The 4 Worst Product Recalls of All-Time

The 4 Worst Product Recalls of All-Time

by / Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Published in Tips

A product recall is one of the worst things that can happen to a company. It is expensive and means that millions or even billions of dollars are lost when they cannot sell their defective product. Additionally, it is horrible for public relations, giving the company a bad name in the media. However, the real victim of product recalls are often the unsuspecting customers. The effects of defective products can be wide-ranging, from faulty cars causing accidents to prescription drugs causing cancer. The most disturbing aspect of these product recalls is that companies will actually wait to recall a product unless they are absolutely certain they have to- even if it means more and more people’s health being damaged or dying.

For this article, we’ve put together some of the worst product recalls in recent history. Some are hard to believe, and we’ve compiled the ones we believe to be the worst.

  • The Tylenol Recalls. Tylenol has had two recalls recently- in 1982 and 2010. In 1982, millions of units were recalled after seven people in Chicago died after ingesting Tylenol laced with cyanide. While the cyanide-laced pills was extremely irresponsible, at least they recalled them immediately. In 2010, when complaints started surfacing that their pills carried a musty smell and induced a host of health problems, the company waited a full 20 months before the recall.
  • Toyota Recall. Termed as the worst auto recall in history, Toyota recalled over 9 million vehicles in 2010. Faulty pedals and floor mats led to numerous severe injuries and deaths as a result of accidental acceleration. They did recall the automobiles, but not after a period of time of denying blame and avoiding criticism.
  • The Pinto Recall. The Ford Pinto recall is one of the most infamous recalls in all of history. The design of the car meant that the gas tank could be easily punctured, making it extremely dangerous in rear-end accidents. Ford was allegedly aware of this flaw in the design but refused to fix it. Additionally, the car has gone down in history as one of the worst cars of all-time.
  • Easy Bake Ovens. This one really should not come as a surprise- an oven for small children will always have a potential for danger. Hasbro voluntarily recalled roughly one million units when they received 77 burn reports for their product.

If you believe you or a loved one may have been injured due to a defective product, contact an experienced lawyer today. You deserve justice- don’t short yourself.