A record number of vehicles have been recalled this year in the United States, over 58 million. However, even with this massive number of recalls, there are still numbers of additional recalls that have not been issued for safety problems that are known to automakers.
In the past decade, dozens of recalls have been issued for vehicles with safety problems in foreign countries, but those problems have not been treated with the same urgency in the U.S. By law, automakers are required to notify safety regulators within five days of learning of a safety defect in a car, in order to start the process of a recall. A recent investigation by the New York Times found that the seven top carmakers in the country - GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai- have reported problems to federal regulators without recalling cars, even though their counterpart vehicles were recalled overseas for the same problem. In at least 42 cases, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not immediately force a recall.
When questioned, the automakers pointed out that they had disclosed their decisions in those cases not to issue a recall to federal regulators. They also pointed out that there are different recall laws and practices in other countries, which may mean that a recall is necessary in one country but not necessary in the U.S.
It's unfortunate but not surprising that carmakers are reluctant to issue recalls. Recalls, depending on their scope, can be extremely expensive for carmakers. If the safety defects are serious, they can also be damaging to a company's reputation. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defect with a vehicle, call the Houston car accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119. You can also visit our Facebook page for more information.