NHTSA and Car Manufacturers Recall 2.5 Million “Do Not Drive or Park Outside” Vehicles – Is Yours On The List? | Ron Benvenisti

“Do Not Drive” and “Park Outside” notifications are recalls issued jointly by automakers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

Are you driving a car that has an urgent safety recall of “do not drive” or “park outside?”

According to the most recent CARFAX data, more than 2.5 million cars are tagged with these urgent safety recalls, yet they remain unrepaired, with thousands of these cars on the road in New Jersey.

Out of the 2.5 million cars on the road that are tagged with safety recalls of do not drive or park outside, CARFAX data shows 50K to 100K of those cars are in New Jersey.

Do Not Drive:

A do not drive recall advises drivers not to operate their vehicles because a serious safety issue could lead to an accident or physical harm. One of the most recent do not drive recalls involves 90,000 older model BMWs due to the potential of exploding airbags.

Park Outside:

A park outside recall is issued for vehicles with a high risk of causing a fire.

“The fire risk is so great that not only do they not want you to park it inside the garage, they don’t want you to park it next to the garage. If you can park it, park it away from any structure,” Patrick Olsen with CARFAX said.

Olsen adds while manufacturers do send these urgent recall notices via mail, if the car has been sold to someone other than the original owner, drivers may not know about the recalls or if they know about it and are not taking action.

“One thing I think a lot of consumers do is they’ve gotten a recall notice that they got months to go or years ago, and they think, ‘well by this point nothing’s happened, so I must be in the clear,’ and nothing could be farther from the truth,” Olsen said.

There are about 200 separate models from various automakers. To see the list of those 200 cars with do not drive” or park outside recalls, click here.

  • Do Not Drive recall advises drivers not to operate the vehicles because a serious safety issue could lead to an accident or physical harm.
  • Park Outside recall is issued for vehicles with a high risk of causing a fire. Drivers are advised to park the vehicles outside of garages and parking structures and away from buildings. Both of these recalls are rarely issued.


If you’re not sure whether a vehicle you own has one of these recalls, you can check for any unfixed recalls for free on Carfax.

The good news for consumers whose cars have any recall is that they can get the specified repair work done for free at a dealership affiliated with the brand of their vehicle. If you need help finding a nearby dealership, check the Carfax Directory.

All recalls need to be taken seriously, but these two types are more time-sensitive than most because they urge owners to either not operate their vehicle, or to park away from any structure to avoid a fire. There have been serious consequences from some of the problems that these vehicles are being recalled for.

Among them:

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 23 people have been killed in the U.S. because of exploding Takata airbags; more than 400 people have been injured. These airbags have had an issue with their chemical composition and have, at times, had the metal that encases the airbag turn into shrapnel inside the car’s cabin.
  • NHTSA says more than 3,100 Hyundai and Kia models under recall have caught fire nationwide. The agency says one person has been killed and more than 100 have been injured.
  • General Motors says 19 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars have caught fire, but the automaker says there have been no reports of injuries or deaths as a result.

These are not the only issues that these urgent recalls have been issued for, but they are the most well-known.

“Despite efforts by state and federal governments – and the auto industry itself – too many consumers are driving in vehicles that have been deemed too dangerous to drive, or that shouldn’t be parked in or near a home for fear of a fire,” said Faisal Hasan, General Manager for Data at Carfax. “Officials and communities need to break through consumer recall notice fatigue and drive home the message: We can save lives today by getting these recalls fixed.”

Which Vehicles Are Affected?

