GM Recalls Made Up Eight Percent Of All U.S. Recalls In 202216
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a report on vehicle recalls for the 2022 calendar year, indicating that GM recalls made up roughly eight percent of all vehicle recalls this year.
The recent DOT report rounds up the total number of vehicle recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) throughout the year, breaking down the numbers based on a number of different parameters. GM recalls made up eight percent of the total number of recalls issued, with an estimated 3,371,302 units potentially affected.
At the top of the list was GM’s crosstown rival, Ford Motor Company, which accounted for roughly 17 percent of all U.S. vehicle recalls this year. An estimated 8,636,265 units were affected. Volkswagen Group of America and Daimler Trucks North America rounded out the top three with 11 percent of recalls each, potentially affecting 1,040,885 units and 273,286 units, respectively. Chrysler (FCA U.S.) was listed at fourth with 10 percent of recalls and 3,041,431 units potentially affected.
Check out the graph below for more information on NHTSA recalls by manufacturer, per the DOT:
The DOT report also provides insight into individual recalls announced throughout the year. In terms of units, a Ford recall issued this past June related to unintentional rollaway due to a detached shift cable had the highest number of potentially affected units at 2,925,968. A recall issued in December by FCA for a tailgate that could open while driving was second with 1,234,657 units potentially affected, followed by a recall issued by Tesla in September for power windows that could pinch with 1,096762 units potentially affected.
Several GM recalls were listed among the top 10 recalls with the highest potential number of units affected, including headlights that could cause glare, issued in March and potentially affecting 740,581 units, DRLs that may not deactivate, issued in December and potentially affecting 740,108 units, and failing windshield wipers, issued in March and potentially affecting 681,509 units.
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Did I miss something? Where is Toyota/Lexus, Honda/Acura, Nissan/Infiniti, etc? We all know they have them, so where are they?
This brings up a conversation I had with a buddy of mine a few years back. He’s been at a Toyota/Lincoln store for well over 30 years now and he likes the Toyota brand. So what he proceeded to tell me kind of blew me away. First, he laughed and told me if the Toyota customers only knew and saw the work being done in the service bays, they would not be impressed. But the second piece of info he told me is what knocked me over. Apparently, if Toyota finds an issue that could easily turn into a recall, they will send letters to the affected owners to have their cars brought in for a free oil change and car wash. The dealer will coordinate service/parts to have what’s needed to fix the issue when the car is brought in for that free oil change. The customer has no knowledge of what’s happening and they leave so happy with that free service. Kind of slimy way of doing things IMO. But then again, we are talking Toyota and I’m sure if they weren’t doing those shady practices they would have even more problems and recalls.
What happens if they refuse the free oil change and wash? Personally, that would not be enough to get me to go to the dealer. I change my own oil and wash my own car. So than the people never know about the recall?
galen: That’s a great question, and I have no idea. The way my buddy spoke about it is that Toyota would do this before the issue was pushed to recall status. Almost more like an important bulletin where they (Toyota) figures out the fix in order to avoid the recall.
The japanese have always been sneaky, underhanded… they will do most anything to keep custumers buying their cars… most old people buy their products, and subscribers to consumer reports which never found a japanese car they didn’t love or an American car they didnt’ hate
Hiding defects is dangerous, even if fixing them on the sly. Do you think you would get your “free” oil change done quicker or perhaps drive differently if you knew the real issue was that your frame was nearly rusted through. You could possibly lose a significant part of the trucks structure as you sped down the highway – You know, like all the early years of the Tundra in states where they use road salt. Years ago a friend of mine put his 2004 up for sale online and guess who bought it? Yep, Toyota Corp.
I could give you many more examples in addition to Dan B’s above, but sounds like you already have your mind made up. No car company is perfect, but I want to know the score when I put my money down.
Pretty impressive to see a mass-market American brand like GM getting similar numbers to high-end luxury brands from Germany, who proportionally probably spend a lot more time and money on R&D per car.
Let’s be truthful. Ford had the highest numbers of recalls because Barra’s GM doesn’t issue many recalls but, instead, issues TSB’s and waits for affected owners to go to the Dealer and complain where the Dealer then, if you’re lucky, brings up the TSB (maybe) and tries to correct the problem. Lifters, Transmissions, stretching timing belts and others….sound familiar ? Ford seems to admit their problems while GM tries to hide them from the public….and owners and no, I am not a Ford guy at all.
The report claims,
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a report on vehicle recalls for the 2022 calendar year. The recent DOT report rounds up the total number of vehicle recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) throughout the year.
Not the manufacturers recalls, read the article !!!
you’re telling me you believe something our crooked government puts out? you gotta be kidding..last i heard was the southern border is closed …
You do realize recalls are safety issues right and a TSB is just to fix something that is an inconvenience.
With the lifters, Transmissions and timing belts so few of those actually have issues (way less than you are hinting at) that a TSB is all that is needed.
Nice try to spin this around though, maybe next time try a different approach or doing some homework first…
No let’s be truthful, Ford has huge quality problems right now.
At this time, I agree Ford has a lot of issues. Doesn’t matter, because they offer absolutely NOTHING that I would buy. Trucks and SUV’s. No thanks.
8% isn’t bad considering GM is 20% of the market.
Ummm GM isn’t 20% of the Automotive market. Not since they abandoned cars & dropped the ball on supplier relations.
You are correct it was lower in 2021
Right Carl, 8% for GM is not bad considering how many vehicles they produce compared to the rest on the list..