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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

It's been a banner year for big recalls, or at least it feels that way. What with high profile recalls from Toyota for everything from runaway vehicles to brake issues and a host of smaller problems from nearly every automaker in the market, it certainly felt like 2010 was at the top of the recall heap. Only it wasn't. According to Ward's Auto, a total of 136 recalls sent 17.2 million vehicles back to the dealer this year, and while that's an impressive sum, it still falls short of the record. W