• New study shows 1 in 5 cars has an unfixed defect
  • February 20, 2015
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  • The auto industry had a record year for recalls in 2014, according to Automobile magazine. Recalls by General Motors due to ignition switch and Takata airbag-inflator issues were the two biggest recalls in automotive history. In total, nearly 64 million vehicles were recalled, which outweighs the total number recalled between 2011 and 2013 combined.

    In the midst of these significant recalls, many are concerned that not enough is being done to alert consumers of the problems. For example, a recent study by Carfax noted one in five cars on the road today were related to a recent recall, but are still in use. According to the report, that is 46 million cars driving around with unfixed problems.

    "America's cavalier response to manufacturer safety recalls is putting lives at risk," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. "Every morning millions of people drive to work, school and other places in a potential ticking time bomb. Fires, crashes and serious injury are just a few consequences of letting recalls go unfixed. The minor inconvenience that comes from having a recall fixed pales in comparison to what can happen if you don't."

    Recalls still underway
    This issue will not be resolved any time soon, as recalls continue. For example, CNN noted Ford announced a recall of 205,000 cars, including best sellers Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedan and the police Interceptor vehicle. The problem is located within the spring of the interior door handle, and could prevent the door from being opened if the car experienced a side crash.

    The recall includes all Taurus and Interceptors built between 2009 and 2012 and Lincoln MKS sedans built in 2011.

    According to Daily Finance, Nissan also issued a recall that includes more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs and Rogue Select SUVs. The issue is a faulty design, which allows snow and salty water to seep through the driver's side carpet and reach the wiring beneath, causing electrical shorts. Nissan noted there were reports of shorts, but none of fire or injury.

    The Rogue small SUVs were built between 2008 and 2013, while the Rogue Select SUVs were built in 2014.

    However, Nissan issued another recall as well, regarding its Pathfinders manufactured in 2013 and 2014, Infiniti JX35s from 2013 and QX60s from 2014. The recalls were issued due to a hood latch malfunction, which could allow the hood to come unlatched while the vehicle is in motion.