This is a bit of a speculative post. Essentially I got to thinking the other day about all the recalls that are going on in the car industry at the moment, notably Toyota and Honda who are both having to conduct massive call backs in order to correct dodgy pedals and the like. The chance that these problems will kill someone is relatively low, but perhaps that isn’t the point – instead, the point is that these problems do exist and technically could kill or injure someone through no fault of their own.
So, do these recalls mean that the car industry has had a bit of a difficult year, and that for some reason mistakes have been made? This is a possibility – after all, you wait ages for a bus and then three turn up at once. It could indeed be that it just so happened both Toyota and Honda had their first proper problems this year, and have acted accordingly by recalling the models in question.
The darker possibility, however, is that perhaps these issues and problems aren’t as unusual as they are being made out to be. It seems that what happened with Toyota was that people had been complaining for a while about pedals sticking, and eventually the company had to sit up and take notice it. The press and politicians got involved, and the resulting PR nightmare meant that they couldn’t do anything but recall them all. If they could have kept it under wraps, it seems quite possible that that would have been the case.
So how many other issues go unfixed? Without peer pressure on the car manufacturers from significant publicity of the problem, how many problems simply are ignored?
What do you think?
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