The past four weeks have been a tumultuous time for car manufacturers, with a number of high-profile recalls in the UK across March.
Three recalls affecting 18 models of three carmakers were announced during week 10, preceding a further 10 recalls for nine models from seven carmakers announced in week 12 of the year.
One major car marque was forced to recall a popular van due to the potential for failure of the glow plug relay, which may result in an electrical short circuit, increasing the risk of fire.
Further recalls affecting different leading manufacturers included fuel leakages resulting in a fire risk and poor quality seatbelts.
During week 13, the last week of March, there were a total of 17 recalls – a mix of motorcycles, passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and a lorry.
Out of all risk types included, 14 were for injury, with key reasons including electrical wiring faults, manufacturing and production faults, steering system errors, jamming locking systems and faulty instructions.
Alongside these recalls, a major car manufacturer hit the headlines in March due to a large-scale recall of tens of thousands of its vehicles due to carbon dioxide emissions after regulators found 10 of its models were emitting more of the greenhouse gas than they had been certified to emit.
In this case, recalls have been dealt with efficiently and clearly, with the manufacturer contacting all owners personally to offer modifications to affected vehicles free of charge, with the assurance that every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to the customer during the short time required for the work to be carried out. A public statement was also provided to media detailing the recall plans from the company. As demonstrated above, there is a lot that can go wrong when it comes to automotive safety. As technology advances far quicker than regulations can be properly agreed, manufacturers are heading into rough waters that must be properly navigated with the help of experts.
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