8 Cars With The Most Recalls in 2018


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In 2018, 39 car manufacturers announced a total of 288 recalls for 239 different cars according to the EU alert system Rapex. We created a list of eight cars that had more recalls than the others. Most recalls of all…

Let’s leave out the causes of individual defects. We should appreciate the fact that these manufacturers have bitten a sour apple by confessing their mistakes and trying to fix them with a recall. Not all of the other car manufacturers act in this way.

The individual cars that had more than three recalls in 2018 are a total of 48. Here are some of those who had six or more recalls. The pictures are for illustrative purposes only, the different generations of the model could have been recalled during the year.


Mercedes-Benz E-Class

9 recalls in 2018
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Month Issue Production Source
VI. The seals on the front doors around the window may allow water to enter the inner door area. 4/2017 – 10/2017 link
VI. The welding of the backrests of the driver’s and front passenger’s seats may be defective. 8/2017 – 2/2018 link
VI. The casing material of the gas generator of the driver airbag may be defective. 1/2018 – 3/2018 link
VII. The seat-backs may not be fully secured on the right-hand side of the front seats. 4/2017 – 8/2017 link
VIII. The navigation software may be faulty, storing the wrong location of the vehicle. 2/2017 – 1/2018 link
IX. (Cabrio) The ISOFIX console, anchoring the child seat to the car body, may not be adequate. 10/2017 – 11/2017 link
IX. The lower engine compartment cover lacks the necessary gap for the exhaust system. 3/2018 link
X. The calibration of the occupant classification system for the passenger seat does not work correctly. 4/2017 – 6/2018 link
XI. The operation of the active bonnet may be faulty. 10/2016 – 1/2018 link
All E-Class Recalls

Mitsubishi ASX

8 recalls in 2018

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Month Issue Production Source
I. The door lock mechanism might not operate properly in high temperatures. MY 2015 link
I. The engine electronic control unit relay may heat up abnormally. MY 2015 link
VIII. The parking brake lever shaft might be stuck due to corrosion. MY 2013 – 2016 link
VIII. The front deck is not waterproof and water can drop onto the wiper link. 4/2010 – 9/2014 link
IX. The weld between the rear muffler and the tailpipe may crack. MY 2011 – 2018 link
XI. The software in the Active Stability Control (ASC) system may be faulty. MY 2018 link
XI. The software of the forward-collision mitigation (FCM) system may be faulty. MY 2018 link
XI. The flange area of the engine’s multi-belt auto tensioner may crack. MY 2011 – 2012 link
All ASX Recalls

Mitsubishi Outlander

8 recalls in 2018

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Month Issue Production Source
VII. Corrosion may occur inside the windscreen wiper motor. 2005 – 2012 link
VIII. The parking brake lever shaft might be stuck due to corrosion. MY 2013 – 2016 link
X. The engine control relay unit (ECU) or valve lift control relay can heat up abnormally. 2014 – 2017 link
X. The door lock mechanism in the door latch might not operate properly in high temperatures. MY 2014 – 2016 link
XI. The software in the Active Stability Control (ASC) system may be faulty. MY 2018 link
XI. The software of the forward-collision mitigation (FCM) system may be faulty. MY 2018 link
XI. The adhesive material between the sunroof glass and its outer frame may weaken. 2008 – 2009 link
XI. The flange area of the engine’s multi-belt auto tensioner may crack. MY 2008 – 2012 link
All Outlander Recall

Peugeot 3008

7 recalls in 2018

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Month Issue Production Source
I. An engine part may not work correctly, leading to power loss. 10/2017 – 11/2017 link
I. There is contact between a fuel hose and the aerodynamic screen located under the fuel tank. 4/2016 – 8/2017 link
III. Engine overheating may lead to an oil leak. 10/2013 – 4/2015 link
IV. Overheating of the engine may occur due to a problem with the engine control software. 1/2014 – 3/2015 link
V. The bolts attaching the tow bar may not be correctly tightened. 6/2017 – 1/2018 link
IX. The cars have an incorrect version of the engine’s software, leading to errors in the cooling strategy. 5/2016 – 4/2018 link
IX. The cylinder-housing oil gallery plug may not have been correctly tightened. 4/2018 – 5/2018 link
All 3008 Recalls

Peugeot 5008

7 recalls in 2018

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Month Issue Production Source
I. An engine part may not work correctly, leading to power loss. 10/2017 – 11/2017 link
II. There could be contact between a fuel hose and the aerodynamic screen located under the fuel tank. 9/2016 – 8/2017 link
III. Engine overheating may lead to an oil leak. 1/2014 – 3/2015 link
IV. Overheating of the engine may occur due to a problem with the engine control software. 2/2014 – 3/2015 link
IX. The cars have an incorrect version of the engine’s software, leading to errors in the cooling strategy. 10/2016 – 4/2018 link
IX. The cylinder-housing oil gallery plug may not have been correctly tightened. 4/2018 – 6/2018 link
XII. The wheel fastening nuts may have been insufficiently tightened. 5/2018 – 6/2018 link
All 5008 Recalls

Volkswagen Tiguan

7 recalls in 2018

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Month Issue Production Source
III. A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed. 3/2011 – 7/2011 link
III. The brake discs on the front axle are too weak. 1/2018 – 2/2018 link
VII. Allspace – The fixing nut on the front axle ball joint may not have been tightened with the correct torque. 8/2017 – 1/2018 link
IX. Allspace – The fixing nut on the front axle ball joint may not have been tightened with the correct torque. 7/2017 – 4/2018 link
IX. Allspace – The passenger airbag modules may have been fitted with incorrectly packed airbags. 3/2018 – 5/2018 link
X. Allspace – The lower securing eye of the rear gas-filled shock absorbers may be incorrectly welded. 1/2018 – 3/2018 link
X. Moisture can reach the LED module of the sunroof’s ambient lighting. 4/2015 – 7/2018 link
All Tiguan Recalls

Peugeot 308

6 recalls in 2018

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Month Issue Production Source
I. An engine part may not work correctly, leading to power loss. 10/2017 – 11/2017 link
III. Engine overheating may lead to an oil leak. 2/2014 – 3/2015 link
IV. Overheating of the engine may occur due to a problem with the engine control software. 10/2013 – 4/2015 link
VI. The airbag control units might have received a shock. 11/2017 link
IX. The cars have an incorrect version of the engine’s software, leading to errors in the cooling strateg. 2/2017 – 3/2018 link
IX. The cylinder-housing oil gallery plug may not have been correctly tightened. 4/2018 – 5/2018 link
All 308 Recalls

Volkswagen Passat

6 recalls in 2018

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Month Issue Production Source
III. A spring in the starter motor’s magnetic switch was incorrectly installed. 3/2011 – 7/2011 link
III. The brake discs on the front axle are too weak. 1/2018 – 2/2018 link
VI. The fastening of the active headrest may be defective. 2/2018 – 3/2018 link
IX. The vehicles may have been fitted with an incorrect driver airbag during a components replacement. 12/2006 – 5/2008 link
IX. The head restraint guide retaining spring is defective. 5/2018 – 6/2018 link
XII. The fitting for the headrest may have been incorrectly welded to the backrest. 5/2018 – 8/2018 link
All Passat 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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