Recalls are sadly a fact of life, and according to the National Traffic Safety Administration, automakers have issued recalls for no fewer than 300 separate vehicles for safety-related issues since the beginning of 2022, affecting millions of models. Let's have a look to find out what transpired throughout last year.
What car had the most recalls in 2022?
Coming in at number one for having the most recalled vehicles in 2022 is sadly Ford Motor Company with 67 recalls, according to Autoblog, averaging one recall every 5.4 days, affecting around 8.63 million vehicles. The American manufacturer was supposedly responsible for 17% of recalls in 2022, with the majority of recall campaigns being related to the powertrain says Car Scoops.
Ford motor company leads the pack with issuing the most recalls, which reportedly includes around 250,000 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks for fractured driveshafts, and about 350,000 Bronco and Escape SUVs for oil leak issues that could start fires, says Forbes.
Ford's recalls were more than twice the number of recalls as the company in second place, which is Tesla, which had the second-most cars recalled. With over 3.75 million vehicles covering 20 recall campaigns, the electric vehicle manufacturer was plagued by tech issues last year, a large proportion of which was solved by over-the-air updates, which put the company in second place in terms of the number of cars.
However, the number of recalls from Tesla (20), accounted for 5% of the total, which was far lower than Ford's (67) at 17%, which meant that the number of recalls from Tesla actually put the company a bit further down the list and in eighth place on the list of the number of recalls. The car manufacturer with the next highest amount of recalls under Ford was Volkswagen, with 45 recalls, involving over one million recalled vehicles (11% of the total).
The most recalled cars in Europe in 2022
From equipment struggles to electrical, powertrain and steering problems, some manufacturers have struggled to keep their cars on the road more than others last year due to some of these common recall problems.
After Ford came Volkswagen, with 14 recalls for 12 models, with the Polo having suffered from four recalls alone due to a faulty spoiler, faulty passenger and driver airbags and a faulty panoramic sunroof, according to Autocar.
Not far behind Volkswagen was Daimler Trucks, which had 42 recalls. Some of the 6,500 Daimler Trucks contained faulty steering gears that could fracture and lead to a driver losing control. Chrysler is next with 38, and Forest River, a company that specialises in the manufacture of commercial trucks, shuttle buses, and RVs, some of which are based on Ford vehicles, had 35, says Car Scoops.
Mercedes-Benz is next, which had 33 and warned over 292,000 customers with select ML, GL, and R-Class vehicles between the 2006 and 2012 model years to stop driving them. This was because of the moisture that can accumulate and cause corrosion in the cars' brake booster housing units, potentially resulting in a vacuum leak and reduced brake performance.
How do I know if my car is recalled?
Did you know that there is a way that you can check to see if your vehicle is currently being recalled? Head over to the NHTSA’s recalls website. When you get here, you'll be asked to enter your vehicle's 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which is located either under your bonnet or sometimes at the bottom of your windscreen. Once you've done that, all you need to do then is wait to see whether or not they inform you that you have a vehicle that has been recalled in the last 15 years. One of the things it won't tell you is if your car was previously under recall but has since been repaired.
An interesting fact about NHTSA is that it doesn't show up recalls for foreign vehicles, which means that it won't provide any recall data for Toyota and Honda vehicles sold in the United States, according to Fox 4 News. If you do have either of those vehicles, you'd have to check through their manufacturer's website.
What car brand has fewest recalls?
At the other end of the scale are the brands that had the fewest recalls last year, which were Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Mazda and Polestar who all only issued one single recall each. Can you believe it? Sadly, for Ferrari, the recall it had potentially affected 23,555 vehicles, which is a monstrous recall for a company that produces such few vehicles, says Autoblog.
According to Autocar, Ferrari issued two recalls for its 488 GTB and its 458 Italia. This concerned ventilation and pressure issues on the cap of the brake fluid reservoir, resulting in potentially severe drops in braking capacity.
Which car manufacturer has the most recalls in history?
Vehicle recalls are often looked upon as quite a negative thing, but they shouldn't be when they are such a common occurrence and it's making your vehicle safe, even after your warranty has expired. With thousands of vehicles recalled almost every year, if you were to analyse the Government's recall database, it would reveal that the manufacturer that has had the most is Toyota, with 818 notices issued for its vehicles in the last 30 years.
How can I tell if a recall was performed on my car UK?
The great news is that you'll be able to tell whether or not a recall was performed on your car because there is a record of all recalled vehicles and the vehicles affected. All you'll need to access that record is your VIN and pop this into the Government's online recall search tool. Once you've done that, you'll be presented with all the information that you need to see if your car has any open or unfixed recalls.