How could you not notice the spate of recalls this year...perhaps its the year of recalls with over 50 million vehicles being recalled for one reason or another.
The auto industry went global decades ago, suppliers have a global foot print, cost saving is a global undertaking. Its a potent mix...with a gazillion variables.
You have to wonder if the customer is not completely recall jaded at this point.
The 2 cent part, the factory on the other side of the planet, the cost analysis, and some spread sheet jockey splitting hairs. It all makes for exciting times.
One way to save money is to develop common parts, and components. What the customer does not see could be generic to several manufacturers.
A generic airbag hidden in a steering wheel, or behind the dash on the passenger side can be used by several manufacturers, and made in the millions. Now make the same air bag in a low(er) cost area of the planet to save further money.
This is the new reality of some recalls, with several manufacturers, and millions of vehicles impacted.
While customers become increasingly recall jaded.