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Chrysler has fewest recalls among Big Six automakers

by Bill Cawthon on

According to preliminary figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Chrysler recalled the fewest vehicles among the six largest automakers in the U.S. market.

Through December 31, Chrysler had recalled a total of 360,000 cars and trucks, a significant decline from the 2.2 million recalled in 2007. In the same period, General Motors’ recalled 1.9 million vehicles, an increase from last year’s 538,000, and Ford recalled 1.6 million vehicles, well off the 5.5 million it recalled last year.

Among the leading import brands, Toyota’s total went from 640,000 vehicles in 2007 to 833, 000 through Wednesday and Honda’s numbers climbed from 550,000 to 797,000. Nissan’s recalls declined from 1.3 million last year to 581,000 this year.

The NHTSA says its preliminary figures show recalls were issued for 10.2 million cars and light trucks in 2008 and were down 30 percent from 2007. If these figures stand, they would represent the fewest automotive recalls since 1994.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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