Automotive product recalls rose across Europe in 2021, reaching 571 for the year. This marked a 17.7% increase compared to 2020. Once again, Germany led with the most recall notifications at 379, or 66.4% in 2021, followed by France and Portugal. The number of recall notifications in the UK dropped significantly, going from 62 in 2020 to only five in 2021. In terms of country of origin, Germany led with 214 product recall events in 2021, followed by France.
Consistent with recent years, the most common risk associated with automotive product recalls across each quarter was injuries. Injuries were cited in 77.8% of total recalls, with 444 reported for the whole of 2021. Following patterns from 2019 and 2020, fire was the second most common risk type – listed in 79 product recalls, and fire and injuries (combined) were cited in 27.