• Jan 21, 2011
Last year was a big one for recalls. According to The New York Times, 2010 served up a record number of voluntary recalls from automakers. A total of 14.9 million vehicles were ushered back to dealerships for repairs that were not part of a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration investigation. The figure is up 8.5 million vehicles from 2009. That doesn't necessarily mean that the repairs were made out of the goodness of automakers' hearts, of course. When a manufacturer learns of a defect, the company is required by U.S. law to initiate a recall, even if it wasn't prompted by NHTSA.
In all, automakers recalled around 20.3 million vehicles in 2010, making it the fourth largest number of recalls in a year since NHTSA began keeping track in 1966. Number one still goes to 2004 with 30.8 million units recalled.

The New York Times reports that of the top five manufacturers with the most recalls, three were Japanese. Toyota led the game with a total of 6.7 million vehicles going back to dealerships, followed by General Motors with four million recalled vehicles. Honda landed third with 2.4 million troubled units with Nissan and its 2.1 million units not far behind. Finally, Chrysler rounded out the big five with 1.6 million recalled vehicles.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Just because GM didn't take first place, doesn't mean it can be let off the hook. 2010 was the worst year for GM as well with 4 MILLION I repeat 4 MILLION vehicles recalled. How many years have GM being make crap whilst ignoring complaints from customers? Yeah, decades!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Keep in mind GM 21 recalls last year, 4 more recalls than Toyota....... Just affecting less cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        GUA and FT appear to be at the head of the T's idolater/paid supporters list. I love the continual defense of driver error. I will let the several hundred juries, and settlements by T determine the causes, not mere puffery. Finally, the world wide figures, and the required recalls put the unblameable T at the top of the recall list.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Toyota settles Prius headlight lawsuit, could pay "tens of millions" without admitting wrongdoing," AB headline from following Article. Another reasonable defense, "We didn't do it."
        • 3 Years Ago
        Steve,

        Toyota's recalled were volutary. And the NHTSA, Nasa and 3rd party engineering firms later proved they were not needed as the issues were related to driver error.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Considering that about 6 million of Toyota's recalls were not necessary (driver error) that makes GM's # 6 times bigger than Toyota's true recall number. YIKES!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another factor worth keeping in mind is the size of the fleet of vehicles each car maker has on the roads. Toyota, GM and Ford have the largest fleets on the road. One would expect them to have the most recalls then. To see someone like Nissan or Honda showing up and Ford not showing up to me is quite telling.

        Either way I don't mind seeing recalls because they mean a company is admitting their defects and fixing them. The problem in Toyota's case is that they keep having to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table to admit them and do something about it. No machine as complex as a car is going to be produced by that many suppliers and on the road in fancy new configurations all the time without some defects getting through. After 30 years NASA is still finding defects in the Space Shuttles after all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        6.7 MILLION, I repeat 6.7 MILLION
        That's 2.7 MILLION more. I repeat 2.7 MILLION more.

        See how annoying that is? (And how annoying you are?)
        • 3 Years Ago
        OH Look..GUA has NO RATING...NO CREDIBILITY...NO COMMON SENSE...nobody cares what you say... Back to the Recall's GM VOLUNTARILY recalled their vehicles...Toyota's recalls were forced by NHTSA, there lies the difference in the two companies.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very strange goings-on. Cars are getting more and more reliable with each passing year, yet more and more dangerous and in need of safety recalls.

      Testing procedures have certainly gone awry in some ways. Torture testing of individual components seems to be going well, but testing the vehicle as a fully assembled unit in real world conditions seems to be lacking?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota: WE'RE #1! WE'RE #1!

      Oh wait ...


      On a more serious note, the whole debacle has made the other companies take notice in NOT trying to hide inherent flaws. Fix it early, customers understand. Ignore it and hope it goes away, it will come to bite them back.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry but to those who say Toyota's recalls were not necessary, think again. Better yet, go reread the issues. Bad floormats and bad accelerator pedals were proven. Toyotas are way overhyped, and the truth has finally shown through. To some at least. Glad Ford is not on there even though a few things should be recalled like the ford emblems falling off certain model yr last generation trucks and my rattly interior and poor shifting transmission.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really? Provide some proof. Last I checked, only ONE case was ever proven to be due to a Toyota defect and that involved the floormats with the police officer case. There wasn't a single case proven to be due to the bad pedals and in fact I think Toyota only did that recall to appease the NHTSA. This was all outlined in the NHTSA's presentation to the National Academy of Sciences . Go read it.You can find it on the DOT's website.

        Not only that, the NHTSA admittedly KNEW that GM and Ford had just as many unintended acceleration complaints (way more in the case of Ford) but they didn't investigate them, fine them, force them to recall, or even let the public know in a press release- they only mentioned this in one of their presentations to the NAS.

        The only outstanding problem is the electronic gremlin that everyone claimed was there, but you know what... even freaking NASA can't find it. Last I heard, they were still continuing their investigaiton a few months ago. I'm betting they're only going to finish their investigation after the lawsuits end and everyone forgets about all the recalls.

        It's pretty clear to the rest of the world that Toyota was unfairly trashed by the US government for whatever reason, and the media jumped on all the juicy material.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Toyota is even admitting they have an issue...watch the lady in the video!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ok so explain this on Toyota's web site.....

        http://www.toyota.com/recall/pedal.html

        nuff said. God bless!
      • 3 Years Ago
      2010 was one of the worst years in the history of Toyota.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Detroit News reports, “Government regulators may take a more urgent and tougher position on recalls, following Toyota's callback of millions of vehicles.” Toyota’s resistance to recall vehicles is nothing new in the industry. “Automakers have often resisted recalls, acting only when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is poised to order them." FT...they only issued them after they were forced to by NHTSA, and you are incorrect also because they couldn't find an issue..they also couldn't prove that it was driver error. I believe that this was an electrical malfunction ..I also believe that there were people trying to cash in on the idea that this was being so publicized. Either way, Toyota hid problems for years...and for someone to defend that is defending legal murder.
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