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2014 – Record Year for Auto Recalls

Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) database, car manufacturers recalled 63.5 million vehicles last year through 350 different campaigns.   20.8 million of these were from the well publicized airbag debacle, where the units could explode, blasting shrapnel at vehicle occupants.  The airbags, made by Takata affected a number of different manufacturers.

Another 16.3 million vehicles were recalled by GM for an ignition switch issue, where switches were prone to switching out of the ‘on’ position causing other subsystems to turn off such as airbags.

After airbags and ignition switches, electrical issues occupied the next highest spot with almost 5 million vehicles recalled for issues ranging from stability control systems to lighting.  Braking system recalls were not far behind with 4.75 million recalls.

GM led the pack for total number of recalls, issuing 80 different campaigns and recalling 26.8M vehicles.  Chrysler and Honda tied for second place each recalling around 9M cars.  Thereafter Toyota recalled 6M and Ford 4.8M vehicles.

Before this, 1981 was the worst year for recalls, with over 30M vehicles brought back.

Posted by: Farra Majid on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 2:50 pm in INDUSTRY