As we know, most cars made today have basic comfort and safety features. But the real question we, as consumers, must ask is whether some manufacturers are better than others when it comes to quality control. And the answer often is “yes.” iSeeCars.com, an online automotive search engine and research website which helps users find and compare cars for sale, recently did a study on which cars are recalled the most and which ones have very few issues. The results might surprise you.
List and Methodology
The cars that made it to the top 5 for most recalled were Mercedes Benz C-Class, GMC Sierra, BMW 3 and 4 series, Dodge Durango and Nissan Pathfinder. Topping the list of least recalled vehicles were the Hyundai Accent, Chevy Equinox, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Honda CR-V. So, how did iSeeCars get this data?
They basically collected recall data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s databases as of May 1, 2018. Recall rates were calculated as the number of vehicle recall campaigns for each model in the database from model years 2013-2017 divided by the age of the model and the model’s new unit sales. However, it is important to remember that recalls are only one measure of overall vehicle quality.
What Makes a Car Safe?
The fact that a vehicle has been recalled many times or hasn’t been recalled is not exactly an accurate measure of safety. When you buy a vehicle, it is important to look at crashworthiness. That essentially means that the vehicle must be able to reasonably withstand the forces of a crash. There are a number of questions to ask. How strong is the roof? Will in cave right in if the vehicle rolls over? Are the airbags and seatbelts in good working order? How strong are the seatbacks? Is the glass in the vehicle strong enough to withstand the forces of a collision? Does the vehicle have side curtain airbags?
These are just some questions to ask in order to determine vehicle safety. Both NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) offer safety rating for makes and models of vehicles. When it comes to recalls, it is important to remember that not all manufacturers are honest about issuing recalls in a timely manner. There are millions of unsafe vehicles – both recalled and unrecalled – on the roadways right now.
If you have been injured by a defective vehicle – regardless of whether or not it’s been recalled – you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Contact an experienced auto defect lawyer for more information about your legal rights and options.