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Citroen tops recall table

  • Citroen issues 15 recalls
  • Total of 130 recalls in 2009
  • Lowest overall recall level in a decade
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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

  1. 31.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
    BentleyRecalls
    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
    1Cars 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

  1. 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
2009No. 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