Big Auto Recalls

(Story updated with latest Ford recall.)
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- This past year was one of the worst years in the history of the auto industry in terms of the sheer volume of defective vehicles recalled, with Toyota (TM) serving as the poster child of unintended vehicle acceleration and arousing widespread suspicion of the auto industry's quality control standards.

According to the Associated Press, the industry recalled about 20 million vehicles in 2010. In the U.S., recalls hit their highest levels since 2004, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration having on record hundreds of auto-related recalls, including those from every one of the big six automakers: Toyota, Ford ( F), Chrysler, GM ( GM), Honda ( HMC) and Nissan ( NSANY).

Although consumers are hoping that the worst of the auto recall saga ended last year, 2011 is already shaping up to be another memorable year in auto recalls.

Which are the most significant auto recalls by size and name in 2011 and the past year? Click on to see....

Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks (Model Year: 2004-2006)

Manufacturer: Ford

Models Recalled:
  • F-150: 2004-2006
  • Lincoln Mark LT: 2006
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Apr. 14

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 1.2 million F-150 pickup trucks, including some Lincoln Mark LTs.

    Reasons for Recall: Ford is expanding its recall of older pickup trucks by 1.2 million due to the possibility that the airbag could activate without warning. In February, Ford recalled about 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks manufactured in 2005 and 2006, also due to airbag defects.

    CHRYSLER/TOWN&COUNTRY (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer: Chrysler

    Models Recalled:
  • CHRYSLER / TOWN&COUNTRY: 2010
  • DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN: 2010
  • DODGE / JOURNEY AWD: 2010
  • DODGE/GRAND CARAVAN (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer's Report Date: March. 1

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 248,437

    Reasons for Recall: The ignition keys may become displaced in some of the vehicles, causing the engine to shut off while driving, therefore increasing the risk of a crash.

    MAZDA/MAZDA6 (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer: Mazda ( MZDAY) ( MZDAF)

    Models Recalled:
  • MAZDA / MAZDA6: 2009-2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Feb. 25

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 52,000

    Reasons for Recall: A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line putting stress on the fuel tank. This may eventually lead to a fuel tank crack, potentially resulting in fuel leakage and fire.

    LEXUS LX 570 (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer: Toyota ( TM)

    Models Recalled:
  • GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive: 2006-early 2007
  • RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h: 2004-2006, early 2007
  • Highlander and Highlander HV: 2004-2006
  • 4Runner: 2003-2009
  • Lexus LX 570: 2008-2011
  • RAV4: 2006-2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Feb. 24

    Potential Number of Units Affected: More than 2 Million

    Reasons for Recall: To address risks of gas pedal entrapment in floor mats or carpeting.

    FORD / F-150 (Model Year: 2005-2006)

    Manufacturer: Ford

    Models Recalled:
  • FORD / F-150: 2005-2006
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Feb. 23

    Potential Number of Units Affected: About 150,000

    Reasons for Recall: To repair air bags that could activate unexpectedly. Ford said the risk of this happening is quite low.

    FORD / WINDSTAR (Model Year: 1999-2003)

    Manufacturer: Ford

    Models Recalled:
  • FORD / WINDSTAR: 1999-2003
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Jan. 26, 2011

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 425,288

    Reasons for Recall: The driver could lose control of the vehicle and crash due to separation risks in the subframe body mounts and brackets.

    LEXUS GS300 (Model Year: 2007)

    Manufacturer: Toyota

    Models Recalled:
  • Lexus GS300/350: 2006 - 2007
  • Lexus IS250: 2006 - early 2009
  • Lexus IS350: 2006 - early 2008
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Jan. 26, 2011

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 245,000

    Reasons for Recall: Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes, there's a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time. If this happens, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor.

    NISSAN / TITAN (Model Year: 2004)

    Manufacturer: Nissan

    Models Recalled:
  • MODEL YEARS: 2003 to 2006
  • TITAN
  • ARMADA
  • FRONTIER
  • PATHFINDER
  • INFINITI QX56
  • XTERRA
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Oct. 28

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 2.14 million

    Reasons for Recall: The ignition could stall the engine.

    TOYOTA / AVALON (Model Year: 2005-2010)

    Manufacturer: Toyota

    Models Recalled:
  • AVALON: 2005-2006
  • HIGHLANDER (NON HYBRID) AND LEXUS RX330: 2004-2006
  • LEXUS GS300, IS250, AND IS350: 2006
  • Manufacturer's Report Date: Oct. 20

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 740,000

    Reasons for Recall: The possibility of a small brake-fluid leak.

