• Aug 13th 2007 at 7:31PM
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BusinessWeek has trolled the NHTSA files to find out which automakers have had to recall their brand new 2007 models the most, and the winner is Volkswagen thanks to a recall of just over 1 milion 2007 New Beetles because of potentially faulty brake light switches. Of course, Ford announced a major recall of 3.6 million vehicles earlier this month for defective cruise control switches, but none of the vehicles affected were 2007 models and so don't count for this list.

We've complied the rest of the data for you in a handy list after the jump, because we hate having to click through BusinessWeek's 15-part slideshow, and we suspect you might, too.

[Source: BusinessWeek]

Most Recalled Vehicles of 2007

2007 Volkswagen New Beetle
1,002,000 units affected
On certain passenger, wagon, and convertible vehicles with or without cruise control, a brake light switch may malfunction if it was installed incorrectly.

2007 Toyota Sequoia
On certain trucks and minivans, due to possible improper finishing of the front suspension lower ball joint, some ball joints may experience an incidental deterioration of the internal lubrication. This may cause the ball joint to wear and loosen prematurely, which could result in increased steering effort, reduced vehicle self-centering, and noise in the front suspension.
2007 Jeep Liberty
On certain passenger vehicles equipped with Valeo heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, the blower motor may overheat.

2007 Nissan Altima
On certain vehicles, if a sufficiently hot object enters the air filter housing through the engine fresh-air-intake system and comes in contact with the engine air filter, the air filter may ignite.

2007 Hyundai Tucson
On certain sport-utility vehicles, static air-bag deployment testing-conducted by NHTSA using fifth-percentile female dummies-indicated if a small-stature adult driver, not wearing a seat belt, is involved in a frontal or near frontal crash, deployment of the driver air bag may result in an insufficient margin of compliance as measured by the test dummy used in the NHTSA test.

2007 Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler
On certain vehicles, the totally integrated power module was programmed with software that may allow the engine to stall under certain operating conditions.

2007 Suzuki Forenza, Reno
On certain passenger vehicles, the front seat-belt tongue will not latch into the buckle and, in rare cases, the locked tongue will pop out under low stretching force. If the buckle does not latch completely, the buckle could release without the release button being pressed.

2007 Volkswagen Passat, Passat Wagon
Certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.0-liter engine with 147kw may have a vacuum line that may fracture and become disconnected at low ambient temperatures. On certain sixth-generation passenger vehicles, the wiper motor may fail during heavy rain due to excessive moisture in the wiper motor.

2007 Chrysler Sebring and 300; Dodge Caliber, Magnum, Charger and Nitro; Jeep Compass, Liberty, Commander, Grand Cherokee, and Jeep Wrangler
On certain vehicles, the antilock-brake-system control module software may cause the rear brakes to lock up during certain braking conditions.

2007 Infiniti G35 Coupe
Certain vehicles fail to comply with the vertical gradient and headlamp photometric values requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108.

2007 Chevrolet Aveo
On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 1.6-liter engine, during a severe frontal crash test, the fuel line in the engine compartment developed a fracture. In addition, the crash damage caused four short-circuits in the fuse block, the combination of which allowed the fuel pump to continue running and fuel to leak onto the ground.

2007 Nissan Versa
On certain hatchback vehicles, the terminals for the passenger-side seat-belt tension-sensor harness connector may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. This could result in a loss of electrical continuity causing the occupant detection system to become inoperative.

2007 GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook
On certain vehicles, the sensing and diagnostic module, which controls the function of front air bags, may not operate properly. As a result, the front air bags may fail to deploy in a frontal crash. Also, the air-bag warning lamp on the instrument panel may fail to provide warning that the system is inoperative.

2007 Ford Expedition
On certain sport-utility vehicles, the front and rear tires on the driver's side of affected vehicles may have been damaged at the center tread during production.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Actually, there's a major class action suit filed against Toyota for thier false claims about the mileage for the Prius hybrid."

      Under U.S. law, auto manufacturers are not allowed to report any fuel-economy figures OTHER than those obtained by the EPA in their advertising.

      Of course Toyota's marketers use this to their advantage. So does GM with Chevy's "Eight models with 30 MPG" campaign. The latter is based on bullsh*t EPA highway figures and only applies to most of those eight models' base engines.

      It's called business.

      At least those figures will be more accurate now that the EPA has changed its methodology.
        • 8 Years Ago
        "Under U.S. law, auto manufacturers are not allowed to report any fuel-economy figures OTHER than those obtained by the EPA in their advertising."

