Largest Recalls in History: Who made #1?
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
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.