With two major safety scandals in the span of just one year, US recalls have hit an incredible all-time record – of almost 54 million vehicles. And, remember, we’re still counting one more than a month before the year-end.
And headlines these days about the auto industry seem to be only about the dangers coming from these incredible safety issues – among others GM vehicles have defective ignition switches that can render the car’s engine mute and lead to a potentially catastrophic power loss to the safety systems – including the airbags. Or you might have a car equipped with Takata Corp. built airbags, in which the inflators can explode with excessive force and get you and the front passenger sprayed with metal debris flying at high velocity.
But, still, while these are deadly defects that lead to the loss of lives (35 and counting in GM’s case, five and counting in the Takata scandal), analysts and industry experts reckon that millions of the vehicles won’t even get fixed. And that’s because owners negligence or a lack of thorough follow-up from the automakers.
Now, the lawmakers plan to step in as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been called to answer why it failed to discover and address these issues faster. The federal lawmakers have a series of approaches for coercing the recall’s completion – and one of them involves banning motorists from registering their vehicle if there’s a vehicle that didn’t get its recall fixes.