The issues associated with car recalls in the United States continue to concern car safety advocates. According to a series of news reports, however, the real number of impacted vehicles may be much higher than we once suspected it to be.
The reports indicate that 100 million vehicles have been recalled since the beginning of 2014, making the impact associated with these recalls much greater than what many experts believed it to be.
In 2014, reports show, about 72 million recall campaigns were launched, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But ever since 2015 kicked in, 25 million recall campaigns have also been launched. The latest numbers are part of a study carried out by Stericycle ExpertSolutions, a company that aids automakers when it comes to managing auto recalls.
To safety advocates, the numbers alone are not scary, but the fact that most of the vehicles impacted by the 2014 recalls are still roaming the U.S. roads without being repaired.
While the 2015 numbers sound scary, it’s still impossible to determine just exactly how many vehicles were recalled in the early part of 2015, that’s why the 100 million mark is a rough estimate considering what Stericycle ExpertSolutions has put forth.
According to the latest IHS Automotive reports, there are currently 254.7 million vehicles in the United States. When analyzed along with the number of recalls, this indicates that each household that owns two vehicles has a much greater chance of owning a vehicle that has been recalled.
The latest recall campaign launched by the automotive part maker Takata has added 34 million vehicles to the list of recalled cars in 2015. This number consists of a record for the automotive industry, considering the largest auto recall ever issued until Takata’s impacted roughly over 2 million vehicles.
Takata’s recall impacts millions of vehicles that come with air bags that could explode as they deploy. As a result, a collision that would otherwise result in no injuries may turn out deadly since the metal and plastic parts of the air bag inflators may impact car occupants.
The previous largest recall in the United States impacted General Motors vehicles that had been responsible for 104 deadly accidents. The vehicles were fitted with certain ignition switches that could cause the engine to shutdown unexpectedly, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries since the safety features are not triggered if the engines are turned off.
If you were impacted by any of the several recalls launched through the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, make sure to contact the automaker immediately to have this issue addressed and your vehicle fixed immediately.
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