The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a report that shows an increase in overall auto industry recalls in 2012 (664) compared with recalls in 2011 (654), but attributes the increase to compliance-related recalls, which increased slightly, rather than to defect-related recalls, which decreased. The data include recalls involving vehicles, tires, equipment, and child seats, and the 2012 recalls evidently affected more than 17.8 million of these products. While consumer complaints often drive recalls, what NHTSA refers to as “influenced” recalls, the number of consumer complaints has been falling since 2010 when 65,765 complaints were registered. In 2012, NHTSA received 41,912 consumer complaints. See NHTSA Press Release, January 17, 2013.