Brake issues, fuel pressure connections, faulty airbags and safety belt screws all featured in the technical defects column for motor vehicle recall tables in weeks 23 and 24 of June.
And the countries flagging the defects were a mixed bag too with the likes of United Kingdom, Germany and Portugal all featuring.
Of the 33 total recalls posing a serious risk, there were 19 passenger cars, one bus, one lorry, two motorcycles, nine passenger vans/light commercial vehicles and one pickup truck. It was the passenger vans that stuck out to us - because of what OEMs may have to do in future in order to comply with in-country recommendations for end users who are adapting to new ways of working as a result of COVID-19.
It may seem like quite the leap to think that the ongoing pandemic could see changes in the way fleet vehicles are kitted out – but it’s something we believe will be under consideration. Safe Operating Procedures are being rolled out across thousands of European workforces and the use of commercial vehicles are included. It will be interesting to see if manufacturers decide to invest in new product development, ultimately customising their vehicles in support of the safe operating procedures – or will they leave that to the aftersales market?
Right now, governments across Europe are making extraordinary decisions, the likes of which we have never seen before. Nothing appears to be off the table, so the idea that new commercial vehicle regulations relating to COVID-19 filtering into NPD conversations doesn’t seem implausible. The likes of seatbelts were unfathomable until their introduction in the late 70s and early 80s. And now they are among the most common reasons for recall notifications across the world. Who knows, perhaps we will be supporting OEMs with automotive recalls relating to PPE customisations in a matter of years. It’s an interesting thought which could be a reality in the near future.