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Auto Industry Recalls at All Time High

Mario Rosales1 year ago

The American automobile industry has experienced a rapid increase in the number of recalls over the past few years. This past year has exhibited a surprising number of vehicle recalls from all of the major American automakers.

About the Recalls

The numbers of U.S automobile recalls during the first seven months of 2014 and 2015 has been higher than any other period since the auto industry took off in the 1960’s.

According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2014 there were about 50 million cars recalled and in 2015 there were over 30 million vehicles recalled within the first seven months of each year.  

In 2014, the majority of the recalls involved General Motors (GM) vehicles or vehicles equipped with faulty air bags developed by Takata.

In 2015 there where over 34 million auto recalls due to rupture-prone air bags and fire hazards linked to defective ventilation systems. There has also been a number of air-bag recalls involving several Dodge models such as the Dodge Charger and several Ram pickup trucks.

Injury and Death Reports

  • At least eight people have been killed and 100 injured by Takata air bags, which can explode with too much force and eject metal shrapnel into the vehicle.
  • When GM finally initiated the recall of its vehicles in 2014, they acknowledged that there were 13 deaths linked to its faulty ignitions. The number has since risen to 120 deaths.
  • July 29, 2005, Amber Marie Rose, age 16, died after her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt crashed and the air bag failed to deploy.
  • In 2014, there were 139 reported injuries related to recalled automobiles. There have been at least two deaths and 30 injuries in Honda vehicles.
Description of Recalled Vehicles

All of the following information was provided by Consumer Reports:

  • General Motors issued 60 recalls in 2014, covering more than 25 million vehicles in the U.S. alone and close to 29 million worldwide.
  • General Motors recalled 1.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn models with faulty ignition.
  • GM recalled 500 pickup trucks and SUVs after discovering tie rods and steering rack malfunctions. These models include 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, and the 2014 GM Sierra.
  • More than 30 million Honda Takata’s in the United States, made by 10 different automakers, have been recalled to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side or passenger’s side, or both.

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