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2014 Broke Auto Recall Records

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  March 10, 2015

The numbers are in and 2014 was a record-setting year in auto manufacturer recalls. Nearly 64 million cars were recalled last year, which smashes the previously held record in 2004, when the total was 30.8 million. That makes 2014 a benchmark year by more than a 50% margin.

According to the New York Times, many of last year’s recalls were initiated by the manufacturers themselves when they realized there was an issue with their vehicles after they went to market.The Times offers the following numbers:

  • In 2014, there were 803 motor vehicle recalls.
  • 680 of these recalls were initiated by manufacturers.
  • 123 of these recalls were initiated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Of the recalls, General Motors faulty ignition recall was one of the largest and most notable. The Takata airbag recall, which greatly affected Honda, also tallied a significant total. The Times notes that in 2014, nearly 8 million cars were also recalled due to child seat safety issues—which is the second highest total since that particular flaw started to be monitored in 1972.

Perhaps most concerning is the low number of these recalls that the NHTSA actually initiated. Prior reports by The Times found the administration hesitant to take action against manufacturers once issues were found and noted that this year’s NHTSA initiated recalls is the lowest in four years.

Increased Concerns… and Sales

Not all of these recalls happened before people were hurt. As Fortune reports, GM’s faulty ignition issues resulted in 52 deaths, with lawsuits pending. While lawmakers are looking for ways to further ensure the safety of car drivers all over the world, automotive sales show no signs of slowing down. In fact, Fortune reports that 16.5 million cars were sold worldwide in 2014—the highest total since the recession.

If you believe you have incurred undue costs due to an automotive recall, then contact Norman Taylor & Associates today. Our experienced California lemon law attorneys are ready to offer a free case evaluation to explore your legal options. Call us now.

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