HELPING TO PROTECT DRIVERS SAFE: Several auto manufacturers have recalled cars over faulty crash bags. IMAGE: Shutterstock.
WASHINGTON, United States - Nearly 64-million cars and trucks were recalled in the Us in 2014 for safety defects - a record-breaking year for both recalls and numbers , a US agency said.
Automakers issued 803 recalls through 2014 covering 63.95-million vehicles, the most since 1966, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said.
The year was marked by extensive General Motors recalls for defective ignition switches and other problems, as well as multi-company recalls for faulty crash bags made by Japanese firm Takata.
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The head of the safety administration, Mark Rosekind, said: "These figures demonstrate the need for vigorous and effective oversight to remove safety defects from our highways."
Of the 803 recalls, 123 were influenced by the agency's investigations and enforcement efforts.
General Motors, the largest US automaker, began a recall of 2.6-million cars in February 2014 for defective ignition switches that it now has acknowledged caused at least 52 deaths.
The US Congress and Justice Department are investigating why GM waited more than a decade after uncovering the problem to start recalling cars.
In total, GM recalled nearly 27-million vehicles in the US for various defects throughout 2014.
Takata's faulty crash bags, linked to at least five deaths in the US and other countries, led to the recall of millions of vehicles worldwide by 10 major automakers.
In November 2014 the agency ordered a recall of all cars in the US with the suspect Takata bags. Honda, Takata's biggest crash-bag customer, recalled about nine million automobiles in the US.
Takata is under investigation because of the crash-bag defect. The company denies that it hid the problem.