Citroen tops recall table

  • Citroen issues 15 recalls
  • Total of 130 recalls in 2009
  • Lowest overall recall level in a decade
Recalls are at their lowest in a decade
Recalls are at their lowest in a decade
Toyota is facing a firestorm in the media as millions of its cars are being recalled worldwide.

In the UK alone nearly 200,000 Toyotas are being called back to service centres to investigate potential problems involving the accelerator pedal and the brakes.

Vehicle recalls are a fact of everyday life, however. According to the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA), there were 130 recalls in 2009 involving some 665,000 cars. It may sound like a lot, but 2009 had the lowest number of cars recalled in a decade, with a million more recalled in 2001.

Citroen tops the league table in the number of recall programmes it launched last year, with 15 separate actions.

Volvo was second in the table, with 12 recalls last year. It said that many of the outstanding recalls were almost completed and expected VOSA to close them soon.

Volvo also pointed out that while other manufacturers may issue a single recall for a similar potential problem over a range of models, it would issue a recall for each model involved.

Keeping numbers in perspective
Peugeot announced nine recalls last year, making it third in the league table. 'Not every car will have a fault,' explained a Peugeot spokesman. 'The sample size is always bigger than the number of vehicles with an actual fault.'

In terms of vehicle numbers, Fiat had the highest number of vehicles recalled with almost 90,000 in 2009, although that's still half the number of Toyotas involved so far in 2010.

While it's true that the chances of something going wrong with your car are remote, it's always worth taking recalls seriously and getting the work done for free.

If you buy a second-hand car it's also worth checking that the work has been carried out. We have one of the most effective recall systems in the world, but some cars do slip through the net, so check your car out on the VOSA website www.dft.gov.uk/vosa.

Manufacturers with most recalls


Position
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Manufacturer
Citroen
Volvo
Peugeot
Mitsubishi
Ford
Fiat
Toyota
Land Rover
Nissan
Suzuki
Jaguar
Mercedes-Benz
Volkswagen
Kia
Renault
Chrysler
BMW
Ferrari
Audi
Skoda
Alfa Romeo
Mazda
Saab
Honda
Chevrolet
Maserati
MG
Jeep
Seat
Aston
Bentley
Recalls
16
12
9
8
7
6
5
4
4
4
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Cars recalled
55,451
29,175
79,743
19,632
75,571
87,498
234,714
74,329
64,878
74,230
8769
2920
9942
8453
3437
3157
1809
1364
1331
499
107
15,870
4383
889
597
282
275
107
52
32
22



Manufacturers with most amount of cars recalled


Position
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18.
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31.
Manufacturer
Toyota
Fiat
Peugeot
Ford
Land Rover
Suzuki
Nissan
Citroen
Volvo
Mitsubishi
Mazda
Volkswagen
Jaguar
Kia
Saab
Renault
Chrysler
Mercedes-Benz
BMW
Ferrari
Audi
Honda
Chevrolet
Skoda
Maserati
MG
Alfa
Jeep
Seat
Aston
Bentley
Cars recalled
234,714
87,498
79,743
75,571
74,329
74,230
64,878
55,451
29,175
19,632
15,870
9942
8769
8453
4383
3437
3157
2920
1809
1364
1331
889
597
499
282
275
107
107
52
32
22
Recalls
5
6
9
7
4
4
4
16
12
8
1
2
3
2
1
2
2
3
2
2
2
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1



Number of recalls over past 10 years


Year
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
No. of recalls
70
94
114
125
96
148
128
168
127
124
130
Total number of cars recalled
1,476,552
953,303
1,668,519
793,550
1,036,198
767,129
1,010,351
932,294
1,017,262
816,956
665,000


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