    KIA / SORENTO (Model Year: 2011)

    Manufacturer: Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center

    Models Recalled:
  • KIA / SORENTO: 2011
  • KIA MOTOR / SOUL: 2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Aug. 31

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 35,185

    Reasons for Recall: The vehicles, manufactured between Sept. 7, 2009 and July 30, 2010, are being recalled due to defective wiring harnesses supplied by Johnson Controls ( JCI). Under certain conditions, they can short circuit and cause a fire. The defective harnesses are used for lighting purposes in the Kia Soul and Kia Sorento.

    FERRARI / 458 ITALIA (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer: Ferrari

    Models Recalled:
  • FERRARI / 458 ITALIA: 2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Aug. 31

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 303

    Reasons for Recall: Heat from the engine could cause the vehicle to catch on fire.

    FORD / WINDSTAR (Model Year: 1998-2003)

    Manufacturer: Ford

    Models Recalled:
  • FORD / WINDSTAR: 1998-2003
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Aug. 26

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 462,750

    Reasons for Recall: Possible corrosion in the rear axle, increasing vehicle susceptibility to cracks, which could result in the complete fracture of the axle and increase the risk of a crash.

    These vehicles are currently registered or originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    TOYOTA COROLLA (Model Year: 2008)

    Manufacturer: TOYOTA

    Models Recalled:
  • TOYOTA COROLLA: 2009-2010
  • TOYOTA COROLLA MATRIX: 2009-2010
  • Manufacturer's Recall Announcement Date: August 26

    Number of Units Affected: 1,130,000

    Reasons for Recall: Some electronic control modules on the involved vehicles may have been improperly manufactured. As a result, it's possible that a crack may develop at certain solder points or on the electronic component used to protect circuits against excessive voltage on circuit boards. Cracking could result in harsh shifting of the vehicle or the inability of the engine to start. In certain situations, the engine could stop while in the middle of driving.

    CHEVY TRAVERSE (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer: GM

    Models Recalled:
  • CHEVROLET TRAVERSE: 2009-2010
  • BUICK ENCLAVE: 2009-2010
  • GMC ACADIA: 2009-2010
  • SATURN OUTLOOK: 2009-2010
  • Manufacturer's Recall Announcement Date: August 17

    Number of Units Affected: 243,403

    Reasons for Recall: GM will inspect second-row safety belts for damage that in rare cases could make an occupant think the belt is properly latched when it isn't.

    FORD_TRANSIT-CONNECT (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer: Ford

    Models Recalled:
  • FORD / TRANSIT CONNECT: 2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: July 6

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,728

    Reasons for Recall: Problematic vehicle pushpins could lead to increased risk of passenger injury.

    DODGE / NITRO 2010 (Model Year: 2010)

    Manufacturer: Chrysler

    Models Recalled:
  • DODGE / NITRO: 2010
  • DODGE / RAM: 2010
  • JEEP / LIBERTY: 2010
  • JEEP / WRANGLER: 2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: July 7

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 22,000

    Reasons for Recall: Problematic brake tubes that could lead to the loss of brake fluid and reduced braking performance -- increasing the risk of a crash.

    DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN (Model Year: 2008-2009)

    Manufacturer: Chrysler

    Models Recalled:
  • CHRYSLER / TOWN & COUNTRY: 2008-2009
  • DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN: 2008-2009
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: June 1

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 284,831

    Reasons for Recall: A short circuit could occur inside the sliding door, overheating the latch and possibly resulting in a fire.

    JEEP / WRANGLER (Model Year: 2007-2010)

    Manufacturer: Chrysler

    Models Recalled:
  • JEEP / WRANGLER: 2007-2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Jun. 1

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 288,968

    Reasons for Recall: The possibility of a brake fluid leak occurring and causing partial loss of service brakes at the affected wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.

    CHRYSLER / TOWN AND COUNTRY (Model Year: 2005-2006)

    Manufacturer: Chrysler

    Models Recalled:
  • CHRYSLER / TOWN AND COUNTRY: 2005-2006
  • DODGE / CARAVAN: 2005-2006
  • DODGE / GRAND CARAVAN: 2005-2006
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Jan. 7

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 308,950

    Reasons for Recall: The front crash sensors may crack under certain environmental conditions and allow water to enter into the sensor, possibly causing it to become inoperative.

