As I’m always saying in our monthly report of the biggest automotive recalls, nobody likes when things don’t work the way they’re supposed to, especially when it’s the two-ton hunk of car parts sitting in your driveway. The most important party involved in a recall is, of course, you the occupant — anything that could potentially threaten the safety of you, those you ride with and those around you should take immediate priority. It’s fortunate for all involved that the law requires automakers to let you know when a repair, no matter how trivial, needs to be made.
It’s a bad look for business when automakers’ products are found to be defective, but it’s a much worse look when people start getting hurt and lawyers — never mind journalists — get involved. We here at Cars.com don’t report on this stuff regularly to harp on any particular brand, but we do want you to be aware of both the problems and available solutions. That’s why we took a look back at the largest-volume recalls of 2018 to see which vehicles were most affected — and which most affected you.
Excluding recalls stemming from previously planned expansions of the massive and still ongoing Takata airbag crisis, here are the 10 biggest recalls we at Cars.com reported in 2018: