3.7 Million Vehicles Now Have ‘Park Outside’ Recalls, Could Spontaneously Catch Fire

The number of cars with “park outside” recalls has seen a significant increase over the past year, with recent data from Carfax revealing that more than 3.7 million vehicles currently on the road are affected.

This alarming figure represents a 40% surge nationwide since May 2023, with some areas experiencing a near doubling of cars subject to these recalls.

Atlanta, for example, has witnessed a substantial rise in vehicles with park outside recalls, jumping from approximately 64,000 in May 2023 to 113,000 in January.

California has also been hit hard, with 368,000 affected cars statewide, and a staggering 189,000 concentrated in the greater Los Angeles area – a dramatic increase from the 93,000 reported in May 2023.

According to Mike Lavigne, a spokesperson for Carfax, these numbers encompass both cars awaiting a fix and those with available repairs that owners have yet to address.

In September, Hyundai Motor America and Kia America issued park outside recalls for over 3.3 million vehicles due to fire risk, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Lincoln followed suit in June 2023, recalling more than 142,000 cars, urging owners to park “outside and away from structures and other vehicles until the recall has been remedied.”

Just a month prior, Chrysler had issued a similar recall for certain Jeep Cherokee vehicles.

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Lavigne emphasized the severity of park outside recalls, stating, “The park outside recall is one of the most rarely issued recalls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It doesn’t come around every day, and they’re considered one of the more dangerous recalls because of the hazard of fire.”

The concern lies not only with cars in operation but also those parked in garages or near other vehicles, as incidents can occur without human interaction or external interference.

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