There were 60.5 million vehicles recalled in 2014. This is nearly double the previous record for most vehicles recalled in one year. There were 30.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004, which was when the previous record was set. More vehicle recalls are expected in the near future.
Neil Steinkamp is the managing director of Stout Risus Ross. He studies recall and warranty issues. He does not believe there will be another year like this for a long time. The Takata airbag crisis is one of the reasons so many vehicles have been recalled this year. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration has also placed more pressure on auto makers to recall cars after GM’s ignition-switch defect. Additionally the NHSTA has threatened automakers with a $35 million lawsuit. Often these recalls impact new car owners, but sometimes they can also impact individuals who have purchased recycled cars. One should follow the recall news to ensure that their car is not included in any of the many recalls. Michelle Krebs is a senior analyst at auto trader. She stated that automakers have been quickly issuing a recall. She also believes there will be a lot more recalls in the future because cars have become so complex. Buyers have not been deterred by the recalls. Light vehicle sales actually increased by 5.5 percent.
GM has recalled nearly 27 million trucks and cars this year. This is more than any other automaker. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, GM has issued 10 safety actions of over one million cars each. Defective GM switches have caused at least 58 injuries and 42 deaths. Honda Motor Co. is Japan’ third largest automaker. The company has recalled 5.4 million vehicles because of defective airbags. It is estimated that 100 injuries and four deaths in the United States have been linked to the Takata airbags. Problems with cruise control, engines, steering wheels and seatbelts are the reason over one million vehicles have been recalled. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will release the official numbers in 2015. Eight million vehicles have been recalled as the result of the Takata airbag flaw investigation. A defect in these airbags has caused them to spread shrapnel and explode with too much force.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV stated on December 19, 2014 stated that they would expand the airbag recall to hot and humid areas of the United States. Most of the failures have occurred in those areas. This will add 2.89 vehicles to the total recall for vehicles in the United States. GM stated that they have lost $2.7 billion through the first three quarters of 2014 as the result of the ignition-switch recalls. The company stated that the switches can increase the risk of injury or death during a crash by shutting off when they are bumped or disabling the airbag. Steimpkamp stated that there will be a lot more safety fixes made in the future because the focus is on getting the vehicles recalled as quickly as possible.