Biggest Auto Recalls in History Part One

Nov 12

Fixing CarsAuto recalls, although most of us are terrified of them, are perhaps one of the better things in the auto industry. It’s not great that the car is being recalled because that means something went horribly wrong during the time of building and creating, but it is calming to know that the company is doing what they can to alleviate the original problem. Throughout history, auto recalls have been occurring due to minor problems that can lead to rather large consequences. Here are examples all the way from number ten down to the number six largest auto recalls:

10. In 2004, General Motors recalled models between the years 1999 and 2004 on the Chevrolet Avalanche and Silverado, the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Sierra. It is estimated that 134 people were involved in small accidents and received minor injuries due to tailgate cable failure. The tailgate cables on these models corroded and collapsed. About 3.6 million of these vehicles were recalled that year. Do not be alarmed though, no more have consumers complained about the back end of these vehicles since!

9. If you live in sunny Southern California, maybe having working windshield wipers isn’t your first concern, but for most other places, windshield wipers are a necessity! Right above GM, in 1972 Volkswagen recalled 3.7 million Beetles ranging from the years 1949 to 1969 due to a loose windshield wiper situation. For twenty years, bolts holding the wiper arms onto the motors were prone to falling on these Beetles. Although they would not squash this breed of beetle, it still proved to be a problem for most people around the United States and world.

8. Fasten your seatbelts! Or rather, hope they stay fastened or come undone when you want them to! The year 1995 for the beloved Honda brand showed some initiative when they finally recalled 3.7 million of their adored 1986-1991 Acura Legends, Integras, NSXs, Honda Accords, Civics, and Preludes. Normally the seatbelt buckles in cars are to ensure a driver’s safety, not be hazardous! The buckles in these bad boys would either unbuckle prematurely or stay fastened, even after an accident took place. Thankfully since the recall, there have yet to be any further difficulties with the seatbelt buckles.

7. Have you ever thought about piloting your car without steering? It’s a rather terrifying thought. Alas, for consumers who bought one of the plethoras of makes that were affected by the GM recall of 1973, they were unaware they would have to do just that! Roughly 3.71 million were affected by this recall when it was discovered large stones could lodge between the car’s steering coupling and frame. When this happened, the vehicle was mostly unable to make a left hand turn. So if you are someone who has a fear of turning left, levophobia, or sinistrophobia, this might not have been a huge problem for you!

6. If you think Honda was the only large car name out there that had difficulties with their seatbelts, think again! In 1972, Ford had to recall 4.07 million of their cars ranging in Lincoln, Ford, and Mercury due to the fraying and detaching of seatbelts. This safety harness in a vehicle is designed to save lives, but mean nothing when they breakdown like Britney Spears and “shave their heads.”

Technology is only as smart as its creator(s) and we are all well aware of the many flaws in humans. It is inevitable that problems such as a steering wheel would be lacking in greatness at some point in time. Due to the amount of mistakes that are bound to happen in this industry, it is always relieving to know that each worker in the auto business is willing to do what he or she can to fix the problem! To find out the top five biggest recalls in the auto world, stay tuned for part two!

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