Toyota got a lot of crap last year for the millions of vehicles that were recalled due to problems with unintended acceleration, but where would the company fall in a list of the top automotive recalls? Our next piece in the Car Infographics series answers that very question with the largest recalls in our automotive history.

It happens more often than we would like, but recalls are just a part of the automotive business that we all have to become accustomed to. After all, these machines are man-made and as we all know, people can very easily make mistakes. So who tops the list?

Let’s step back to Toyota for a moment. In 2010, the company had to recall 5.3 million vehicles due to reports of the driver side floor mats getting wedged underneath the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration. Models involved in this recall included the likes of the Camry and Prius, as well as other models ranging from 2004-2010. 5.3 million is a large number, but Toyota only captures the #4 spot.

Hit the jump for the top three position fillers.

#3: General Motors/5.8 million

General Motors grabs hold of the top three spot for the largest recalls in history with 1965-1969 model range including a number of vehicles
(Regal, El Camino, and Malibu, to name a few). In total, 5.8 million vehicles had to be recalled in 1981 due to loose bolts in the suspension which rendered the driver useless in steering the vehicle.

#2: General Motors/6.7 million

General Motors also retains the top two spot for recalls of their 1965-1969 range of vehicles, with the Camaro, Caprice, and Impala being just a few of the highlights. In 1971, 6.7 million recalls had to be made because of the engine mount, which would separate itself from the frame and fall back onto the throttle. Ouch!

#1: Ford/7.9 million

1964 - 2006 Ford Mustang History
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The honor of the biggest screwup in automotive history thus far belongs to Ford and their 1993-1998 range which included the Mustang and Thunderbird, among others. 7.9 million vehicles had to be recalled in 1996 because of a faulty ignition switch that would spark and start fires in the steering column. Not the best way to start your day.

Source: MSNBC

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  (142) posted on 06.24.2011

wow Ford and GM are in deep.

  (596) posted on 06.14.2011

Well, this one is definitely a signal to show that even the larger manufacturers do make a costly mistake every once in a while. But good thing is that they were able to remedy them quickly.

  (619) posted on 06.13.2011

Hmm, I think there are a few items that are missing in this one. I think they should have included the one that Ford did last year, which is very massive.

  (334) posted on 06.10.2011

@papy chulo well, not really all that mad. It was more like he was disappointed because of what happened. Thank goodness he was able to get a good unit when he went through with the recall.

  (340) posted on 06.9.2011

I think recalling models are just a simple proof of a manufacturer who wants a beautiful car. I bet they focus on some parts of the car and forget the most important thing, the value and quality.

  (329) posted on 06.9.2011

Actually, that one was actually just a minor oversight. But the results were often disastrous that Ford really has no choice but to issue the recall. They really lost it big time on that one.

  (702) posted on 06.9.2011

I’m not aware that Ford has the highest recall incident. @Bobby_Cruz , I feel sorry for your dad, he must feel very bad at that time. I wonder what’s is the initial action of Ford on this case.

  (460) posted on 06.9.2011

I hate Toyota for recalling the Lexus! They make me to drool over this car. I’m totally fell in love with the Lexus and made me to decide to purchase one, but then just few weeks after purchasing they announced a recall over fuel leak! After that I promised not to buy other Toyota brand!

  (518) posted on 06.8.2011

Yeah, I still remember that Ford recall. My dad was very irritated when he found out about this one, since he acquired his Thunderbird a few months before that.

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