The Number of 2014 Passenger Auto Recalls Is Record Breaking
You can’t help but notice that there have been a large number of autos recalled for a wide variety of problems lately. In fact, it’s been a record number of recalls this year and that has some consumers a little worried. Why are there so many recalls? What’s going on in the auto industry to make 2014 the year for the most recalls associated with passenger vehicles ever?
Some of most recent recalls include:
- Faulty Airbags
- Fuel Leaks
- Software Errors
- Faulty Hood Latches
- Brake Light Malfunctions
- Parking Brakes
- Seatbelt Latches
- Electrical Shorts
- Head Restraint Issues
- Steering Problems
- Ignition Issues
- The Possibility of Engine Stalling
This is just a short list of the most recent recalls. Some of them are minor problems that you can easily fix, while others have the potential to cause a serious or fatal accident. With so many recalls, should consumers be worried?
Common Reasons for So Many Passenger Auto Recalls
With so many recalls popping up, you have to ask yourself, why is this happening? Why are there so many different automakers having the same problems? One of the biggest reasons for so many recalls is that many manufactures use the same suppliers for parts.
Therefore, when there is a problem with a particular part the supplier sold to multiple automakers, it affects millions of vehicles and different brands, as is the case with the faulty Takata airbags. This recall affects numerous manufacturers including Toyota, which sells a wide number of new and used vehicles in the U.S.
The fact that consumers want and even demand that all new vehicles come with a wide variety of new and exciting features, may also contribute to the problem. This is what gets attention and drives sells so manufacturers look for ways to comply with consumer demand. As a result, there’s bound to be many new problems to deal with resulting in recalls, when vehicles are equipped with so many new features using complicated technology.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is also looking for ways to hold auto manufacturers more accountable. They’re working to increase the fines and have made it clear that not making recalls when you know there is a problem is bad publicity. For this reason, it’s understandable that automakers would rather make the recall on their own instead of dealing with the consequences and that has also led to the increase in recalls.
What This All Means for Consumers
Knowing that the number of passenger auto recalls for 2014 is record breaking it can be a bit disconcerting. According to CNN Money, these recalls affect about one in five autos on the roads within the United States alone. That’s a lot of vehicles! However, this does not mean that the vehicles built over the last few years are not as dependable or as safe as the ones built years ago.
What it does mean is that auto manufacturers now seem to understand the importance of taking responsibility for the mistakes they find. This is evident by the fact that automakers initiated more than half of these recalls themselves. Therefore, the increase in recalls is mostly due to manufacturers being aware of the problems associated with their vehicles and then taking steps to solve them on their own to make them safer for their customers.