If you have been reading articles posted on our website, you are familiar with car recalls that have impacted owners who purchased automobiles from Volkswagon or Toyota. In both recalls, the companies held responsible were the car manufacturers. Such is not the case for all car recalls.
In order to make a profit producing cars for global markets, automobile manufacturers must design cars that can be assembled efficiently at a cost effective price. Recognizing that cars today require thousands of components to meet the standards of discerning consumers, these manufacturers outsource parts manufacturing to suppliers. These suppliers often work independently of the car manufacturers, sending the finished products to the assembly lines where the components are added. Problems in oversight occur if the components are developed outside of the car manufacturer's supervision, requiring suppliers to maintain their own quality control. When this system works, cars are produced efficiently in a way that creates good profits for manufacturers and good deals for car buyers.