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The Recalls Are A-Comin’—Whether You Like It Or Not

NHTSA’s pledge to 100% completion sets unrealistic goal.

by on Mar.28, 2016

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind pledged the agency would achieve a 100% completion rate for recalls in the U.S.

The fairly new head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Dr. Mark Rosekind, a veteran of the highly regarded National Transportation Safety Board, announced that NHTSA will seek 100% completion of safety recalls in the U.S.

This comes in the wake of a record 51 million vehicles recalled for safety fixes in 2015 (40% of them related to Takata air bags) and an increase in highway fatalities last year after several progressive years of declining crash deaths, both statistics generating headlines in the media.

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Of course, Congress, and NHTSA are feeling the heat in Washington from media and professional safety critics. And NHTSA – the only agency ordained to do something about it – is wringing its hands. (more…)

Lawmakers May Bar Registration of Vehicles Not Repaired After Recalls

Vehicle owners reticent to get fixes completed.

by on Nov.24, 2014

Despite dominating the headlines, owners of vehicles with Takata airbags are likely to ignore recall notices that could save lives.

Recalls have hit an all-time high this year, so far totaling nearly 54 million vehicles. But even as daily headlines outline the risks of deadly defects like the General Motors ignition switch problem and Takata’s faulty airbags, millions of those vehicles will never get repaired, according to industry analysts.

With the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stymied – even after pressing automakers to increase contact with owners of vehicles impacted by recalls – federal lawmakers may soon step in. One approach under study would bar motorists from registering vehicles that have not undergone repairs.

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Automakers, who have found it difficult to recall compliance rates much beyond 75% to 80% appear to be warming to the idea. (more…)

My Car’s Been Recalled: Now What?

Recall notice provides next steps on getting repair completed.

by on Jul.23, 2014

If you find this in your mailbox, don't panic. Open it to find out what you need to do to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive.

Due to the sheer number of vehicles recalled in the United States this year – in excess of 40 million – you very well may have a vehicle that is involved in some sort of safety-related service action.

So, the big question is: what do I do now?

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Well, first: don’t ignore that notice. Experts warn that even seemingly minor recalls can involve life-threatening defects and must be dealt with. (more…)

Is Your Car Concealing a Deadly Defect?

A quarter of all owners never get recall repairs completed.

by on Jun.23, 2014

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, notes there is no such thing as a small or minor recall.

The numbers have been adding up fast. Just since the beginning of this month, Japan’s five largest automakers have recalled nearly 6 million vehicles due to airbag problems. General Motors has staged more than three dozen recalls since the beginning of the year for all manner of issues impacting 20 million vehicles worldwide, nearly 18 million in the U.S. alone.

At the current pace, industry analysts anticipate the industry will soon exceed not only last year’s total of 27.96 million vehicles covered by safety-related recalls, but also the 33.01 million peak set in 2004.

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Yet – or perhaps because of – the fast clip of announcements, there’s concern that millions of those vehicles will never be repaired. According to data tracked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average one of every four vehicles covered by a safety recall will never be fixed. (more…)

NHTSA Fumbling Tough Decisions in Auto Investigations?

Critics claim agency not fully performing its duties.

by on Mar.14, 2014

Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, has been highly critical of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's handling of various automotive investigations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is coming under fire for its role in the General Motors faulty ignition switch recall, leaving many wondering about how the agency makes decisions regarding the process.

The agency is in the midst of opening an investigation into the GM issue and closing the door on others without finishing the job, critics offer.

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For example, NHTSA just announced it was ending its investigation into a series of door fires in the Jeep Liberty. The query, which began in 2012, into 104,000 SUVs ended without seeking a recall despite reports of door fires linked to the driver’s side power master window switch. (more…)

NHTSA Launches Safety Investigations of 1.4 Mil Fords, Toyotas, Hondas

Stalling, steering, braking problems trigger concerns.

by on Feb.25, 2013


Toyota's Gen-3 Prius is under investigation - again - for steering-related problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a series of safety investigations targeting nearly 1.3 million Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. vehicles.

Federal regulators caution that they have not decided whether recalls are necessary but automotive observers note that, having come under fire for getting too cozy with the industry in recent years, NHTSA is getting more aggressive when it comes to ordering manufacturers to resolve safety-related problems.

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Toyota’s popular Prius – the nation’s best-selling gas-electric vehicle – is the target of one of the new investigations. A total of 561,000 of the high-mileage hybrids are involved, NHTSA probing reports that the vehicles’ steering shafts were improperly assembled.


