5 of the Most Notorious Auto Recalls Ever

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  • Auto recalls that put passengers’ lives at risk are nothing to mess around with. Continue reading to discover 5 of the most notorious auto recalls in recent history.
  • The infamous “park-to-reverse” transmission defect of Ford vehicles during the 70s and 80s caused 6,000 accidents and 1,710 injuries. Although the vehicle was parked, it would eventually slip into reverse unassisted.
  • The Firestone tires used on the Ford Explorer in the 90s would cause the vehicle to tip over. By the end of the SUV’s life, 200 deaths had been reported.
  • The engine mounts in vehicles produced by General Motors in 1971 would erode causing the car to reach uncontrollable speeds.
  • A defect in the ignition of 1996 Ford Rangers would cause the engine to burst into flames.
  • The 2010 Toyota Corolla contained a defect in which the gas pedal would stick to the floorboard. Toyota had to recall 9 million vehicles.

Whether its a faulty hatch located on the trunk of a sedan or a defect in the brake line of an SUV, auto recalls are nothing to trifle with. Some of the largest car manufacturers have been required to issue recalls resulting in millions of dollars lost. Below are 5 of the most notorious auto recalls to date.

Ford Vehicles (1970-1980)

Ford vehicles manufactured during this decade were categorized as having the “park-to-reverse” automatic transmission defect. Cars with this defect appeared to be in park but would eventually slip into reverse on their own.

After the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received reports of over 23,000 complaints, 6,000 accidents, and 1,710 injuries, an agreement was made between the DOT and Ford. Due to this agreement, a recall wasn’t technically issued. If there had been, Ford would have been responsible for the biggest recall in history with 21 million vehicles.

 Ford Explorer (1991-2001)

The Ford Explorer was one of the most popular vehicles during the 90s. This issue had only one problem and it had nothing to do with the actual manufacturing of the vehicle.

The Firestone tires used on the SUV caused the vehicle to tip over when having to make emergency turns. The treads on the tires were the culprit. By the end of the Explorer’s tenure in 2001, the tires caused over 200 deaths.

General Motors (1971)

Even the simplest of parts can cause major recalls to occur. The engine mounts in 1971 General Motors vehicles were made of rubber. This car mount would connect the engine to the frame of the vehicle.

However, the rubber mount started to erode causing the cars to reach high, uncontrollable speeds. This defect caused 63 accidents and 18 injuries.

Ford Rangers (1996)

During the 90s, it seemed that everywhere you looked, someone was driving a Ford Ranger. An affordable mid-range truck, with a sleek look, and hauling capacity was the vehicle of choice.

Oh, and a bonus feature: it would burst into flames.

A defect in the ignition would cause the car’s engine to catch on fire when parked. Several homes were burned down as a result and 8 million trucks (and a couple of other vehicles) were affected. Fortunately, the death toll stayed at zero.

Toyota Corolla (2010)

Toyota vehicles are usually known for their dependability. However, this was not the case for the 2010 Corolla. A defect in the gas pedal made it stick to the floor causing uncontrollable acceleration. No amount of braking would slow the vehicle down.

As a result, 31 people were killed, and Toyota had to recall 9 million cars. It took the company two years and several million dollars to finally fix the issue.