Take a look back at some of the biggest product recalls of 2016 Associated Press
In this July 28, 2016, photo, a color blending feature of the Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

If you’ve traveled by plane this year, you’ve likely heard warnings about bringing your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard. After repeated incidents of the popular smartphone catching fire, the Department of Transportation officially banned the device on airplanes.

While the Samsung recall has been one of the most publicized and costliest product recalls of the year, it is far from the largest. With that in mind, FindTheCompany, a corporate research site by Graphiq, ranked the largest product recalls of 2016.

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To create this list, the data experts combed through CNBC’s log of recalls and curated a list of the recalls that have affected the most products as of Nov. 22, 2016. Only recalls impacting 10,000 units or higher were included. Products are ranked in ascending order by the total number of units affected and ties are broken alphabetically.

As with previous years, vehicles were responsible for the majority of product recalls, with companies like Toyota, Nissan and General Motors all recalling parts. However, the ranking includes everything from burn-inducing fitness bands to flammable scarves.

69. Cobblestone Bread Co. Wheat English Muffins

  • Date: April 1
  • Recalled: 10,000 packages

Flowers Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled its Cobblestone Bread Co. Wheat English Muffins after discovering that the muffins contained undeclared milk.

68. Eggo Waffles

  • Date: September 20
  • Recalled: 10,000 cases

Kellogg issued the recall of its Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles due to the potential of listeria contamination.

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)
(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

67. BRP Side-By-Side Off-Road Vehicles

  • Date: May 6
  • Recalled: 10,600 vehicles

The vehicle manufacturing company recalled some of its off-road vehicles after incidents of drivers losing steering control.

66. IKEA Children’s Bat Cape Costumes

  • Date: April 8
  • Recalled: 11,000 capes

Because the fastener at the neck can be difficult to detach, the children’s costume was deemed a strangulation risk to wearers.

65. Whirlpool Microwaves

  • Date: August 25
  • Recalled: 15,200 microwaves

Whirlpool recalled more than 15,000 microwaves due to a fire hazard concern.

64. Trane, American Standard, Ameristar Brand or Unbranded Furnaces

  • Date: November 11
  • Recalled: 17,700 furnaces

The ground wire in the furnace’s junction box has the potential to come loose, posing a shock hazard.

63. YTL International Drywall Lifts

  • Date: April 22
  • Recalled: 19,700 lifts

YTL International received reports of its drywall lifts failing and dropping what they were holding.

62. Ivanka Trump Scarves

  • Date: April 8
  • Recalled: 20,000 scarves

GBG Accessories Group recalled the scarves under the Ivanka Trump brand for failing to meet federal flammability standards.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Ivanka Trump attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for
(Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for

61. Maserati Floor Mats

  • Date: March 16
  • Recalled: 28,235 vehicles

The luxury car manufacturer recalled nearly 30,000 floor mats over concerns that they could get stuck against accelerator pedals.

60. Bumble Bee Tuna

  • Date: March 17
  • Recalled: 31,579 cases

As of the time of recall, Bumble Bee Foods noted that there were no reported cases of illness associated with these products.

59. Fisher-Price Cradles

  • Date: April 15
  • Recalled: 34,000 cradles

Several cradle models were recalled due to stability issues.

58. Projection Night Lights

  • Date: November 18
  • Recalled: 39,000 lights

The night lights were recalled after reports of smoke and damage to power outlets.

57. Pilgrim’s Pride Chicken Nuggets

  • Date: April 8
  • Recalled: 40,780 pounds

The recall affects the “Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters,” which may contain pieces of plastic.

56. Ford Transit Wagons Seat Belts

  • Date: February 25
  • Recalled: 51,470 vehicles

Ford Motor cited concerns that the rear seat belt may not latch properly, posing an injury risk.

FILE - In this March 29, 2011 file photo, new 2011 Ford F-150 trucks are shown at a dealership in Glbert, Ariz. Ford is recalling nearly 202,000 pickup trucks, SUVs and cars in North America because the automatic transmissions can suddenly downshift to first gear. The company also said Wednesday, April 27, 2016, that it’s recalling more than 81,000 Explorer SUVs to fix a rear suspension problem. The transmission recall covers the 2011 and 2012 F-150 and the 2012 Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator. (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

55. Subaru Legacy, Outback Steering

  • Date: May 13
  • Recalled: 52,000 vehicles

The car maker stated that steering columns may have been manufactured improperly.

54. GNP Company Chicken Products

  • Date: June 20
  • Recalled: 55,000 pounds

Federal regulators reported that thousands of pounds of poultry may be tainted with “extraneous materials.”

53. Evenflo Car Seats

  • Date: March 4
  • Recalled: 56,000 car seats

Evenflo recalled roughly 56,000 car seats after safety concerns arose.

52. Toyota Camry and Avalon Airbags

  • Date: April 15
  • Recalled: 58,430 vehicles

In certain 2016 Avalon and Camry cars, the front passenger airbag may not deploy properly.

51. Nissan Infiniti Autonomous Driving

  • Date: June 16
  • Recalled: 60,000 vehicles

Nissan stated that the steering system central to the Q50 sedan’s autonomous driving could malfunction.

