When it comes to buying a new car, you probably put safety at the top of priorities. That and a good stereo, maybe. When a car manufacturer or the NHTSA has determined that a car, the equipment, the seats, or tires pose unnecessary risk for the driver or passengers, then a recall is made. When a car is recalled, it is called back to the car dealer. Depending on the circumstances, the law requires that car dealers repair or even replace a recalled car. There are several regulations regarding auto recalls.
Sometimes, these recalls make headlines. The following are two of the most recent ones.
Takata Airbag Recall (2014-2016)
This is the most recent massive auto recall made by a company. Driver concerns ignited when a man died due to a defective Takata airbag. The defective airbags seem to deploy improperly during a crash and send metal fragments into the occupants. In the United States, there are approximately 34 million vehicles affected. To this date, more than 7 million have been recalled worldwide.
The massive number of cars affected has made the steps to getting it recalled a bit difficult. The case has hit the courts and has been ongoing since 2014. It has affected many car models that are equipped with the Takata Airbags.
Toyota’s Pedals (2009-2010)
This was a much publicized case that gained attention when it was known that 9 million vehicles were affected by a manufacturing malfunction that made the cars literally run by themselves. In some cases, the gas pedal would simply stick and in others the floor mat would jam the gas pedals down. This auto recall cost Toyota over $5 billion, making it a record in auto recalls.