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Tesla lives up to the EV hype, but the road hasn’t been easy. Cars, trucks, and SUVs are subject to recalls just like any other item, but Tesla is the most recalled automaker in a recent study. The Tesla Model Y EV SUV is leading the pack, which is recalled more than 15 times the average car or SUV.

Tesla is the most recalled brand out of all automakers

In a recent study, iSeeCars found that Tesla is the most-recalled automaker. This study looked at how many automotive recalls and more than 25 million vehicles in 2022, and the numbers for 2021 were even higher. 2021 showed 1,000 recalls spread over 35 million cars.

The top 10 most frequently recalled vehicles are below, with each of the Tesla models in the first five spots. The Tesla Model Y, 3, X, and S all had more recalls than other vehicles, except for the Porsche Panamera in second place.

ModelExpected 30-Year Lifetime RecallsCompared to the Overall Average
1Tesla Model Y62.415.60x
2Porsche Panamera61.815.45x
3Tesla Model 356.814.2x
4Tesla Model X27.36.83x
5Tesla Model S26.46.60x
6Lincoln Aviator23.05.75x
7Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport22.45.60x
8Volkswagen Atlas20.85.20x
9Ram 150020.55.13x
10Ram 1500 Classic20.55.13x
Most recalled vehicles | iSeeCars

The Tesla Model Y is the most recalled vehicle, with 15.60x the recalls compared to the average. Over 30 years, iSeeCars anticipates it will have 62.4 recalls.

Tesla is the most recalled brand, with the most recalled cars

Tesla is the most recalled brand, led by this Model Y
A Tesla Model Y EV | Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Tesla’s Model 3 saw 14.2% more recalls than the average vehicle and has the potential for 56.8 recalls over 30 years. The Model X and the Model S had fewer recalls but still more than most passenger vehicles will ever see. On average, the projected lifetime recalls across all cars, trucks, and SUVs is 4.0. Compared to the Model Y’s 62.4, that is a huge difference.

There are many ways to view a study like this but recalls can be a headache. More than 62 projected recalls over 30 years is a lot of time and energy fixing problems. Even if it does not impact your personal vehicle, you still might have to address the recall and take it into the shop. Some are simple Over the Air software updates, but not all recalls are that simple.

It isn’t the only factor to consider when looking for a new vehicle, but looking down the road toward many recalls might impact some decisions. It could also impact selling the EV down the road, as Tesla vehicles might still need recalls addressed in the future.

Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Toyota are on the other end of the spectrum

Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Toyota are on the other end of the spectrum. These are some of the least recalled brands, and the least recalled vehicles are below. If you spend too much time chasing recalls with your current car, truck, or SUV, check out the options below. Vehicles like the MINI Convertible, Lexus NX 300h, and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid go into the shop for a recall far less than the average. The options on this list and projected to have very few issues and less than one recall over 30 years.

RankModelExpected 30-Year Lifetime RecallsCompared to the Overall Average
1MINI Convertible0.30.05x
2Lexus NX 300h0.30.08x
3Lincoln MKZ Hybrid0.50.13x
4Mercedes-Benz CLA0.50.13x
5Lexus RX 450h0.50.13x
6Nissan 370Z0.50.13x
7Hyundai Elantra GT0.60.15x
8Mercedes-Benz GLA0.60.15x
9Mercedes-Benz GLC0.70.18x
10Lexus IS 3000.70.18x
Least recalled vehicles | iSeeCars

Even though Tesla is the most recalled brand, many fans are still willing to purchase and drive the electric vehicles. “Some cars, like the Tesla Model S, see a pattern of ongoing recalls, or even an increasing number of recalls, as time passes. Owners of vehicles with that pattern will continue to face recall hassles for years after they acquire their car,” iSeeCars’ Executive Analyst Karl Brauer said.

For now, it seems Tesla has some work to do behind the scenes. Getting one (or any) of its vehicles off the list of most recalled cars is a step in the right direction.


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