2013 Sees 22 Million Vehicle Recalls
Drivers are not the only ones who can make a mistake that causes car accidents. Motor vehicle manufacturers also owe a duty to design and build their cars so that they are safe. In 2013, almost 22 million automobiles were recalled – 5 million more than were recalled in 2012. This represents an increase in the number of vehicles recalled of nearly 25% in just one year. Recalls like these affect Texans in Dallas, Beaumont, Tyler, Odessa, Houston and all throughout the state.
Who recalls vehicles?
Car manufacturers can recall their own vehicles once they discover a safety issue or design flaw. In 2013, most of the vehicle recalls were made by the largest 18 automakers. They made 184 recalls that amounted to nearly 19.6 million vehicles being taken off the road. Sometimes, these recalls are at the suggestion of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA can initiate and recall vehicles without the manufacturer’s participation as well.
What is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?
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Throughout our reports to you on the state of law and safety on our highways, we have mentioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) on more than one occasion. Congress formed the NHSTA in 1970. Traffic safety is one of our nation’s top concerns, and the death toll due to car accidents continues to rise. The federal government takes many steps to ensure that our roads are safe, and the NHSTA exists to raise the bar of excellence in the field of motor and highway safety. They compile research and data every year so that specialists can study the cause of motor accidents. The NHSTA also investigates for defects in vehicles and car safety seats. They can and do issue recalls for defective cars and car seats.
Who recalled the most cars in 2013?
Eighteen auto manufacturers recalled cars last year. The top five companies that recalled vehicles were:
Toyota alone had 15 different recalls in 2013, totaling over 5 million cars recalled. Chrysler had a staggering 36 separate recalls with 4.6 million vehicles recalled.
What can go wrong?
Vehicles are recalled due to defects that might compromise the safety of driving or riding in them. Fortunately many vehicles are recalled before any injuries occur; but that is not always the case. One of the most famous recalls occurred in 2001. Ford recalled its popular Explorer that was equipped with Firestone tires. The Explorer carried its weight high up in the vehicle, making it more unstable than vehicles that are bottom heavy. The Firestone tires had problems with tread separation. This combination led to over 200 deaths from 1991 to 2001.
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