Mazda Motor Corp. recently jumped aboard the recall bandwagon, joining other major car manufacturers such as Toyota and General Motors. Mazda's recall, however, does not involve mechanical failure or faulty design, but rather an infestation of arachnids. As strange as it sounds, spider nests lodged in the fuel tank system have caused the Japanese carmaker to recall approximately 65,000 cars.
The last few years have seen a number of automotive recalls and reports of safety concerns. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) posted information on its website indicating that it is intensifying its investigation into safety concerns surrounding brakes on a number of trucks manufactured by General Motors, some of which may have caused auto accidents.
By now, we are all aware of the problems that have been reported concerning Toyota automobiles. Over the last year, millions of cars have been included in three separate recalls aimed at fixing various problems related to acceleration pedals, floor mats, and braking systems. Now, a recent auto accident occurring in western Utah has put these problems back in the news and has raised new questions about both the effectiveness of the recalls and the effectiveness of the fixes employed by Toyota.