In recent years, the American public has been affected by recall fatigue. Recall fatigue occurs when consumers become so overwhelmed by the number of product recalls announced that they either stop treating these recalls as urgent or stop paying attention to these announcements entirely. It is critical that consumers remain alert and responsive to recalls, as failure to do so can lead to preventable auto collisions, fires, falls and other hazards inspired by dangerous or defective products.
Don't Ignore Product Recalls
Consumers may effectively mitigate their recall fatigue symptoms by placing recent recalls in perspective. While it may seem that the number of vehicles being recalled is never-ending this year, past years have hosted far larger recall instances. By comparison, there is less need for recall fatigue this year than there has been in years past.
Since 2000, automakers have been required to initiate recalls under certain conditions. Over the past 13 years, a staggering number of large recalls have been initiated by well-known automakers. The largest automaker-led recall during this period occurred in 2001. It affected Ford truck and SUV owners who were compelled to act in order to replace 13 million potentially defective tires associated with the automaker.
Ford also has the distinction of requiring the second and third largest recalls of the period. One took place in 2005 and one in 2009. Each affected roughly 4.5 million vehicles apiece and each involved a cruise control switch that posed a very real fire hazard.
Only one of the top ten largest recalls of the past dozen years occurred within the last two years. Consumers may be tired of paying attention to recalls, but they remain urgent news. Hopefully, they will continue to become less and less frequent items of news over time.
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