Millions of car recalls this year spark ‘retail fatigue’

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HOUSTON – Are you tired of hearing something might be wrong with your car? Don’t feel like checking it for yet another recalled part? You might be suffering from recall fatigue!

So far this year GM has recalled over 17-million vehicles. Hard to imagine. But the latest recalls come from Honda, Mazda and Nissan, affecting close to three million vehicles.

The reason? Oh, just that the airbag inflators can explode and send metal pieces flying everywhere. Sounds like a pretty serious problem, but it seems like a new recall is issued practically every day – and some drivers are over it.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says about 25 percent of cars covered by recalls will never be fixed – a potentially deadly oversight.

So as annoying as it might be to do it time and time again, better check to make sure your vehicle is up to date. Because if you do need that airbag, you’re gonna want it to be working properly.

Some of the vehicles affected:

  • Honda CR-V, Civics, Odysseys, and Elements from 2000 to 2005
  • Nissan Pathfinders, Cubes, and Infiniti FX35s from 2000 to 2003
  • Mazda RX-8s and Mazda6s from 2002 to 2004

For a full list, see SaferCar.gov

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