Toyota Tops Recall List For First Time Ever

12.30.09 | FL News Team

For the first time ever, Toyota leads the auto industry in the number of recalled vehicles. The Detroit "Free Press" reports Toyota took over the top spot thanks to the largest safety-related problem the company has encountered since it began selling vehicles in the U.S. At the heart of the surge is the recall of more than four-million Toyota and Lexus models for unintended acceleration that has been linked to fatal crashes. Federal data analyzed by the "Free Press" shows carmakers recalled more than 15-million vehicles in 2009, a sharp jump from eight-and-a-half-million in 2008. All three Detroit automakers also saw their count of recalled vehicles rise in 2009, even though they caught problems earlier in the production cycle.