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Massive number of auto recalls leaving drivers in danger

Posted on Jul 08, 2015

The huge number of recalls in 2014 and 2015 has many drivers frustrated in their search for information about their cars. Wayne Wright recommends several websites with up to date recall info.   

www.cars.com/news/recalls has 120 pages of recalled cars that include pictures of each vehicle and detailed information about the defect and the danger it poses.   A Consumer Reports website has “everything you need to know” about Takata airbags.  But anyone hurt by a defect in a recalled car, or suspects they were hurt, should call Wayne Wright immediately.

While automakers say most defects in recalled cars are minor, Wayne Wright urges all drivers to see if their cars are on recall lists.  Lawsuits are being filed all over the country to aid victims.  Anyone injured by a defect in a vehicle should contact Wayne Wright immediately.

The National Highway Transportation Agency (NHTSA) has been slow to force some automakers to admit defects in their products and automakers, in some instances, have hidden deadly defects from the federal agency and the public.

  Last December, The New York Times reported that more than 62 million cars were recalled in 2014 - “…the highest total ever.”  Just five months later, in May, Takata recalled 34 million cars with defective airbags.  The Washington Post called that “the biggest recall of any consumer product in U.S. history.”  The rate of recalls in the last 17 months, and the lack of information about them, makes it hard for consumers to keep up.

The Takata airbag recall is an example.  It was announced in mid-May 2015.  It affected cars made by 10 major auto makers.  But it didn’t include every model they manufactured.  Consumers rushed to www.safercar.gov - the website touted by national media as the best place to go for information.  So much online traffic hit the site, it almost shut down.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was forced to post an apology for the delay asking consumers to return when traffic to the site was slower.  Some had to wait several days.  Others waited a week or more.

Car manufacturers were having difficulty sorting out the huge number of VIN numbers they received from Takata which, in turn, slowed down NHTSA’s efforts to post them online.  Since then, more recalls, involving other vehicles have further complicated things for consumers seeking recall information.

In June,  Fiat Chrysler recalled 164,000 Jeep Cherokees.  Subaru recalled 72,000 vehicles.  Ford recalled Escape Crossovers.  Daimler recalled 40,000 vans and GM recalled 375,000 heavy duty trucks.  And 1.39 million more autos with Takata airbags were recalled.  The death toll from cars with faulty GM ignition switches now stands at 303.  Faulty Takata airbag deaths have killed 8 and injured scores more.  At least 6 people have died in Jeeps with exploding gas tanks, including a young pregnant mother in Michigan this winter.  Deaths in exploding Jeeps continue despite a Jeep recall dating back to 2013.