Over the past four years, Toyota has claimed the top spot for vehicle recalls three times. In 2012, Toyota Motor Corp has recalled more vehicles than any other automaker operating in the U.S. Similarly, Alabama has won the national title in three consecutive years. Yet no one poured Gatorade on the Toyota’s CEO on this one.
A total of 5.3 million Toyota vehicles were recalled in 2012 in the U.S. From brake issues to suspension problems, from accelerator concerns to airbag issues, we’ve brought ’em all to you. Nearly half of the vehicles recalled were for a single recall – involving potential vehicle fires. In the largest recall in its history, Toyota announced the recall of 2.5 million vehicles (a whopping 7.5 million vehicles worldwide) for a faulty window switch that could short circuit and catch fire.
Honda, which led the recall list in 2011, came in second in 2012 with 3.9 million vehicles involved with safety concerns.
As I’ve written in the past, Toyota has had a Tiger Woods/Roger Clemens-like fall from grace. Toyota used to be synonymous – really synonymous – with quality. I’ve always loved their cars. I hope they get it back again. But right now, they clearly don’t have it.