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Car Recall Scandal

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Germany, Modern World, News, People's Rights, Theft, Traffic with tags , , , , on 13/10/2016 by floroy1942

Car manufacturers are failing their customers in a steady stream these days, as we see today that Toyota recalls some 340,000 brand new Prius Hybrid cars for problems with the brakes. This is one of a long stream of recalls over the past five years from almost every manufacturer on the planet. Volkswagen, Ford, Citroen and General Motors among many others have had to recall vehicles because of major faults.

Why is this happening? Years ago you could trust a new car to be totally safe and reliable, but now? What is it with these manufacturers that cause this?

In my view it is cost cutting to make more profit, but it is having the reverse effect as the repairs are costing these companies millions. People are spending a huge amount of money to buy a new car, and yet each time it is a lottery whether the car will be recalled at some future date because of a major problem, if it doesn’t kill you first.

Because of these problems people are dying, and it’s not always certain that their relatives get any compensation from the companies involved.

Years ago you could buy anything from a screwdriver to a car and know that it will last you for years, but these days manufacturers like to build in a ‘life limit’ on things produced today. That of course ensures that within a certain period you will be forced to go out and buy a new one. More money for them!

It is without doubt a sad indictment of our times when manufacturers only think of profit and never quality. But let’s face it, almost everyone is at it these days.


Is Your Car On The Recall List?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, European Union, Germany, Modern World, News, Traffic, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 04/05/2016 by floroy1942

With the massive recall of cars of various makes across the world it is evident that manufacturing ‘ain’t what it used to be’.

Takata Airbag Failures - Up To 2015

Takata Airbag Failures – Up To 2015

After the Takata airbag recall, which to date numbers 28.8 million and with a further 40 million suspected units, car manufacturers have been inundated with vehicle recalls for one problem after another.

When you look at the annual recall figures the numbers are astounding: Ford: 434,000 vehicles, General Motors: 4.8 million vehicles, Toyota: 6.4 million vehicles, Nissan: 1 million vehicles, Volkswagen: 160,351 vehicles, Honda: 900,000 vehicles, Tesla: 29,000, BMW: 232,000 vehicles. These are the figures from 2015 and it makes you wonder if its worth buying a car at all.

This year the numbers are far exceeding the totals for 2015 with the Volkswagen and Mitsubishi scandals among other things. Volkswagen recalls have already gone through the roof this year, what with the emissions scandal. As you can see from the photo, only one CEO has resigned. For me it should be all of them.

It is worth remembering that Volkswagen also covers companies controlled by them such as Audi, Seat and Skoda. So far as Mitsubishi is concerned, they have manipulated fuel usage figures inflating mileage results on at least 625,000 vehicles.

One thing is sure, this year many more recalls will happen for one reason or another. It makes me wonder if its worth buying a car at all, perhaps we should go back to the horse as a form of transport.

We are So Very Sorry!

We are So Very Sorry!

The main reason for all these problems is in my view manufacturers wanting to cut production costs just so they can make more profit. There can be little doubt that the age of proper quality in manufactured goods is long gone. Even if you buy an i-Phone these days the projected life is just three years, that is presuming you have no problems within that time frame. So what does that tell you?

When I worked for Rank Xerox many years ago as a quality control inspector, it was my job to tour the production line and carry out tests on various parts that would be built into machines. On many occasions I found defective parts and wanted to have them removed so they wouldn’t end up in copy machines. Each time I was over-ruled by the production managers and the parts still went into the machines. I believe today the situation is far worse.

Takata Airbag Exploding

Takata Airbag Exploding With Shrapnel

It has been shown that some bad parts contained in cars like the Takata airbags, can actually kill or seriously injure the driver. In other cases defective brakes, steering, and even cruise controls have been responsible for deaths.  Thankfully they are very few, but many people have been injured by defective car parts.

Manufacturers don’t care if they get sued by the relatives of drivers who get killed by faulty parts, why should they, for the payout out is probably less than 0.00000001% of their total profits for the year!

