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2014 Sets Record for Vehicle Recalls

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

According to federal regulators, 2014 has shattered the record for the most vehicle recalls issued within a single year.

64 Million Vehicles Recalled in 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA) has released a statement saying that 2014 marked a record breaking year for vehicle recalls involving safety issues. In all, nearly 64 million vehicles were recalled in 2014 due to safety issues.

The New York Times reports 123 of the 803 separate vehicle recalls issued were the direct result of investigations and communications by the NHTSA.

Most notable of last year’s auto recalls was General Motors’ recall of vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches. The issue has since been linked to dozens of deaths and resulted in several congressional hearings.

Also of note were a series of recalls issued by automakers in response to defective, “exploding” airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation.  NHTSA recall alerts have informed customers that the faulty airbags may deploy with excess force, causing the airbags to rupture and ejected sharp, heated metal fragments.

Federal officials continue to investigate the Takata defect, which has been linked to multiple injuries and five deaths.

2014 Second Highest Year for Car Seat Recalls

In addition to the vehicle recalls, NHTSA also stated that 7.7 million child car seats were recalled in 2014 – the second-highest number since the agency began recorded such recalls in 1972.

6.1 million of the recalled car seats were manufactured by Graco Children’s Products and 1.6 million were manufactured by the Evenflo Company.

Both of these recalls were initiated following pressure by NHTSA.


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