March 2 (Reuters) - In recent years, both General Motors Co GM.UL Ford Motor Co (F.N) have had more vehicles recalled in the United States for safety problems than has Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T)(TM.N), government statistics show.
In the past five years, Ford has averaged 4.02 million recalls a year, GM has averaged 2.18 million and Toyota 1.74 million, according to figures from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
The statistics were gathered by NHTSA at the request of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, and introduced at the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearings on Toyota’s safety issues on Tuesday.
Here is a running total of vehicle recalls the United States for the years from 2005 to 2009 with the automaker with the most recalls each year noted.
U.S. Total Recalls Automaker with most recalls 2005: 19.2 million Ford 6.7 million 2006: 11.3 million Chrysler 2.4 million 2007: 14.9 million Ford 5.5 million 2008: 10.5 million GM 1.8 million 2009: 16.4 million Toyota 4.9 million
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall)