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How Many Car Recalls is Too Many? GMC’s Cadillac SUV Recall One of Many in Recent Months

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"If the parts fail, drivers could lose control of the cars, the agency (Maserati) said." Yesterday (May 22, 2013) General Motors issued a recall for 2013 Cadillac SRX SUVs for faulty wheel lug nuts. The wheels could eventually fall off. How does relatively new car model get past the safety reviews for something as basic as wheel lug nuts? This is not a complicated component part we are talking about.

GM isn’t alone in issuing recalls this year. The list includes, but isn’t limited to:

* Maserati recalls 7438 cars for rusting rear tie rod assemblies (May 20, 2013)

  • Chrysler recalls 5000 Jeep Wranglers, 5000 new Ram 1500s, and 469,072 Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees (May 13, 2013)
  • Mitsubishi recalls 8,263 Outlander crossovers (early May, 2013)
  • Toyota recalls 510,000 vehicles for air bag issues (April 29, 2013)
  • Honda recalls 204,000 SUVs and Minivans (April 23, 2013)

According to Car Connection, over the last several weeks millions of cars have been recalled. Are we seeing an unusual number of manufacturing mistakes, indicating a massive problem with the safety of our automobiles? Or, as the article suggests, are we simply receiving "great news for consumers and for the industry as a whole"? Car Connection cites a Detroit news source for this ‘good news’ so I’m suspicious. It may indeed be proactive rather than reactive, but the fact remains that millions of cars, in the United States, were recalled in April and May due to defects. Why aren’t automakers doing a better job? Is this sloppy workmanship, inadequate supervision or something more insidious like cutting corners to increase profits?

To check for recalls on your car go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website: http://www.nhtsa.gov