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by Tim Beissmann

More vehicles were recalled in the US in the first six months of 2014 than in any other full year in history.

Bloomberg reports 37.5 million vehicles have been recalled across the country so far this year, humbling the 30.8m record set 10 years ago, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The number of vehicles recalled in the first half of 2014 almost eclipses the combined total from the past two years, with slightly fewer than 22m vehicles recalled last year and 16.4m in 2012.

General Motors is responsible for approximately two-thirds of this year’s tally. The Detroit-based car maker has along the way claimed the unenviable title of the highest number of recalls from a company in a single year, surpassing Ford Motor Co.’s previous 23.3m record from 2001.

The number of vehicles recalled in the US so far this year tallies more than 4.5 times the number of vehicles sold, which stood at 8.1 million at the end of June.

The total is set to climb shortly too, with Japan’s car makers finalising their investigations into their vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators supplied by Takata.




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