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16.2 Million Vehicles Recalled in 2012, Safety Agency Says

March 1, 2013
The 2007 Camry was among 2.5 million Toyotas recalled in the United States to repair power-window switches that could break down and pose a fire risk.
Toyota Motor Sales The 2007 Camry was among 2.5 million Toyotas recalled in the United States to repair power-window switches that could break down and pose a fire risk.

A total of 16.2 million vehicles were recalled last year, with slightly more than half made by Toyota and Honda, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday.

Toyota had 12 recalls covering 5.3 million vehicles, more than the three domestic automakers combined. The recalls included the automaker’s Scion and Lexus operations.

Honda and its Acura luxury brand had 16 recalls affecting almost 3.4 million vehicles.

General Motors was third with 17 recalls and 1.5 million vehicles; Ford was fourth with 24 recalls involving 1.4 million vehicles, and Chrysler was fifth with 13 recalls affecting 1.3 million vehicles.

In a statement attached to the recall list the safety agency noted this “analysis should not be interpreted as an indication of what N.H.T.S.A. thinks of any particular manufacturer or its products.”

It also said “these summary numbers do not factor in or weight averages based on production, so the largest original equipment manufacturers tend to top the list each year.”

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