Top Ten Worst Car Recalls

By Automotive Staff | October 14, 2008
Sometimes it can be fun to take a little look back into history. We're sure you’ve been with friends and, trying to mimic David Letterman’s top 10 list, you subjectively tried to list the worst looking cars in history. Or the coolest sports cars you’ve ever seen, etc.Well, here's a list the automakers definitely do not want to see or even remember. A website called recently listed what it thought were the 10 worst automotive recalls of all time. #10, Ford, 1987. The company had to recall as many as 3.6 million vehicles due to engine compartment fires caused by bad fuel line connectors. It was an earth shaker not necessarily because of its number, but because of how wide the recall was. The recall affected just about every car Ford made. #9 General Motors, 2004. General Motors had to recall 3.6 million trucks because of tailgate problems. Reports say that there were as many as 134 people who suffered some kind of minor injury when the tailgate collapsed. The cause of the problem was corroded cables on the tailgate. Trucks that were caught in this mess included the Silverado, Sierra, Escalades and Avalanche. #8 Volkwagen, 1972. Visibility could be the most essential thing when driving a motor vehicle. But 3.7 million vehicles were recalled by VW because the windshield wiper arms worked loose and would spin off the vehicle during rain or snow storms. So VW replaced the wiper arms on its Beetle built between 1949 and 1969. #7 Honda, 1995. The culprit in this recall were the seat belts. The release button of these seat belts either cracked or disintegrated causing belts to fail outright or causing them to trap passengers and keep them in the car after accidents. Three million seven hundred thousand vehicles were recalled and included the Civic, Prelude, Accord, Acura, Legend, Integra and NSX. #6 General Motors, 1973. Eighteen General Motors models experienced control problems after stones would fly up and damage the steering assembly. Three million seven hundred thousand vehicles were recalled and included the Centurion, Electra, Estate Wagon, LeSabre, Riviera, Belair, Biscayne, Brookwood, Caprice, Impala, Kingswood, Kingswood Estate, Townsmen, Olds 88 and 98, the Bonneville, Grand Ville and Catalina. #5 Ford, 1971. Seat belt shoulder harnesses on a number of 1970 and ‘71 models caused Ford to recall 4.1 million vehicles. These included the Ford Rancheros, Lincolns, Mercurys, and Fords. The detailed explanation said that the shoulder harness would fray and detach from the metal that held them to the seat frame. #4 General Motors, 1981. No one wants to be in a car that suffers problems related to steering control. But that is what happen when bolts in certain models of General Motors vehicles actually came loose. Models affected included the Century, Regal, El Camino, Malibu, Monte Carlo, Caballero, Cutlass, Grand Prix, and LeMans. And the recall numbered 5.8 million vehicles. #3 General Motors, 1971. You would certainly panic if you were the driver of a car in which the engine mounts would separate from the engine frames and fall back onto the throttle. Well, this is what happen to cause a recall of 6.7 million vehicles. The models affected included the Belair, Brookwood, Camaro, Caprice, Chevrolet, Chevy II, G Series, Impala, Kingswood, Nova, P Series, C Series and Townsmen. Ford, 1996. The ignition systems were to blame for a recall of 8.6 million vehicles. Caught in the mess were the 1998-’93 Escort, Mustang, Tempo, Thunderbird, Courgar, Crown Victoria, Gran Marquis, Lincoln Town Car, Aerostar, Bronco and F-Series trucks. Finally, the worst recall in history, Ford, 2008. The cruise control switch would catch fire even hours after the engine had been turned off and the vehicle had been parked. 1993 to 2004 Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickups, cars and vans were caught up in the net. Do any of these look familiar to you? Did you get caught up in one?