This is really some fun late-night reading — thanks Munch.
Personally, I think recalls are a good thing, and often show the good faith of a bike-maker in dealing with defects or flaws that become apparent after a new model is introduced. Parts bin technology certainly favors some bike makers and lines, while others will are more “progressive” and lend themselves to some post-launch sorting out. I would expect to see more recalls for sportier bikes, both because some push the limits of materials and also because makers are under more pressure to update their models.
Alot of these are little fixes to avoid wiring abrasion or cosmetic issues. But then some really give you pause: like the Boss Hoss recall of 1992 and 1993? to fix rear axles that may shatter and cause loss of control — whoa, that could be problem!