If you’re shopping for a new car and want some peace of mind, here’s a good place to start. A study examined vehicles, collecting the number of distinct vehicle recall campaigns from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). From there, an average recall rate – the number of recall campaigns/year per 100,000 new car units sold – was calculated for each model. The study then compared those recall rates to Used Car Reliability ratings from Consumer Reports to see if there’s a connection between reliability and recalls. Not surprisingly, there is.