If you've noticed that there have been more recalls than usual this year, you may be on to something. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the US market is on pace to break a record for recalls. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled. We're only a third of the way through 2014, though, and we've already halved that figure, with 11 million units recalled. That's wild.

Considering the past few months, it shouldn't be a surprise that General Motors is leading the charge, with six million of the 11 million units recalled coming from one of the General's four brands. Between truck recalls, CUV recalls and the ignition switch recall, 2014 hasn't been a great year for GM.

Other recall leaders include Nissan (one million Sentra and Altima sedans), Honda (900,000 Odyssey minivans), Toyota (over one million units in a few recalls), Volkswagen (150,000 Passat sedans), Chrysler (644,000 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs) and most recently, Ford (434,000 units, the bulk of which were early Ford Escape CUVs). So while it's been a bad year for GM so far, its competitors aren't doing too well, either.

It's not the end of the world, though. The Los Angeles Times spoke to Kelley Blue Book's Karl Brauer, who pointed out that this latest string of six- and seven-figure recalls is "the new normal," due to manufacturers' fear of the federal government. According to Brauer, it was the $1.2-billion fine handed down following Toyota's unintended acceleration fiasco that has made manufacturers so open to recalls.

"Toyota changed the thinking on recalls," Brauer told The Times. "The cost of a recall is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of what happens if you don't do it."

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      So will Honda recall more than they sell this year? Came close last year: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2014/03/26/automakers-with-the-lowest-and-highest-recall-rates/
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        Better than being like GM and hiding your problems and letting people die. People died when GM lied.
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      Automakers waited until they were on firm financially footing before dropping the bombs.
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      I wouldn't call the Toyota unintended acceleration a fiasco. Not only Toyota is still alive and well, but it's as profitable as ever and seriously people kind of forgot about it, especially now that GM is the new scape goat (well, they did mess it up big time). Recalls are the becoming the norm also because the time to market of a product is so important now, it's probably simpler to fix a minor issue later than delay the launch and risk of missing quite some money with it. Plus, cars get new features every year and are redesigned much more frequently than before, and regulations, customers expectations and Government requirements are getting tighter by the hour. Issues are bound to happen, small ones at least.
        • 1 Year Ago
        One major reason Toyota's so profitable right now? The Yen is being manipulated to provide Japanese companies an advantage.
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          Toyota is not much better as of recent. However, they also didn't go whining for billions in taxpayer assistance because of their own stupidity and mismanagement, much less get it.
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      Every auto maker who needs to recall anything better do it now when all the heat is on gm and people won't even notice as much
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      The whole GM ignition switch recall now hopefully means that now the NHTSA will be scrutinizing automakers more now than they did before.