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In the fast-paced world of automotive manufacturing, car recalls of vehicles significantly impact both companies and consumers. Even though the year has only passed us half-way, the automotive industry has seen some of the craziest car recalls. Let’s explore the top five car recalls of 2024 so far, and shed light on the reasons behind them.

1. Tesla’s Recall: A Minor Issue With Major Reach

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The greatest recall of 2024 is by far Tesla’s, which involved over 2.2 million vehicles! Practically every Tesla vehicle registered since 2012 was covered by the notification, including the Cybertruck, Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. But the current problem was small, at least when compared to a few earlier recalls. The brake, park, and antilock brake warning lights on the cars, according to the NHTSA, were too small and did not meet federal requirements. Tesla fixed the issue by changing the warnings’ size and providing a free over-the-air software update to all of its vehicles. Many have claimed that the recall shouldn’t be classified as one, citing the distinction between sitting at home while the car updates and physically bringing it to the dealership for a repair. On the other hand, legally speaking, any modifications related to safety are considered as recalls.

2. Ford Explorer’s Roof Trim Clips Car Recalls

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As of right now, about 1.9 million Explorer SUVs manufactured between 2011 and 2019—the whole fifth generation of the vehicle—are covered by Ford Motor’s biggest recall of 2024. The clips holding the trim covering the roof supports near the windshield might break free. They might even fly off the car, endangering other drivers’ safety and raising the possibility of an accident, according to documents submitted to the NHTSA in January. Ford was aware of 568 customer complaints and more than 14,000 warranty claims. They claimed that the parts were missing or disconnected at the time the recall was initiated. According to Ford, the issue is only anticipated to impact 5% of its vehicles.

3. Stellantis’ Rear Camera Software Glitch Car Recalls

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In 2024, Stellantis (previously Chrysler FCA) issued a recall for almost 1.2 million vehicles. This was because of a software issue with the rear camera. SUVs from the 2022-2023 model years, including the Jeep Compass, Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer were impacted. These recalls affected customer trust and brand reputation even if they are not directly connected to safety. For automakers, maintaining quality control in production processes is still essential.

4. Hyundai & KIA’s Charging Units & Transmission Recalls

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Together, Hyundai and Kia recalled more than 147,000 cars due to issues with the charging unit and driving power loss. Furthermore, 15,645 Genesis GV70 cars were recalled by Hyundai because of gearbox problems. These recalls emphasize how critical it is to swiftly address any possible safety risks.

5. Mercedes-Benz’s Loose Volt Connection Recalls

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In 2024, Mercedes-Benz recalled 116,020 cars because of a loose voltage connector. Authorities stated that the unsecured 48-volt ground connection—wiring that links to a battery’s negative terminal—installed under the passenger seat of the cars increases the possibility of wire overheating and a fire. Issues like these are the reason why companies need to double-triple check what they are producing.


The state of car recalls in 2024 is a reflection of both the flaws in production methods and the steadfast dedication to safety. Upon reflection of these situations, it is clear that customer trust, prompt response, and openness are critical. The industry’s future will be shaped by its capacity to draw lessons from past failures and put in place strong quality control procedures.

In the end, vehicle recalls serve as a reminder that no matter how little a warning light problem or how serious a structural defect, safety is always the first priority. In order to achieve safer mobility for all, producers must innovate and customers must expect quality.

Stay tuned for more automotive news like these; this is your favorite friendly neighborhood gearhead Zayaan, Signing Off!

Zayaan Khan
A Mechanical Engineer who wrangles with drones and designs by day and your favorite friendly neighborhood techie/ gearhead by night. I’ve always been intrigued by how everything works. Blessed with penmanship, I take the latest in tech/ automotive news and craft it into something that keeps you glued to your screen! You can simply call me the “The Engineer who writes”