Toyota Recalled More Vehicles in U.S. Than Any Other Automaker in 2012


  • 2007 Toyota Prius Rear 3/4

    2007 Toyota Prius Rear 3/4

    The 2007 Toyota Prius was part of a November 2012 recall in the U.S. for steering and water pump problems. | January 18, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Toyota recalled more vehicles than any other automaker in the U.S. in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a new report on Thursday.
  • Toyota recalled 5,330,643 vehicles in 12 recalls, NHTSA said.
  • Honda called back 3,363,343 vehicles in 16 recalls, 2nd among automakers.

WASHINGTON — Toyota recalled more vehicles than any other automaker in the U.S. in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a new report on Thursday.

Toyota recalled 5,330,643 vehicles in 12 recalls, NHTSA said.

Honda called back 3,363,343 vehicles in 16 recalls, 2nd among automakers. General Motors took 3rd place, recalling 1,476,319 vehicles in 17 actions. Ford had 24 recall campaigns totaling 1,398,837 vehicles.

Toyota's 2012 recalls include a November 2012 recall of 670,000 2004-'09 Toyota Prius vehicles in the U.S. for steering and water pump problems. The automaker also recalled 150,000 2001-'04 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks in November 2012 because the spare tire can detach from the vehicle.

NHTSA said in a statement that its recall tally "should not be interpreted as an indication of what NHTSA thinks of any particular manufacturer or its products."

"There are a host of reasons why a manufacturer could have more or fewer recalls in a given year or over time — including, but not limited to, the introduction of new technology, its barometer for measuring risk, which could be more conservative or liberal as contrasted to other manufacturers or the industry as a whole, or other variables."

NHTSA said manufacturers filed more than 650 safety recalls affecting over 17.8 million vehicles, child seats and vehicle equipment during 2012.

Edmunds says: This is the third time in the last four years that Toyota led in U.S. recalls.

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