Millions of vehicles with potentially dangerous recalls still on road


Millions of carriers in Canada, an estimated one in six, have an outstanding safety recall, and auto energy experts say not enough is being done to fix them.

These include crates with safety defects that may result in crashes, injury or termination, according to the manufacturers.

“It’s just this complete circle of finger-pointing that’s wealthy on, and nobody’s taking responsibility for the issue,” said Kevin MacDonald, an Ottawa car jobber who is fed up with government and manufacturer inaction.

CBC News checked 200 conduits currently for sale across Canada and found about one-sixth had summons that remain unfixed or open. These figures mirror discoveries from Carproof, a service that sells car history data to negotiations and the public. It found one in six used vehicles in Canada have an open recision.

There’s nothing stopping Canadian dealerships from selling a car with an uncover recall. No provinces mandate that a car with an open recall be compelled be re ired prior to registration, and safety or mechanical inspections do not require contribute recalls to be fixed.

Provinces are not the only legislative players. The federal rule is working to ss a bill that would allow the transport aid to order recalls and impose fines for low rates of recall fixes.

Safeness recalls ramping up

Over the st six years, safety-related recalls of traveller vehicles increased a whopping 74 per cent, jumping from 133 in 2010 to 232 in 2015. The 2015 summons alone covered five million vehicles — a significant chunk of the close to 22 million cars and light trucks on Canadian roads.

The hard is that many Canadians don’t even know their cars clothed defects. In a report released last week, Transport Canada ordered the Office of the Auditor General that manufacturers had difficulty identifying and contacting proprietresses of recalled cars — especially in the case of older vehicles that may receive changed hands.

Even owners of relatively new cars don’t know encircling some recalls. Crystal Taillefer of La Broquerie, Man., is a case in point. She has survived at the same address since the day she bought her 2011 Dodge Journey type new from the dealer.

Until CBC News told her, she had no idea that a recantation had been initiated for a power steering hose defect that could bring on a crash without warning.

“It kind of upsets me that I didn’t sanction about this for well over six months — and from somebody who’s not the maker,” said Taillefer.

She knows her address is on file with her dealer. She has the Christmas behaves and advertisements it sent her to prove it.

George Iny, Automobile Protection Association

George Iny of the Automobile Protection Association mentions more work needs to be done by manufacturers and the provinces to fix Canada’s uncommitted recall problem. (CBC News)

George Iny of the Automobile Protection Association bid he has heard of other cases in which manufacturers’ advertisements are reaching proprietresses, but safety recalls are not.

“It’s incredible, but the recall notice de rtment of the car maker clout not be speaking with the automaker’s other databases,” said Iny. “They’re tutor b introducing people in for a spring special or for a deal on a brand new car, but safety notices — they do the scanty minimum.”

This is the second recall on Taillefer’s car. She’s been waiting round six months for a fix on an engine cover that could catch fire.

Canadian law wants manufacturers to contact owners when there is a recall. They also obligation report the re ir completion rates to Transport Canada. Unlike in the US, termination rates are not made public.

“It’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure that you get as heinous a response rate to the recalls that they issue,” said David Adams, president of the Extensive Automakers of Canada, a group that represents car makers like Toyota, Honda and Nissan. “And I skilled in manufacturers are going to extremes to try and do that.”

Over at the Automobile Protection Society, George Iny isn’t buying that. He doesn’t think manufacturers are doing the whole shebang they can.

“They’re cheap, and they’re not motivated to bring these ssenger cars in [compliance] in all cases, so they’ll tolerate low correction rates,” said Iny.

Mark Nantais, Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association president

Fingerprint Nantais of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association says automakers are labour to decrease the number of vehicles on the road that have unfixed recisions, but he says owners must do their rt too.

Manufacturers can y a fee to access aware owners’ names and addresses from provincial vehicle registries.

But calm though registration and dealership sales records are available to manufacturers, CBC Talk found many owners, like Taillefer, who said they not till hell freezes over received a recall notice.

“There’s only so much you can do if you can’t find those being that you know have the car but you don’t know where they are,” said Adams.

With disavows mounting, the pressure is on to find a way to make sure re irs are completed. Industrialists argued owners must also do their rt.

“Sometimes they by the letters they receive, sometimes they move — they variety residences, and they don’t provide a forwarding address,” said Mark Nantais of the Canadian Conduit Manufacturers Association.

Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald wants government and industry to get their act together when it drop to unfixed auto recalls. (CBC News)

Dealer feels stuck in the midst

Car owners aren’t the the only people with trouble keeping a use on open recalls. The people who sell vehicles are also frustrated.

Ontario car trade Kevin MacDonald wrote to his industry association about toughening the laws all over open recalls and better informing the public about defects. The bustle association pointed him to the province. The province directed him to the federal government which unobstructed him back to the province.

“All of these people agree with the severity of the emergence,” MacDonald said, “but they all would prefer to point at another defender.”

He also would like to see more action by manufacturers when it involves to fixing recalls on used vehicles. He’s been waiting for months for the to all intents to fix a couple of Jeeps on his lot.

“They just seem to have abandoned the consumer and the relations,” said MacDonald.

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