NEW YORK – Your clothing might say “Made in China.” A glass bottle of soda could say “Hecho en Mexico.” Even that phone you’ve grown so attached to was made somewhere else. More than ever, it seems, there’s nothing more American than Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet this Fourth of July.
Oddly, even the American automobile is becoming endangered. For the first time in history, fewer than 10 cars are composed of at least 75 percent domestic content (and those that made the list might surprise you).
In a study conducted by Cars.com, even the Ford F-150 fell below 75 percent when it came to its domestic parts. The truck was considered ‘most American’ in 2014 but a 2015 redesign sent the automaker looking to other countries for its truck parts.
Who took the top spot this year? Toyota.
- Toyota Camry (Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind.)
- Toyota Sienna (Princeton, Ind.)
- Chevrolet Traverse (Lansing, Mich.)
- Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, Ala.)
- GMC Acadia (Lansing, Mich.)
- Buick Enclave (Lansing Mich.)
- Chevrolet Corvette (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Yes, the Toyota Camry is now more “apple pie” than Ford’s F-150.
The Camry, which is assembled at plants in Georgetown, Ky. and in Lafayette, Ind., supports nearly 6,000 American assembly-plant workers and more than 75 percent of the vehicle’s parts are Made in America.
New York car accident attorneys at Cellino and Barnes say auto recalls have also boomed during this trend of importing parts.
“Just look at safety and how many American automakers were affected by the recent air bag recall in New York,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Nearly every major automaker was impacted by one company that made its parts overseas.”
According to some auto market gurus, the number of recalls exploded last year because different automakers are ordering similar parts from the same manufacturer. Japan-based air bag maker, Takata Corp. has been linked to over 50 million car recalls, all of which were equipped with the company’s airbags. So far, the recall has impacted 10 different automakers and many operate assembly lines in the United States.
Experts say the imported parts are, by no means, slowing down production in the states. Instead, the auto industry is expanding into a much larger global market.
“At one time, American automakers assembled, marketed and sold their cars exclusively to American consumers,” Barnes said. “That’s all changed and last year, a record-setting 2.1 million American-made cars were exported to different countries.”
Although more vehicles have fewer American-made parts, U.S. factories are booming, manufacturing nearly 12 million cars in 2015, up from 8 million in 2010.