US Auto Recalls Hit Record High

US Auto Recalls Hit Record High

With six months left to go in 2014, recalls in the U.S. have already broken a single-year record.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. has recalled 37.5 million cars this year, trumping the 30.8 million record set in 2004. Historically, recalls range from 10 to 20 million each year according to the agency’s database. Not surprisingly, General Motors accounts for roughly 66 percent of the recalls announced this year.

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There might not be an end in sight either as Japan’s three largest automakers are currently finishing an evaluation on faulty air-bag inflators made by Takata Corp. Last year, there was just under 22 million vehicles recalled while in 2012 there were 16.4 million. Other than 2004, the recall count only surpassed 30 million in 1981. General Motors’ recalls (25.7 million) have also beaten Ford’s previous single-year record of 23.3 million in 2001.

[Source: Automotive News]

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