Vehicle recalls increased significantly in 2009

  • 19-Jan-2010 02:50 EST

NHTSA (U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that the number of vehicles recalled increased 64% in 2009 to 16,406,694 from 10,539,188. Among the major mass-market automakers, Toyota recalled the largest number (4,872,583), followed by Ford (4,521,993), General Motors (2,239,394), and Hyundai/Kia (1,755,800). No other automaker recalled more than 1 million vehicles in 2009; in 2008, no automaker recalled more than 2 million vehicles. The number of recalls issued in 2009 fell to 492 from 684 in 2008, but the number of vehicles involved per recall climbed substantially in 2009 (33,347 vs. 15,408 in 2008).

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