Biggest Product Recalls of 2016

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
Date: 06/29/2016

The Japanese auto manufacturer recalled millions of cars globally because of defective air bags and emissions control units.

airbag#9 - Nissan Air Bags

Recalls: 3,530,000 vehicles
Date: 04/29/2016

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
Date: 09/09/2016

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
Date: 11/02/2016

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
Date: 11/11/2016

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
Date: 01/22/2016

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
Date: 11/04/2016

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
Date: 08/23/2016

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
Date: 05/06/2016

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
Date: 06/09/2016

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.

 

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