Automobile Recall Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Research Date: July 14th, 2014

Auto recalls can happen for a number of reasons, sometimes severe safety issues or subtle manufacturing defects. Thanks to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the U.S. has strict standards and investigates many auto accidents that appear to be faulty design.

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2011 Auto Recall Numbers by Manufacturer
RankManufacturerTotal Cars Recalled in 2011Total 2011 U.S. Sales
Note: 2011 U.S. sales are only given to show a relative size of the auto manufacturer. Also, it should be noted that recalls may be for models from 2001 on.
1Honda / Acura3,800,0001,147,000
2Toyota3,500,0001,644,000
3Ford3,300,0002,143,000
4Chrysler773,0001,369,114
5Subaru591,752266,989
6Hyundai503,418645,691
7General Motors500,0002,503,000
8Nissan302,0131,042,000
9Volkswagen289,740324,000
10BMW276,368248,073
11Mazda155,300245,356
12Kia151,758485,492
13Mercedes-Benz143,664245,269
14American Suzuki105,790 
15Volvo36,36967,240
16Jaguar Land Rover4,977 
17Saab4,400 
18Porsche1,937 
YearVehicles Recalled
201115,500,000
201020,000,000
200915,200,000
20088,600,000
200414,353,000
200319,098,000
200218,435,000
200113,626,000
200024,646,000
199919,376,000
199817,164,000
199714,712,000
199617,826,000
199518,121,000
19946,202,000
19938,408,000
Recent Auto Recalls
Model YearManufacturerModel(s)ReasonNumber Recalled
2013FordEscape / FusionEngine Fires89,000
01 – 11ToyotaMultiple ModelsFaulty Steering2,770,000
02 – 04ChryslerJeep Liberty / Grand CherokeeAir Bag Issues919,000
12 – 13NissanAltimaSteering Defect14,000
07 – 09ToyotaMultiple ModelsDoor Fires7,500,000
05 – 09ToyotaVenza /Camry / TacomaAirbag Issues681,500
02 – 05HondaCivic / PilotHeadlight Failure820,000
03 – 07HondaAccord / Acura TLFaulty Power Steering600,000
06 – 10ToyotaRAV4 / Lexus HS 250hRear Suspension Issues778,000
01 – 04FordEscapeSticky Cruise Control500,000
04 – 05FordFreestar / Mercury MontereySudden Loss of Power205,896
Recalls Where Deaths or Injuries Were Reported
YearCompanyReasonRecalledDeathsInjuriesAccidents
2010GMEngine Fires1.5 million  14
2009ToyotaPower Steering Failure8.5 million162432.000
2000BridgestoneFaulty Tires6.5 million271600 
95-10FordElectric Switch Fires14.31131 
1998GMAirbags Randomly Deploy1 million   
1995MultipleFaulty Seat Belts8.9 million 90 
1981GMLoose Suspension Belts5.8 million   
1980FordTransmission Slips Into Reverse 981,7106,000
1978FordPinto Transmission and Engine Fires 54  

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