Automakers recalled 21.9 million cars and trucks in the United States last year, a nine-year high. According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013. That was up 9 percent from the prior year. While companies are saving money by using more common parts, that can force them to recall many more vehicles when something goes wrong.
It was reported that Chrysler Group initiated the most recalls, with 36. Among those was a recall of 282,000 minivans whose air bags could deploy on the wrong side. All told, Chrysler recalled 4.7 million vehicles last year. Trailing Chrysler in the number of recalls was General Motors with a total of 23. Mazda had the fewest recalls, with two. Toyota recalled the most vehicles in 2013, with 5.3 million in 15 separate recalls. Mercedes-Benz recalled the fewest vehicles, with 747.
Source: Insurance Journal
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