Is it not time that governments started clamping down on manufacturing by insisting that these companies get back to the old system of proper quality control? They still call it ‘quality control’ today but it is a shadow of what it once was because the almighty profit must come first. Companies today don’t care a damn if what you buy breaks down so long as it lasts longer than the guarantee period.

The Truth Of It All!

The Truth Of It All!

My wife bought an Apple laptop some time ago and she had endless problems with it. Apple changed it three times for a ‘supposed’ new one which in actual fact turned out to be one that had been refurbished.  It would seem that companies will do just about anything these days to increase their profits. And when you look at it closely, it’s all about making the ‘fat cats’ fatter!

So what of the future? Well, the way things are going at present it looks like it will only get worse!


Can You Trust Your New Car?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, England, Environment, Europe, Modern World, News, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 24/10/2015 by floroy1942
Martin Winterkorn CEO Of VW - Is That It? - No Accountability?

Martin Winterkorn CEO Of VW – Is That It? – No Accountability?

Car manufacturer recalls are becoming normal these days as one after another, customers find faults with their new vehicles. The biggest scandal to hit the manufacturing industry currently is of course the Volkswagen emissions cheat that has put the company in an unenviable position.

Emissions Test

Emissions Test

This scandal is not directly dangerous to those in the vehicle for they have been fitting parts to cars that cheat the emission regulations and this act not only affects Volkswagen but also Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and overseas-brands SEAT and Skoda. So from this you can gather that a great many vehicles have been affected.

The sad thing is that air pollution has become a major worry today with the number of vehicles on our roads which are causing many diseases like cancer among those who breathe in the fumes daily. From this you can understand that cheating an emissions test is putting people’s health at risk, although not directly. But Volkswagen are not the only ones, for many other companies have had to recall their products for one reason or another.

New cars cost a fortune these days, but sadly times have changed for it is difficult to have 100% faith in what you have bought. Eleven vehicle manufacturers have issued recalls because of faulty Takata airbags in their vehicles that have killed more than 10 people and caused the recall of 34 million vehicles. Drivers were killed when a faulty airbag exploded in front of them and sent shrapnel into their face and bodies.

Result Of Toyota Gas Pedal Fault

Result Of Toyota Gas Pedal Fault

Among some of the worst problems associated with manufacturing errors were the Toyota ‘out-of-control’ gas pedal in 2009 and 2010 which resulted in 30 deaths. In 1980 Ford recalled more than 21 million cars for a fault that allowed the gearbox to slip from ‘Park’ into ‘Reverse’ causing more than 6,000 accidents, 1,700 injuries and 98 deaths. In 1995 car makers Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, GM, Mazda, Suzuki, Subaru and Isuzu were caught out by a seatbelt failure where the release button jammed and people were trapped in the car by their seatbelts. Since 1980 a total of 50 million cars have had to be recalled by the manufacturers for serious defects.

These are all manufacturing faults that are causing problems for motorists across the world. It makes me wonder how far this trend will go? Are we at some time in the future going to be travelling at 120kph down a motorway when one or all four wheels fall off the car?  It makes you wonder.

VolkswagenIt is a sad indictment of today’s world that manufacturers will take any risk to save a few pounds to increase their profits. Years ago when I was young you bought something knowing you would get literally years of use out of the product because it was made properly without any shortcuts, or as today, a built-in life of a year or maybe two if you are lucky.

The main problem is that people today are fixated on money, and the more they have the more they want. All manufacturing companies take shortcuts, or use items in the manufacture of their product that they know will have a limited life.

I worked for a well-known copier manufacturer in years gone by as a Quality Test Engineer and carried out tests on parts used in the machines to see how long they would last. I also carried out quality tests on products being used to build the machines on the manufacturing line. Many times I found unsatisfactory parts, but was overruled by management who went ahead and fitted them anyway.

Faulty Airbag

Faulty Airbag

That was a long time ago, but now the situation is even worse, as indicated by the use of the Takata airbags which obviously had not been quality tested sufficiently. It is an epidemic where manufacturers concentrate on profit instead of reliability, for they do not care if what you bought breaks down after one year, because they know people these days will just go out and buy a new one. Such is modern life and the sad thing is, no-one seems to be held accountable.


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