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Vehicle issues accelerating as 2019 heads for recalls record

A five-year record has been broken after 1,305 products were recalled from the marketplace in the first seven months of the year.

With just over four months of the year left, 2019 looks set to record one of the highest overall recall figures since the European Union’s Safety Gate network started, with only 2014 and 2012 recording a greater number of recalls since 2011.

And while toys remain the product category with the greatest number of product recalls, it is the steady growth of motor vehicle recalls that has led the charge, with 306 so far this year, compared to 234 last year.

In fact, since 2011 motor vehicle recalls have grown by 264 percent for the same period. Whole year recalls were up 146 percent between 2011 and the end of 2018 however, indicating there may be a dip in recalls between August and December.

Meanwhile, Germany attracts some unwanted headlines by retaining its membership of the ‘hundred club’ for recalls over the year. While it is one of Europe’s manufacturing hot-spots, logging so many recalls will be a source of some angst for the country – however, the trend does look set to continue for the foreseeable future.

So far, there have been 136 products of German origin recalled in 2019 already, more than ever before for the period and more than two and a half times the overall annual recalls from Germany when the Safety Gate began in 2011.

But with Germany leading the European nations with the largest number of recall notifications to the marketplace since 2016, it could be said that the country is the leader when it comes to ensuring consumers are kept safe – putting a different light on the overall recalls of German products for the period.

It can also be said that the Safety Gate portal is a great place to look to summarise the culture of the time; and nowhere is this more apparent than in the number of recalls for environmental risks during the first seven months of the year. At 89 it is already more than double the number of recalls in each of the past two years – and it dwarfs the overall number of recalls in any year since the records began.

Being able to intercept public feeling on a product that could present this kind of risk is key to being able to manage a successful recall should the worst happen. Why not speak to our team for an objective analysis of your requirement to see how we could help stop a small problem becoming a big headache.

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