The Detroit News, manufacturers called back over 19 million vehicles in 600 recall campaigns
in 2010—the busiest year for post-production fixes since 2004 when
600 campaigns recalled 30.8 million autos. The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, which will release its final numbers for the year
next month, reported that as of October 25 it had recorded 417 recalls
affecting 14.8 million autos. Both the NHTSA and the
News placed Toyota at the top of their list of manufacturers with the most recalls.
NHTSA’s preliminary list reported Toyota having 14 recall campaigns
affecting approximately 5.9 million autos, while the
News reported nine campaigns involving 4.8 million cars.
The urgency for autos with defects to be recalled immediately kicked into gear in August 2009 when a Toyota sudden acceleration accident involving a Lexus vehicle killed off-duty California Highway Patrol officer Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law. The vehicle they were in accelerated out of control when the gas pedal got stuck in the floor mat.
Second on the News‘ list was General Motors with 21 recall campaigns affecting about 4 million vehicles. Just recently, GM’s Cadillac division recalled about 95,927 CTS sports sedans over a problem with its sensing system that could impact airbag deployment. ’05, ’06, and ’07 models are affected. The automaker also recalled over 97,000 Chevrolet Equinoxes, Cadillac SRX’s, and GMC Terrain autos, all ’11 models, because the safety buckle anchor on the driver and frontal passenger seats may break during a traffic crash. In a smaller recall, GM recalled 1,262 SUV’s and trucks, also ’11 models, because the vehicles’ rear axle cross pins were not made correctly. Vehicles impacted include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra 1500, and Chevrolet Avalanche 1500.
Auto manufacturers are now under closer scrutiny and must report auto defects within five days of discovering. Our auto products liability law firm hopes that the push to immediately repair safety issues will save lives and prevent serious injuries.
2010 Likely Busiest Year for Auto Recalls in Seven Years, Daily Finance, December 29, 2010
Cadillac Recall: More Safety Gear Can Mean More Recalls, The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2010
Auto recalls spike in 2010, The Detroit News, December 29, 2010
GM Recall: Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox And GMC Terrain Models Affected, Star Global Tribune, December 28, 2010
GM recalls 2011 Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC trucks over axle risks, Torque News, December 28, 2010
Whether or not a vehicle has been recalled, as a car crash victim or the family of a loved one killed in a collision that you believe was caused by a manufacturer’s negligence, you may have grounds for a products liability case or a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact Gilbert & Ollanik, PC today.