In the wake of GM’s massive 2014 recall campaign, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has asked independent consultants to take a look at how his company approaches safety.
Specifically, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has asked them “to look at the Chrysler process itself to find out whether we can improve it — we’re going to benchmark it against other (automakers.) We’re going to try and take a look to see whether we’re doing all the right things.”
General Motors has recalled almost 15 million vehicles so far in 2014, a situation sparked by a massive recall for faulty ignition switches. This problem is something that GM could have fixed much earlier in the product’s life cycle, but nothing was done. GM was slapped with a $35 million fine for untimely defect reporting, and now other automakers are taking notes and precautions to make sure they don’t make the same mistakes.
“We continue to take this seriously. It’s nothing to be swept under the carpet. It’s not something that’s going to go away in two months,” said Marchionne. “We’re beginning to see people getting truly, truly cautious.”
Other automakers, including Chrysler, Nissan, Ford and Toyota have also issued large recalls this year, with the total sitting around nearly 20 million vehicles recalled in the US in 2014. The highest amount of vehicles ever recalled in a year is 30.8 million in 2004.
[Source: Detroit News]
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