Vehicle recalls are a common occurrence – more common than you might realize. Every year, automakers recall millions of vehicles for defective tires, brakes and lights, among many other reasons.
Most of the time, these issues pass unnoticed by drivers and are never fixed. Sometimes the results are fatal.
Recalls are intended to keep consumers safe, but automakers don’t always act fast enough to prevent auto accidents. Recent, high profile recalls show the devastating effects of vehicle manufacturers ignoring or delaying necessary recalls.
Reports began surfacing at the end of 2009 about a Toyota defect that caused unintended acceleration in vehicles. It took months for an official recall to be issued citing problems with the gas pedal that caused the death of more than 80 people.
2014 is the year of the recall, thanks to GM’s contribution of 30 million recalled vehicles, doubling the total from across the industry in 2011. GM’s defects ranged from fires in gas lines, moving seats and a faulty ignition switch.
The faulty ignition switch alone led to 2.6 million recalled vehicles with at least 27 deaths attributed to this defect. GM knew about the problem for years and chose inaction and denial, causing too many to lose their lives.
Toyota and GM illustrate the devastating consequences that occur if a recall goes unissued and drivers are left in the dark. Drivers are left with the consequences after an accident occurs without realizing it was the fault of the vehicle and automaker, not the person behind the wheel.
Sometimes the issue isn’t the company making the cars, it could be a specific part. In 2000, Bridgestone Tires recalled 6.5 million faulty tires that killed 271 people and injured another 600.
When a company fails to issue a recall in a timely fashion, it fails the customer. If you or someone you love suffered at the hands of an automaker and a botched recall, we may be able to help you.
- AP, ‘Toyota ‘unintended acceleration’ has killed 89,’ (May 25, 2010).
- Statistic Brain, ‘Automobile Recall Statistics,’ (July 14, 2014).
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1 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis