16.2 Million Vehicles Recalled in 2012, Safety Agency Says

A total of 16.2 million vehicles were recalled last year, with slightly more than half made by Toyota and Honda, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday.

Toyota had 12 recalls covering 5.3 million vehicles, more than the three domestic automakers combined. The recalls included the automaker’s Scion and Lexus operations.

Honda and its Acura luxury brand had 16 recalls affecting almost 3.4 million vehicles.

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Honda Recalling 807,000 S.U.V.’s and Minivans

Honda is recalling 807,000 utility vehicles and minivans because of a defect that could allow the vehicles to roll away, the automaker said in a news release.

The recall covers the 2003-4 Honda Pilot and Odyssey and the 2003-6 Acura MDX.

There are 259,000 Pilots, 318,000 Odysseys and 230,000 MDXs involved.

In addition to the vehicles being recalled in the United States, 64,000 are being recalled elsewhere.

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Mazda Follows Ford With Recall of Tributes

Mazda says it is recalling about 217,500 Tributes from the 2001-6 model years as well as some from 2008 to fix a problem with the cruise control cable that could lead to unintended acceleration.

The recall is related to Ford’s recall Thursday of about 421,000 Escapes from the model years 2001–4 with the 3-liter V-6 engine for the same problem. The Escape and Tribute are mechanical siblings.

Mazda informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its plan for a recall on Thursday evening, Tamara Mlynarczyka, a Mazda spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail.

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After Recalls, N.H.T.S.A. Keeps Its Investigation Open

In an unusual move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it planned to continue an investigation that led to two big recalls this week from Ford and Mazda.

Ford is recalling over 421,000 Escapes, while Mazda is recalling about 217,500 Tributes.

The issue involves a defect in the cruise control cables that could make the small crossover vehicles susceptible to unintended acceleration. They are mechanical siblings.

Typically, the safety agency concludes an investigation once a recall has been announced, but not this time.

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