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Canadian Auto Recalls Hit All-Time High In 2014 Amid Safety Concerns
Canadian Auto recalls hit a record high last year, with more than eight million vehicles as several high-profile problems with faulty airbags and ignition switches affected brought security issues to the fore.Automaker issued nearly 600 recall notices on Canadian vehicles in 2014, according to data from Transport Canada received.
Both the number of callbacks, and the number of vehicles affected significantly higher than in any other year, according to a data analysis by the Canadian Press.The previous record for the highest number of recalls was in 2010, issued as an automaker 468 recall notices affecting 1.5 million items, including vehicles, car seats and tires set. But the total number of vehicles was affected in 2013, as a manufacturer recalled two million products higher, although the total number of recall notices lower at 466, according to the analysis.
Industry observers say automakers issuing recalls en masse in an attempt to prevent future problems after faulty ignition switch led to numerous crashes and at least 58 injuries and 42 deaths. GM recalls 2.6 million vehicles worldwide due to the problem, including about 368,000 in Canada, but faced criticism waited 11 years to do so. The company is now facing several lawsuits.
“GM was in a pickle, and no one else wanted the new GM,” said George Iny, president of the Automobile Protection Association. “So they started to do some housecleaning. And people with skeletons in the closet and facilities in the basement were pulling out.”
Under last year’s high-profile recalls were 700,000 Honda Canada vehicles on Japanese parts maker Takata Corp. around 14 million vehicles made by 10 different automakers potentially exploding airbags have been recalled worldwide as a result of Takata airbag question.
Josh Bailey, vice president of research and editorial on the vehicle value company Canadian Black Book, he says not to expect quite as many callbacks be in the coming years, as it was last year, that’s a bit of an anomaly.However, Bailey says it is likely automakers to be more proactive with regard to vehicles in the coming years, as in the past, to avoid the bad press that has swirled around General Motors and Takata. This means that the numbers are probably higher than they were before to stay in 2014.
Independent auto industry consultant Mark Petro says, while spending active for manufacturers recall notices, many of the older vehicles will not be repaired. That’s because when vehicle ownership changes or owner to move, it will be difficult for automakers to track them down.
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