While the NHTSA can initiate an auto recall, automakers can challenge the recall in court – and that can delay action. While there are deadlines by which carmakers have to announce a recall, there isn’t necessary a deadline by which repairs must be made, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal looked at more than 200 recalls from the 10 largest auto makers in the United States, and found it took at least a year to “investigate, recall and start fixing the vehicles in 37 percent of NHTSA investigations,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Once a recall is announced, there is a number of reasons for slow repairs, according to the Journal. Those reasons may include manufacturing, organizing and distributing parts, training repair technicians and scheduling repairs with consumers. Even then, not all cars may get repaired, as it is up to the consumer to bring their car in for those repairs.