$175 Million A federal jury awarded $175 million to a whistle-blower who questioned the safety of thousands of Trinity guardrail end caps that may be impaling cars instead of slowing them down safely. 10 Makers Ten different automakers were listed in an October 2014 recall notice to replace defective Takata air bags, which have claimed five lives so far. A second urgent recall was also issued in January 2015. 60 Million More than 60 million vehicles were recalled in the United States last year, double the previous record in 2004. GM, Honda and Chrysler each set corporate recall records.