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Top 10 Car Models With The Highest Number Of NHTSA Safety Complaints Since 2005

These 10 Cars Clocked The Most NHTSA Complaints Between 2005 And 2016

Updated November 20, 2018

The car industry can, at times, be predictable especially when it comes to Consumer Reports. While on one hand, the list of the most reliable cars will more likely feature brands from Toyota and Lexus, the most unreliable cars list will always have a Fiat Chrysler brand somewhere in the list. But, of course, each car brand offers a unique set of strengths and weaknesses and as a buyer, you have to strike just the right balance. Safety is, however, one thing that is close to the hearts of many people.

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Everyone wants to drive a car that fits the billing as far as safety features go. In order to give you some clear indication of some of the safest cars out there, research from iSeeCars.com looked to rank the safety of cars based on the total number of NHTSA safety complaints filed among a host of other factors. Well, in case you are in the market for a new car and safety is your number one concern, this list could prove very vital.  Although most of these safety complaints don’t always lead to further action by the NHTSA, they can provide an indication of just where your money should be when it comes to safety.

10. Nissan Murano

Nissan Murano

The Murano was actually the very first crossover SUV that was available in the US market by Nissan and while from 2015 the safety rankings have really improved, earlier models didn’t get the same recognition. There were about 40 complaints that were filed by users for every 10,000 units sold. The 2006 and 2007 models, in particular, saw the biggest share of complaints.

9. Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion

The redesigned Ford Fusion first came to the public eye in 2013 and even though these changes helped improve safety, the car didn’t fare that well in earlier years. The redesign simply worked. In 2011, for example, the total number of complaints filed with NHTSA hit 1,286 but this number dropped significantly in 2014 with only 165 complaints filed. This was a significant improvement.

8. Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger saw a significant number of safety complaints filed with the NHTSA especially between 2011 and 2012. However, the 2006 model was actually the worst. In any case, this model saw 50 complaints filed for every 10,000 vehicles.

7. Ford Edge

Ford Edge

For the last few years, the Ford Edge has actually improved its safety rating with fewer complaints filed at the latter stages of the last decade. But even with that, because of the numerous complaints filed with the NHTSA in earlier years, the car finds itself in this top 10 list. The 2009 model was the worst one with nearly 1,096 complaints filed. On average, the Ford Edge received 49.2 complaints for every 10,000 units sold over the last decade or so.

6. Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan

Between 2005 and 2016, the Dodge Grand Caravan saw 50 safety complaints filed with the NHTSA for every 10,000 units sold. The 2009 model received the biggest share of the complaints at nearly 500. It was also recalled six times.

5. Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is known for its reliability, fuel efficiency, and durability. But the hybrid did not score well in safety in 2 model years. There were owners who filed complaints with the NHTSA about exterior lighting issues, acceleration problems, and braking problems. The 2006 and 2010 models were in particular singled out as the most problematic in the bunch of models produced.

4. Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

It’s not the first time that Jeep Wrangler is being bashed for safety issues. Safety regulators and car testers have always held the view that the car has a few problems. To start with, the Jeep Wrangler has a 27.9% chance of rolling over in the event of a crash which is not a good start. In the last 10 years, the car saw 61 safety complaints filed with the NHTSA for every 10,000 units. Just to give you a clear picture of the magnitude of these issues, the 2010 Jeep Wrangler model was recalled 9 times.

3. Chrysler Town & Country

Chrysler Town & Country

Fiat Chrysler has struggled with safety issues as per the NHTSA list but the Chrysler Town & Country minivans have had it worse, especially when compared to the Dodge-branded vans made under the same brand. Nearly every model of the Chrysler Town & Country since 2005 had a high number of safety complaints filed with the NHTSA. With that rate, it’s not surprising that the Chrysler version logged 63 complaints for every 10,000 units sold over.

2. Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Although sales in SUVs have picked quite a bit over the last decade, safety issues have also come to the fold. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the SUV brands that has received many safety complaints. For every 10,000 units sold, the SUV got 64 complaints. In 2005 however, the complaints were significantly high, standing at 1,861. The 2006 model saw 1,125 complaints filed while the more recent 2014 model saw 845 safety complaints filed with the NHTSA.

1. Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300 Was The Reason For 1,446 NHTSA Complaints For Safety

Chrysler 300 was a very popular model between 2005 and 2006. Sales for the car really picked during that year but the full-size sedan also saw a rapid increase in the total number of safety concern complaints filed by users during the same period. The 2006 model, in particular, had many issues getting 1,446 complaints filed with the NHTSA. This represented about 100 complaints for every 10,000 cars sold. Although in the later years the complaints filed went down, it still holds the record with the highest number of complaints since 2005.

Well, there you go, these are the 10 car models that saw the highest number of safety complaints filed with the NHTSA. The next time you want to buy a car, make sure you consider these issues as part of your buying criteria.

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