9 Most Recalled Cars in America: Are Your Friends Driving a Timebomb?

Updated July 28, 2016

New car buyers expect a recall or two, but how about 34? And this from a brand known for quality. We’ll also show you how to check if your car’s been recalled, when it was recalled, what the recall is about, and what the dangers are if you don’t get the recall repaired.

Much has been in the news about faulty air bags and ignition switches, but two vehicles on our list have a recall for lugnuts that can come off the car (with your wheel and tire) while you’re driving.

A safety recall can be initiated by the vehicle manufacturer or ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In either case, the manufacturer must file a public report describing the safety-related defect or noncompliance with a Federal motor vehicle safety standard, the involved vehicle/equipments, the events that resulted in the recall determination, a description of the repair required, and a schedule for the recall. NHTSA monitors each safety recall on behalf of the consumer.


2010 Toyota Tundra

The 2010 Toyota Tundra has been recalled  a total 15 times to date. Vehicle speed control problems are a common issue, as well as issues with the axle shaft, seat heaters, tire pressure monitoring system, and air bags.

2002 GMC Envoy

NHTSA lists 16 recalls for this midsize truck-based SUV that General Motors launched in 2002. Headlights, brake lights, door latch, engine cooling, and seat belts are all area for which there have been recalls issued.

2002 Honda CR-V

So far 16 recalls for 2002 Honda CR-V . Most of the problems are related to the current faulty air bag issue. Electrical issues, ignition switch, automatic transmission, and seat belt installation problems add to the total.


2000 Ford Windstar

The 2000 Ford Windstar minivan racked up a total of 16 recalls, including the fuel system, cruise control, and air conditioning system. Corroded suspension leading to cracked axles and steering failure led to a buy back offer to consumers from Ford.


2013 Ford Escape

Only two years on the road and the 2013 Ford Escape has been recalled 17 times. Recalls include seat belts, air bags, electrical issues, fuel system – even the engine itself. One of the recalls is to repair a fuel line caused by a prior recall.


2001 Mazda Tribute

Not really a Mazda, but a Ford with a Mazda badge. Regardless, it’s logged 18 recalls. Problems include structural issues,  cooling problems, issues with the anti-lock brake system, and the cruise control.


2000 Ford Focus

The 2000 Ford Focus has been recalled 18 times for items including exterior lighting,  steering system, headlamps, lug nuts that remove themselves, and  cruise control.


2001 Honda Civic

The 2001 Honda Civic another vehicle that scored high because of air bag problems. 27 recalls with the most recent recalls due to issues with the headlights and with the fuel system.


1997 Ford F-150

An amazing 34 recalls for the best selling vehicle in America. Issues with the 1997 Ford F-150 range from problems with the fuel system, headlights, cruise control, steering gearbox, tires, leaf springs, self-removing lug nuts.

Interested to see if your car has been recalled for any safety issues? Just go ahead and click on this link to NHTSA or cut and paste:


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