Recalling years of recalls of dangerous products

Associated Press

Recalls related to Takata air bags, which have already led to the largest auto recall in U.S. history, keep growing. Takata joins a list of notorious product recalls, some of which were handled better than others by the corporations involved.

Here’s a look at some other headline-grabbing recalls:

1. Ford Pinto

Patty Ramge, posing Sept.1,1978 with her 1975 Ford Pinto, has little trouble with motorists tailgating since she decked her car with a sign warning of its' explosive nature if hit from the rear.

Ford recalled more than 1.5 million Pintos in 1978 due to the faulty position of fuel tanks. In some cases, the fuel tank burst into flames after a rear-end collisions. At least 27 people died as a result.

2. Tylenol

This is a bottle of Extra-Strength Tylenol from the same lot, number MC 2880, found to have caused cyanide poisoning in three people in the Chicago area, shown Sept. 30, 1982.

About 35 years ago, Johnson & Johnson recalled more than 20 million bottles of Tylenol capsules after someone laced the painkillers with cyanide and put them on store shelves in the Chicago area. Seven people were killed.

Johnson & Johnson repackaged Tylenol with tamper-resistant packaging, showing how a company could emerge from a disaster and improve an industry.

3. Firestone tires

A Ford Explorer sits upside down, with the tread pulled away from the casing of a Firestone FR680 tire, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, in Arlington, Texas.

About 6.5 million Firestone tires were recalled in 2000 because they could shred, blow out or fail. Most of the tires were used in Ford SUVs and light pickup.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in 2001 that it received 271 reports of deaths and 800 injuries related to the faulty tires.

4. Easy-bake Ovens

A safety recall notice for the Easy-Bake Oven by Hasbro is posted on the shelves in a Target store in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007.

Nearly 1 million Easy-Bake Ovens were recalled in 2007 after toy maker Hasbro received reports that kids were getting their hands stuck in the oven’s opening. Some kids sustained burns.

5. Keurig Coffee Machine

Keurig's Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Vue individual coffee roasting system, which can also prepare frothy hot beverages and iced drinks, is displayed during a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.

Keurig recalled more than 7 million of its single-serve coffee brewing machines after reports that some of them spewed hot liquids and injured people.