Finding out that your car has been recalled is an unpleasant experience. You might worry for your safety or the safety of your family. At the very least, it is an irritation providing one more thing to deal with in your busy life. How people respond to this situation varies greatly from individual to individual. The record number of recalls in 2014 provides an excellent opportunity to analyze how recall notices are handled by the driving public.
In 2006, a police investigator in Wisconsin was looking for the cause of an accident that claimed the lives of two teenagers. With the limited resources of a single office looking into a solitary crash, that investigator was able to conclude that a defective ignition switch caused the car to lose power, veer off the road and collide with a guardrail. Because the defect turned the car’s power off, the air bags did not inflate. This was not the first time the defect had claimed a life.
The number of defective car recalls has increased since congressional investigations were launched into the decision of General Motors to delay a recall for a decade.
The New York Times reports that the decision of regulators to fine GM about $35 million has prompted a wave of product recalls from other manufacturers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ignored a congressional recommendation to pull General Motors cars with a potentially deadly defect from the road.
NHTSA officials say that removing the cars from the road is unnecessary because the automaker has told drivers to only operate their vehicles with their key removed from their key rings.
An urgent product recall has been issued for PT/INR test strips manufactured by Alere.
The company says that it has voluntarily issued a recall of its INRatio®2 PT/INR Professional Test Strips (PN 99008G2).
Forbes reports that some patients who have therapeutic or near-therapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) readings have reported experiencing significantly INR readings when their results are double-checked in a laboratory.
General Motors recently lost its fourth executive amid investigations into a botched recall of nearly 2.6 million vehicles.
The automaker recently announced that it was losing Jim Federico, its senior engineer in charge of global vehicle integration.
One GM spokesman told reporters that Federico’s departure was voluntary and unrelated to the recent scandal surrounding the carmaker’s failure to recall cars with faulty ignition switches.
Rolling General Motors recalls have grabbed headlines for the past few months, but despite widespread attention on GM product defects, many recalled cars will not be repaired.
CNNMoney reports that about a third of recalled cars are never brought to dealers. Some consumers minimize the risks associated with a car defect, others can’t give up their cars for the repairs to be made, and even more consumers simply assume that the recall notices are junk mail.
General Motors Company filed in U.S. Bankruptcy court on Monday evening seeking for protection against legal claims involving actions prior its 2009 bankruptcy.
GM is seeking protection from a wave of lawsuits surrounding ignition switch problems in vehicles that it sold but failed to recall.
At least 13 deaths have been linked to the defective ignition switches and there is evidence that the company knew of the problems up to 10 years before it finally issued a recall.
Ignition switch problems with General Motors vehicles have resulted in a flurry of litigation, federal investigations, and even a Saturday Night Live skit.
The person taking most of the heat for GM’s recall of 2.6 million cars is CEO Mary Barra. She was grilled before a congressional committee that demanded to know why the company took a decade to recall cars with a defect linked to 13 deaths.
General Motors recently expanded its recall ahead of testimony that its CEO Mary Barra will give to congress today.
GM announced that it will recall an additional 1.3 million cars for potential power steering problems. This recall follows a 2.6 million recall from earlier this year for vehicles that may have defective ignition switches.