        There were horsepower claim class action law suits because the manufacturers do their own testing. I always thought that the manufactureres provided the numbers for MPG it is that they have to use the EPA testing method. That is much different than getting the number *from* the EPA. I might be incorrect on that but if I am not then, yes, there could be a class action law suit if Toyota reported incorrectly from their tests.

      • 8 Years Ago
      brucemlloyd- I am Al Gore and I invented the internet. ;) Please stop spouting qualifications nobody can verify and just respond to the points made. Nobody is paying anybody here. If you have a point, make it. If you can't, that says it all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This list does NOT make sense. VW has sold over 1 million 2007MY Beetles? Why is the detail for the 2007 Ford Expedition recall really a 2005 model year (http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2007/ford/expedition/recalls/)
      "Recall Date: 07/06/2005"

      Need some clarification, please!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't see Subaru on that list. Hmmm, might have to consider that while shopping for '07 closeouts....
        • 8 Years Ago
        you can't recall a car that no one buys... maybe that's why suburu doesn't make the list.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Volkswagen may have problems, but at least they fess up to them, unlike those sneaky cheats in the Far East. Toy always had a quality problem. They're simply better at hiding their faults. They're still making the same, warmed-over rattle-trap crap they've foisted on the American public since traitors first strayed. Now that they have the money and the political clout, you won't hear too much about their transgressions. Cloaking their recalls as "special service campaigns" or "bulletins" only work to conceal their true nature as deceitful charlatans. The only thing worse than Toy itself are the legions of deluded shills that attack other auto companies and those who dare speak the truth.
      Greg A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This isn't a list of manufacturers that have the most recalled 2007 models; it's a list of manufacturers that have the most 2007 VEHICLES that have been recalled. The distinction is not trivial.

      That aside, why did BusinessWeek decide to exclude pre-2007 vehicles? This article doesn't provide any useful information to anyone shopping for a 2007 vehicle, as all of the recalled 2007 vehicles still on dealer lots have almost certainly had the recall services performed on them already.
        • 8 Years Ago
        @Greg A.
        I wouldn't be so anti-Toyota if they weren't such cutthroats. They act like they have all the answers because they have so much money. If they would pay their workers they would be in the same boat as the domestics!

        The deceitful tactics they have been employing for that last few years in their quest to be #1 are going to come back to haunt them. A customer who pays a premium for a car expecting something and doesn't get it won't be back (if they have a brain).
        • 8 Years Ago
        @Greg A.
        "Then they take out adds on TV that lie about everythng from power to mpg (Corolla 41mpg? Camry 33mpg? Prius 60mpg?...bullsh*t)."

        Actually, there's a major class action suit filed against Toyota for thier false claims about the mileage for the Prius hybrid.

        Greg A.
        • 8 Years Ago
        @Greg A.
        One year does not a trend make! Three or four years is more to my liking. And I say that without having looked at the figures for the past three or four years, so I don't know who would be at the top of the list. I'm not a fanboy of any manufacturer; in fact, if I were in the market for a new vehicle now, I would give preference to Ford or Chrysler because I think that would be the patriotic thing to do. (It seems to me that GM doesn't need my money as badly as those two do.) So put a sock in it, ml.

        Furthermore, ml: Do I need to point out that mechanical problems that are not the manifestations of situations that prompt recalls likely have far more of an effect on car owners? And Greek boy, since you bring up "all the other quality metrics that are also used," how 'bout some citations?
        • 8 Years Ago
        @Greg A.
        Greg, You must be one of those Toyota lovers who cannot stand to see your precious Toyota 2nd on the list with over three times as many recalls as the next vehicle (Liberty). I'm sure if it was a domestic product at #1 or #2, this poll would suffice your needs.
        • 8 Years Ago
        @Greg A.
        Greek Boy is right; Toyotas are junk! Toyota buys off the media (thanks to billions in profits) to boast about thier product. Then they take out adds on TV that lie about everythng from power to mpg (Corolla 41mpg? Camry 33mpg? Prius 60mpg?...bullsh*t). They recall more vehicle than anybody else and brag about thier quality. They also don't disclose the total rebates they offer on vehicles like the Tundra and later complain to reporters that the discount estimates are overstated. Finally they're service department honesty and customer service (including sales) are worst in the industry!

