• Jan 19th 2007 at 6:27PM
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We've noticed a few more posts about recalls have been going up the last couple of days, so one reader wanted us to know that, in fact, there were a lot fewer recalls last year in the U.S. than there were in 2005. Overall, the whole of the U.S. auto industry recalled 10.6 million vehicles in 2006, down some 38% from the 17.1 million vehicles that were recalled in 2005. Let's look at which automakers had a good year for recalls last year and which didn't.
General Motors: -73% at 1.4 million recalls (2005: 5 million)
Ford Motor Company: -71% at 1.7 million recalls (2005: 6 million)
Chrysler Group: 200% at 2.3 million recalls (2005: 765,777)
Nissan North America: 83% at 1.3 million recalls (2005: 709,838)

The article also talked about Toyota and Honda, but didn't provide enough recall info on either to include in our list above (and have you ever tried to search the NHTSA website for such information? Good luck). Both automakers, however, had a good year for recalls. Toyota, for instance, finished 2006 with 814,507 recalls, far fewer than the over 2 million that were issued in 2005. Honda, meanwhile, issues recalls affecting 1.2 million vehicles, the bulk of which was to replace owners manuals that were printed the incorrect telephone number for the NHTSA that led callers to a phone sex service. Without the printing fuax pas include, Honda recalled only 1,397 vehicles in the U.S. for actual mechanical troubles that adversely affected the safety of its vehicles.

Thanks for the tip, logiste!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      make that "losing".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those statistics are misleading. it should be # of recalls per # of cars sold. It could be that GM and Ford went down because they are loosing market-share faster than the Titanic took on water.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where are all the Honda bashers? That's what I thought.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 (foo-bar): "Those statistics are misleading. it should be # of recalls per # of cars sold."

      1.5 million US sales, 1.4 thousand US recalls (excludes owner's manual typo), 0.00093% recall rate

      2.5 million US sales, 0.81 million US recalls, 32% recall rate

      4.1 million US sales, 1.4 million US recalls, 34% recall rate

      2.9 million US sales, 1.7 million US recalls, 58% recall rate

      2.4 million US sales, 2.3 million US recalls, 96% recall rate

      1.0 million US sales, 1.3 million US recalls, 130% recall rate

      Ford still has some ways to go, GM is catching up to Toyota, shame on DaimlerChrysler and Nissan, and congratulations to Honda.

      • 8 Years Ago

      You just love Toyota and it's affiliates sooooo much that it clouds you enough to make no sense.

      First you say that Toyota's problems with recalls are because they're built in the NA. Though we all know they are not all built here as you would have us believe in other posts (hey at least you didn't say all are built here this time).

      Next you say that Lexus is so much better because they are built completely in Japan. Thereby destroying your next statement which is that GM is lying when they call it an American Revolution because they're (probably lowest selling vehicle) B-class car is imported from Korea. Let me tell you something, I doubt you could build a B-class car in the US and make any money. They're throw away cars built to be inexpensive and economical. I can tell you this though- all of the money they do make on that car (if any) will be re-invested on product designed, engineered, and at least mostly built here in the US (even if it might be assembled in Canada or Mexico- which a very large minority are). That my friend is the American Revolution not the Aveo.

      When do you cash your next paycheck from Toyota? I can't believe anyone would like them so much, have you seen how bland and boring their cars are? I thought more people bought them because of their rep for quality than for their passion for cars. Don't worry though, their going to prove that, they are finding out fast that the more you put together, the fewer you can keep a watch over. They got a good start this year, they've already recalled 550,000 trucks for ball joint failures and settled a class action lawsuit for engine sludging. Even if you don't count the engine sludging they are going to have a hard time keeping it below the 800,000 from last year. So they will be getting worse instead of better. Have fun with your Camry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In all fairness, some recalls are serious but most of these recalls are very minor. The car companies do not have to address many of these but choose to do so for the sake of customer satisfaction. Even serious recalls are done on the side of the extreme senario for the purpose of safety. To freak out and say they should be ashamed is a reality challenged, bean counter approach. The vast majority of customers would never know there is a problem if the manufacturer didn't say anything. You could easily go the entire duration of your car's history and never notice 90% of these so-called problems.

      A case in point would be our 2000 Durango having a seemingly very serious ball joint recall. The joints have been checked four times since the recall with no problem detected. I've talked with many other Durango owners who either didn't know about the recall or have the same story to tell. Regardless, there's nothing wrong with their ball joints otherwise they would feel it. However, I'm not fond of them being non-greasable. I've driven many worn out cars in my day and I can tell you what worn or defective ball joints feel like. These symptoms don't exist with our SUV.

      This doesn't mean that I'm a blind Chrysler fan. There have been minor annoyances. The power door locks and door handles are definitely in need of improvement, the passenger side mirror heater quit working, and the infinity speaker in the pass. door started buzzing. No, I don't abuse my stereo. There are still many more things I'm happy about than things that bother me. I'm sure there are many folks of multiple brands that have similar experiences.

      Honda makes good stuff, no doubt, but their unusually low numbers makes me wonder if they are choosing not to be as picky about the little things as their competitors. I would still much prefer my Durango (roll over or not) in an accident than any compact. Of course it doesn't compare to the cars of old.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does Ford include just the Ford brand or all of the Ford Motor Comopany brands?
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2. GM and Ford did not loose 3.6 and 4.7 million sales in 2006. I know you are making a funny here, but it's weak.

      And Ryan, we are glad that your Dad told you what Ford means. Perhaps next you could wow us with a knock-knock joke or two. Hey, if Ryan asks anyone to pull his finger, don't do it! tee hee hee...

      What is funny here is the tinted goggles that some of you where. It is impossible for some of you to give credit when it is due. You have no trouble crawling out of the woodwork though, like roaches, when you have an uneducated comment.

      Dave, you are right though good job Honda. I had to read that number twice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There are way to many Ryan's on here it's confusing everyone
      • 8 Years Ago
      The number of recalls per vehicle sold stat doesn't reflect the fact that most recalls cover a number of model years. For instance, the most recent Toyota recall was for 04-07, Land Rover and Honda's were 04 and 05, and Volvo 's ran 1999 to 2002. I don't know how one could easily fix the stat, but I'm sure there's someone out there smarter than I.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you "Big Rocket". Someone has finally made a little sense of this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good job Honda!
      Only 1,397 recalls.
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