We will begin this article by recalling a fundamental point. That a brand organizes recalls regularly does not mean that its models are less reliable. Recalls can relate to environmental concerns as well as mechanical or safety issues. Defects may not be noticed until later. That a brand takes care to identify and resolve it is actually a good thing. And this, especially since the operation is in the vast majority of cases free and only requires a trip to the workshop.
The site car-recalls.eu has made a specialty of listing recall campaigns for different brands by scrupulously searching the European Union recall database on a daily basis (Safety Gate, formerly Rapex). To produce its 2023 ranking of manufacturers having recalled their vehicles to the workshop the most, it also drew on data published by the federal authority in charge of this subject in Germany, the KBA, as well as those of the agency American specialist, the NHTSA. Without further ado, here are the results.
A top 10 which does not evolve much, the Stellantis group very cautious
At the head of the 2023 ranking, we find the same manufacturers in the first 2 places as last year, namely Mercedes in the lead, quite clearly ahead of Peugeot. BMW, for its part, jumped 5 places to land in 3rd place and complete the podium.
Among the other brands present, we note that a very high proportion of them belong to the Stellantis group, an expert in the field. In 4th and 5th are Opel and Citroën. And finally, DS is in 8th place. Surprising? No, not quite, the automobile giant recently launched a major campaign for a pollution problem affecting most of the manufacturers associated with it.
Let’s return to Mercedes, champion of recalls. In total, no less than 20 models were subject to recalls last year, the main ones affected being the new C-Class and GLC models. On some examples of the sedan, the windows were loose and could fall out. Another concern affecting many vehicles, a failure to tighten the connections on certain batteries can cause a fire risk.
At Peugeot, the queen of recalls is the 208 with 9 campaigns concerning it alone. Fixing problems that could lead to poor deployment of the curtain airbag, faulty tires or even pollution concerns, the list is long and concerns both the new generation and the old version.
At Opel, the Grandland was the subject of 7 recalls in 2023. Insufficiently screwed wheel bolts, defective battery, water infiltration always at the level of the battery, possible cracking of the particle filter for diesel models, these are some of the one of the reasons that pushed the Blitz brand to act.
Finally, at Citroën, the C3 and C5 Aircross are the main affected with 7 recalls each. The reasons are quite close to those listed for Peugeot and Opel. Since the group’s models share many elements in common, the slightest recall campaign quickly affects a large number of vehicles.
The 10 brands that organized the most recall campaigns in 2023
- Mercedes: 38 recalls
- Peugeot: 27 recalls
- BMW : 21 rappels
- Opel: 21 reminders
- Citroën: 20 recalls
- Toyota: 16 recalls
- Ford: 16 recalls
- DS: 14 reminders
- Volkswagen: 11 reminders
- Land Rover : 11 rappels
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To sum up
Some manufacturers are more likely than others to organize recall campaigns. Precisely, who are the ones who did it the most last year?
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