When it came to safety recalls, the auto industry cleaned up its act in 2005. Recalls to fix safety problems plummeted from 2004s record 30.8 million vehicles to about 17 million in 2005.
Ford Motor Co. led the industry by recalling nearly 6 million vehicles, according to the Detroit Free Press.
At Ford, one whopper recall did most of the damage: 3.8 million 1994-2002 truck models were recalled because of a speed-control switch that could short-circuit and cause fires.
Faces also were red at Toyota Motor Corp., which recalled 2.2 million vehicles, nearly double the 2004 number. That didnt help burnish Toyotas reputation for bulletproof quality.
General Motors finished second to Ford in this dubious achievement sweepstakes. But it could make a case that the news, relatively speaking, was good. GM recalled more than 5 million vehicles, but that was well below the disastrous year of 11 million in 2004.