GM Has Recalled More Cars Than It Sold In Five Years

With the announcement of today's recall of 2.4 million more cars, trucks and SUVs, the total number of General Motors recalls in the U.S. now exceeds 13 million. To put that into perspective, recalls now exceed the number of cars they sold in the U.S. in five years.

If you add up GM's total U.S. sales from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, it equals about 12.18 million cars, according to their own sales data and news reports. And in 2014 alone so far in the U.S., they've recalled more than 13 million cars, with possibly more on the way.

Yeah. That is a lot of recalled cars.

Obviously, there is some overlap here, as some of the affected cars have been recalled more than once for different issues. The 2006-2007 Saturn Ion, for example, was recalled for both the ignition switch defect and a power steering problem. But this number serves to show the massive scale of the recalls GM is dealing with.

Is this just cleaning house to make sure all potential defects are taken care of, or are they indicative of larger quality issues at GM? And will dealers be able to fix them all?

Hat tip to Ray Wert!