Anyone in Arizona who owns a car that was not involved in a recall back in 2016 could consider themselves lucky. That year set a U.S. record for car recalls, with a total of 53.1 million vehicles recalled. A large part of the reason for that high number was the Takata air bag and General Motors ignition switch issues both happening in 2016. Combined, the Takata and GM recalls made up almost half of the recalls at 23 million cars. All the 2016 recalls cost up to $22.1 billion for automakers and suppliers.
However, 2015 had plenty of recalls as well, hitting a total of over 50 million. Recalls have been on rise as car technology has advanced. According to reports, automotive recalls involving electrical systems and electronics have risen 30 percent annually since 2013. Prior to that, electronics recalls only increased at a rate of 5 percent per year.
One problem is the globalization of technology, which means that local fixes are difficult. Larger numbers of vehicles are being recalled because more vehicles are being manufactured. A study by AlixPartners found that some automakers may also be slacking in quality control. The study indicates that automakers have cut quality control spending in recent years by as much as 50 percent.
When a motorist gets hurt in a car accident caused by brake failure, engine problems or any other problem with a vehicle, the car manufacturer could be liable. Products liability laws require that manufacturers provide safe products to the public. When a company recalls a product because it has found widespread safety issues, the recall does not absolve the manufacturer of their legal responsibility.