The Biggest Car Recalls in History

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When Quality Control Fails

Toyota, Volkswagen, and General Motors have been in the headlines for leading some of the highest-profile automotive recalls in recent years, but those aren’t necessary the industry’s largest.  

The federal government issued a record number of recalls in 2015; close to 900 separate recalls affected 51 million vehicles nationwide. The ones freshest in our memories are Toyota’s problem with sudden acceleration, General Motors’ faulty ignition switches, and Volkswagen’s cheating on emissions tests of its diesel vehicles, but some incidents in previous decades affected several million more.

Here’s a look at the biggest car recalls in U.S. history.