In the United States, it’s estimated that there are approximately 20,000 auto parts suppliers.
While many of these suppliers have excellent reputation, a recent report by the Center for Auto Safety found that more than half of these car parts suppliers were found to be unsafe.
A new report by Consumers Union (CUS) found that the percentage of car parts supplied to customers that were unsafe has doubled since 2009, with the majority of this increase coming from parts suppliers in the automotive industry.
According to the report, nearly half of the cars sold by these suppliers were recalled due to defective components in the vehicles.
According to Consumer Reports, the most common reasons for these recalls include defective air bags, defective brake pads, or improper installation of air bags.
The Consumer Reports report also found that nearly a third of the vehicles involved in the most recalled recalls are sold by the following manufacturers:Ford, Honda, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
However, consumers are not the only ones who have concerns about these companies.
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has been conducting a study of all the major auto parts manufacturers, and the CFA found that most of the parts suppliers they reviewed are unsafe.
According to the CFS, the auto parts companies are responsible for the safety of their customers.
CFA President John G. Thompson III said that although the safety record of the companies they studied is “not stellar,” he believed that the automakers should be held accountable for their product safety.
Thompson said that consumers should have confidence in the companies that they buy their cars from.
“We’ve seen time and time again that automakers, particularly in the auto industry, are far more likely to produce products with poor or no safety record than those that we see in other industries, and that’s because they’re able to produce more efficiently, with lower quality, and in higher volumes,” Thompson said.
“If consumers are buying cars from the companies we find to have the highest safety record, we can’t expect them to continue to buy these products, because we have to do a better job of monitoring their safety record,” Thompson added.
The CFS study found that only four of the manufacturers they examined have an annualized rate of recall activity for safety.
Consumers Union said that these are significant, given the amount of time that consumers have to look at the product to be sure it is safe.
With that said, Consumers Union recommends that consumers avoid auto parts that have an average recall rate of less than 1%.
In a statement to Consumer News Today, a representative from Honda told us that the company is committed to improving its safety record and has made safety improvements in the past, but the CUS report does not accurately reflect the changes it has made.
Honda said that it has improved the safety records of its auto parts supply chain, including improving internal controls for inspecting parts, implementing enhanced training, and developing a more robust inspection and warranty program.
In addition, Honda said that its suppliers are responsible only for parts purchased directly from the manufacturer, which does not include parts that were ordered by suppliers through third-party vendors.
Additionally, Honda noted that it is a leader in reducing recalls, including by increasing its number of recalls per 100 million vehicle miles, and has a proven track record in lowering recalls in other markets.
“Honda has been a leader on reducing recalls and improving its recall program in other countries, which helps to ensure the safety and security of our customers and the communities where they live,” Honda said in the statement.
Consumer Reports also said that Honda is the second-most-reputable auto parts supplier, behind only Ford.
Consumer reports also found more than a third (36%) of the car parts companies in the United Kingdom have at least one recall that involved the manufacture of air bag inflators.
Ford has a number of safety-related recalls that have affected more than 1.4 million vehicles, and more than 10% of the company’s recalls involve the production of airbag inflators, according to the Consumer Reports study.