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Old 04-01-2014, 07:55 AM
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Automaker recall rates: Where do you think BMW falls?

”bmw recall stats”

Recalls are a hot issue in the auto industry, especially safety related cases. Forbes.com recently posted an interesting piece about how common recalls are and which automakers have the best, and worst track records for recalls. I guess I never thought about it much, but I was amazed by just how many vehicles end up having recalls, safety or otherwise.

How does BMW stack up, when it comes to recalls? Check out some statistics from the article to find out.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year the auto industry recalled close to a third more vehicles in the U.S. (22 million) than it sold (just over 15 million). Recalls were up by a whopping 25 percent during 2013, which is industry’s highest rate since 2004 when 30.8 million vehicles were involved in such campaigns.

Toyota/Lexus/Scion led the pack for the second year in a row with nearly 5.3 million cars and trucks recalled, followed by the Chrysler Group at around 4.7 million and Honda/Acura with nearly 2.8 million models recalled.


Here’s iSeeCars.com’s full list of least and most recalled car lines since 1985, with the given recall rate being relative to sales registered in the U.S. from 1980 forward:

1. Mercedes-Benz USA: *2.1 million recalled/5.2 million sold; *0.41 recall rate.
2. Mazda Motor Corp: *5.2 million recalled/9.4 million sold; *0.55 recall rate.
3. General Motors: *99.3 million recalled/153.2 million sold; *0.65 recall rate.
4. Nissan North America: *19.1 million recalled/26.8 million sold; *0.71 recall rate.
5. Subaru of America: *4.3 million recalled/6.0 million sold; *0.73 recall rate.
6. Kia Motors: *3.7 million recalled/4.9 million sold; *0.77 recall rate.
7. Toyota Motor Corp: *38.6 million recalled/48.1 million sold; *0.80 recall rate.
8. BMW of North America: *5.1 million recalled/5.7 million sold; *0.90 recall rate.
9. Ford Motor Co: *97.0 million recalled/104.7 million sold; *0.93 recall rate.
10. American Honda Motor Co: *31.1 million recalled/32.9 million sold; *0.94 recall rate.
11. Chrysler Group: *63.2 million recalled/63.2 million sold; *1.00 recall rate.
12. Volvo Cars of North America: *3.3 million recalled/3.1 million sold; *1.05 recall rate.
13. Volkswagen of America: *10.2 million recalled/9.7 million sold; *1.06 recall rate.
14. Mitsubishi Motors North America: *5.3 million recalled/4.8 million sold; *1.09 recall rate.
15. Hyundai Motor Co: *9.9 million recalled/8.7 million sold; *1.15 recall rate.

Among the 15 major automakers surveyed, BMW was found to react to safety related defects the most quickly, with 87 percent of its 232 recall campaigns initiated since 1985 taking place within a model’s first three years.

Read the full article from Forbes.com here.
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In my driving life, I've have few recalls for various cars, most trivial.

1. brake light could stay on while parked unless tapped. Spring replaced with weaker one.
2. brake fluid line had a vacuum valve that could malfunction because of heat. Heat shield added.
3. Not a recall but goodwill. Some trim shifted forward. out of warranty but fixed by new part supplied by manufacturer and labor covered by dealer.
4. Not a recall but service campaign. Front badge delaminated and replaced.

These statistics are hard to evaluate whether a car is poorly designed or a manufacturer is up to speed to fix things with better designed replacement parts.
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