly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the auto manufacturer.
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Carfax created a list of roughly 200 vehicles that have these recalls. The list includes a range of model years from 2004 to 2023 and it covers numerous auto manufacturers.
Some of the most well-known recalls include those for exploding Takata airbags. The NHTSA reports 23 people died in the U.S. from these dangerous Takata airbags and more than 400 people were injured. Another major issue involves roughly 3,100 Hyundai and Kia models that have caught fire and killed one person and injured 100 others nationwide. Lastly, General Motors has reported 19 of the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars are known to have caught fire leading to its “Park Outside” recall.
Here is a partial list with just the newer vehicles (2022-23) subject to the “Do Not Drive” recall including:
- 2022 Kia Carnival EX, LX, SX Prestige
- 2022 Kia Sorento SX, SX Prestige
- 2012-2023 Kia Sportage SX
- 2014-2023 Kia Sportage EX, LX
- 2023 Kia Sportage SX Prestige, X Line, X-Pro/X-Pro Prestige
- 2023 Kia Telluride EX/EX X-Line, LX, S, SX/SX X-Line/SX
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz S 500 4matic
- 2023 Subaru Solterra Premium/Limited/
- 2023 Toyota Bz4x XLE/Limited
Here is a partial list of the newer vehicles (2022-23) subject to the “Park Outside” recalls including:
- 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT, 2LT
- 2022 Cruise Cruise AV
- 2020-2022 Hyundai Palisade Limited, SE, SEL
- 2021-2022 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy
- 2022-2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited, Night, SE, SEL, SEL Premium
- 2016-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe SE
- 2021-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Blue, Calligraphy, Limited
- 2021-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL, SEL Premium
- 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL/XRT
- 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT
- 2016-2023 Kia Sorento EX
- 2020-2022 Kia Sorento SX
- 2021-2022 Kia Sorento LX, S, SX/SXP
- 2022 Kia Sorento SX/X-Ln SX Prstge
- 2022-2023 Kia Sorento SX Prestige
- 2023 Kia Sorento SXP
- 2008-2022 Kia Sportage LX
- 2017-2022 Kia Sportage EX, SX
- 2020-2022 Kia Sportage S
- 2020-2022 Kia Telluride EX, LX, S, SX
- 2021-2023 Ram Laramie
- 2021-2023 Ram 2500 Big Horn
- 2022 Ram 2500 Big Horn/Lone Star
- 2021-2023 Ram 2500 Limited, Longhorn, Tradesman
- 2023 Ram 2500 PowerWagon
- 2021-2023 Ram 3500 Big Horn, Limited, Longhorn, Tradesman
- 2022 Ram 3500 Big Horn/Lone Star
- 2021-2023 Ram Chassis 3500, Ram Chassis 4500, and Ram Chassis 5500
- 2019-2022 Subaru Ascent, Limited, Premium, Touring
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Published on May 18, 2023
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