With General Motors fighting the public scandal ensued by the late recall conducted on 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches, the troubled times of the US automaker make its rivals also rethink safety.
According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, the issues at GM made all automakers, including his group, pay excessive attention to safety issues, adding that if the frequency of recalls made by GM so far becomes the industry norm – costs would be transferred to the customers, buying more expensive cars.
“I just find the number of recalls that have come out to just be an astounding number, just in sheer size,” Marchionne said after an event in Washington. “It can’t be all of a sudden we woke up to these issues. There must be a change in attitude inside the (companies),” he adds. “We’re also going to look to see whether we’re doing all the right things.”
Sergio Marchionne added that his company has already hired outside advisors to oversee and review the usual recall process of the company, with Chrysler so far calling back 1.7 million vehicles in the first quarter of the year, with a total of 4.1 million vehicles recalled in 2013.