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