While this is a record no company would want, at least they are doing it – and hopefully will not scrub it under the carpet like before. So, GM and Toyota have been doing huge recalls at the start of 2014.
While Gm is currently under numerous investigations for delaying for more than a decade the recall on cars that have an ignition switch defect, Toyota has also been universally panned in 2010 in regards to the sudden unintended acceleration problem.
The Japanese company recalled yesterday more than 6 million cars for five different issues – its second biggest recall, best only by the one issued in 2009-2010. GM, with its 2.6 million ignition switch defective cars took this year’s tally to 6.07 million – more than what all US automakers called back in 2013 or 2012.
“Since the Toyota fiasco in 2009 and 2010, there’s already been a tendency for automakers to be more cautious,” said Ashvin Chotai, managing director of Intelligence Automotive Asia. “They are recalling when they previously wouldn’t have — that’s already occurring.”
Federal safety regulators questioning GM on its actions prior to issuing the recall, have already been comparing the US automaker to Toyota, which last year – as part of a settlement with the Justice Department – conceded it hid relevant information about the 2009-2010 recall defects.