Report: 1 in 6 cars on road is recalled but not fixed

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By: PAUL A. EISENSTEIN

(NBC) – You check your oil, tune the engine and make sure you car’s brakes are working right. But you may still be riding around in a four-wheeled time bomb, it turns out.

At least 45 million vehicles – about one in six licensed to operate on U.S. roads – suffers from an unrepaired safety problem subject to an outstanding recall. In fact, the figure could be millions higher, according to new research by J.D. Power and Associates, but it can be difficult to track compliance rates on older recalls.