Automakers are not on deadline to fix dangerous defects in millions of recalled vehicles

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The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

“Michael Brooks with the Center for Auto Safety said the recall rate is a problem considering some of the defects involve fire risk and other serious safety issues.”

By Jackie Callaway
April 26th, 2024

Jay Mills loves his Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid. What he doesn’t love, however, is the defect that could cause the SUV to catch fire.

Mills received a recall notice from Toyota last July telling him the car had an electrical issue that needed to be repaired. According to the notice, the remedy would be available by the end of 2023. Meanwhile, Mills continued to drive his grandkids to school.

Mills said he calls dealerships “almost every month, and they say we know nothing.”

In an email, Toyota told ABC Action News they are doing the recall in phases depending on the “average winter temperature of the state where the vehicle is registered.” States with cold winters went first. Florida’s repairs are “expected to launch” in April, the company said.

Federal law doesn’t require automakers to make repairs within a certain time frame after issuing a recall. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees the recall process, stated that it must be done within a reasonable time.

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