That’s the number of vehicles recalled this year for just two separate events. Approximately 34 million vehicles were recalled for the Takata airbag defect back in May, and more than 11 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles were found to have one of several defects just recently. That’s nearly 50 million vehicles recalled in just a few months.
Last Thursday I wrote about the SPY Car Act, which is a legislative attempt to protect our cars from hackers. The very next day, more than 1 million Chryslers were recalled for software that was vulnerable to hacking.
You can head over to safercar.gov every day and see if there have been any new recalls since the day before. That page is rarely blank. On the day of this writing, there are four new recalls since the day before that affect more than 160,000 vehicles.
Last April, the DOT Inspector General testified before Congress that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had made improvements in detecting defects. About a month ago I wrote about an audit report from the Office of Inspector General that basically called NHTSA incompetent.
Bottom line: We have a problem here. A very dangerous, sometimes fatal, problem.