US: 2014 sets new and unfortunate recall record image

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.

Via Bloomberg