Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall.
At least not before studying the numbers a little more closely.
Sure, GM started it.
But like those predictable, out-of-control TV sitcom parties that begin by "just inviting a few friends over" when one kid's parents go out of town, it turns out that GM didn't actually make most of the mess.
The final tally of 2014's damages came in from federal regulators this month, showing that automakers sent out some 64 million recall notices in the United States.
That was more than double the previous calendar-year record of 30.8 million, set in 2004.
Of those 64 million, nearly 27 million came from GM. That's a 3,466 percent increase from GM's total in 2013.
Put another way: In one year, GM recalled the equivalent of every single vehicle it sold from mid-September 2005 through the end of 2014.
GM was, by far, the industry's biggest offender.
It came incredibly close to breaking the industry's record all by its lonesome.
But in the end, GM accounted for fewer than half of the total number of vehicles recalled last year.
That means that, even if GM hadn't issued a single recall last year, the auto industry still would have broken its 2004 record by a cool 6 million or so.
In terms of individual recall campaigns, GM was responsible for 82 of the 803 announced across the industry -- only about 10 percent.
Nearly 9 million vehicles were recalled by Honda, and roughly the same number by FCA US. Toyota recalled 6 million, and Ford called back 5 million.
Granted, a number of recalls by other automakers might not have happened without GM's help getting the recall ball rolling.
GM was Patient Zero for a particularly infectious strain of defect fever.
Regardless, there were still millions of explosive Takata airbags to replace and hundreds of other problems that had nothing to do with GM's botched ignitions.
GM, deservedly, got most of the headlines, but it exposed issues with identifying and fixing safety defects that the entire industry is now grappling with.
That isn't to minimize the severity of the flaws that GM has now admitted to and the "pattern of incompetence and neglect," as CEO Mary Barra put it, that festered for more than a decade. The other companies' recalls weren't linked to nearly as many crashes, injuries and deaths as GM's.
But the Year of the Recall wasn't just GM's failures. There were plenty of others that had a role in letting things get out of hand.
And now they all have to help clean it up.