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Ever since Toyota issued the largest recall in U.S. history late last year for faulty floor mats and subsequently found itself under the gun for more issues involving sudden unintended acceleration (click here to read all about that mess), it seems the number of recalls issued by automakers has risen sharply. It could be just that we're paying attention to recalls more now, or it could be that other automakers are taking advantage of the cover offered by Toyota's troubles to issue their own recalls under the radar.

Either way, recalls have been around since 1966 and some 390 million vehicles have been called back for repairs because of this tool designed to protect consumers from mistakes in manufacturing and design that could be dangerous. Follow the jump for our latest infographic that offers some interesting facts about recalls big and small.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nobody's perfect...

      but Im still amazed Toyota has the biggest recall EVER but Fords STILL hav the most deaths.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe it's because they sell so many cars...
        • 5 Years Ago
        A car company could sell 10 million units of 1 model.... But if that model gets recalled......
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish my 1997 Buick was recalled for it's steering rack.

      I was driving home one night and I heard this THUD. I notice the steering was out of lined from it, but I thought it was still safe to drive. It wasn't until I took it to my mechanic that I found out what happened. The bushings rotted out causing the steering rack to completely fall out, the only thing keeping the wheels from falling off was the steering rod.

      My mechanic said this often happen to these cars. Another problem is that they don't sell the bushings without buying the whole rack. I end up settling for a used one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You KNOW that anything man-made, and specifically mass-produced, will have some errors. Some of these are likely to cause significant problems. So, by the numbers, it's got to follow that product recalls are not only likely but a sure sign that somebody's paying attention.
      offroaddisco
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is nothing wrong with recalls. Hiding the need for a recall is bad. Doing it several time and then stopping sales of your vehicle and making sound like it was you being a bigger person is just shameful when the law requires you to stop selling the vehicle if you don't have a fix for the recall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @offroaddisco
        Yes this, Toyota has been caught hiding them all over the place, then fought it, then complained that they were being targeted, then finally put out a campaign making it look like they just suddenly found out about the problems and took care of everything in house.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota recalled 8.5 million cars, that only puts them at number 3 in the top ten largest recalls, Biased any?

      http://www.mylemon.com/blog/2008/10/10-largest-automotive-recalls-of-all.html