Toyota is not Alone in October Recalls | Automotive Training Centre

Photo by Valley Blogger, as per Michigan Auto Times.

Most of us auto-geeks have already heard the buzz about Toyota’s massive recall earlier this month, which called in 7.4 million cars worldwide, 240,000 of which were in Canada. What urged Toyota to announce the recall was an assembly glitch in the power window master switch, causing the controls to become sticky, which could potentially lead to a fire.

There’s no doubt that this is a big blow for Toyota, but they are not the only ones that got hit with a major recall this month. According to the Transport Canada Road Safety Recalls Database, there were over 100 different recalls made in Canada in October alone. Over 100! Each one of those recalls affected anywhere from 18-240,000 vehicle units, requiring Canadians to bring in their cars and have them fixed (at the expense of the manufacturer, of course). Let’s take a look at just a few:

Data from Transport Canada Road Safety Recalls Database.

Recalls often fuel a negative reputation for a manufacturer, which is somewhat understandable seeing as how no one wants to go through the hassle of bringing their car in for a production oversight. But recalls occur more often than we think, which makes us question whether the fault is on the manufacturer for having an imperfect production system, or whether a few mistakes are just bound to happen when it comes to producing millions of unit of cars.

It’s true that auto mechanics or auto body repair training programs prepare students for maintenance issues or performance enhancing projects that are needed (or wanted) on a car-by-car basis, whereas recalls, even if we only know it after the fact, involve issues that begin while the car is being assembled and affect numerous units. But whether it’s one car or a million cars, the bottom line is the same: something went wrong and it needs to be fixed. Any auto career professional knows that no car is perfect, and anything involving mechanics is bound to need some fixing sooner or later.

Recalls are obviously not a good thing, but the fact that the manufacturer caught the error means they’re doing something right. In mechanics, glitches are bound to happen, and with the onslaught of electronic features, we can only expect there to be more and more recalls in the future.

How do you think recalls can be avoided? Is there something manufacturers could be doing better?

Categories: Canadian Auto Industry News
Tags: automotive industry news, automotive recalls

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