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Which Cars Have the Highest Recall Numbers?

Which Cars Have the Highest Recall Numbers?

Which Cars Have the Highest Recall Numbers? A recent story in Jalopnik reviewed a car study analysis by iseecars.com. The car study, in turn, analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which provided data on the cars that were recalled the most and those that were recalled the least. Manufacturer recalls indicate that the vehicle being recalled may be a danger to the driver and anyone near the vehicle when it is in motion. Recalls can be forced by the government or they can be done voluntarily by the manufacturer.

The car study reviewed NHTSA databases through May 1, 2018. The study analyzed recalls between 2013 through 2017. The recall rates were determined by calculating the number of vehicle recall campaigns by model. This number was divided by the age of the vehicle model and the model’s sales of new cars. Only cars that had yearly sales of 50,000 or more were included in the study.

Some additional adjustments were made in the study including correlating the NHTSA recalls with reliability scores prepared by Consumer Reports. Overall, 69 models were studied. The average recall rate was .79 recalls per year per 100,000 sales of new cars.

The study didn’t analyze the reasons for the recalls. Some recalls were needed for minor corrections. Other recalls involved serious safety issues.

Some findings, reported by both Jalopnik and iseecars.com, were quite surprising. For example, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class recall rate was 7.3 times the recall average. The Hyundai Accent was just 1/10th of the recall average.

Here are the tables presented by Jalopnik, based on the data they found:

Top 10 Cars with the Highest Recall Rates

ModelAvg Recall Rate (Campaigns/Year Per 100k Units Sold)Compared to Overall AverageAvg Reliability, Consumer Reports (out of 5)*
Mercedes-Benz C-Class5.777.3x3.0
GMC Sierra3.254.1x2.4
BMW 3/4 Series2.953.7x3.6
Dodge Durango2.713.4x2.0
Nissan Pathfinder2.002.5x2.4
Ram Pickup1.992.5x2.2
Toyota 4Runner1.982.5x5.0
Dodge Charger1.742.2xN/A
Chrysler 3001.712.2xN/A
Chevrolet Tahoe1.521.9x2.4
Avg Top 10 Highest2.733.5x3.0
Overall Average (across all vehicles)0.793.4

 

Top 10 Cars with the Lowest Recall Rates

ModelAvg Recall Rate (Campaigns/Year Per 100k Units Sold)Compared to Overall AverageAvg Reliability, Consumer Reports (out of 5)
Hyundai Accent0.100.1xN/A
Chevrolet Equinox0.110.1x4.2
Toyota Corolla0.120.1x4.8
Honda Civic0.140.2x4.2
Honda CR-V0.140.2x4.6
Honda Accord0.160.2x5.0
Subaru Crosstrek0.180.2x4.0
Toyota Camry0.230.3x5.0
Hyundai Elantra0.230.3x4.2
GMC Terrain0.260.3x4.2
Avg Top 10 Lowest0.160.2x4.5
Overall Average (across all vehicles)0.793.4

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