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A recent study shows Toyota, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz as the least recalled car brands. Vehicles average four recalls over 30 years on the road, but 33 models are projected to experience one or fewer recalls during that time. Can you guess which brands these vehicles belong to? Many are Toyota, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz models.

Vehicle recalls can be a huge headache

How often do you want to take your vehicle to the dealership? Most of us don’t want to visit the dealership unless it’s for a regular maintenance visit. Even then, some brands have concierge services to handle your vehicle’s needs while you’re working. If you face several recalls, you might get annoyed at the number of times you’re at the dealership unless you have one of the least recalled car brands.

Where do Toyota and Lexus recalls appear on the list?

Gray 2023 Lexus NX SUV - This Lexus is part of why Toyota is one of the least recalled car brands
2023 Lexus NX | Lexus

The study performed by iSeeCars tells us that Toyota, the parent brand to Lexus, is only slightly behind Mercedes-Benz as the least recalled car brand. The Lexus and Toyota models appear on this list as follows:

  • Lexus NX300h – Second – 0.3 expected recalls
  • Lexus RX 450h – Fifth – 0.5 expected recalls
  • Lexus IS 300 – 10th – 0.7 expected recalls
  • Lexus ES 300h – 15th – 0.8 expected recalls
  • Lexus RC 350 – 17th – 0.8 expected recalls
  • Lexus IS 350 – 25th – 1.0 expected recalls
  • Toyota Prius Prime – 28th – 1.0 expected recalls
  • Toyota Corolla Hatchback – 29th – 1.0 expected recalls
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid – 31st – 1.0 expected recalls

These expected recall numbers are over 30 years, much lower than the average. Imagine only facing one recall on a vehicle during the next three decades: sounds pretty sweet, right?

What makes Toyota one of the least recalled car brands?

Mercedes-Benz and Toyota have built strong reputations for quality over several decades. This list confirms the quality offered in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Compared to Tesla, which faces the most expected recalls of any brand, a Toyota vehicle offers predictable driving and maintains high quality and dependability on the road.

Which vehicle faces the lowest number of projected recalls?

Teal 2023 Mini Convertible  at the beach - This little car faces the fewest projected safety recalls
2023 Mini Convertible | Mini

You might expect a Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, or Toyota to top the list, but that’s not the case. The Mini Convertible has the lowest projected recall rate at 0.2 recalls during a 30-year lifetime. This little car could give consumers the least problems but might not be practical for all drivers.

Will new safety technology increase the number of safety recalls?

Although we expect Mercedes-Benz and Toyota to continue to be two of the least recalled car brands, additional technology means more opportunities for safety recalls. In 2021, there were 1,000 recalls impacting more than 35 million vehicles. This number dropped to 400 recalls in 2022,  impacting more than 25 million vehicles.

Both numbers might seem alarming, but adding new vehicles to the market causes an expected increase in the number of safety recalls issued by the NHTSA.

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