NEW YORK – Automakers recalled a record 51.2 million vehicles over more than 800 separate recalls last year. The previous record was set in 2014 when 51 million cars and trucks were recalled back to the dealership.
Unfortunately, these production mistakes keep adding up… but every car company is different.
Porsche averages the fewest recalls.
Volkswagen has brought back the most.
As soon as Tesla finds a problem with its vehicles, drivers are notified immediately.
Mazda can take months or years to let its drivers know about a problem.
These are just some of the findings in a new report by the website iSeeCars.com. Using federal recall data gathered as far back as 1985, the ongoing study aims to find out how the auto industry stacks-up when it comes to critical production mistakes.
The study looked at the following measurements:
- Recall rate. This measures the number of recalls per car sold. In some cases, this rate could be higher than the actual number of cars sold because some vehicles had multiple recalls. Volkswagen had the highest rate: 1,805 recalls per 1,000 cars sold.
- Timeliness. How quickly does the auto maker notify its customers that their vehicle could have a potentially fatal flaw?
- Initiative. Does the company proactively issue recalls to improve safety or does the government step in and order a recall?
A Long Island car accident lawyer said the study’s findings showed some interesting (and concerning) trends.
“More drivers are getting recall notices in the mail than ever before,” Long Island car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “In many cases, it can take years for consumers to receive one of these notices and even then, some recalls don’t happen unless someone is severely injured or killed.”
Out of every 1,000 cars sold, the auto industry averages 1,115 recalls. That’s more than 1 recall per vehicle. From GM ignition switches to Takata air bags, the recalls have grown larger and they’ve now impacted almost every American driver.
If you believe you’ve been injured due to a defective part or dangerous vehicle, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Long Island car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have fought against the major auto companies and they’ve helped victims get the best results possible.
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