In a review of recall data, The Detroit News found that Toyota led all manufacturers with 5.3 million recalled vehicles in the U.S., spread out over 13 recall campaigns. Honda had the second-most with 3.4 million recalls spread out over 15 campaigns, and General Motors was next, announcing 1.3 million recalls in 2012 over 17 campaigns.
Ford had the most total recall campaigns with 24, equalling 1.4 million recalls when all was said and done.
While a sticky gas pedal issue has been dogging Toyota since 2010, a similar problem arose for Ford in 2012, when the automaker recalled 423,000 Escapes and other SUVs to repair faulty gas pedals that could lead to unintended acceleration. The recall followed a probe by the NHTSA after a 17-year-old died in a crash in January.
In October, Toyota recalled 2.5 million vehicles in the U.S. and 7.4 million worldwide due to power windows that could catch fire if improper lubricants were used to address a problem with the windows feeling “notchy” or sticky.
Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons told The Detroit News that “”We are being very proactive and issuing recalls even after very few reports of issues — and even if no accidents or injuries.”