As there are many recalled cars still unrepaired in the US, automakers are seeking help from the auto insurance companies who are asked to encourage owners to promptly respond to safety campaigns.
Last week, another tragic incident was linked to Takata’s defective inflators, as a 17-year-old driver of a recalled 2002 Honda Civic was killed in March during a crash which made the airbags rupture. The automaker said the owner was notified multiple times by mail over the recall campaign, but repairs were never made. Such events made the automakers seek for help to persuade owners to respond to the recall campaigns. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers sent lately letters to the chief executives of major US insurance companies asking them to remind drivers of recalls when they renew their policies. The carmakers are looking for “assistance in establishing a new way to provide vehicle owners with information about any open safety recalls that may affect their car or truck and to urge that owners have the recall work performed as soon as possible,” according to the letters reviewed by Reuters.
The companies also said that 25 percent of all US vehicles recalled were never fixed, while Carfax said in February that more than 47 million cars had at least one uncompleted recall. 2015 was an all-time high in terms of automotive callbacks in the US, as more than 51 million vehicles were affected by safety campaigns in nearly 900 callbacks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in January.