There were an unprecedented number of
vehicle recalls in 2014, prompting many experts to call it "The Year of the Recall."
While the number of recalls in 2015 isn't expected to match the record
63.9 million vehicles recalled in 2014, a recent study presented at the
Automotive Warranty and Recall Symposium predicts another above average year.
According to the study, the main reason for this continued increased number
of vehicle recalls is that the federal government is becoming more effective
at identifying vehicle issues that need to be fixed via recall. Overall,
this is a good sign for the improvement of vehicle safety moving forward.
Based in the report, it's unlikely that we'll see another year
where one or two large issues dominate the recalls. Last year,
defective Takata airbags comprised nearly 30% of all recalls, while
GM ignition switch defects accounted for 20% of recalls. Instead, it's expected that 2015 will
see a larger number of recalls issued, but for smaller numbers of vehicles
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
mirrored the sentiments expressed by the report. "I think we could
actually see an increase in the number of recalls. The reality is that
means your system is working....I'd rather have people be preemptive
than waiting too long and making a mistake, because you can't save
those lives after they're gone."
The NHTSA received $126 million in fines and penalties from vehicle manufacturers
in 2014. This figure is more than the total amount they've collected
in all other years combined, providing further evidence that the NHTSA
is cracking down on vehicle safety issues.
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