There are about 200 vehicles from many automakers over many model years that have been affected. Below are the vehicles facing either a Do Not Drive recall or a Park Outside recall:

‘Do Not Drive’ Vehicles

2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL
2003 Acura 3.2CL
2005-2007 Chrysler 300
2005-2010 Chrysler 300 Touring
2008-2009 Chrysler 300 LX
2008-2010 Chrysler 300 Limited
2010 Chrysler 300 S
2005-2010 Chrysler 300C, SRT-8
2008-2010 Dodge Challenger SRT-8
2009-2010 Dodge Challenger R/T, SE
2010 Dodge Challenger Mopar Edit R/T
2006-2007 Dodge Charger SE/SXT
2006-2010 Dodge Charger R/T, SRT-8
2008-2010 Dodge Charger, SXT
2010 Dodge Charger Rallye
2005-2007 Dodge Magnum SE
2005-2008 Dodge Magnum R/T, SXT
2006-2008 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
2008 Dodge Magnum
2023 Ford Bronco Base/Big Bend
2013 Ford Escape SE, SEL
2014 Ford F-150, Super Cab, SuperCrew
2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty
2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty
2021 Ford F-550 Super Duty
2021 Ford F-600 Super Duty
2006 Ford Ranger, Super Cab
2023 Ford Ranger XL/XLT/Lariat
2019 Freightliner Sprinter 3500/4500
2001-2002 Honda Accord
2001-2002 Honda Civic
2002 Honda CR-V
2002 Honda Odyssey
2003 Honda Pilot
2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS/GT
2015 Hyundai Sonata SE, Sport/Limited
2005 Hyundai Tiburon, GT
2008 Infiniti EX35/Journey
2009 Infiniti FX35
2009 Infiniti FX50
2021 Jeep Cherokee Limited
2022 Kia Carnival EX, LX, SX Prestige
2021-2022 Kia K5 GT
2011 Kia Optima EX/SX
2011-2015 Kia Optima LX
2011-2016 Kia Optima SX
2012-2016 Kia Optima EX
2016 Kia Optima SXL
2020-2021 Kia Rio LX/S
2021 Kia Rio S
2012 Kia Sorento Base/LX
2012-2021 Kia Sorento EX
2013-2015 Kia Sorento LX
2016 Kia Sorento SX/SX Limited
2016-2017 Kia Sorento LX/L
2021 Kia Sorento SX/SXP
2022 Kia Sorento SX, SX Prestige
2011-2016 Kia Sportage EX/SX
2012-2023 Kia Sportage SX
2014 Kia Sportage/LX
2014-2023 Kia Sportage EX
2014-2023 Kia Sportage 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
2006 Mazda B2300
2006 Mazda B3000, Cab Plus
2006 Mazda B4000 Cab Plus
2022 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
2022 Mercedes-Benz S 500 4matic
2009 Nissan GT-R/Premium
2021 Ram 1500 Classic SLT
2020 Ram 1500 Classic SSV, Tradesman, Tradesman/EX, Classic Warlock/SLT
2021 Subaru Impreza, Limited, Premium, Sport
2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i, Limited, Premium
2016 Subaru Legacy 3.6r Limited
2016 Subaru Outback 2.5i, LImited, Premium
2016 Subaru Outback 3.6r Limited
2023 Subaru Solterra Premium/Limited/
2023 Toyota Bz4x XLE/Limited
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SE
2021 Volkswagen Atlas S
2018 Volkswagen Beetle S/Coast, S/SE/Coast
2000-2001 Volkswagen Golf GLS, GLS TDI
2018 Volkswagen Golf S/SE
2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen S, S/SE
2018 Volkswagen GTI S/SE/Autobahn
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan S, SE/SEL 4motion, SEL Premium

