Mercedes-Benz Has Lowest Recall Percentage in The US

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A recent study of safety recalls spanning for over thirty years has found that the three-pointed star car manufacturer has the lowest recall rate in the United States.
According to NHTSA data accumulated between 1985 and 2014 and sales data spanning from 1985 until 2013, Mercedes-Benz apparently recalled the least number of cars for each vehicle they have sold in the land of the free so far.

The analysis of the aforementioned sales and recalls data was conducted by the folks from I See Cars, who concluded that for approximately every five cars that Mercedes-Benz sold in the US in a 33 years time span, they only recalled two of them.

While for some that may seem like a not exactly low rate, keep in mind that Mazda, who is in second place in the study, has recalled five cars out of every nine of them sold during the exact same time.

“A lower recall rate could be an indication an automaker has relatively better manufacturing and quality control processes,” said Phong Ly, CEO and co-founder of I See Cars. “The recall rate could also be an indication of a manufacturer’s risk tolerance or strategy,” Ly continued. “Some automakers may issue recalls at a higher frequency because they may be more cautious and proactive.”

There were no less than fifteen car manufacturers part of the analysis, which kind of makes Mercedes-Benz the head honcho of the entire group when it comes to low recall rates – which should also suggest that the Germans have had the best quality control policy for at least three decades.
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