For the third year out of the last four, Toyota counted the highest number of recalled vehicles in the U.S. with 5.3 million affected units.
That figure outpaces Honda, the second largest, by 1.9 million according to data compiled by The Detroit News. In total, there were 16.2 million cars, trucks, motorcycles and RVs recalled last year, which means Toyota accounted for almost 33 percent of all recalled vehicles in the U.S.
Toyota was also fined a record $17.35 million by the U.S. Government for failing to report defects in a timely manner. The fine was levied after Toyota delayed recalling 154,000 Lexus SUVs over the possibility of trapped pedals.
GM, Ford and Chrysler took up third, fourth and fifth place in that order, although Ford actually had more recall campaigns than any other automaker this year. Among those campaigns, the brand’s all-new 2013 Escape crossover has already suffered four recalls, three of which were due to fire risks.
Ford also recalled 423,000 previous-generation Escapes to fix a gas pedal issue causing unintended acceleration that, in one case, lead to the death of a 17-year-old driver.
[Source: The Detroit News]
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