Just six months have passed from 2014 and already the automakers involved on the US market managed to break the most unfortunate record of all – the recall total.
General Motors fights the debacle with their ignition switch defect, while most of the Japanese automakers are involved in another widespread scandal – Takata’s airbag inflators that could explode and hurt people, instead of protecting them.
And besides these big issues, every bit of safety or quality flaw that was found by the carmakers – which for sure scrutinize better than before their vehicles – has led to a new recall record, just half way through the year.
With the latest additions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has so far tallied 37.5 million cars being recalled – stomping on the previous record of 30.8 million units, established in 2004 – and we should remember the figure was for the full 12 months.
Of the almost 40 million vehicles called back so far, around a third are General Motors cars alone, while Takata’s issue prompted the recall of more than 8 million autos so far. The tally is likely to rise, as the automakers have not yet finished their worldwide scrutiny of fleets for the airbag failure.