Further proving that July was an especially unsafe month in the U.S. when it comes to recalled products, various car companies were forced to recall multiple models through the initial half of this year.
As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, over 34.5 million vehicles were recalled in the U.S. during the first half of 2015, which is one of the highest number of recalls the nation has ever seen in the past five years.
The only other time frame that has exceeded this number was in 2014, when 49 million cars were recalled.
Dozens of U.S. automakers have had to recall millions of their vehicles due to a release of vehicles with faulty air bags, the source being traced to widely used Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.
The three automakers with the largest recalls are Fiat Chrysler, Hondo, and General Motors (GM):
Recalling 9.6 million of their cars just in the first seven months of 2015, Fiat tops the list. Their vehicles make up 28% of the total cars recalled nationwide so far this year.
GM has recalled over 2 million vehicles due to defective ignition switches and safety features (which include air bags). The Detroit-based auto maker also incurred over $3 billion in charges due to safety violations involved with the recalls, and vehicles with the faulty ignition switches have resulted in 120 deaths.
Honda has recalled around 8 million vehicles, mostly due to faulty Takata air bags being installed in their models.
The large amount of recalls that have happened in 2014-2015 have increased the governmental pressure on both U.S. automobile safety regulators, as well as car manufacturers themselves.
Asked for a statement after a large settlement due to their mishandling of recalls, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne stated:
“Life as we know it is going to change. This new order requires a significant shift in how we are managed.”
In short, if you’re thinking of buying a car, definitely avoid these brands. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tracks automobile recalls, so do your research to find the best vehicle for you, your family and your pup. You shouldn’t feel like you’re taking your (and your dog’s) life in your hands just to make a quick trip to the park with the pups, or even just running errands with them as your co-pilot!