2018 – The Most Recalled Cars in Europe


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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.



# Make Recalls Models Detail Note
1 Mercedes-Benz 36 17 Detailed In 2017 #1 / 28 / 20 / Look Back
2 Volkswagen 25 18 Detailed In 2017 #8 / 9 / 15 / Look Back
3 Peugeot 23 12 Detailed In 2017 #3 / 21 / 12 / Look Back
4 Opel 20 11 Detailed In 2017 #15 / 6 / 9 / Look Back
5 Citroën 17 13 Detailed In 2017 #2 / 21 / 15 / Look Back
6 Toyota 14 16 Detailed In 2017 #5 / 15 / 12 / Look Back
7 Mitsubishi 14 6 Detailed In 2017 #17 / 5 / 4 / Look Back
8 Ford 13 13 Detailed In 2017 #9 / 9 / 8 / Look Back
9 Renault 9 5 Detailed In 2017 #4 / 19 / 12 / Look Back
10 BMW 8 10 Detailed In 2017 #6 / 13 / 16 / Look Back

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# Make Recalls Models Detail Note
11 Seat 8 8 Detailed In 2017 #20 / 4 / 4 / Look Back
12 Nissan 7 5 Detailed In 2017 #11 / 8 / 11 / Look Back
13 Lexus 6 8 Detailed In 2017 #25 / 2 / 3 / Look Back
14 Honda 6 6 Detailed In 2017 #23 / 2 / 7 / Look Back
15 Jeep 6 3 Detailed In 2017 #16 / 6 / 5 / Look Back
16 Audi 5 6 Detailed In 2017 #14 / 6 / 11 / Look Back
= Hyundai 5 6 Detailed In 2017 #26 / 2 / 2 / Look Back
18 Mazda 5 5 Detailed In 2017 #17 / 5 / 4 / Look Back
19 Chrysler 4 5 Detailed In 2017 #22 / 3 / 2 / Look Back
= Jaguar 4 5 Detailed In 2017 #12 / 8 / 5 / Look Back

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21 – 30


# Make Recalls Models Detail Note
21 Dacia 4 4 Detailed In 2017 #17 / 5 / 4 / Look Back
= Land Rover 4 4 List In 2017 #10 / 9 / 5 / Look Back
= Suzuki 4 4 List In 2017 #27 / 1 / 1 / Look Back
= Kia 4 4 List In 2017 no recalls
25 Fiat 4 3 Detailed In 2017 #7 / 10 / 11 / Look Back
= Dodge 4 3 Detailed In 2017 #13 / 7 / 9 / Look Back
27 Ferrari 3 7 Detailed In 2017 no recalls
28 Aston Martin 3 6 Detailed In 2017 #22 / 3 / 2 / Look Back
29 Škoda 3 5 Detailed In 2017 #21 / 3 / 4 / Look Back
30 Porsche 3 3 Detailed In 2017 #20 / 4 / 4 / Look Back

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31 – 39


# Make Recalls Models Detail Note
= Subaru 3 3 List In 2017 #24 / 2 / 4 / Look Back
32 Maserati 2 3 List In 2017 #18 / 5 / 3 / Look Back
33 Alfa Romeo 2 3 Detailed In 2017 #26 / 2 / 2 / Look Back
34 Lancia 2 2 List In 2017 #18 / 5 / 3 / Look Back
= Cadillac 2 2 Detailed In 2017 no recalls
36 Mini 2 1 List In 2017 #27 / 1 / 1 / Look Back
= Volvo 2 1 List In 2017 #19 / 4 / 7 / Look Back
38 Infiniti 1 2 Detailed In 2017 #26 / 2 / 2 / Look Back
39 Lotus 1 1 Coming Soon In 2017 no recalls

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What the owner should do?

If you read about a recall that you think may affect your car, you should make immediate contact with a dealer or workshop that’s been officially authorised to perform repairs on behalf of the manufacturer and ask for the details.

If you wish fully comprehensive vehicle check, with more than 80 data points about the history of the car, then we suggest going to HPI-Check, which provides information on a specific vehicle using also the vehicle registration number.


About the Author
Roman Beránek
Czech independent motoring journalist, ex-editor of CNC's Auto.cz website, former host of the 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. Donate? paypal.me.

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