Numbers Are In: Honda Unseats Toyota as Recall King

Automakers are focused on coming out on top of the competition with sales and safety ratings, but Honda managed to beat its competition in a very different way for 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed the total number of recalls issued in 2011, and Honda takes the cake with 3.9 million recalled vehicles.

This is far more than the 2.4 million vehicles Honda recalled in 2010 and, according to The Detroit News, the 3.9 million includes Honda’s powersports division, which pulled in another 130,000 recalls on motorcycles. A large chunk of Honda’s recalls seem to be related to airbag problems; last month, 876,000 vehicles were called back for faulty airbags. That was the fifth separate recall for the same issue since 2008.

Although the number of recalls seems high, Honda spokesperson Chris Martin told The Detroit News that a majority of the recalls issued were to find a small number of faulty parts commonly used in several Honda vehicles. “We’re just playing it safe. We just want to make sure we find all of these parts,” he said.

Toyota comes in with the second-highest number of recalls, with 3.5 million vehicles recalled in 13 campaigns. Totals were down significantly from the 7 million in 2010, when sticky accelerator pedals and floor mats were major concerns. Ford came in third with 3.3 million vehicles recalled in 13 campaigns, which is up from the 581,000 vehicles in 2010. Most of the recalls issued concerned older Fords and, in April, more than 1.2 million F-150 pickups were recalled for sudden and unexpected airbag deployments.

Chrysler is next in line, with 773,000 vehicles recalled in eight campaigns, down from the 1.6 million recalled in 2010. General Motors had its lowest number of recalls in decades, recalling just 500,000 vehicles in 22 campaigns; just a year prior, GM recalled 4 million.

Source: The Detroit News

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