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According to information compiled from NHTSA, these are the six models with the most recalls in their cargo version.

The automotive world is inherently imperfect, and that’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plays a crucial role in safeguarding drivers. Their responsibility includes conducting vehicle recalls when safety-compromising issues arise. The NHTSA maintains detailed records of vehicle recalls, and upon examining the files, it is evident that certain companies stand out for the frequency of these recalls.

According to data collected from the NHTSA, the following are the brands and their respective models that have experienced the highest number of recalls in truck-type vehicles.

2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

This cargo van tops the list with the highest number of recalls, specifically the 2019 2500 variant in Cargo Van and Crew Van versions, totaling 41 recalls according to NHTSA records. Reasons for these recalls range from missing fastening elements in the reinforcement of the chassis, potential detachment of the dividing wall, to software issues causing involuntary vehicle movements.

The 3500 Cargo Van and 3500 Crew Van models also make the list with a total of 40 recalls, highlighting issues such as potential vehicle rollover due to guide bushing fatigue and loosening of the brake pedal screw. The 1500 version of these vehicles is also included with a total of 37 recalls, addressing problems related to airbags and the steering wheel.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, mercedes-benz.com

2019 Freightliner Sprinter

The Freightliner Sprinter, in its 2500 and 3500 models in Cargo and Crew Van versions, also holds a prominent position on the recall list, accumulating a total of 35 recalls according to NHTSA data. Among the various issues recorded in this vehicle, noteworthy problems include a potential exhaust pipe leak leading to a fire, potential deactivation of the airbag system, the possibility of the hood opening while driving, and the bayonet closure opening, leading to fuel leakage.

In the 1500 Cargo Van variant of the Freightliner Sprinter, 33 recalls were recorded in total, sharing most of the previously mentioned incidents with the other versions of this 2019 model.

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2019 Freightliner Sprinter, freightliner.com

2019 RAM 1500 Classic 

The RAM 1500 Classic PU, in all its variants, records a total of 25 recalls on the list. However, it stands out for another significant reason: this vehicle generated a total of 890 user complaints, prompting further investigations and ultimately recalls. Recent reported issues in 2023 include problems with the crankshaft position sensor and the potential opening of the rear door while driving.

Additionally, other potential faults in this vehicle involve critical systems such as airbags, seat belts, and windshield wipers. Electrical malfunctions, such as a possible short circuit in the electric power steering gear, among others, have also been documented.

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2015 RAM 1500, Ruben de Rijcke, via Wikimedia Commons

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado model of 2015, in its 1500 PU version, continues the list with a total of 23 recorded recalls. Despite having a 5-star safety rating in NHTSA records, this model has accumulated a total of 1010 complaints, of which only 23 resulted in recalls.

Identified issues in the Chevrolet Silverado 2015 include potential detachment of the brake pedal, potential rupture of the roof rail airbag inflator, possible separation of the driver’s seat belt tensioner cable, and a software error that could lead to unintended braking.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, chevrolet.com

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter reappears among vehicles with a significant number of recalls, this time in the 2020 model, specifically in the Cargo 2500 version. On this occasion, the vehicle has recorded a total of 21 recalls according to NHTSA data.

Among the potential malfunctions reported in this model, the most recent, identified in December 2023, include the absence of fastening elements in the chassis reinforcement, the possibility of the partition detaching, and potential loosening of the crossmember connection.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, mercedes-benz.com

2014 GMC Sierra 1500

We conclude this list with a not-so-recent model, the GMC Sierra 1500 of the year 2014, in its PU/CC and PU/RC versions. This vehicle accumulated a total of 20 recalls, with an average of 650 complaints, according to NHTSA records.

Among the potential faults that led to these recalls, this model experienced significant problems with airbags and seat belts. Additionally, there were documented software failures and episodes of temporary loss of electric power steering. 

En la imagen se muestra una camioneta 2014 GMC Sierra 1500
2014 GMC Sierra 1500, gmc.com

The NHTSA carries out these recalls to preserve driver safety, with the intention that companies are in constant improvement and provide safe vehicles. These issues are usually addressed by the company at no additional cost, after informing users of the affected models about the potential faults they might experience.


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