Why 2011 May Herald Shrinking Car Recalls

By Joel Arellano | December 30, 2011
Car recall rates are like weight loss and roller coaster rides: the faster they drop, the better. 2000 was a bad time for the auto industry, with more than 24 million light vehicles involved in recalls. Things improved in the following years, with recalls dropping to 7.7 million in 2008. Unfortunately, 2009 saw an uptick with more than 18 million vehicles recalled, mostly due to Toyota's so-called “sudden acceleration." Things improved slightly in 2010 with recalls hovering around 17 million recalled vehicles. However, 2011 only saw 13 million light vehicles recalled by the automakers, a substantial drop. Toyota topped this list with more than three million vehicles involved. Ward's Auto, which conducted the 2011 recall study, points out most of the automaker's recalls involve its prior recall campaigns involving floor mats and so-called “sticky floor” pedals. Ford follows Toyota with more than three million cars and trucks recalled in 2011, most of them involving its popular F-150 pickup trucks. Honda is third with around two million vehicles recalled most of them involving its Accord sedan, and CR-V and Element crossovers. Chrysler issued eight recalls in 2011 that affected around 920,000 of its vehicles.
General Motors issued the most recalls in 2011 (21) but fewer than 456,000 cars and light trucks were affected. Nissan rounds out the major automakers with around 274,000 vehicles recalled in 2011. Automotive.com's take: Ward's Auto's results are good news from a consumer standpoint. Automakers are reacting to recalls no matter the number of vehicles ultimately involved. As always, we strongly suggest owners bring in their vehicles to their dealerships as soon as we post a recall here on the site. Source: Wards Auto