Auto recalls have captured the public's attention this year, especially in the United States, where General Motors(GM) has come under fire for its handling of an ignition switch flaw tied to at least 13 deaths.
So far this year, GM has recalled a total of 15.6 million vehicles worldwide.
The total includes 2.6 million with the ignition switch flaw, which can cause the vehicles to shut off unexpectedly and disable safety features.
The ignition switch recall is among the deadliest in recent years, and federal regulators say they believe additional fatalities will be connected to the flaw as the investigation continues.
-- CNN's Yoko Wakatsuki contributed reporting from Tokyo.