The NHTSA confirmed reports according to which in 2012 vehicle recalls increased by 4.5% reaching 16.2 million.
Last year automakers issued 586 recall campaigns, a decrease from 596 in 2011, when 15.5 million vehicles were recalled. Toyota was the leader of vehicle recalls with 5.3 million, being on the top of the list for the third time over the past four years. But complaints regarding Toyota’s sudden acceleration recalls began to decrease from 65,765 in 2010, to 49,417 in 2011 and 41,912 in 2012.
The role of the consumer in influencing auto recalls cannot be underestimated,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Consumers are the lifeblood of the recall process and recalls are often the direct result of a government investigation into consumer complaints.”
Since 1966 a total of 518.8 million vehicles have been recalled. The leader in 2011 was Honda, which recalled 3.9 million vehicles and then 3.4 million in 2012. The third place was taken by GM with 17 recall campaigns and 1.5 vehicles, compared with 22 recall campaigns and 500,000 vehicles in 2011. Ford announced it had 24 recall campaigns and 1.4 million vehicles recalled.
“We have one of the most effective programs in the world and will continue, in 2013, to pursue investigations and recalls wherever our data justifies doing so,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.