Ford leads in the number of recalled vehicles in the first half of 2023

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Electrical systems and airbags were among the issues prompting the actions

Halfway through 2023, automobile recalls are starting to pile up.

In fact, according to Sedgwick brand protection, there were 245 auto industry recalls from January through June -- up 3.4% from the same period a year earlier.

In 2022, according to figures from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 932 vehicle safety recalls in the United States affecting more than 30.8 million vehicles.

Through the first six months of the current year, the 12 leading manufacturers have issued 195 recalls affecting a total of 10.6 million vehicles.

Ford leads the pack

In terms of numbers of vehicles recalled, Ford Motor Company tops the list with a total of 4.1 million cars, light trucks and vans. Most of those – nearly 1.3 million -- were for servicing brakes and hydraulic systems, followed by miscellaneous equipment issues ( l million) and backover prevention (807,000).

Honda was a distant second, posting 11 recalls affecting 2.8 million vehicles. Among the issues were backover prevention (1.3 million vehicles), structure (616,000) and seat belts (448,000).

General Motors posted ten recalls, potentially affecting 1.9 million vehicles. Airbag issues accounted for one recall involving 995,000 vehicles, followed by 668,000 vehicles with child seat issues.

Chrysler had 1.7 million vehicles recalled. Of those, more than 504,000 involved issues involving electrical systems, with powertrain (392,000) and suspension issues (331,000) coming next.

Trailing automakers

While the following automakers did not have recalls amounting to those previously mentioned, there were some significant incidents in the first six months of the year.

Nissan North America issued 14 recalls affecting some 1.3 million vehicles. Electrical system issues affected more than 712,000 vehicles, and 415,000 were recalled due to problems with airbags. Another 159,000 vehicles were recalled for various equipment issues.

More than 321,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles were recalled for things like fuel system/gasoline issues (143,000) and structural problems (70,000).

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