Within reason, a car of recent vintage could be recalled by a manufacturer at any time. Although many have never experienced this, it is surprisingly common and on balance, in the long term it is good thing. When a potential safety defect with a particular make or model of vehicle is detected, the manufacturer will issue a national recall so it can be fixed by brand dealers at no expense to the owner.
Of Primary Concern
As mentioned, car recalls are surprisingly common and faults can range from simple software glitches to major safety issues such as the much-publicised Vauxhall Zafira fire risk or the Takata airbag debacle. In most instances, though, there’s usually nothing as serious to worry about.
Recalls typically concern fuel, airbags, steering, brakes and seat belts but can affect any component or accessory. It will come as no great surprise that Germany remains at the top of the list for auto recalls. It is after all the leading country of manufacture with the largest volume of EU exports. Usually it is the safety of passengers that is the primary focus but, as is slowly becoming apparent now, it is software-related issues that are likely to bring more recalls, simply because of the speed of introduction.
Year On Year
Looking at the big, global picture, software recalls will become more prevalent thanks to the connected car revolution and the growth of the electric vehicle market, as manufacturers navigate new technology. A day does not seem to go by without another innovation. Slow-moving state regulation cannot keep pace. This suggests that the rush to more autonomy could results in problems down the road.
It is interesting to note that the number of recalls linked to electronic failures has risen by thirty per cent over the last seven years. This compares unfavourably with the five previous years. Not really a surprise given the pace of change. New priorities are constantly being added, like connectivity and driver assistance, throwing the industry into a state of flux, with new testing regimes and government taxes and regulations being rolled out in order to facilitate the change to electric cars. It’s hardly surprising that things can go wrong.
The Biggest Change For The Future
In the past, car buyers have sought out vehicles that offered performance or economy or that simply looked good. The connected car revolution is changing all that and the value of cars to buyers will continue to move away from the old choices towards vehicles with high-end software and digital content.
Thus car makers will continue to turn towards technology to drive up the perceived value of their products. In this way the idea of the traditional motor will give way to technical ability. In other words, once upon a time mobile phones allowed telephone calls on the move; now they do everything. Think of your future car in that way.
The main areas for the prospect of technology recalls will include cybersecurity, with recalls due to cyber threats which are anticipated to rise. Patches will have to be added as with computer programmes. Car manufacturers have seen a consistent rise in recalls from electric failures over the past seven years.
Nevertheless, to answer our own question, no; car recalls are nothing to worry about. They are annoying and inconvenient certainly, but what price safety? Knowing that a car has been checked over and professionally repaired should be seen as a good thing. Further, a recall in the vehicle’s history is not an issue either. It will only affect resale value if a recall is known but not attended to. That’s why here at eCars247 we always have our vehicle AA inspected and HPI checked before being offered for sale to ensure there are no known issues. Buyers can be confident in the cars we sell; that’s why we also offer a fourteen-day test drive.