Here are the larger recent recalls, and these are just for October.
: 2.2 million vehicles worldwide (747,000 in the U.S.): ignition relay problem
: 130,000 vehicles: faulty fuel pump in the twin-turbo inline 6
: 470,000 cars in the U.S.: faulty seal in master brake cylinder
: 85,000 E-Class cars: possible power steering connection fitting problem
: 1.53 million cars worldwide (740,000 in the U.S.): faulty seal in master cylinder
: 392,000 Chevrolet Impalas: faulty front seat-belt anchors.
In addition, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recently issued a repeat advisory reminding Ford owners of 17.5 million vehicles of the fire risk in a faulty cruise control switch (some cars dating back to 1992).
There does seem to be, in fact, a pattern in all this. Each recall—including Toyota’s 2-million-car sticking accelerator/floormat fiasco—seems to stem from a small, simple, highly mass-produced part, typically made under high tolerances by external suppliers.
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