Recall first, ask questions later.
After Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China, while in the U.S., the 2014 pace is well ahead of last year’s, when the tally rose to the highest since 2004.
Toyota, roiled by a crisis over unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010, on Wednesday issued its second-biggest recall announcement ever at a time when GM is facing condemnation for its handling of faulty ignition switches tied to at least 13 deaths. U.S. regulators are probing GM over the way it dealt with flaws it first saw as far back as 2001, a sign of intensifying scrutiny of safety practices in the auto industry.