For the first time since 2004, GM’s latest recalls have moved the total industry tally – and it’s not even June – to north of 22.4 million, more than in any calendar year in the US.
With the latest four recalls, General Motors has grown its own total of vehicles called back for repairs to at least 15 million vehicles, after the high profile recall surrounding the 2.6 million cars equipped with faulty ignition switches, linked to 13 deaths and 42 crashes.
“These are all issues that deserve some level of attention but probably wouldn’t have received any attention in the old regime and just shows that the threshold of what they will consider worthy of a recall has been lowered substantially,” said Karl Brauer, a senior analyst with auto researcher Kelley Blue Book.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records, the previous “best” year for recalls at General Motors was 2004, when the company called back for repairs 10.7 million units. Now, through mid-May, the tally is actually bigger than the previous years combined.
Meanwhile, total recalls in the United States in 2013 reached only around 22 million vehicles, while the previous negative record for the automotive industry was achieved in 2004, with a tally of 30.8 million cars.