    INFINITI / QX56 (Model Year: 2005-2009)

    Manufacturer: Nissan

    Models Recalled:
  • INFINITI / QX56: 2005-2009
  • NISSAN / ARMADA: 2005-2009
  • NISSAN / TITAN: 2005-2009
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Feb. 26

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 340,000

    Reasons for Recall: The instrument panel fuel gauge may inaccurately display that the vehicle still has some fuel, when the fuel tank is empty; this could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall on the highway.

    ACURA / 3.2TL (Model Year: 2002-2003)

    Manufacturer: Honda

    Models Recalled:
  • ACURA / 3.2CL: 2003
  • ACURA / 3.2TL: 2002-2003
  • HONDA / ACCORD: 2001-2002
  • HONDA / CIVIC: 2001-2003
  • HONDA / CRV: 2002
  • HONDA / ODYSSEY: 2002
  • HONDA / PILOT: 2003
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Feb. 9

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 379,000

    Reasons for Recall: The driver's airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure that may cause the inflator to rupture; metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, possibly resulting in injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.

    HONDA / ODYSSEY (Model Year: 2007-2008)

    Manufacturer: Honda

    Models Recalled:
  • HONDA / ELEMENT: 2007-2008
  • HONDA / ODYSSEY: 2007-2008
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Mar. 15

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 412,000

    Reasons for Recall: Air can enter the VSA modular pump during an initial self-check process, possibly affecting braking performance and increasing the risk of a crash.

    PONTIAC / G5 (Model Year: 2007-2010)

    Manufacturer: General Motors

    Models Recalled:
  • CHEVROLET / COBALT: 2005-2010
  • PONTIAC / G5: 2007-2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Mar. 1

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,050,889

    Reasons for Recall: The driver could experience a sudden loss of power steering assist that could occur any time while driving and require greater driver effort at low vehicle speeds -- increasing the risk of a crash.

    TOYOTA / HIGHLANDER (Model Year: 2008-2010)

    Manufacturer: Toyota

    Models Recalled:
  • TOYOTA / COROLLA: 2009-2010
  • TOYOTA / HIGHLANDER: 2008-2010
  • TOYOTA / MATRIX: 2009-2010
  • TOYOTA / VENZA: 2009-2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Jan. 27

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,093,000

    Reasons for Recall: A stuck, open accelerator pedal that may result in very high vehicle speeds, making it difficult to stop the vehicle and possibly resulting in a crash, serious injury or death.

    CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 3500 (Model Year: 2007-2009)

    Manufacturer: General Motors

    Models Recalled:
  • BUICK / ENCLAVE: 2008-2009
  • BUICK / LUCERNE: 2006-2009
  • CADILLAC / CTS: 2008-2009
  • CADILLAC / DTS: 2006-2009
  • CADILLAC / ESCALADE: 2007-2009
  • CADILLAC / ESCALADE ESV: 2007-2009
  • CADILLAC / ESCALADE EXT: 2007-2009
  • CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE: 2007-2009
  • CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 3500: 2007-2009
  • CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN: 2007-2009
  • CHEVROLET / TAHOE: 2007-2009
  • CHEVROLET / TRAVERSE: 2009
  • GMC / ACADIA: 2007-2009
  • GMC / SIERRA: 2007-2009
  • GMC / YUKON: 2007-2009
  • GMC / YUKON XL: 2007-2009
  • HUMMER / H2: 2006-2009
  • SATURN / OUTLOOK: 2007-2009
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Jun. 4

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,365,070

    Reasons for Recall: It's possible for the heated washer module to ignite, resulting in a fire.

    TOYOTA / AVALON (Model Year: 2005-2010)

    Manufacturer: Toyota

    Models Recalled:
  • TOYOTA / AVALON: 2005-2010
  • TOYOTA / CAMRY: 2007-2010
  • TOYOTA / COROLLA: 2009-2010
  • TOYOTA / COROLLA MATRIX: 2009-2010
  • TOYOTA / HIGHLANDER: 2010
  • TOYOTA / RAV4: 2009-2010
  • TOYOTA / SEQUOIA: 2008-2010
  • TOYOTA / TUNDRA: 2007-2010
  • Manufacturer's Report Date to NHTSA: Jan. 21

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,230,661

    Reasons for Recall: The accelerator pedal may become hard to depress, slow to return to idle, or in the worst-case scenario become mechanically stuck in a partially-depressed position, increasing the risk of a crash.

    -- Written by Andrea Tse in New York.

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