General Motors ignition assembly parts, packaged and shipped Thursday, April 17, 2014
Has your car or truck been recalled yet this year? Whether it's fresh from the showroom, or getting up in the years, the chances are shockingly high that any vehicle has been due back to the dealership to have a safety-related defect fixed—or at the least, to have a recall-related inspection done.
The recall tally for 2014 has already reached 52 million vehicles. That's well over the previous yearly record of 30.8 million vehicles recalled, in 2004. And according to the firm Stericycle, cited by CNN Money, it adds up to 544 individual recalls announced—or about two per day, on average.
Of course, there are some models that have been recalled several times, and others that haven't been recalled at all. But it calculates out, roughly, to the equivalent of one car out of every five still on the road being subject to a recall this past year.
Around 26.5 million—a little over half of that year-to-date total—have been for GM vehicles. That includes the initial (scandalous) recall of around 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches earlier this year, as well as more than 70 additional recall campaigns issues this year that, the automaker insists, signal a change in the way in which it initiates recalls.
Generally, the rate of recalls on a particular model has no correlation to its reliability; and it's a positive in being preemptive, before accidents, injuries, or fatalities demand it. But for dealerships, who need to keep up with the flow of vehicles needing recall fixed, it's been a very, very busy year.