As of December 18, the automaker has issued 54 recalls affecting 5.7 million vehicles in the U.S alone.
This is still an improvement over last year, when 68 recalls were issued.
The biggest recall in terms of numbers affects almost 1.3 million units of the 2013-2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.
For the third year in a row, Ford has issued more recalls than any other automaker in the United States over the last twelve months.
With about 5.7 million vehicles included in these recalls in the United States alone, Ford also has the largest total number of recalled vehicles in the country in 2023.
Nevertheless, this represents an improvement since the automaker launched 68 individual recall campaigns in the U.S in 2022, impacting over 8.7 million units.
While Ford did have the highest number of recalls back in 2021, with 53 campaigns, it is worth mentioning that its 5.4 million affected vehicles paled in comparison to General Motors’ 8 million recalled units.
Going back to 2023, the largest single recall for Ford affected almost 1.3 million units of the 2013 – 2018 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, which could see their front brake lines rupture prematurely.
Other notable recalls included one for over 870,000 F-150 pickups that could see their electric parking brake apply while driving, another for more than 222,000 units of the 2021 F-150 which could have been built with the wrong wiper arms, and various recalls involving the rearview camera in multiple models, including over 400,000 Explorer SUVs.
Of course, not all recalls have such a big scope, and Ford has also issued a recall involving just 18 F-150 Lightning pickups this year, due to a possible risk of fire.
In response to being the most recalled automaker in the U.S. in 2021 and 2022, Ford CEO Jim Farley said late last year that rectifying quality issues at its factories and suppliers was the company’s first priority. The executive also said that it could take years to see the results of these quality improvements, which could explain why Ford still tops the list of the most recalls for a third time in a row.
According to the NHTSA, Stellantis is in second place in terms of recalls with 45 separate campaigns issued this year, followed by Forest River (an RV maker) with 36, BMW with 29, and Mercedes-Benz with 26.
Source: Automotive News