Auto recalls for the year set record

Posted to Infographics  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

There were a lot of auto recalls — 62 million of them — in the US this year, based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A large portion of them were related to faulty airbags or ignition switches. To compare, there were 20 million in 2013. Still though, we’re not good at picturing big numbers, so Wilson Andrews and Gregor Aisch for the New York Times try to provide a sense of frequency and scale.

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Recall comparison

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