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FACTBOX-Ford, GM lead in U.S. auto recalls 2005-2009

  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.TTM.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)

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