Study claims that Tesla Model Y will be hit with 62 recalls over its lifespan
Although EVs like the Tesla Model Y generally require less maintenance in comparison to their more complex ICE counterparts, battery-powered vehicles are regularly affected by official recalls by the respective manufacturer due to safety-related issues. Some buyers might see frequent recalls as a sign of poor quality or even questionable reliability, which is why a new study may be bad news for Tesla fans in particular.
More specifically, the online magazine iSeeCars has recently published a study that ranks a plethora of car models based on their estimated recalls over a lifespan of 30 years. Unfortunately, the Tesla Model Y ranked as the worst vehicle with a total of 62.4 expected recalls, which is more than 15 times as many as the average vehicle. The quite expensive Porsche Panamera sports car comes in a close second place with an estimate of 61.8 recalls.
In addition to the Tesla Model Y, the Model 3, Model S and Model X round out the top five of the most recalled vehicles in the US according to the study. On a more positive note, another German automaker clearly outperformed the apparently recall-prone Porsche Panamera as the Mercedes CLA, GLA and GLC rank among the least recalled vehicles, while Toyota was also mentioned as one of the best-performing brands in this regard. Overall, it should be noted that the expected 30-year lifespan in this study is extremely long, which means it’s rather unlikely that the average owner of one of these vehicles will actually have to bring their car into the shop 60 times or more.
iSeeCars, Image: Tesla