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More than 150,000 catalytic converters were stolen in 2022 and the problem may be underreported, data suggests

(KTLA) – The rise in catalytic converter thefts in America has been a nuisance for law enforcement agencies and car owners for the past several years. Now new data from Carfax shows just how bad the problem has gotten.

The vehicle data company, known for tracking repairs and accidents on vehicles across the country, looked at catalytic converter replacements from millions of service records to come up with an estimated number of thefts in 2022: 153,000 — a 2% increase from the year prior.

The number is pretty alarming, and Carfax suggests the problem has been underreported in the past.

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