2018 – The Most Recalled Cars in Europe



A total of 288 passenger car recalls were added to the EU Rapex Rapid Alert System in 2018. Mercedes-Benz (36) was the most recalled brand, followed by Volkswagen (25) and Peugeot (23). More than ten recalls were announced by Opel (20), Citroën (17), Toyota (14), Mitsubishi (14) and Ford (13). In 2018, 239 different models of 39 brands were recalled.



Most of the recalled vehicles were in some way troubled by engine problems (142). A defect of the airbag or restraint system occurred in 73 models. The same number of cars (73) were at risk of fire. Defects on the suspension were reported in 40 recalled models and 12 of them had steering problems. It should be noted that the Rapex records only dangerous defects that compromise the crew’s safety and health.

Year-on-year comparison 2018 vs. 2017

A comparison with 2017 shows that some carmakers were recalling much more than a year ago, while other brands significantly reduced the number of recalls. From 17th place in 2017, Mitsubishi has climbed into the top ten, similar to Opel which moved from the 15th position to fourth. Volkswagen jumped six positions to second, Hyundai also headed ten positions up.

With Fiat, on the other hand, the number of recalls has fallen sharply. In 2017, they issued ten recalls and were in seventh place in the list. One year later, Fiat only announced four recalls and shares the 25th position with Dodge. Dropping from fourth to ninth position, we see Renault. Land Rover headed ten places down, with an even bigger drop being seen with Volvo and Mini. The question is whether it is good or bad news for owners.

The most recalled cars in 2018

Some models were affected by more than one recall in 2018. Five or more problems were reported with 17 vehicles. Nine recalls were related to the E-Class from Mercedes, while eight were for Mitsubishi ASX and Outlander. Seven times Peugeot´s 3008 and 5008 were recalled each but also Volkswagen´s Tiguan. On this topic, we wrote a separate article 8 cars with the most recalls in 2018.

A detailed overview of the 2018 recalls

In our detailed overview, we dedicate a separate page to each brand with a precise description of all defects of problematic models. On every page, you can also find a button “Check Recalls by VIN” with links to authorized UK dealers, where you can verify if any of the recalls concern your vehicle.

* Minor recalls concerning cars produced over just a few days are not usually listed.
* Data for this unofficial summary is sourced from Weekly overview reports of RAPEX notifications.



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1Mercedes-Benz3617DetailedIn 2017 #1 / 28 / 20 / Look Back
2Volkswagen2518DetailedIn 2017 #8 / 9 / 15 / Look Back
3Peugeot2312DetailedIn 2017 #3 / 21 / 12 / Look Back
4Opel2011DetailedIn 2017 #15 / 6 / 9 / Look Back
5Citroën1713DetailedIn 2017 #2 / 21 / 15 / Look Back
6Toyota1416DetailedIn 2017 #5 / 15 / 12 / Look Back
7Mitsubishi146DetailedIn 2017 #17 / 5 / 4 / Look Back
8Ford1313DetailedIn 2017 #9 / 9 / 8 / Look Back
9Renault95DetailedIn 2017 #4 / 19 / 12 / Look Back
10BMW810DetailedIn 2017 #6 / 13 / 16 / Look Back

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11Seat88DetailedIn 2017 #20 / 4 / 4 / Look Back
12Nissan75DetailedIn 2017 #11 / 8 / 11 / Look Back
13Lexus68DetailedIn 2017 #25 / 2 / 3 / Look Back
14Honda66DetailedIn 2017 #23 / 2 / 7 / Look Back
15Jeep63DetailedIn 2017 #16 / 6 / 5 / Look Back
16Audi56DetailedIn 2017 #14 / 6 / 11 / Look Back
=Hyundai56DetailedIn 2017 #26 / 2 / 2 / Look Back
18Mazda55DetailedIn 2017 #17 / 5 / 4 / Look Back
19Chrysler45DetailedIn 2017 #22 / 3 / 2 / Look Back
=Jaguar45DetailedIn 2017 #12 / 8 / 5 / Look Back

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21Dacia44DetailedIn 2017 #17 / 5 / 4 / Look Back
=Land Rover44ListIn 2017 #10 / 9 / 5 / Look Back
=Suzuki44ListIn 2017 #27 / 1 / 1 / Look Back
=Kia44ListIn 2017 no recalls
25Fiat43DetailedIn 2017 #7 / 10 / 11 / Look Back
=Dodge43DetailedIn 2017 #13 / 7 / 9 / Look Back
27Ferrari37DetailedIn 2017 no recalls
28Aston Martin36DetailedIn 2017 #22 / 3 / 2 / Look Back
29Škoda35DetailedIn 2017 #21 / 3 / 4 / Look Back
30Porsche33DetailedIn 2017 #20 / 4 / 4 / Look Back

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=Subaru33ListIn 2017 #24 / 2 / 4 / Look Back
32Maserati23ListIn 2017 #18 / 5 / 3 / Look Back
33Alfa Romeo23DetailedIn 2017 #26 / 2 / 2 / Look Back
34Lancia22ListIn 2017 #18 / 5 / 3 / Look Back
=Cadillac22DetailedIn 2017 no recalls
36Mini21ListIn 2017 #27 / 1 / 1 / Look Back
=Volvo21ListIn 2017 #19 / 4 / 7 / Look Back
38Infiniti12DetailedIn 2017 #26 / 2 / 2 / Look Back
39Lotus11Coming SoonIn 2017 no recalls

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About the Author

Roman Beránek

Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the Czech Radio's and CzechTV's "Automotorevue" show. He founded the car-recalls.eu website in 2016 to make car owners better informed and to help to improve road safety.

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