Well, the news just isn’t getting better this year for automakers – a year that continues to be plagued by a microchip shortage and inventory issues. J.D. Power says pandemic-related issues are to blame for a notable decline in initial vehicle quality. In J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), researchers report the number of reported vehicle problems hit a record high in the history of the 36-year old study. They attribute this to disruptions caused by the pandemic- supply chain issues, record-high vehicle prices and personnel dislocations. Compared to 2021, the industry experienced an 11% increase in problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), which is 18 PP100 worse than last year, resulting in an industry average of 180 PP100. A lower score reflects higher vehicle quality.