50. Suzuki Motorcycle Battery

  • Date: January 29
  • Recalled: 68,000 motorcycles

Suzuki issued the recall over a battery charging issue.

49. Mazda Fuel Leaks

  • Date: November 15
  • Recalled: 70,000 vehicles

The possible fuel leaks affected the RX-8 sports cars.

48. Kichler Ceiling Fixtures

  • Date: November 11
  • Recalled: 70,900 fixtures

Various ceiling fixtures from Kichler posed a fire hazard.

47. Volvo Seat Belt

  • Date: November 10
  • Recalled: 79,000 vehicles

Although there were no reports of injuries, Volvo recalled approximately 79,000 cars and SUVs as a safety precaution.

46. IKEA Safety Gates and Extensions

  • Date: July 14
  • Recalled: 80,000 gates

The voluntary recall affects IKEA’s Patrull, Patrull Klamma and Patrull Fast safety gates and extensions.

45. Ford Explorers

  • Date: April 29
  • Recalled: 81,000 vehicles

The cars were recalled after concerns that the suspension links may fracture.

44. Fiat Chrysler Trucks, Cars

  • Date: October 19
  • Recalled: 86,000 vehicles

Short circuiting in the car’s alternators may result in engine stalling or fires.

43. Summer Infant Baby Bathtubs

  • Date: October 6
  • Recalled: 86,000 bathtubs

Summer Infant Inc. issued the recall for Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa and Shower.

42. Fiat Chrysler Fuel Leaks or Windshield Wiper Problems

  • Date: November 18
  • Recalled: 89,000 vehicles

Affected models include the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.


41. Walmart Supplier Beef Patties

  • Date: January 5
  • Recalled: 90,000 pounds

The USDA stated that roughly 90,000 pounds of beef products were being recalled by the Huisken Meat Company due to possible contamination with extraneous wood.

40. Alex Toys Toy Sets Sold at Barnes & Noble, Zulily

  • Date: August 23
  • Recalled: 91,000 toy sets

The toys were recalled amid choking hazard concerns.

39. Ford Fuel-Pumps

  • Date: August 24
  • Recalled: 91,000 vehicles

The faulty fuel-pumps affected several cars in the 2013-2015 model years, including the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans.

38. Panasonic Battery Packs Used in Toshiba Laptop Computers

  • Date: April 1
  • Recalled: 91,000 battery packs

Toshiba announced the recall after reported cases of the battery pack overheating and melting.

37. Nissan Fluid Leaks

  • Date: September 9
  • Recalled: 120,000 vehicles

Leaking brake fluid in several Nissan models poses a fire risk.

36. Polaris Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles

  • Date: April 22
  • Recalled: 133,000 vehicles

Polaris Industries, Inc. received more than 160 reports of its RZR ROVs catching fire. As of the time of recall, there were 19 reports of injuries and one instance of death.

35. BMW Fuel Pump: Regulators

  • Date: October 28
  • Recalled: 154,472 vehicles

BMW issued the recall of more than 150,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to a fuel pump problem.


34. Munchkin Pacifiers

  • Date: May 6
  • Recalled: 180,000 pacifiers

Although no injuries had been reported, Munchkin issued a recall of around 180,000 of its Latch lightweight pacifiers and clips amid choking hazard concerns.

33. Mitsubishi Windshield Wipers

  • Date: November 10
  • Recalled: 195,000 vehicles

The car-maker recalled two of its SUV models that were affected by malfunctioning windshield wipers.

32. Fiat Chrysler Jeeps Air Bags

  • Date: October 19
  • Recalled: 200,000 vehicles

Fiat Chrysler recalled roughly 200,000 Jeep Wrangler SUVs in North America because the air bags may not inflate properly.

31. Ford Pickups, SUVs, Cars

  • Date: April 29
  • Recalled: 202,000 vehicles

Several Ford vehicles, including the 2012 Expedition and Mustang, and the Lincoln Navigator were affected by a software problem that may cause the automatic transmissions to suddenly downshift to first gear.

30. VW, Audi Fuel Leaks

  • Date: October 7
  • Recalled: 334,000 vehicles

Volkswagen and Audi announced three separate recalls (all due to fuel leaks) in the U.S. and Canada, impacting more than 330,000 vehicles.

29. Toyota Priuses Parking Brake

  • Date: October 12
  • Recalled: 340,000 vehicles

The parking brake issue primarily affected Priuses in Japan and overseas.

28. Honda Civics for Brake Defect

  • Date: October 14
  • Recalled: 350,000 vehicles

Honda’s revamped 2016 Civic achieved strong sales numbers after its release.

27. Lithonia Commercial Light Fixtures

  • Date: November 11
  • Recalled: 398,000 fixtures

There were more than 100 reports of plastic lenses falling from the luminaire, but no reported injuries at the time of recall.

26. St. Jude Heart Devices

  • Date: October 11
  • Recalled: 400,000 devices

St. Jude Medical Inc. announced a recall of its implanted heart devices, citing the potential for premature battery depletion.

