A few weeks ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a first-of-its-kind consumer advisory warning the owners of 7.8 million vehicles here in the U.S. to take immediate action on recall notices relating to the replacement of faulty air bags manufactured by the Japan-based Takata Corp.
When it comes to our safety in a motor vehicle, there are a lot of factors in play that can cause a serious car accident. First, you have human error. We share the road with a lot of people who are prone to careless, reckless and just downright negligent actions. Then, we have our vehicles. Even if we ensure that they are properly maintained, auto defects are still a very real possibility.
There is no question that this has proven to be a very busy year for auto recalls. Indeed, roughly 46 million vehicles have already been recalled this year. To put this in perspective, consider that this equates to nearly one out of every five vehicles on the nation's roads and highways here in the U.S., and that the previous annual recall record set back in 2004 was a mere 30.8 million.
There are certain parts of our automobiles that we just assume are failsafe given the vital role they play. For instance, we assume that our seat belts will always remain fastened, our anti-lock brakes will always activate, and our air bags will always deploy in a safe manner.
As we've discussed in earlier posts, the federal government has subjected General Motors to both intense scrutiny and withering criticism over its long-overdue recall of 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that have now been definitively linked to 54 car accidents and a minimum of 15 fatalities.
As illustrated by our blog, the federal government wields considerable authority when it comes to dealing with dangerous auto defects, issuing fines and persuading automakers to institute a recall. Interestingly enough, however, this authority does not extend to the realm of both used cars and rental cars.
For the past few months, our blog has been closely following the recall of 2.6 million cars initiated by General Motors for a faulty ignition switch that has been definitively linked to at least 31 motor vehicle accidents and 13 confirmed traffic deaths.
General Motors once again grabbed headlines after its CEO Mary Barra was called to testify before the House Oversight and Investigations panel earlier this week. Here, Barra was subjected to rigorous questioning from lawmakers regarding the more than two million cars the auto giant has recalled for a faulty ignition switch that has now been linked to over 12 traffic fatalities.
In our last post, we discussed how General Motors had recalled 1.37 million cars here in the U.S. for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 31 motor vehicle accidents and 13 traffic fatalities.
An auto recall related to a serious safety defect has been doubled from fewer than 800,000 autos to more than 1.6 million. The manufacturer of the defective autos, General Motors, admitted on Feb. 25 that its procedure for issuing recalls is seriously flawed.