Why Automotive Recalls Are Common and How They Can Be Avoided

Driving is a big part of life in the U.S. In fact, 95 percent of American households own a car, according to state.gov, and almost 85 percent of people get to work this way. With millions of automotives on the road, there is a lot of room for error in the automotive industry—but a big step can be made to help avoid it.

Whether it’s a cruise-control switch with spontaneous combustion or unintended acceleration, when recall are announced, they should be taken very seriously to avoid any danger or sudden complications with your vehicle. It seems every time there is an issue, various automotive manufacturers are all over the news and in print headlines—for good reason. Safety is of utmost importance, so if you are driving a vehicle that has an issue, get it taken care of.

But how can we be proactive about these situations and even avoid a possible recall before cars even hit the sales room floor?


The manufacturing process of these vehicles is substantial, and there is plenty of testing performed on equipment and various parts. We’ve previously discussed how one part of our business, three-axis vibration testing in automotive capacities, is expanding, but it’s important to note that any form of testing can be helpful in early detection of a defect. Especially if there’s a failure in the design; vibration testing with various PSD or time-based profiles can accelerate the necessary testing and put the components into real world conditions.

Other types of preventative testing that Kokusai designs machines for include Torsion, Tension, Engineless Transmission, multiple axis metal distortion and several others.  3D modeling design is essential for the initial design but cannot replace accelerated testing.

For more on our vibration testing, head over to our website, and if you’re looking for information about recalls, head over to recalls.gov.

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