The National Safety Council released a report Tuesday showing more than half the cars that have been sold in America over the past year were stolen.
The report, titled “The Numbers” was produced by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and it found that at least 5.4 million cars were stolen from American drivers in 2016.
The number of vehicles stolen in the United States jumped by more than 25 percent over the previous year, to 7.1 million, according to the report.
The figures are similar to a study by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released in April that showed nearly half of all stolen vehicles in the country were sold to consumers in the last 12 months.
The data also shows that more than 9.4 percent of the vehicles that were stolen last year were used in commerce, according the report, which also found that more people were killed in auto crashes in the U.S. last year than in any other year since the Great Recession began in 2008.
In fact, the report found that the average age of those killed in a car crash in the past 12 months was 40.2 years, with an average age for car thefts of 33.7 years.
The findings come amid mounting concerns about the safety of the new generations of passenger cars.
In June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released data that showed that nearly 7 million vehicles in U.s. were stolen, and the vast majority were stolen by people under 21.
In 2017, more than 10 million vehicles were stolen and the majority of them were sold or leased.
The NHTSA also reported that the most common crimes committed by people who stole vehicles included: theft of a vehicle, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.