DETROIT -- Automakers had a tough time holding things together in 2000, suggests a report on safety recalls compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. Assembly glitches are directly linked to 50 vehicle recalls -- nearly 10% of the overall total -- according to a Ward’s analysis of NHTSA’s final report for the year 2000. And potential fastening failures were the most common type of defect, cited in 28 campaigns and having implications for nearly 750,000 of the more than 2.4 ...

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