Recalls Up; System Under Fire

Today there are currently more than 3.5 million cars listed for sale online that have open recalls, in addition to nearly 36 million already on the road that have unfixed recalls.

So far, 2014 has seen much higher recall rates than previous years, and some analysts say it’s due to heightened safety concerns following GM’s disastrous recall earlier this year.

The recall system has certainly faced scrutiny over the years, but it drew especially harsh criticism following the recall of GM’s faulty ignition switches that caused 13 deaths and 47 crashes. GM is under fire for taking more than 10 years to issue the recall, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is facing criticism for not realizing the problem sooner and forcing a recall of the defective switches.

The NHTSA maintains a list of several hundred complaints from owners, as well as a database of all vehicle recalls.

Sources: New York Times, Detroit Free Press