Automakers in the United States set an all-time record for safety recalls in 2015, issuing an unprecedented 868 separate recalls that affected approximately 51.2 million vehicles, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). The number of recalls was up slightly from the previous record-setting year—2014—in which automakers issued 779 recalls that affected 51 million vehicles.
Auto recalls from 2014 and 2015 mark a sharp rise in the number of recalls issued in a single year. For example, from 2005 through 2013, automakers recalled no more than 20.3 million vehicles per year. The more than double increase in recalls reflects NHTSA's proactive commitment to motorist safety and regulation enforcement, as well as close cooperation with major automakers that encourages them to spot—and report—potential safety defects more quickly.
An Overview of Recent Recalls
The 2015 auto recalls were punctuated by a number of scandals involving the Japanese company Takata and major automakers such as General Motors and Fiat Chrysler. Below is an overview of recalls issued in 2015 by these and other automobile industry leaders:
- In 2015, approximately 34 million vehicles were recalled due to defective Takata airbags, which were found to explode and shoot shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
- General Motors recalled nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide, due to faulty ignition switches that could cause the engine to shut off while driving.
- Fiat Chrysler recalled approximately 10 million vehicles due to an electrical problem that could cause vehicles to stall.
- Toyota recalled 6.5 million vehicles due to a defective window switch prone to short circuiting and catching fire.
- Fiat Chrysler also recalled 1.4 million vehicles due to concerns about hackable software that would allow the vehicle to be controlled remotely.
Were You Injured in an Accident?
If you were seriously injured in a car accident that was caused by a faulty vehicle component, you may be facing a long and grueling recovery period—not to mention a great deal of unexpected medical debt. Fortunately, there may be help available. Contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers today for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case to determine if you're able to pursue compensation for injuries, including medical bills, damage to your vehicle, and even pain and suffering. The knowledgeable legal team at Steinberg Injury Lawyers is here to help get your life back on track by fighting for any compensation you may deserve.