Toyota, Ford, and General Motors lead Car Recalls in 2009

By Automotive Staff | January 15, 2010
There appeared to be a whole lot of car recalls this past year.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 16.4 million vehicles recalled in 2009. That is almost 6 million more than 2008 and is the highest annual total since 2005. Surprisingly, manufacturers only performed 492 auto recalls in 2009, the lowest number since 2006. However, very large recalls by Toyota and Ford account for the higher number of vehicles actually recalled. Stats show that Toyota is the leader in vehicles recalled with 4.87 million. Ford has recalled 4.5 million vehicles for a defective cruise control deactivation switch that may have caused vehicle fires. General Motors recalled 2.2 million vehicles, up from 1.9 million in 2008; Chrysler recalled about 590,000 vehicles, up from 360,000 in 2008; Honda recalled 454,000 vehicles, down from 797,000 in 2008; Nissan recalled 706,000 vehicles, up from 581,000 in 2008; Hyundai and Kia recalled 1.3 million vehicles; and Volkswagen called back 100,000 vehicles. via Detroit News