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Recall Domino Effect

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On: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:38PM | By: Karen Cook

Recall Domino Effect

Thanks to General Motors and Toyota, recalls are standard fare in the world of automotive news. The effects of the delay in reporting potential life-threatening flaws in their products is having a domino effect in the industry.

GM is currently paying $7000 per day in fines while it tries to find answers to the questions the government has over its latest fiasco. Automakers would prefer not to spend their profits this way. In consequence, recalls are being made for any potential problem, large or small, which might put a manufacturer under such scrutiny.

While GM has recalled more vehicles than any other maker for the past two years, Toyota is also recalling a large number of cars. As recently as last Wednesday, Toyota recalled six million vehicles, covering 30 models, for five potential problems ranging from airbags to windshield wipers; some of these were discovered years ago.

Only three months into this year the number of vehicles recalled has already reached more than 50% of the total for all of last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nissan has recalled more than one million cars; Honda and Chrysler are at the 900,000 and 738,000 marks respectively.

So, what’s the problem? Why are so many of our vehicles being produced with parts that don’t work? The basic issue is that we want our cars to do so much for us. The trade-off of the technology required to do so many things is an ever increasing possibility that those parts can fail. Most car companies do not produce all the components in a vehicle. They are bought from other companies with more specialized knowledge. The part goes into a myriad of makes and models, fails, and now you have a huge slice of vehicles that are defective.

Facing the threat of government inquiry, auto makers are trying to get ahead of the negative publicity and recall any and all vehicles with a chance of causing accidents, injury or death. In the long run this may make cars safer for all of us. Statements released by manufacturers assure us that they are going above and beyond to insure our safety. For now though, keep some time on your schedule free so that when your car is eventually recalled you can get it to the shop.


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