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Is the US Government pressuring foreign auto makers to be more public about recalls?

Posted in auto industry, Honda, Toyota by MrAngry | February 10th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Honda Toyota Recalls

Recalls, recalls, recalls… man, they’re everywhere aren’t they. Obviously Toyota has had the worst of it over the last few months, but now Honda? What the hell is going on? These two automotive giants are the ones that set the standards for quality and reliability in this country and forced our own American manufacturers to play catch-up.

Now it seems that the tides have turned. All of this recall action makes me wonder – is the American Government pressuring foreign automakers to release recalls in a more public manner? By law, if a recall is issued it must be made public by the manufacture of the product… this is on any product, not just automobiles. In the wake of all the bad press US automakers have been getting in the last year I can’t help but wonder if the US Government isn’t using Toyota’s recalls as a platform to enhance the reputation of our own domestic manufactures. Sounds feasible right? I’d be very curious to know your opinions on this.

By the way, if you are concerned that your vehicle may have an issue or be part of a recall, you can find out at Safecar.gov. Just click the link, insert your automotive information and you’re good to go.

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5 Responses

  1. Jim says:

    I’m glad it’s not just me. I get that loving feeling too.

  2. Kurt says:

    Personally, I doubt it. Other foreign manufacturers are kicking ass and taking names in the US – Hyundai, for example.

    Mark Twain once said, “Never attribute to malice what can be explained by mere incompetence”. For both Toyota and Honda, it think it’s just a case of cost-cutting gone too far.

  3. Jim says:

    Great quote. But I don’t think people would confuse them for being malicious or incompetent (they are a very capable company). But I do agree it could be cost-cutting gone too far. Yeah, Hyundai is doing pretty good these days too. Pretty impressed lately. And Toyota and Honda CEO’s are too apparently, according to some articles. Sorry too lazy to link them.

  4. Kansas Coyote says:

    Making them follow the law and publish recalls just like American car companies?

    It MUST be a conspiracy!

  5. Kansas Coyote says:

    I think the bigger question is why they were allowed to break the law for so long.

    From oil gelling to steering shafts.