The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed in a new report last Thursday that Toyota’s recalls in 2012 cover the most number of vehicles. The agency said that Toyota made 12 recalls in 2012, affecting 5,330,643 vehicles. Coming in second is Honda with 16 recalls that affect 3,363,343 vehicles.
Third place went to General Motors with 17 recalls that cover 1,476,319 vehicles. Ford is ranked No. 4 with 24 recalls that include 1,398,837 vehicles. One of Toyota’s recalls in 2012 include a recall of 670,000 2004-'09 Toyota Prius vehicles in November 2012 in the U.S. for steering and water pump issues. It also issued a recall of a total of 150,000 2001-'04 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks in November 2012 since the spare tire can separate from the vehicle.
In a statement, the NHTSA said that the recall tally shouldn’t be taken to mean as an indicator of what the agency’s opinion is of a specific manufacturer or its products.
The agency also said that there were many reasons why a manufacturer could get more or less recalls in a given year or over a period of time.
This includes the introduction of new technology, which is an instrument used to measure risk, which may be more conservative or liberal than other manufacturers or the industry as a whole, or when considering other variables. The NHTSA said that in 2012, manufacturers filed over 650 safety recalls that affect more than 17.8 million vehicles, child seats and vehicle equipment.