In 2022, 207 recalls were reported to the EU Rapex system involving 209 models of 37 brands.
The data comes from an analysis of the weekly reports on dangerous non-food products issued by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection. These are compiled into a structured overview each year by the Car-Recalls.eu website. Dangerous defects are reported to Rapex by individual EU Member States’ supervisory authorities and manufacturers themselves.
Compared to the previous two years (2020 – 2021), the number of recalls reported to the Rapex rapid alert system has decreased significantly. Some manufacturers, which in the past had several recalls per year, reported only one, and moreover, for the marginal models of its range (e.g. Dacia, Mitsubishi, Nissan), while others reported none at all (e.g. Alfa Romeo, Subaru) in 2022. Whether this trend indicates the increasing production quality of the brands mentioned is hard to judge. In our earlier article, we wrote about general trends in the field of recalls. In any case, in the attached table at the end of the article, you will find links to past years when these manufacturers had more recalls and problems.
A manufacturer is only required by law to declare a recall if safety, health or the environment is at risk. Various functional and design defects, where “only” the customer’s wallet and, in the worst case, the life of the car or part is at risk, do not have to be reported anywhere. Manufacturers can only prevent so-called service campaigns, product updates, or TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins) to those who go to authorized service workshops for regular inspections. Read up on the difference between a recall and a service campaign, and don’t be afraid to ask at an authorized dealer, even if you don’t find a recall for your car in the overview. We also advise on how to do this in this section of our website.
Top 10 Most Recalled Makes of 2022
There were few changes in the top ten most recalled makes compared to last year. Mercedes-Benz is again at the top with 39 recalls, while Peugeot is back in second place with 15. Last year’s second-placed Volkswagen (14 recalls) is third. Toyota (14) has moved from ninth to fourth position, with Opel (12) in fifth place, just like last year. Citroën (11) has been made sixth for this year, and related DS Automobiles (8) has been recorded separately in ninth place. Ford (10) moved up to seventh place from 11th last year, while Kia (7), 21st in 2021, also made the top 10. BMW (8 recalls) improved from sixth to eighth place. The rankings for the other places can be found in the table at the end of the article.
Major risks in the 2022 recalls
The most common tag we used for the reported defect in 2022 was fire risk (144). However, this is not the number of recalls, as multiple models could have been affected by a single recall. Other tags used by frequency are as follows: accident 83, injury 74, engine 58, electronics 40, suspension 37, brakes 36, airbag 32, bodywork 28, seat belts 21, steering 14, and seats 11.
In 56 cases, we used the EV/Hybrid label regardless of whether the fault was in the electric drive or other parts of the car (e.g. suspension).
Detailed overview of the 2022 recalls
In our comprehensive overview, we traditionally dedicate a page to each brand detailing the problematic models’ defects. Just click on the link in the table where we also list the recalls/number of recalled models for each brand in 2019-2021 for comparison. The manufacturer’s position last year is the number in parentheses next to the ranking.
Number of recalls by Manufacturer in 2022
Order 1 – 10
|9 (–)||DS Automobiles||8||3||Citroën||Citroën||Citroën|
Order 11 – 20
|11 (14)||Land Rover||7||4||10/4||7/3||6/4|
|16 (26)||Seat & Cupra||3||5||3/6||6/6||8/6|
Order 21 – 30
Order 31 – 37
No recalls in 2022
|= (28)||Alfa Romeo||0||0||3/2||0/0||5/2|
* Minor recalls concerning cars produced over just a few days are not usually listed.
* Data for this unofficial summary is sourced from the weekly overview of reports from RAPEX notifications.
Illustrative photo: source Mercedes-Benz