These are self reported complaints by consumers. Not everything is a safety issue, as not every mechanical problem is a "recall" issue. I've read many of these complaints for various cars I was researching. There was even one that claimed a "safety" issue because the airbags didn't go off when the driver backed into a tree. A burnt out bulb is not a safety issue just because "I might have not been able to indicate a left turn and might have gotten into a crash" is not a valid safety complaint. Or the complaints about ABS not avoiding a spin out while going at speed on a gravel road. ABS noise is not a safety issue, nor a "feeling" something is unsafe. But one can post a complaint @ NHTSA. What people think of as being rated as deserving a recall has nothing to do with being a legitimate recall. "Why didn't they recall all those sludging 2.7 V6s ? They're a safety hazard". [Like no engine ever self destructed on the road before over the past 117 years]. A car not starting is not a safety issue. Gas spraying back is not a safety issue unless one is smoking a cigarette. MY 63 Valiant has been doing this for decades after the pump shuts off. Messy, but not a safety issue. And of course there's always the cruise control "safety issue" of setting it and going back to reading the map and having a wreck. "TPMS went out and I had a flat tire. I might have been driving when it happened" is not a legitimate complaint. Playing "what if" doesn't raise something to a safety issue. This lessens the impact of genuine safety problems. Quote from article:”Trucks are often used as work vehicles, which typically get regular maintenance and are better taken care of than other vehicles, which may explain why they have fewer problems,” Okay then, how is that relevant to "safety issues" if maintenance is the key to safety problems ? Wouldn't this suggest that troglodyte owners are the real threat to safety, not the cars ? Go ahead. Read some of the complaints: [2005 Saturn ION, like mine] having leaking headlights covers is not a safety issue. Nor a failing clutch. Air bag did not deploy: says nothing about the speed or angle of the crash. Expensive repair [I won't pay for] so car is unsafe [no boosted steering. The steering takes more effort, but it's not "unsafe']. And page after page of no start, key stuck in the ignition. NOT safety issues, a great many of them. Read for yourself. Don't take my word for it. I just typed in 2005 Saturn ION and found 500 some odd "complaint" over 170 pages. Do the same with the car you're driving now and see how many complaints just do not meet the criteria of being a safety "defect". No blast at you MJAB, just the silly numbers crunching by I See Cars that eliminates investigating what the complaints actually are, as written by the complainers. No attempt to separate legitimate safety complaints from general complaints. Or refusal by the seller to rectify age or maintenance related problem complaints. So much wrong with their analysis. A deeper dig into the actual complaints reveals a lot.