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Honda Beats Toyota!...In 2011 Recalls

By Blake Z. Rong | January 12, 2012
WE’RE NUMBER ONE! WE’RE NUMBER ONE! Nobody at Honda is shouting this today—because while Honda may have beat Toyota, it’s in the number of cars recalled. Given Toyota’s recent kerfluffle of recalls, it’s a pretty lofty accomplishment. But Honda managed to outdo its crosstown rival with a whopping 17 campaigns in 2011, with a total of 3.9 million cars trudging back to dealerships—the latest for faulty airbags that expanded to 2.5 million cars. Meanwhile, Toyota had slightly fewer problems on its hands: Just 13 recalls brought back 3.5 million vehicles, which were formerly estimated to be the highest for 2011. It held the unenviable position of “highest recalls” for the previous two years, with their whole business of cars gaining sentience and driving themselves (which sounds a lot more dramatic than zip-tied floor mats). Some Hondas affected included the Civic, Civic Hybrid and Accord, and Acura CL and TL twins built between 2001 and 2004, as well as newer examples of the CR-V and Pilot. No word on whether Honda will display this trophy on the walls of its American headquarters in Torrance, Calif., if heads will roll in corporate, or if a generation will grow up wondering why their parents ever recommended Japanese cars. Source: Ward’s Auto
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