Recall Management

Recall Management

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Notable recalls - Automotive vehicles and equipment 

Aside from the ongoing Takata recalls for airbags, major recalls in the past two years included the following:

  • 1.4 million Hondas, including model years 2002-2020, recalled for drive shafts that can corrode and break, window switches that can overheat, and software flaws that can cause rear cameras, turn signals, and windshield wipers to malfunction;
  • 600,000 Kia Optima and Hyundai Santa Fe Sports, for model years 2013-2015, recalled because of engine compartment fire risks;
  • 620,000 Ford vehicles, including Escape, Explorer, F-150 truck, and Mustang, model year 2020, for malfunctioning rear view cameras that can leave a blank screen or distorted image; and
  • 158,000 Tesla Models S and X, model years 2012-2018, recommended for recall because the dashboard touchscreen can fail after a few years of use when the memory chip runs out of storage capacity.
  • 3.5 million Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC SUVs and pickup trucks, model years 2014-2018, recalled for a faulty vacuum pump that required reprograming of the electronic brake control module;
  • 1.3 million Subaru cars and SUVs, model years 2008-2017, requiring a new brake light switch to replace one prone to malfunction;
  • 1.2 million Nissan and Infiniti cars and trucks, model years 2018-2019, requiring a software update to ensure that their backup cameras worked properly;
  • 1.2 million Ford Explorers, model years 2011-2017, requiring replacement of part of the rear suspension so that the rear wheels remain pointed in the right direction;
  • 928,000 Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles, model years 2003-2017, requiring airbag assembly replacements; and
  • 863,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles, model years 2011-2016, with faulty catalytic converters, affecting their emission controls.

A significant trend has been the increase in software defects, an important area for manufacturers and suppliers to focus on as the technology for advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicles continues to evolve.

[Source:  Congressional Research Services, Motor Vehicle Safety: Issues for Congress Updated January 26, 2021]

Equipment only recalls




Vehicle only recalls

Trend Analysis - Food & Beverage

2021 FDA/USDA Food & Bev Recalls by Category (through April)

In the first four months of 2021, fruits and vegetables, confectionary and dairy were the top three categories for number of recalls.  This was closely followed by nuts and snacks, ready-to-eat products and sauces and dips.

Fruits and vegetables and dairy products were recalled primarily for Listeria monocytogenes while confectionary recalls mainly were for undeclared tree nuts. 

The majority of the recalls concerning nuts and snack foods were for undeclared milk allergens.  Sauces and dips were recalled for undeclared milk and fish allergens and ready-to-eat products for Listeria monocytogenes.

The trend of recalls by category have measured in par with the same categories for 2020; however, there were fewer overall recalls in 2021 for the same time period last year.  Thus far in 2021, fruits and vegetables lead the category in number of recalls and has remained a top category for food and beverage recalls overall.

2021 FDA/USDA Food & Bev Recalls by Reason (through April)

For the first four months of 2021, there were a total of 74 FDA and 15 USDA regulated food and beverage recalls, most products nationally distributed. A little more than 76% of all these recalls were attributable to foods misbranded due to undeclared allergens (46%) and adulterated with pathogens (30%). This continues the trend as the top reasons for recalls in this sector over the past couple of years.It is of particular note that the number of recalls declined substantially from the same time period in 2020 (415). In 2021 food and beverage recalls are trending steadily whereas in the same time period in 2020 there was a distinguishable increase in the number of recalls in March and April across most food categories. This lines up with the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown period.   In the pathogen category, Salmonella (8) and Listeria monocytogenes (17) were the leading factors for recalls.  Milk , tree nuts and products with multi undeclared allergens topped the list in the undeclared allergens category.  For USDA recalls, a little over half of the total 15 recalls in the first four months of 2021 were due to lack of proper inspection or import violations.  It is still expected that we will see a tightening of regulations and increased food safety measures as the year progresses with the new Biden administration and the continuing decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases.  

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