As we start the new year, we wanted to look back at some of the biggest product recalls from last year. If you’ve traveled by plane this past year, you’ve likely heard warnings about bringing your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard. After repeated incidents of the popular smartphone catching fire, the Department of Transportation officially banned the device on airplanes.
While the Samsung recall has been one of the most publicized and costliest product recalls of 2016, it is far from the largest. With that in mind take a look at our list of the largest product recalls of 2016.
#10 - Toyota Air Bags, Emissions Control
Recalls: 3,370,000 vehicles
The Japanese auto manufacturer recalled millions of cars globally because of defective air bags and emissions control units.
#9 - Nissan Air Bags
Recalls: 3,530,000 vehicles
In a year filled with air bag-related defects, Nissan issued one of the largest recalls, stating that the passenger-side air bags may not deploy properly.
#8 - GM Air Bag-Related Defect
Recalls: 4,300,000 vehicles
General Motors Co. recalled nearly 4.2 million vehicles due to a software issue with its air-bags.
#7 - Midea Dehumidifiers
Recalls: 4,300,000 dehumidifiers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that the dehumidifiers had been linked to $4.8 million in property damage.
#6 - Kidde NightHawk Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Recalls: 5,100,000 alarms
The alarms were recalled amid fears that consumers would not be alerted to a fire or carbon monoxide incident in their home.
#5 - Flour-Linked E.coli Outbreak
Recalls: 10,000,000 pounds
Flour produced at a General Mills plant in Missouri was linked to an E.coli outbreak.
#4 - Ikea MALM Chests, Dressers
Recalls: 29,000,000 items of furniture
Ikea recalled nearly 30 million chests and dressers due to stability issues.
#3 - McDonald's Happy Meals Fitness Bands
Recalls: 32,600,000 fitness bands
McDonald's issued the recall of its Happy Meal fitness bands over concerns that the product could cause skin irritation.
#2 - CRF Frozen Foods
Recalls: 47,000,000 pounds
The CRF Frozen Foods crisis was one of the largest food recalls in recent history, involving millions of pounds of frozen fruits and vegetables linked to the listeria bacteria.
#1 - Faulty Takata Air Bag Inflator
Recalls: 100,000,000 air bag inflators
Defective Takata air bag inflators have affected more than a dozen carmakers and have been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. alone, as of Oct. 21. This is the largest auto safety recall in history.