For the second straight year, a record number of vehicles were recalled in the U.S.
Speaking at the Washington Auto Show, NHTSA administration Mark Rosekind revealed that more than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 across nearly 900 campaigns. Both the number of campaigns and the affected vehicles were new records after NHTSA adjusted 2014’s figures to “just below” 51 million vehicles. It was originally said that about 64 million vehicles were recalled in 2014.
Rosekind is hoping that the continued record-setting pace will cause automakers and NHTSA to take more action in spotting defects more quickly as well as repairing more recalled vehicles. In his 13 months as NHTSA chief, Rosekind has focused on improving the recall system and maximizing repairs.
The agency will be launching a new digital advertising campaign called “Safe Cars Save Lives,” to raise awareness about recalls.
“Massive recalls are still a prominent feature of the safety landscape,” Rosekind said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. “We also hope the agreement with major automakers announced last week will help prevent problems and identify them sooner when they do occur. But identifying defects is not enough; we have to make sure they get fixed.”
[Source: Automotive News]