Toyota Again Topped Recall List in 2012

Overall industry tally rose 4.5% last year.

by on Jan.08, 2013

Toyota paid a record fine for illegally delaying the recall of the Lexus RX line last year.

For the third time in four years, Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more vehicles than any other automaker operating in the U.S. market during 2012.

Toyota’s various safety-related service actions involved a total of 5.3 million cars, trucks and crossovers last year, nearly half of those in a single recall involving potential vehicle fires.  That problem pushed the Japanese giant past Honda, which led the recall list in 2011 and came in second in 2012 with 3.9 million vehicles involved in such safety campaigns.

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But the industry, on the whole, called back 16.2 million vehicles last year, a list that also included motorcycles, trucks and RVs. That was a 4.5% increase over 2011, according to a study of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data by the Detroit News.


Ford, Volvo Announce New Recalls

“Carpet entrapment,” transmission problems spur action.

by on Jul.16, 2012

The first 10,000 of the new 2013 Ford Escape crossovers will be recalled.

Are automakers ordering more recalls this year? While it will likely be the end of 2012 before that question can be answered it certainly seems like more than a few days don’t go by without another headline about some safety problem or another leading to a new callback – or two, as is the case today.

The latest recalls come from Ford Motor Co., which is pulling the carpet out from underneath its new Escape crossover, so to speak, and from Volvo, whose S80 sedan appears to be slipping gears.

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The Ford recall is likely to make the most headlines as it impacts the all-new 2013 Escape, a hot-selling version of the makers long-running ute that this year migrated from a classic truck-like frame platform to an all-new, car-based crossover design.


Toyota Narrowly Misses Third Year Atop Recall List

Overall, recalls down for 2011.

by on Dec.30, 2011

Toyota recalled 200,000 Sienna minivans in 2011, the third year in a row in which it topped the U.S. recall list, with 3.5 million of its vehicles impacted overall.

Editor’s Note: This story has been revised to reflect a last-minute Honda action and final federal recall numbers for 2011.

It isn’t always good to be number one, as Toyota clearly understands.  While it slipped from first to third in the global automotive sales sweepstakes when the books are closed on 2011 the Japanese giant might be more pleased that it narrowly missed having the most recalls of any automaker in the U.S. for the third year in a row.

That dubious distinction now goes to Honda, which expanded its ongoing series of airbag defect-related actions to end the year having recalled 3.8 million vehicles.  Honda closed 2011 with 15 separate campaigns compared to Toyota’s still sizable 13.

Despite the maker’s claim that it has put its quality and safety problems behind it, Toyota — and its Scion and Lexus brands — still were forced to recall 3.5 million vehicles this past year, significantly more than the third-highest manufacturer on the government’s list.  And that doesn’t include a sizable number of vehicles for which the maker issued technical service bulletins, which encouraged dealers to fix nagging problems that didn’t wind up getting tallied on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s formal recall chart.

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In all, automakers recalled 15.5 million light vehicles in 2011, according to an analysis by WardsAuto, a sharp decline from the 20 million year before when the industry – largely due to Toyota — saw callbacks jump to 17.2 million cars, trucks and crossovers.  Toyota alone had 7 million vehicles involved in its 2010 campaigns. The worst year for the auto industry was 2000 when 24.3 million vehicles were involved in safety-related recalls.


New Report Faults American Auto Recall Process

Millions of motorists routinely ignore potentially deadly defects.

by on Jun.16, 2011

Toyota claims a successful recall for models like the Camry involved in the sudden acceleration campaign - but perhaps a million vehicles will still never be repaired.

Perhaps a million or more Toyota owners have ignored a series of recalls due to potential defects that could lead their vehicles to unexpectedly accelerate out of control.

And that’s the good news.  Officials with the Japanese automaker brag that they have had one of the most successful recall campaigns ever to repair potentially sticky accelerator pedals and carpets that can become trapped beneath the throttle, convincing upwards of 80% of their owners to bring in vehicles covered by the unintended acceleration recall campaigns.  Most of the time, the response rate is significantly lower, often under 50%, according to industry officials.

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And that’s a major problem cited by a new Government Accountability Office report that finds serious fault with the way recalls are conducted in the United States.  It reveals that many American motorists routinely ignore warnings of safety defects and as a result there are millions of vehicles on the road that have never undergone necessary repairs for problems that can, in many instances, be extremely serious.

Notices of safety campaigns are routinely ignored, said the report, so that, “Many recalled vehicles are never fixed, posing a risk to vehicle operators, other drivers, and pedestrians.”