While we live in the age of technology, where anything in our life seems to have a processor, we would be inclined to say our cars are among the safest around, yes?
Well, it turns out that’s not really the case – just watch GM’s ongoing scandal around the recall that involves 2.6 million cars equipped with defective ignition switches. Or think about the second biggest recall in Toyota’s history – 6.4 million cars. Well, as the tally so far almost matches what automakers recalled for the whole of 2013, we should take a look at the brands we should carefully review before trusting them with our lives.
Ford is calling back so far just close to 500,000 cars, in two separate recalls. One involves some 385,750 Escape models from 2001 to 2004, while the other affects newer 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Escape and C-Max model – with a 49,950 cars tally.
General Motors is already passing its 2013 quota – it has so far recalled close to 6.1 million cars and is facing its biggest scandal since emerging as a new, cleaner, leaner, safer company from the 2009 bankruptcy.
Toyota is seeking to address defects in no less than 6.4 million cars – in relation to five types of safety hazards. This is their second biggest recall since the 2009-2010 sudden acceleration issues that dented the company’s image.
Nissan is the third biggest recall player so far, with one million cars called back, followed closely by Honda’s 900,000 units. Talk about Japanese safety!
Smaller players are BMW with close to 400,000 vehicles, Volkswagen with a little over 160,000 cars and Tesla – who actually wants a second look at its wall charger units.