Car manufacturers with the fewest vehicles recalled
March 31, 2016 9:50 am03/31/2016 09:50am
Looking for a reliable car in the future? Here are some brands with the fewest recalls on the market.
By Sean Jackson
When considering the overall quality of a car, factors from safety to fuel efficiency must be examined. Dependability also undoubtedly plays an important role. Better construction not only means greater confidence in your investment, but also fewer trips to repair manufacturer defects.
The data experts at AxleGeeks sought out the car brands with the fewest vehicles affected by safety recalls since Jan. 1, 2015. With data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we ranked the brands from most to fewest affected vehicles. However, the total volume of cars produced by a given manufacturer is unavailable, making it impossible to determine what percentage of a brand’s vehicles ultimately fall victim to manufacturer defects. Lower volume of production will naturally lead to fewer vehicles affected by recalls. An authority on cars and car brands, AxleGeeks recently launched an app to provide users with the latest information on the go.
Note: While we considered recalls reported after Jan. 1, 2015, they do not necessarily affect vehicles made in 2015 and, in fact, are more likely to affect older models.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 1,568,871 Total Number of Recalls: 15
Since 2015, Hyundai administered 15 recalls that affected nearly 1.6 million vehicles.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 1,568,305 Total Number of Recalls: 19 Brands: BMW, Mini
BMW has issued 19 recalls since 2015, affecting over 1.5 million models and surpassing totals reported by other luxury manufacturers such as Mercedes- Benz.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 1,203,210 Total Number of Recalls: 22 Brands: Mercedes-Benz, Smart
In 2016, the luxury manufacturer issued recalls on just under 850,000 models, more than doubling the amount of models affected in the previous year.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 962,169 Total Number of Recalls: 8
Kia witnessed a spike in recalls since 2015, with over 950,000 models affected, close to a six-fold increase from 2014. Despite the surge in recalls, it still reported fewer vehicles impacted by recalls than Ford and Chevrolet.
#6. Volkswagen Group
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 695,682 Total Number of Recalls: 21 Brands: Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen
Since 2015, Volkswagen Group has issued 21 recalls affecting nearly 700,000 vehicles affected.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 617,218 Total Number of Recalls: 6
With just over 600,000 models reported for recalls, Subaru reported far fewer affected vehicles than other manufacturers like Hyundai and Chrysler.
#4. Land Rover
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 241,103 Total Number of Recalls: 10
The luxury manufacturer issued 10 recalls affecting over 200,000 of its models.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 59,415 Total Number of Recalls: 1
Tesla administered only one recall since 2015 that affected just under 60,000 vehicles.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 45,318 Total Number of Recalls: 15
Volvo has issued 15 recalls since 2015, affecting just 45,000 models — a far fall from totals reported by luxury competitors like BMW.
Total Number of Recalled Vehicles: 13,427 Total Number of Recalls: 5
With just five recalls issued since 2015, only 13,427 Jaguar models were affected by recalls.
Note: Because total production numbers for each brand are unavailable, we are not able to calculate the percentage of vehicles ultimately needed repairs due to manufacturer defects. Lower volume of production will naturally lead to fewer vehicles affected by recalls.