There has been a massive surge in automobile recalls in the U.S. the past couple of years. In fact, as of July of this year, car companies had recalled more vehicles in the U.S. than during any other similar time frame except 2014. During the first seven months of 2015, automakers recalled over 34.5 million vehicles.
The recalled vehicles have a myriad of problems, including air bags that are prone to rupture, security gaps that could result in vehicles being hacked and possible fire hazards that are linked to ventilation systems. During the first seven months of 2014, automakers recalled 49 million vehicles, leading to the biggest car recall year in history.
There are several reasons so many vehicles are being recalled. Regulators are increasing the pressure they put on automakers to issue recalls after facing criticism from lawmakers and others. Automakers are also initiating more recalls than ever before. In addition, almost a dozen automakers are recalling 14 million vehicles that are equipped with airbags that are prone to rupture.
The increase in automobile recalls is a positive step for consumers. It shows a willingness on the part of both regulators and automakers to recall vehicles when safety problems emerge. If you are a consumer who has been injured by a defective vehicle, you have the legal right to compensation from the manufacturer. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also visit us on Google Plus to learn more.