European automotive recalls increased by a fifth every year since 2013 according to the latest data.
The Q4 2015 Index found that for the past three years, global automotive recalls increased by 20% every year with German and Japanese brands racking up the vast majority of auto recalls launched in Europe last year.
The index, based on data from the EU’s RAPEX and RASFF rapid alert systems, found that between the third and fourth quarters of 2015, auto recalls climbed 15% while there was a total of 59 auto recalls this quarter, and 235 during the course of 2015.
Electrical issues, air bags, brakes and steering systems accounted for many of the leading causes of auto recalls.
Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, which produced the report, said that industry experts were not anticipating that auto recalls would continue at these exponential rates. However, automotive manufacturers in Europe were operating in an environment that is undergoing increased scrutiny, particularly around the safety of electrical components, which is likely to prompt repeated recall events.
“Automotive recalls are generating a significant amount of interest, not least from European policy makers and regulators,” said Barry Nielsen, automotive solutions director, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS. “We anticipate that the intensified focus on root causes and countries of origin will result in regulatory change which will have a marked effect on the recall landscape in 2016.”