The automobile is probably the most useful invention humankind has made. It helps you reach places many miles away in just a nick of time. However, since its innovation, the safety concerns for these convenient devices were always on the rise. There have been many unfortunate incidents that have happened due to a minor fault of the automobile. These minute faults have proved to be fatal.
Automobile companies are legally obligated to check and double-check their products before deploying them due to minor faults that can cause serious accidents. Gambling with human life is not worth it. Moreover, automobile companies have been calling back the vehicles that are reported to be faulty so that they can repair it. With the advancement of technology today and self-driving cars becoming more mainstream, the care and caution in integrating and testing the vehicles are higher than ever, as well as the risk of malfunctioning.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recalled more faulty vehicles in recent years than ever before. Before 2014, the number of annual vehicle recall was 10 million to around 30 million. However, these numbers have increased dramatically post-2014 as it broke the record by recalling over 50 million vehicles per year.
The following infographic is a timeline since 1971 of the biggest automobile companies recalls for safety concerns, including the company names, deaths, injuries, the cost of the recall, number of vehicles recalled, and the components affected.
Infographic by: Yourlawyer.com