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Nearly 1 in 4 cars currently on the road in Arkansas have active recalls

According to Carfax.com, there are currently more than 600,000 cars with active recalls on the roads in Arkansas. (Photo: KATV)

On Friday, Fiat Chysler issued two separate recalls affecting nearly 1,300,000 vehicles worldwide. The recall comes on top of another major recall from airbag manufacturer Takata, adding another 2,700,000 vehicles to the nation's largest auto recall.

The new recalls from Fiat Chrysler involve malfunctioning alternators that can cause engines to stall or a wiring problem that can make air bags deploy unexpectedly.

The wiring recall covers nearly 771,000 Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont SUVs from 2011 through 2015. The alternator recall affects nearly 566,000 Chrysler 300s, Dodge Challengers and Chargers and Durango SUVs from 2011 through 2014. Also covered are certain 2012 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees.

According to Carfax.com, there are currently more than 600,000 cars with active recalls on the roads in Arkansas. The number of unfixed recalled vehicles in the Natural State is up 31 percent from last year, per Carfax.com's research.

When KATV did an informal survey of cars in a downtown Little Rock parking lot, two out of the six cars checked via their vehicle identification number on Safercar.gov had active unfixed recalls.

The Gaines family from Bryant didn't think there were any active recalls on their 2014 Toyota Camry - we double checked and there weren't. But mom Kim Gaines said they've had to take a car in to be fixed for a recall before, and they're about to do it again.

"We just found out the car we bought used from a dealership had two recalls on it," said Gaines.

Tim Hall, managing partner at McLarty Honda in Little Rock, said most cars that are either sold or serviced at dealerships should be recall free or at least recall fixed.

"Most of the recalls are caught by the dealer when a car is in for service," said Hall. "We always run a check with the manufacturer to see if there are any open recalls."

But Carfax.com said right now there are more than 44,000 cars with active recalls on the road in Little Rock alone. There are more than 14,000 vehicles with recalls in Hot Springs; 15,000 in Conway; 13,000 in North Little Rock and nearly 11,000 in Benton.

Car dealerships are required to fix the recalled issues free of charge, no matter if you bought the car at the dealership or not. But how quickly dealerships can make those fixes rest solely with the manufacturer, according to Hall.

"As they provide parts for us, if they're available we obviously can get everybody in and out pretty quick," said Hall, remarking at how busy the dealership was last year with the initial Takata recall. "But the manufacturer drives the recall."

The newly recalled Takata models include more than 500,000 Nissan Versas and nearly 6,000 Mazda B-Series trucks. Ford, which has the most cars involved in the latest recall, is reportedly still reviewing the information but should have a list of effected vehicles within the required five-day period of time.

To check if your car is any active unfixed recalls you can go to Safercar.gov.

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