Each year, tens of millions of vehicles are recalled in the United States to fix problems ranging from failing headlights and windshield wipers to more serious problems that can cause fires and crashes.
This year is no exception. The U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued his 300 recalls to major automakers in 2022, affecting millions of vehicles.
Car companies are required to email owners about recalls, but if a car is sold, the next owner may not get the notification. According to FOX Business, car dealers don’t have to repair recalled parts before they sell them, or even notify them of the recall when they sell the car. In many cases, car dealers are unaware that recalls are in place.
That’s why it’s so important for car owners to check for themselves if their car is covered by the recall.
How to check if your car is covered by a recall
Finding recalls for your car is easy.
To find out if your vehicle is covered by a recall, visit NHTSA’s recall website. You will be asked to enter your vehicle’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This is usually marked on both the lower left corner of the car’s front windshield and on the driver’s side door jamb.
A Toyota truck entering the service department of City Toyota in Daly City, Calif., February 3, 2010. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Enter your VIN number and NHTSA will tell you if you have an unrepaired vehicle that has been recalled in the last 15 years. I don’t know if your vehicle was previously subject to a recall and has since been repaired.
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I also don’t see recalls for foreign cars. In other words, NHTSA does not provide recall data for Toyota and Honda vehicles sold in the United States. You can visit his website for Honda and Toyota manufacturers to see if your car is covered by the recall.
Automakers with the most recalls in 2022
Here’s a breakdown of vehicle recalls issued in the US this year. Click here to view the full list.
Ford: 67 recalls
Ford’s major recalls for 2022 include damaged driveshafts affecting approximately 250,000 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty vehicles, as well as approximately 350,000 Ford Escape and Broncos. There is an engine oil leak included.
The brand new Ford Escape SUV is shown at the Journey Ford sales lot on June 4, 2013 in Novato, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Ford said it has received reports of 20 fires, including three that have set fire to nearby structures, which are linked to another major recall. The company also said he had four fire claims that he noticed within five minutes of shutting off the engine. Ford also has four of his personal injury claims that do not involve burns and 43 legal claims resulting from the issue.
COLMA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 25: The Ford logo is displayed on brand new Ford Focus vehicles at Seramonte Ford in Colma, CA on October 25, 2018. Ford has model years 2012 through 2018 in North America. announced a recall of over one million Ford Focus vehicles.
In June, the company recalled about 3 million vehicles due to a problem that “vehicles may not be able to shift into their intended gear and the vehicle may move in an unexpected direction.”
“Furthermore, the vehicle may roll after the driver selects the ‘park’ position,” the recall said.
Volkswagen: 45 recalls
Volkswagen recalled more than 246,000 SUVs in the US and Canada in March. This is because a faulty wire in his harness can sometimes cause sudden braking in traffic.
Volkswagen Passat (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The recall comes three days after The Associated Press reported that 47 people had filed complaints to U.S. safety regulators about the issue and had been nearly rear-ended by other vehicles. He reported that the alarm went off, the driver’s side window dropped, and the SUV suddenly braked in traffic.
Chrysler: 38 recalls
In late November, about 250,000 large diesel Ram pickup trucks were recalled in the U.S. for transmission fluid leaks that could cause engine fires. , and select Ram 3500 trucks from 2020 to 2022. All are powered by his 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine and his 68RFE transmission.
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According to the company, heat and pressure can build up inside the transmission and cause fluid to escape from the dipstick tube. Fluid hitting hot engine parts can cause a fire.
Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler) was still developing the repair. The company said it received 16 fire reports and 48 complaints, site reports and warranty claims due to the issue. We are aware of one minor injury caused by this issue.
On December 8, Chrysler recalled more than 1.2 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks because the tailgate could open while driving.
Mercedes-Benz: 33 recalls
In May, Mercedes warned more than 292,000 customers with 2006-2012 model year ML, GL and R-Class vehicles to stop driving.
The German automaker said in a recall notice that moisture can build up and cause corrosion in the car’s brake booster housing unit, causing vacuum leaks and poor braking performance.
The three-pointed star, the Mercedes-Benz emblem (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
In rare cases of very severe corrosion, hard braking can cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, resulting in brake failure and increased risk of collision. will continue to work.
As of May, there have been no reports of crashes, injuries or deaths related to this issue.
General Motors: 32 recalls
In April, General Motors recalled nearly 682,000 compact SUVs due to possible windshield wiper failure.
The recall covers the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models. The wiper module ball joints can rust, causing one or both wipers to fail, increasing the risk of a collision.
Chevrolet dealer logo and sign, Queens, New York. (Photo: Lindsey Nicholson/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
In November, General Motors recalled nearly 340,000 large sport utility vehicles because daytime running lights may not turn off when the normal headlights are on.
The NHTSB said having both lights on at the same time could blind oncoming drivers and increase the risk of a collision. The recall affects select 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models, as well as GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade models.
Kia: 24 recalls
Kia Motors recalled more than 410,000 vehicles in the US in January over concerns that airbags may not deploy in a crash.
The recall includes certain 2017-2019 Kia Sedona minivans, 2017-2019 Soul and Soul EV hatchbacks, and 2017-2018 Forte sedans and coupes.
KIA logo (photo credit MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
In August, Hyundai and Kia instructed some owners of large SUVs to park outdoors, away from buildings, after a series of fires involving trailer hitch wiring.
The issue has caused South Korean automakers to recall more than 281,000 vehicles in the United States.
The same problem occurred two months later, with Kia recalling an additional 72,000 older Sportage small SUVs in the U.S., telling owners to park them outdoors and away from structures following reports of engine fires. Did.
Hyundai: 22 recalls
Hyundai and Kia Motors, both vehicles included in the August 2022 recall, forced some owners of large SUVs to be pulled outdoors from a building after a series of fires involving the wiring of a trailer hitch. Asked to park far away.
Over 281,000 vehicles have been recalled in the United States due to this issue.
Hyundai logo (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
In November, Hyundai issued a recall of more than 44,000 SUVs in the US as fire hazards and urged drivers to park their vehicles outdoors until repairs were completed.
The recall involved certain 2018 Santa Fe Sport models with anti-lock brake computers that could malfunction and cause an electrical short. This can cause your computer to draw too much power and increase the risk of fire while you are parked or driving.
These 44,000 vehicles were not included in February’s recall of over 350,000 vehicles (specifically 2016-2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vehicles) for the same issue.
Tesla: 20 recalls
Tesla recalled more than 300,000 vehicles in the US in November. This is because a software glitch can cause the taillights to go out intermittently, increasing the risk of a collision.
Tesla said the glitch could affect one or both taillights on certain Model 3 and Model Y vehicles. Brake lights, backup lights and turn signal lights were not affected by the software issue.
A Tesla car is plugged into a Tesla charging station in a parking lot in Santa Monica, California, Sept. 22, 2022. Tesla is recalling over 1 million of his vehicles in the US.
The company voluntarily recalled about 1.1 million vehicles in September. This is because the pinch protection feature of power door windows can cause the glass to be pushed too hard before it rolls.
The pinch protection feature is intended to prevent injury to the occupants’ limbs when the windows are closed.
BMW: 19 recalls
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In March, more than 917,000 older BMW cars and SUVs were recalled in the US. Many are his third. To repair an electrical short that caused a fire in the engine compartment.
The recall included multiple vehicles: 3 Series, 5 Series, 1 Series, X5, X3 and Z4. The model years of affected vehicles range from 2006 to 2013.
Most of the cars were recalled for the same issue in 2017 and 2019. According to documents posted online, owners who previously repaired their vehicles in previous recalls will need to come back for new repairs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.