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A surprising number of drivers ignore recalls

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Despite the dangers associated with driving a recalled vehicle, only about 70 percent of drivers respond to recalls, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Some people take the attitude that if it's sunny today, it's never going to rain," Jack Nerad, executive market analyst and editorial director at Kelley Blue Book, told MarketWatch in an article.

What's more, according to a 2012 report by the Society of Automotive Engineers, people are less likely to act on a recall for an older vehicle.

"With wear and tear, older cars are more susceptible to something going wrong related to that flaw," Nerad said.

The news follows a series of recalls at General Motors, which have been named as the cause for at least 12 deaths. Honda last weekend also recalled 900,000 Odyssey minivans.

To read the full MarketWatch article, click here.

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