Toyota dominated new car sales last year, with its Camry topping out at just over 400,000 units, but the automaker also led a much less desirable category in 2012: recalls. According to The Detroit News, Toyota's 5.3 million recalled units was enough to give it the highest recall volume last year in the US, giving the brand this unfortunate distinction for the third time in the last four years. Overall, 16.2 million vehicles (including RVs and motorcycles) were recalled last year with the oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration marking an increase of 4.5 percent over 2011. By volume, Toyota, Honda and the Detroit Three accounted for the vast majority of all recalls tallied last year with a combined total of almost 13 million recalled vehicles.

Looking at the total number of vehicles that were recalled, Toyota and Honda each had more than double of any other automaker, but when it came to the total number of individual recall campaigns, Ford had the most with 24 separate recalls issued. The report offers an interesting breakdown of different recall data from last year including a graphic that puts it all into perspective, so be sure to head on over to The Detroit News for the full report.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The chart on Detroit News is pretty interesting. What is most amazing is that if you add up recalls for The Big Three it is still less than what just Toyota recalled. Also, GM and Ford combined are still less than Honda. I think Ford having the most campaigns is mixed. It shows they are proactively addressing issues before they get out of control. At the same time, those issues should have never come up. Still though, for Toyota to have the most recalls in 3 of the last 4 years is not a good sign of reliability or quality. GM and Toyota are always battling for # 1 in Sales so for GM to have 2/3 less recalls is pretty impressive from a percentage of vehicles to recalls ratio.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      The comments in these forums is so totally out of touch with the realities of the American car buyer it's laughable. Day after day we read how ugly a car is, only to see it sell off the lots in record numbers. We hear experts in here tell us CVTs are crap, but they are selling like hotcakes. Toyota leads the world again in recalls and people just keep right bon buying them. So the gearheads in here won't buy anything that's not rear wheel drive, at least 500 hp, styled like a Ferrari Daytona and manual shift. And once again the sales kings are the F150 and camry. Yawn.
        Willie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        Don't forget diesels and wagons carboy55! Two things that also don't sell well in America.
      404 not found
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota recall: "FAIL!!! Toyoters are SOooo unreliable! LOL'a at ignorant import fanbois. lolol" Non-Toyota recall: "We'll ****, at least they're fixing the problem."
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          • 1 Year Ago
          Fanboys should die in a fire regardless for who they're cheering for.
      RampantFury
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much for Toyota reliability!
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        @RampantFury
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      carfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      So dear American morons who buy asian...why don't you go and celebrate the good news by buying more asian krap. It's so befitting of your low intelligence level!
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        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carfan
        I'm an American car person that bought my first Japanese car Dec 30, a 2013 Nissan Altima, and I love it. The new Malibu is a mess. I owned an 08 Malibu LTZ and would take that over the new Malibu. I'm not a Ford person despite how nice looking the new Fusion is. And don't get me started on the 200 and Avenger. Next year I hope to get the new RWD Chevy but Japanese cars, as bland as they are, aren't crap. Well at least my Altima isn't.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      So were is those import fanbois bashing Ford now: Total recalled Cars Toyota - 5.3 million Honda - 3.4 million GM - 1.5 million Ford - 1.4 million Chrysler - 1.3 million So Ford sold the most vehicles out of any brand. I bet they had the lowest percentage of recalls per vehicles sold. Anyone got the math on that?
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike
        If you look at recalled cars over 2012 sales: Toyota: 254.5% Honda: 238.9% GM: 57.8% Ford: 62.2% Chrysler: 78.7%
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        @Mike
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        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        Except Toyota still does well on the number of safety complaints (a metric NOT manipulated by the NHTSA). They were #17 (#1 being the worst) last I checked.
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      And people still think Toyotas are the most reliable cars out there.
        Bo Mayid
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dark Gnat
        I find it funny that a lot of people forget that the US ISN'T the only country in the world; because for some absurd reason, my, and neighboring countries never have these problems and recalls. Forget the fact that toyotas our favorite brand
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bo Mayid
          Did you ever think that maybe your country's laws just don't require them to disclose their products' flaws? That is the case in many countries.
          Bo Mayid
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bo Mayid
          @The Wasp: Actually they are required; and of course we had some problems and recalls, not as bad as GM's, but we do, mostly on new models. The problem usually isn't toyota Global; it's their suppliers in the country or region. Example: a few years ago if you turn on the cruise control on a land cruiser driving above 120 mph, it would get stuck. the reason for it is because the wires, or something, in the cruise control were bought and installed in our country by a supplier for new model toyota's
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      Famsert
      • 1 Year Ago
      And it's funny how Toyota ranks #17 in the number of safety complaints while brands with far more safety complaints like GM and Ford aren't fined for delaying safety recalls and aren't forced to recall a thing despite having thousands of complaints more than say Toyota. Something to think about.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Japanese engineering at its finest. You can tell the fanbois as many times as you want, but they'll never listen: Japanese 'reliability' doesn't exist when cars are built with defective parts. These companies have built reputations on lies.
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        carfan
        • 1 Year Ago
        read my comment below ignorant person...people like you are the reason for inferior quality krap to take a foothold in your country. This would NEVER happen in Europe where people are careful how they spend their money.
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          @carfan
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          @carfan
          Carfan, You must live a miserable life of you can't go one post without insulting someone. Put a sock in it. Already.
          dohc73
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carfan
          Does anyone notice that Europeans spend a lot of time finding reasons to tell Americans they are stupid and don't do anything correctly on the internet? As an American, I don't sit around thinking how provincial and self-promoting Europeans are at all until some pinhead like this comes along and offers his/her Eurodouche two cent complaint. Dear Europe, the whole reason behind the invention of America was----wait for it, not to be Europe.
        Mr.Krinkle
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wait...higher sales is an indication of better quality? That's a sound argument! How about people make a purchase decision based off of percieved quality....which isn't there anymore.
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          @Mr.Krinkle
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          @Mr.Krinkle
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          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr.Krinkle
          Can it? Pretty sure they aren't the leader in recalls. Do us all a favor and stop thinking. You're causing everyone here to become dumber with your every post.
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