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25 Years of Auto Recall Information in 1 Infographic

Gentlemen, start your bickering.

By Joshua Condon Jul 14, 2011 12:44PM
Several weeks back, an employee at an unnamed (by their request) company got in touch with me and showed off some killer car-related infographics produced by their creative team. Then she asked: What type of infographic would Exhaust Notes readers like to see?

Recalls, of course. So many of you hotheads dominate the comments section arguing about which manufacturer sucks the most, I figured it would be interesting to get a whole bunch of easily digestible data as a starting point -- and boy did they deliver. The result should spark at least another dozen arguments or so.

This was originally published at insurance site imingle, but we were given republishing rites to put it up in its entirety here, as well. So, after the jump, check out Total Recall: A Look at Vehicle Recalls Over the Past 25 Years.

Jul 16, 2011 3:20PM
The Prius is some machine as a result, but at the expense of their conventional models not good planning by Toyota.
Jul 15, 2011 10:45AM
Favorable (if not recent) recall data doesn't trump the fact that pretty much every car in Toyota's lineup is dated, uninteresting, underperforming, and inefficient. Yes, inefficient. I know they have X cars over 30mpg highway, but every one of them could get better mileage with more power if Toyota utilized any modern engine technology. It's been decades since the invention of multiple camshafts and VVT, yet Toyota (and Honda) still seem to think that they're the forefront.

Honda, surprisingly, topping the recall-o-meter with what else but their bread-and-butter sheeple cars. Go figure.
Jul 18, 2011 9:16AM

Carpuff, just what I thought, you can't substantiate your claim....AGAIN!!  You keep telling us how informed you are, so you should be able to right off the top of your head give us a couple of specific examples where the Big 3 have outsourced jobs to foreign countries in the last 5 years.   Otherwise, it's just more of your typical BS.  Good luck!


Maybe while you're throwing this together you can finally give us that list of Toyota parts that the Big 3 are putting in half their vehicles as you claimed.  Looks like that was pure BS too.

Jul 16, 2011 1:50PM
...Where do I start?

Well first off I wasn't arguing about the recall data but I don't think that was directed at me so I'll let that be.

The Great Highlander
Your 270hp Highlander gets mid twenties? My 250hp '02 Concorde weighed as much and got mid twenties. It's been a decade since and all Toyota has to show is a 20hp improvement over a Chrysler (the weakest domestic marque) at no mpg gain. My Chrysler, by the way, was the same displacement and torque. Antiquated engine tech, isn't that what I was saying?

Furthermore, you know what else makes 270hp? Hyundai/Kia's 2.0T four cylinder. Yes it's turbocharged, but that's what modern companies do. Which Toyotas have turbocharging, direct injection, variable cylinder management, twin spark plugs?... 

A modern V6, in a Ford (and yes it's naturally aspirated) makes 305hp/285lb-ft; I'm talking about the 31mpg hwy Mustang, but that engine is .2L bigger so how about a direct competitor to the Highlander? The Ford Edge's 6, same displacement as your Toyota, makes 15hp more and 5lb-ft more while getting better fuel economy.

Better than a Fusion? OK, but see what happens when you compare to a current Fusion. Your girlfriend's has 80k miles you said, so unless she drives over 40k a year it's the last generation. You don't want to see what happens when I compare a modern Ford to a last gen Toyota. but even so, you're pointing out stereo and ride quality? Seriously? Ride quality maybe, but you're comparing an SUV to a sedan, of course it's a little comfier. Us stupid Americans do loves us some trucks, right? Now then, stereo? The most easily upgraded component of any car? If it's that big a deal, take $99 from the at-the-pump savings the Ford gives and get a new head unit.

This isn't to mention transmissions. While Toyota was resting on its laurels, 6 speed autos became the industry standard with 7 and 8's showing up in luxe models. Some Toyotas still have 4 speeds; your SUV only has 5 to keep pace with the other complacent Japanese make- Honda.
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Jul 17, 2011 3:20PM
GM quality is way up as well as Ford. The new malibu, Cadillacs, and Buicks are leading the quality rise. As far as bashing GM remember GM is the worlds largest automaker again and has held the title for nearly 25 years except for the recent Toyota rise last year. And if you want your money going to Japan or France keep buying their Nissans and Toyotas. yes they build some of their brands here but the majority of parts and all of the profits go OUT of the USA. If you enjoy giving foreign companies the farm so they build more plants and drain more of your money go ahead. You reap what you sow. No pensions, No loyalty and giving america to foreign countries, don't claim to be so damn patriotic. remember freedom fries? Nissan er France (majority ownership) loved the patriotic Americans bashing their contribution to the war while selling you patriots their products and pocketing the cash. Americans are one thing that the whole world agrees with and that is "DUMB"
Jul 18, 2011 6:15AM

Carpuff, why don't you give us a list of those "outsourced" jobs from the Big 3?  Or is this going to be like the list of parts the Big 3 buy from Toyota that you could never produce because you were lying then, too.

Jul 15, 2011 5:32AM
Carpuff, once again I'm not sure you understand what you're looking at.  Nothing here contradicts anything I've said, so why should I be suicidal?
Jul 17, 2011 3:25PM
carbuff, i hope you enjoy wonderland but nobody believes your claim of "smoking" the brands you claim. Facts and specs don't lie people do and by what i read from your claims, you are enjoying your life in wonderland. idiot
Jul 16, 2011 1:51PM
(Continued from last post)
I'm not angry really, I'm sure as hell not jealous of your dinosaur, and hate? No the only cars I tend to hate are Suburbans and Excursions and other totally needless mammoths. I can say however that I dislike 2001-05 Honda Civics 'cause I drove one 15k miles and was bothered constantly by the ridiculous body lean, infernal road and engine noise, anemic engine, shakes and rattles every time I hit a pebble, and the transmissions refusal to shift at the right time (I would have killed to have a manual instead of the terrible auto). And since you seem to care about stereos so much, that sucked too.

And so you know, my next car will most likely be a Hyundai. Is that Xenophobia?

Oh, and if Toyotas are as "boring" as you claim, why did they climb to #1 in sales in this country. What you have stated is that most Americans love those boring, underinspired, outdated vehicles. I guess that puts your opinion in the minority????
You're absolutely right. My opinion is the minority, but that's changing as people wake up; Toyota did make better cars ten years ago, but their complacency is beginning to cost them public opinion. Hiding their accelerator fiasco of course didn't help either. 

As for their climb to number 1, that's because they're boring. What's VW currently doing to increase sales? Dumb down their cars for mass appeal. And it's working, Jetta sales are way up since they redesigned it to be large, bland, and uninspiring. They're taking a play right from the Toyota playbook.

The Japanese car owners all are writing with a smile on our faces and are enjoying your bitter, unsubstantiated responses. Please write more, I'll even pay you for the entertainment!
How was this for an unsubstantiated response? If you want my sources for the hard numbers, check this very website. 

If I seem bitter... well, all I can say is I'm not, I just disagree with what you're saying cause it's... unsubstantiated and wrong.

Now then, are you not entertained? No need to pay me, enlightening you is payment enough.
Jul 18, 2011 6:41PM
 they had a nice run
Yup, they did. But it's a fast moving industry and what was class-leading 5 years ago is old news now. That's why after half a decade of no innovation or real improvement (except to the Prius and Sienna) the 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Rav4, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and Yaris are not only no longer class leading but barely competitive if they are at all (looking at you Corolla).
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