It’s a hassle receiving a recall notice for your car, but it’s a much better feeling than having your vehicle unexpectedly lose power or burst into flames.

    A total of 592,941 vehicles were recalled in Australia in 2023, with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts publishing 166 separate recall notices.

    Many of these recalls involved potential fire risks or unexpected losses of power, while some were much more tame.

    If we’re looking purely in terms of number of vehicles recalled, Mazda took the lead with 185,750 vehicles recalled – the bulk of which were part of a single recall for a flickering reversing camera.

    In terms of the number of separate recalls issued, Mercedes-Benz held the lead with 33, running the gamut from misaligned headlights to several for potential fire risks.

    As some recalls see multiple model lines lumped together, it’s harder to figure out which specific nameplate had the most examples recalled.

    In terms of the total number of recalls issued for a model line, however, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class held the title as it was the subject of eight separate recalls.

    It was followed by the Mercedes-Benz GLE (7 recalls), Range Rover (6 recalls) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (5 recalls).

    The Kia Sorento and Sportage, Land Rover Defender, Range Rover Sport and Velar, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, E-Class and CLS were each the subject of four recalls.

    We’re not going to act as arbiters of what is a major fault, and we’ve instead counted every single recall notice with an original publication date within 2023.

    We’ve also counted every separate recall, even if the number of vehicles affected is tiny. For example, one Mercedes-Benz EQC recall from 2023 involved a single vehicle.

    It’s worth noting the absence of a recall notice doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of an issue. Some companies may choose to be more proactive by issuing a recall sooner rather than later.

    Total number of recalled vehicles

    BrandTotal vehicles recalled in 2023
    Mazda185,750
    Mercedes-Benz83,190
    Toyota54,150
    Kia47,467
    Jeep46,803
    Ford38,435
    Mitsubishi33,123
    Isuzu23,581
    Hyundai19,459
    Audi10,644
    Ram8189
    BMW5711
    Land Rover5533
    Honda5217
    MG5168
    Subaru3271
    Peugeot2780
    Nissan2102
    Volkswagen1874
    Renault1872
    Genesis1831
    GWM1659
    Cupra1439
    Porsche752
    Citroen638
    Mahindra449
    Jaguar428
    Bentley414
    Lotus204
    Lexus154
    Skoda116
    Chevrolet106
    Ferrari104
    Lamborghini77
    Alfa Romeo59
    Volvo52
    McLaren47
    Rolls-Royce39
    Polestar35
    Holden10
    Maserati10

    Total number of recalls issued

    BrandNumber of recalls issued in 2023
    Mercedes-Benz33
    Ford10
    Land Rover10
    Kia8
    BMW, Jeep7 each
    Audi, Peugeot, Porsche, Ram, Toyota6
    Hyundai4
    Bentley, Jaguar, Lotus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Volkswagen3
    Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Ferrari, Genesis, Honda, Isuzu, McLaren2

    Chevrolet, Cupra, GWM, Holden, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mahindra, Maserati, MG, Polestar, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Skoda and Volvo all issued one recall each during 2023.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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