Mercedes C-Class has highest rate of recalls in study.
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Study: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Has Highest Recall Rate Of Any Vehicle

A new study has found that of all the cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs for sale in America, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the highest recall rate.
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A new study has found that of all the cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs for sale in America, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has the highest recall rate. It was found to have a recall rate of 7.3 times the average for all vehicles.

The study was conducted by iSeeCars.com. The research team looked at the number of individual vehicle recall campaigns from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recall database as of May 1, 2018, for every model vehicle from model years 2013 - 2017. It then calculated an average recall rate (number of recall campaigns/year per 100,000 new car units sold) for each model. It should be noted that other cars may have a greater actual number of recalls, but when the volume of vehicles sold is factored in Mercedes-Benz' C-Class has the highest rate. The C-Class is Mercedes-Benz' highest volume vehicle model, finishing 2017 with over 77,000 units sold and accounting for nearly a quarter of all Mercedes vehicles sold in America.

The average rate of recalls measured in Campaigns/Year Per 100k Units Sold, was found by the study to be 0.79. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class had a rate of 5.77. The second vehicle on the list was found to be the GMC Sierra pickup with a rate of 3.25.

“A recall means hours of lost time on top of potential safety issues,” explained Phong Ly, iSeeCars.com CEO. “At the very least, it involves an appointment, a trip to the dealership, and waiting around while the repairs are being made or dealing with a loaner car if the dealership is even prepared to make the fix. Owners of cars with repeated recalls are faced with this hassle many times over.” Ly went on to note, "Luxury cars such as the Mercedes C-Class or the BMW 3-Series and 4-Series, which are third on the list, are packed with features, and each additional feature can be another point of failure. This could explain why C-Class owners have to contend with so many recall-related headaches.”

iSeeCars reported that recalls for the C-Class over the period studied included multiple campaigns involving failure in the steering column.


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