      • 8 Years Ago
      I am pro domestics but it was not always the case. I was into German cars for years; they are total crap! The two VWs ('95/'97) and a '97 Mercedes I owned cost me so much money and always had something wrong with them. Window regulators, check engine lights, alternators, mass air flow sensor, wiring problems, bushings, BRAKE SQUEAL, trim falling off, emissions problems... I can go forever and the parts prices are a joke!

      I started to buy American because of first hand experience from friends and have owned a bullit-proof '01 Chevy, '02 Chevy and '04 Dodge that have never had a problem, honestly. I put 110K on the '02 chevy and 70K on the '01 and they never needed a repair (the '01 needed a new plug wire that was torn while in for a 60K service). I am at 30K on the Dodge and it's been perfect so far. SURE, YOU CAN'T BE OVERLY ANAL WITH A DOMESTIC. Some of the trim doesn't fit like a glove but reliabilty is top notch.

      The Japanese build a reliable car as well but why pay the premium!
      • 8 Years Ago
      More Beetles may be recalled, but I'd rather have that problem than most of the others on that list.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The New Beetle has a Wagon version?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Actually my girlfriend had the same problem on her Jetta and it was recalled also. The problem doesn't sound that bad but it is a huge hassle.

        The break light switch I believe they are referring to is located behind the break pedal. When that switch malfunctions it causes the car to never think that the breaks are on. The car does physically break but the lights never come on and that is extremely dangerous. Also the car can't shift out of park because it thinks the breaks aren't on. She was stranded and we had to trick the car by having the shifter in between gears and putting it into drive when we got it started.

        This all happened before they sent out a recall notice.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Well said. Not all recalls are created equal.

        I'd rather have a faulty brake light, than...oh....ABS failure, complete engine failure, air bag failure, fuel leak, steering failure, air bag failing to protect a small person from not wearing a seatbelt, tire defect, and god forbid if you have a car that "fail to comply with the vertical gradient and headlamp photometric values requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108."

        OH NOES!
        • 8 Years Ago
        I agree with Dan, I had a Jetta and I was pulled over by a police officer at night who insisted I tow the car home because I had no brake lights activating as I pressed the pedal. VERY DANGEROUS and VERY INCONVENIENT as I was on a date! Damn you VW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota recalled nearly as many vehicles in the US as did Ford and GM. Considering how Toyota has a lower market share in the US than either Ford or GM, that means they actually had a higher recall rate in terms of percentage of vehicles sold that year.

      So much for the religious mythology of Toyota's supposedly superior quality.

      And these weren't trivial recalls by Toyota, they were recalls for extremely serious things like steering linkages and lower front ball joints.
        • 8 Years Ago
        There's certaintly nothing unusual about a Toyota recall.

        On a worldwide basis, they recalled more vehicles in 2006 than they sold in the US.

        • 8 Years Ago
        "On a worldwide basis, they recalled more vehicles in 2006 than they sold in the US."

        Data? for what, which vehicles and specifically, how many?
        • 8 Years Ago
        You seem to have missed the other vehicles listed or did you only read the unusual recall of the Toyota. Rare but as you can see, it does happen with every car maker.
        • 8 Years Ago
        How is HALF A MILLION "unusual"?
        • 8 Years Ago
        There's certaintly nothing unusual about a Toyota recall.

        On a worldwide basis, they recalled more vehicles in 2006 than they sold in the US.

      • 8 Years Ago
      So i guess it is true, that ford is improving their quality, and that goes to show that the fusion was not a fluke, the edge is nowhere on the list and it is a all new vehicle.

      GO FORD
        Greg A.
        • 8 Years Ago
        • 8 Years Ago
        Thanks juvenille, i was confused since he replied to my message, but now everything makes sense.

        • 8 Years Ago
        Cip, I think when Domestics Fanboy said 'Go back to France' he was talking to Gilles Villenevue(which is a french name) and not you
        • 8 Years Ago
        I have a 2006 Fusion and the problems are starting to creep up ... twice for ventillation problem, the muffler rattles like it had thrice the mileage ...

        Don't get me started on our 2007 Focus ... it's 4 months old, it has difficulty starting after heavy rainfalls (Ford reprogrammed then said it was normal) and the shifter is losing its paint ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      and not one of them was a KIA!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, most are imports.

      No Ford vehicles recalled, that's certainly nice. Well, technically no vehicles, just tires.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The Real wow is that most are built in north america and not really "imports" at all
        • 8 Years Ago
        You seem to have missed the millions that are being recalled right now...
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