According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nearly 22 million vehicles were recalled in 2013, seven million of which were recalled due to consumer complaints.
Well over 5 million Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles were recalled, making this the second consecutive year Toyota has had the largest number of recalls out of all automobile manufacturers.
With more than 4.5 million vehicles recalled, Chrysler had the second highest total. Honda, Acura, Hyundai, Ford, General Motors and Mercedes recalled more than 7 million vehicles combined in 2013. However, Mercedes-Benz had the best overall record and recalled fewer than 750.
The number of recalls in 2013 increased by more than one-third compared to 2012. Additionally, the year saw the largest number of vehicles recalled for safety reasons since 2004. The federal government began requiring automakers to recall vehicles for safety defects in 1966 and since then more than 540 million cars and trucks have been targeted.
Although the NHTSA normally focuses on vehicles, the agency also issued recalls for 36,000 child restraints and 1.4 million tires in 2013.