“The companies should be willing to step up and take responsibility for their products,” said Mark Rechtin, the magazine’s cars content team leader.
GM and Subaru are adding vehicles to the growing list of models being recalled by 11 automakers due to potentially exploding air bags.
AT&T and XM will enhance Subaru’s STARLINK’s in-vehicle connectivity system.
U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers.
So far, more than 12 million vehicles worldwide with air bags made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp. have been recalled for the problem.
For about half the vehicles, it’s the second recall for the same problem.
Slow sales caused dealer inventories to rise in January and February, putting pressure on companies to clear their lots.
So far this year, sales of the versatile, high-sitting hatchbacks such as the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4 are up more than 20 percent.
Subaru is recalling about 10,000 of its 2014 Forester wagons because the floor mats can interfere with the clutch, brake or gas pedals.
Subaru is recalling thousands of Legacy and Outback all-wheel-drive vehicles because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid.