Common Misconceptions Of Car Recalls Essay

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Tens of millions of cars are recalled each year, representing problems that may occur after a car has been sold. Many car recalls are the result of faulty airbags produced by airbag supplier Takata and are found in vehicles produced by more than a dozen manufacturers.[1] Unfortunately, there are common misconceptions about car recalls that continue to persist. We’ll address these matters in an effort to keep your family safe.

Misconception No. 1 — Car Recalls Point to Quality Issues

More than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015, surpassing 2014’s previous recall record.[2] For consumers, the rise in the number of recalls is disconcerting. After all, is the vehicle you own safe or is it a danger to you and your family?

The sharp rise in the number of vehicle recalls has much to do with improved detection tools and tighter safety regulations. Car problems that might have been missed or downplayed in the past are now under scrutiny. Furthermore, a dwindling number of suppliers mean more manufacturers are sharing parts. Indeed, some 14 automakers use Takata airbags. Car quality, notably reliability, is on the rise according to J.D. Power.[3]

Cars are not the only products recalled in greater numbers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission averages one recall daily, including such recent ones as 29 million Ikea chests and dressers, an assortment of hoverboards, Martha Stewart skillets sold by Macy’s, and a host of other household products.

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