The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed Thursday that vehicle recalls in 2012 rose by 4.
5 percent to 16.2 million.
In total, automakers and other vehicle manufacturers issued 586 recall campaigns, down from 596 in 2011. Some 15.5 million vehicles were recalled in 2011, NHTSA said.
The Detroit News first reported the yearly recall tally, based on a review of all recall campaigns.
Toyota Motor Corp. led all automakers with 5.3 million vehicles recalled. It topped the list for the third time in four years.