Supplier miscues are traceable to more safety recalls in 2002 than any other single cause, but new data suggest auto makers should get back to nuts and bolts themselves. ’01 Honda Accord, for second time, was recalled for “improperly manufactured” seatbelt buckles. Of the 144 vehicle campaigns conducted last year by the U.S. market’s major manufacturers and niche auto makers, 32 are linked to supplier gaffes. Meanwhile, assembly-related glitches – many of which involved loose ...

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