Why Are We Experiencing More Auto Recalls than Usual? More Vigilant Drivers and Automakers, Reports Edmunds.com
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — June 22, 2010 — New car recalls have been among the biggest news stories of the year. Should consumers be concerned? Analysis by Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, assures consumers that despite recent headlines, recalls were much more of a concern in decades past.
"Recall numbers have been remarkably high since the mid-90s when car technology really began getting complicated, but this year they've been far more publicized," asserted Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Ray Zhou, PhD. "Thanks to recent headlines this year drivers are more alert to any potential safety issues and more likely to report any potential flaws and perhaps even pay closer attention to recall news."
Through early June, the industry has issued 81 recalls, in line with the recent average of 164 per year. The number of vehicles affected by the recalls this year — just over ten million to date — suggests that the year-end total may be slightly higher than the ten-year average, 18.1 million vehicles per year.
"The level of vehicle recall activity simply doesn't suggest any greater reasons for concern by consumers," said Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing at Edmunds.com. "In fact, automakers as a whole have become increasingly diligent not only about safety and reliability but also about reporting problems with their vehicles and, in many cases, recalling them more quickly than in the past."
More information and data on recalls can be found in the AutoObserver.com story "Uptick in Recalls Smudges Industry's Improved Performance" at http://www.autoobserver.com/2010/06/uptick-in-recalls-smudges-industrys-improved-performance.html.
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