25. Fiat Chrysler Propulsion

  • Date: July 22
  • Recalled: 410,000 vehicles

Some of the cars affected by the propulsion defect include the 2015 model Chrysler 200 midsize sedans, Ram ProMaster City small vans, Jeep Renegade and Cherokee SUVs.

24. Mazda Rear Hatches

  • Date: September 8
  • Recalled: 759,000 vehicles

Mazda issued the recall of nearly 760,000 cars due to a malfunction with the rear hatches.

23. Nissan Altima Hood Latch

  • Date: January 29
  • Recalled: 846,000 vehicles

22. General Motors Pickup Trucks Seat Belt

  • Date: April 15
  • Recalled: 1,040,000 vehicles

Recalled trucks include the 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups.

21. Fiat Chrysler Rollaway

  • Date: June 28
  • Recalled: 1,100,000 vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that actor Anton Yelchin’s death “may have been related to the alleged defect” in the Fiat Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee.

20. Rival Electric Water Kettle

  • Date: May 6
  • Recalled: 1,200,000 kettles

Wal-Mart issued the recall after reports of burns.


19. Ford Side-Door Latches

  • Date: September 8
  • Recalled: 1,500,000 vehicles

Ford is reportedly spending $640 million to replace defective door latches.

18. Fiat Chrysler Air Bags

  • Date: September 15
  • Recalled: 1,900,000 vehicles

At the time of recall, the air bag defect had been linked to three deaths and five injuries.

17. Mazda Rear Gates and Diesel Engines

  • Date: September 1
  • Recalled: 2,300,000 vehicles

Mazda cited concerns with their rear gates and diesel engines.

16. Samsung Galaxy Note 7

  • Date: September 2
  • Recalled: 2,500,000 phones

One of the costliest recalls in tech history, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco has already lost the company billions in profit.

In this July 28, 2016, photo, a color blending feature of the Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

15. Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines

  • Date: November 4
  • Recalled: 2,800,000 machines

Following the Galaxy Note 7 crisis, Samsung was dealt another blow when it announced its recall of roughly 2.8 million top-load washing machines. Malfunctions in the machines had been linked to numerous reports of injuries.

14. Starbucks Stainless Steel Straws

  • Date: August 2
  • Recalled: 2,801,000 straws

Starbucks cited concerns that the steel straws could cause mouth lacerations in young children.

13. Toyota Seatbelts

  • Date: February 18
  • Recalled: 2,900,000 vehicles

Toyota issued the recall over safety concerns with the seatbelts in certain vehicles.

12. Nestle DiGiorno Pizzas, Stouffer’s Meals

  • Date: March 11
  • Recalled: 3,000,000 boxes

After several consumers reportedly found glass in its products, Nestle voluntarily recalled nearly 3 million boxes of frozen meals.

11. Spill-Proof Cups

  • Date: May 27
  • Recalled: 3,000,000 cups

Mayborn USA issued the recall due to the potential of mold in its spill-proof cups.

(Tommee Tippee)
(Tommee Tippee)

10. Toyota Air Bags, Emissions Control

  • Date: June 29
  • Recalled: 3,370,000 vehicles

The Japanese auto manufacturer recalled millions of cars globally because of defective air bags and emissions control units.

9. Nissan Air Bags

  • Date: April 29
  • Recalled: 3,530,000 vehicles

In a year filled with air bag-related defects, Nissan issued one of the largest recalls, stating that the passenger-side air bags may not deploy properly.

8. GM Air Bag-Related Defect

  • Date: September 9
  • Recalled: 4,300,000 vehicles

General Motors Co. recalled more than 4.2 million vehicles due to a software issue with its air bags.

7. Midea Dehumidifiers

  • Date: November 2
  • Recalled: 4,300,000 dehumidifiers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that the dehumidifiers had been linked to $4.8 million in property damage.

6. Kidde NightHawk Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Date: November 11
  • Recalled: 5,100,000 alarms

The alarms were recalled amid fears that consumers would not be alerted to a fire or carbon monoxide incident in their home.

5. Flour-Linked E.coli Outbreak

  • Date: January 22
  • Recalled: 10,000,000 pounds

Flour produced at a General Mills plant in Missouri was linked to an E.coli outbreak.

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4. Ikea MALM Chests, Dressers

  • Date: November 4
  • Recalled: 29,000,000 items of furniture

Ikea recalled nearly 30 million chests and dressers due to stability issues.

(IKEA / Twitter)
(IKEA / Twitter)

3. McDonald’s Happy Meals Fitness Bands

  • Date: August 23
  • Recalled: 32,600,000 fitness bands

McDonald’s issued the recall of its Happy Meal fitness bands over concerns that the product could cause skin irritation.

2. CRF Frozen Foods

  • Date: May 6
  • Recalled: 47,000,000 pounds

The CRF Frozen Foods crisis was one of the largest food recalls in recent history, involving millions of pounds of frozen fruits and vegetables linked to the listeria bacteria.

1. Faulty Takata Air Bag Inflator

  • Date: June 9
  • Recalled: 100,000,000 air bag inflators

Defective Takata air bag inflators have affected more than a dozen car makers and have been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. alone, as of Oct. 21. This is the largest auto safety recall in history.

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