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US vehicle recalls fall to 30.7 million in 2017 - NHTSA

Auto News - Published on Tue, 13 Mar 2018

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Reuters reported that US motor vehicle recalls fell to 30.7 million in 2017, the lowest level since 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said , after a record 53 million were recalled in 2016 when a callback linked to deadly airbags was expanded. US regulators have said recalls to replace Takata Corp airbag inflators will eventually affect at least 65 million inflators in 42 million US vehicles built by 19 automakers, making it the largest US auto safety campaign ever.

The NHTSA has pressured automakers to recall more vehicles since 2014 after an ignition switch defect in General Motors Co cars was linked to 124 deaths. The agency imposed record fines on companies that failed to follow safety rules.

From 2014 through 2016, US auto safety recalls set annual records of almost 50 million or more annually. In the prior 20 years, annual US auto recalls ranged from 10.2 million to 30.8 million.

Under aggressive enforcement by the Obama administration, automakers issued a record 924 recall campaigns in 2016, up 7 percent over the previous high in 2015. In 2017, total recall campaigns fell to 813.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 13 Mar 2018
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