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Average Age of US Cars Hits Record 12.2 Years in Fifth Straight Annual Increase

  • Vehicles are older than ever after fifth straight annual rise
  • Issue could slow the spread of new safety, emissions tech
Traffic on Highway 50 in Sacramento, California, U.S.

Traffic on Highway 50 in Sacramento, California, U.S.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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Cars on US roads are as old as they’ve ever been, potentially complicating efforts to expand the use of new safety and emissions-reduction technologies.

The age of light vehicles domestically is now 12.2 years on average, up almost two months from last year’s figure, according to S&P Global Mobility. That’s a record high and marks the fifth straight year of increases.