The seemingly daily coverage of Toyota’s safety problems has put a focus on the issue of recalls. Since the beginning of the year, the Japanese maker has announced safety campaigns to handle a variety of problems, from sticky accelerator pedals to malfunctioning Prius brakes.
But while the spotlight may be shining on the world’s largest maker, it’s by no means alone. In recent weeks, a variety of manufacturers have announced recalls designed to address vehicle flaws, some minor, some quite significant. They can involve faulty tires, malfunctioning windshield wipers or even misfiring airbags, the latter issue involving more than 300,000 Dodge and Chrysler minivans.
There are a variety of ways for a maker to act when it uncovers a potential problem, and while we don’t have the space to go into the arcana of federal safety regulations, it’s wise to take it seriously if a recall notice lands in your mailbox. Surprisingly, concedes Bob Carter, general manager of the Toyota brand, a “significant number” of owners will postpone repairs or skip them all together.