Toyota launched a total of 13 recall campaigns in 2011 covering over 3.5 million vehicles. Those figures put the Japanese automaker at the top of the most-recalled list for the third year in a row, according to Ward's Auto. Between 2009 and 2010, Toyota recalled nearly 11.5 million vehicles in North America for a variety of reasons, including troublesome floor mats and sticky accelerators tied to the company's unintended acceleration woes. The company says that around 85 percent of vehicles involved in the pedal recall have been fixed, with lower volume models continuing to trickle into dealers.

But Toyota wasn't the only automaker with recall woes in 2011. Ford found itself in second place for the number of vehicles recalled this year with 10 campaigns covering 3.2 million vehicles. For its part, General Motors issued a total of 21 recalls, but the fixes involved far fewer vehicles: 455,901. All told, Ward's says automakers issued 130 recalls in 2011, down from 136 campaigns in the U.S. last year.

*Update: The expanded Honda airbag recall pushed the automaker past Toyota for the greatest number of recalled vehicles in 2011. Head to our followup post for more information.


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      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      better to have recalls than sweep the issues under the rug like they did in the past.
        kontroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        yes smartass, like toyota did for years...what an intelligent comment wow, at which school did you study LOGIC?
          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kontroll
          "like they did in the past" at which school did you learn reading comprehension? dumbass.
          kontroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @kontroll
          well at least i complimented you by calling you "smartass" fuckface!!!
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honest question...Would someone please tell me why anyone would buy a Toyota nowadays? I don't see any reason for it, seriously. None of their products are best in their respective segments, and you can buy equally dependable cars that are more fun to drive, better looking, and more technologically advanced for the same price.
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MJC
        I hear ya!! The reason Toyota got away with such horrible designs and so so handling was their bulletproof reliability. People actually didn't mind driving a boring looking car as long as the maintenance costs were down and the car never visited the dealer other than maintenance, but with this recalls and lower quality they are on the verg of becoming the New Old GM. This is the problem with the stupid ambition of becoming #1. I'm a big fan of VW and in all honesty, their stupid ambition of becoming #1 by 2018 is resulting in lower quality Jettas, Tennessee Passat (vs the B6 is a big downgrade), the ownership of 12 brands (including the mess at Porsche) and so on. I don't doubt that VW will reach #1 but I do think they will fall faster and harder than Toyota. Why don't manufacturer just worry of about building the best vehicles they can possibly build? The rest will come naturally!! At least with the falling of one company (i.e Toyota) another one rises (i.e Hyundai) and at the end smart customers will choose the better one!
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MJC
        "why anyone would buy a Toyota nowadays?" because stupids do not deserve a better car!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MJC
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MJC
        Well, there are several people who based on the notion that Anything Toyota is world class.. My neighbor replaced her 2002 Camry with a 2011 Camry, exact same trim, exact same color, exact same engine . I Told her about the Optima, Passat, 6, Fusion, she would not budge. At least they are getting their **** together and they are starting to regret their actions a little bit and now are looking towards enthusiast cars like they made in the 80's and 90's, like the FRS, and the proposed Supra and MR2 revival.
      mikoprivat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would not expect anything less from a POS company such as toyota...they achived at least one of the "biggest" titles ...biggest LOSER
      thoms2020
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy American or in the long run you will regret it as they use their profits to buy our fixed assets (land, etc). Of course we can't buy their land or contolling interest in their companies...it's against their law. As long as there is no reciprocity for these laws it basically becomes nearly a sin to buy foreign products from Japan or China, otherwise they will eventually own us. That's the reality, no matter how good their cars are. Wise up America before it's too late.
      BB79826
      • 3 Years Ago
      3.5 million recalls for Toyota, 3.2 million recalls for Ford, yet the comments are alllllllllll about how lame Toyota is. You guys will never change.
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      ah, one of my favorite asian car companies, the Walmart of cars...cheap quality, cheap price, asian and a lot of idiots who buy it. I read that these monkeys are striving again to be #1 in 2012, they just don't quit. The good news is that there are many many more undiscovered problems with these asian cars that will surface during the course of 2012 and hopefully that willl finally put an end to this "car" company
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        You do realize that most of these cars are built by Americans, by mostly American sourced parts, correct? Are you saying the American worker is the reason they're bad. Maybe that's why the domestic branded cars designed and built outside the US are good. It all makes sense now, everyone yells at you for supporting the American worker, when clearly it's the American worker making bad cars. /sarcasm.
          carfan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          well, you know jtav, you are a luck guy...you don't have a brain, ergo you don't have to think like the rest of us. Who said (besides you and that idiot gingridge) that the American worker is bad. Just because toyotas are bad, it doesn't mean that the american worker is bad. To the best of my knowledge only a certain percentage of toyotas are produced in the USA, as a matter of fact the lexus that killed the cop family in CA was made in Japan. You are really mentally handicapped calling the American worker inferior...shame on you!!!
      Jaylgo
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no need to put tumbs down when people are praisin asian vehicles specially japanese. Japanese vehicles have being the most dependable vehicle for many decades and one can not say the samething about american vehicles. Now FORD is reliable? Now GM is reliable? Now Chrysler is reliable? Those companies had a headstart to do things better, but no, they chose profit instead of making their vehicles much more reliable and also fail in making the people who purchased the vehicles happy. I had all of the american brands, I had a gm, then chrysler last american vehicle was a ford, and I will never in my life will buy a ford, gm, and chrysler again even if they carried a lifetime warranty.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
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      mhcontain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes legendary Toyota qualtiy. I believe they have been number one in recalls for about 6 -7 years running with maybe one year off for Honda. Yet stupid Americans will keep buying their cars and then bitch that there are no jobs in the USA. Please don't tell me they make them here when their average domestic content is below 50%. (For you stupid Americans that means less than 1/2 of what they sell here is made here).
        Famsert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mhcontain
        Wow one blatant lie after another. Toyota has only had the #1 spot for a few years and it's only been the past few years. Honda: Never. The title has always previously belonged to GM, Ford or VW. And the domestic content for Toyota has been above 50% in recent years and rising. The opposite holds true for the "Detroit 3"
          ZOZ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Famsert
          Well, if you gonna buy a '98, I still recommend the Camry :o)
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mhcontain
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        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mhcontain
        Please give me a source that proves that Toyota's content is below 50% American, instead of pulling facts out of your ass.
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          @Justin Campanale
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      jrsat01
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take my toyota (2001 solara) over anything on the road.... 337,000 and still going strong... with no major repairs required, show me any other car like it...
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jrsat01
        Ok, our 2000 Expedition went 315,000+ miles before we sold it with no major repairs, and it's a much larger vehicle...but who cares?
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          @WillieD
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        @jrsat01
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      wjcarrigan
      • 3 Years Ago
      My drivers side door handle snapped of the car while I was inside leaving me trapped while I used another way to exit. Contacting Toyota I got a to bad. Contacting other Toyota dealer I got an answer what do you expect it is made out of plastic this happens all the time. Has anyone else had such problems.
      grneydmuse
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 2004 Corolla DX is a perfect car...never had any problems with it yet!
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @grneydmuse
        My $10 coffeemaker has never had a problem too; so what?
      • 3 Years Ago
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