A Study on the Causes of Recall in Automotive Vehicles Marketed in Brazil

Paper #:
  • 2016-36-0169

Published:
  • 2016-10-25
DOI:
  • 10.4271/2016-36-0169
Abstract:
The competition among automotive industries increases each year worldwide. Among their diverse needs, what can be highlighted are: market expansion, model diversification, competitive prices, customer-recognized quality, new products release in shorter time periods, among others. The occurrence of flaws that might compromise the health or safety of the product’s user is admittedly one of the largest issues for any manufacturer, especially if these flaws are identified after its commercialization (recall). In this work, a study on recall in the automotive industry in the Brazilian market will be presented, comprising the years of 2013 and 2014. Reasons and causes of recall are addressed, based on the sample of the aforementioned research, with special emphasis on flaws derived from the production process. The conclusion at the end of the work is that the final assembly in the automotive manufacturing process is what requires more attention from engineering area. This is due to its intrinsic importance for the final product quality, as well as for a reduction of potential flaws that can cause a recall.
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