• Dec 27th 2007 at 12:31PM
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Problems with older vehicles have helped recalls jump 25% from 2006 to 2007, with over 14 million owners receiving the dreaded notice this year. Topping this year's list with 5.5 million recalls is Ford Motor Company, due mostly to a cruise control problem. Volkswagen also saw a rise in recalls, with over 1.5 million notices. That number looks much larger when considering the relatively small U.S. sales numbers for the German automaker.
The silver lining in the up-tick in recalls is that most of the vehicles effected were older models, meaning newer vehicles are for now staying somewhat out of the headlines. Ford spokesman Dan Jarvis pointed out to the Detroit News that most of its 3.6 million cruise control switch recalls were for vehicles over 10 years old. GM, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Chrysler all saw a drop in recalls in 2007, though the Pentastar still had a hefty 2.1 million notices spanning 21 campaigns.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford's was/is major. Cars was burning down to the ground.
      I work for Mazda and our little Ranger rip offs still don't have a fix. We disconnect the cruise and send them on the way with the hope that someday there'll be a fix for them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1,500,000 recalls for VW? That's Uber serious. Where's that notice I got... Where is it... Oh here it is... Oh... This is MAJOR! headlight adjustment clips! OMG I'm heading to the dealer right this second to insure 3 way adjustment of my headlights!

      *cross your fingers everyone, this is serious*


      Oh nm, the article doesn’t even mention that recall… apparently people are still getting their brake light switches replaced (ongoing recalls are more relevant then new ones I guess?)- I would have thought VW dealers would have gotten them all done by now... then again VW dealer service departments tend to be as helpful as a third testicle.

      All in all, a good article. It's refreshing to see the majority of these recalls weren't crucial issues, ie GM and the cruise control switch, VW with the brake light switch, the vast majority being ongoing recalls.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford had the cruise control problem, not GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That most Ford recalls were for 10-year old models does not necessarily signal improved quality. Most likely Ford's lawyers are getting more adept at delaying recalls.