DETROIT -- Defects directly traceable to suppliers other than tire makers prompted 53 vehicle recalls that had the potential last year to affect more than 3.3 million units, a National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. report suggests. A Ward’s analysis of NHTSA’s recently released safety recall report for 2000 also shows supplier slip-ups are linked more often to defect causation than final assembly flaws. Recalls prompted by vehicle assembly glitches totalled 49 and had the potential to ...

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