‘Park Outside’ Vehicles

2004-2007 BMW 525i
2006-2007 BMW 525xi
2008-2010 BMW 528i
2008-2010 BMW 528xi
2004-2007 BMW 530i
2006-2007 BMW 530xi
2006-2007 BMW 530xit
2008-2010 BMW 535i
2008-2010 BMW 535xi
2004-2005 BMW 545i
2006-2010 BMW 550i
2004-2005 BMW 645ci Automatic
2005 BMW 645ci
2006-2010 BMW 650i
2006-2010 BMW M5
2006-2010 BMW M6
2006-2007 Buick Rainier CXL
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV LT, Premier
2020-2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
2020-2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV LT, Premier
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV 1LT, 2LT
2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT LS/LT
2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS/LT, SS
2017 Chrysler Pacifica E-Hybrid Premium, Touring
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Hybrid
2018-2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Tour Plus
2018-2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited, Touring L
2019-2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring
2022 Cruise Cruise AV
2001-2002 Ford Escape XLS, XLT
2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch, LTD, Platinum, XL, XLT
2021 Ford Expedition Max King Ranch, Limited, Platinum, XL, XLT
2019-2021 Genesis G70 Sport
2017-2018 Genesis G80 Base/Premium/Ultimate
2018 Genesis G80 Sport
2019-2020 Genesis G80 Base/Sport/Ultimate
2006-2007 GMC Envoy, Denali
2006 GMC Envoy XL, Denali
2015-2016 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L
2015-2016 Hyundai Genesis 5.0L
2019-2020 Hyundai Kona Limited, SEL, Ultimate
2019-2021 Hyundai Nexo Blue, Limited
2020-2022 Hyundai Palisade Limited, SE, SEL
2021-2022 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy
2022-2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Limited, Night, SE, SEL, SEL Premium
2013-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe SE Ultimate/Limited
2016-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe SE
2019-2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited/Ultimate
2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited/Hybrid
2021-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Blue, Calligraphy, Limited
2021-2023 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL, SEL Premium
2019-2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL/SEL Plus
2022 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL/XRT
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL SE, SE Ultimate
2014 Hyundai Tucson GLS/Limited/SE
2014-2015 Hyundai Tucson GLS
2015 Hyundai Tucson SE/LTD
2016 Hyundai Tucson LTD/Spt And Eco/SE
2016-2021 Hyundai Tucson SE
2017 Hyundai Tucson LTD/Spt Eco/SE/Nig, Limited/Sport/Eco/SE
2018 Hyundai Tucson SEL/SEL Plus, Sport, Value/Limited
2019 Hyundai Tucson LTD/SEL/Sport/Ultimate/Value
2020-2021 Hyundai Tucson Limited/SEL/Sport/
2021 Hyundai Tucson LTD/SEL/Sport/Ultimate
2006-2009 Kia Sedona EX/LX
2007-2009 Kia Sorento EX/LX
2008-2009 Kia Sedona
2010 Kia Sedona EX, LX
2016-2018 Kia Sorento LX/L, SX/SX Limited
2016-2023 Kia Sorento EX
2019 Kia Sorento EX/EX Sport, LX/S, SX/SXL
2019-2020 Kia Sorento L/LX
2020 Kia Sorento EX/S, S/LX
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
2008-2009 Kia Sportage EX/LX
2008-2022 Kia Sportage LX
2017-2022 Kia Sportage EX, SX
2020-2022 Kia Sportage S
2018 Kia Stinger Premium
2018-2021 Kia Stinger, GT
2018-2019 Kia Stinger GT1
2019 Kia Stinger GT2
2020-2022 Kia Telluride EX, LX, S, SX
2021 Lincoln Navigator, Black Label, Reserve
2021 Lincoln Navigator L, Black Label, Reserve
2017 Porsche Panamera 2/4
2017-2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo, Executive
2017-2021 Porsche Panamera 4S, Executive
2018 Porsche Panamera/4
2018-2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo
2018-2021 Porsche Panamera 4 Executive, Sport Turismo
2018-2021 Porsche Panamera 4S Sport Turismo
2019-2021 Porsche Panamera Base/4, GTS, GTS Sport Turismo
2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Executive, Sport Turismo
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 Power Wagon
2021-2023 Ram 3500 Big Horn, Limited, Longhorn, Tradesman
2022 Ram 3500 Big Horn/Lone Star
2021-2023 Ram Chassis 3500
2021-2023 Ram Chassis 4500
2021-2023 Ram Chassis 5500
2004 Saab 9-3 Arc
2005-2006 Saab 9-7x Arc
2005-2006 Saab 9-7x Linear
2007 Saab 9-7x 4.2i
2007 Saab 9-7x 5.3i
2019-2022 Subaru Ascent, Limited, Premium, Touring
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