Faulty airbags, dangerous drugs, fire-prone cellphones and tainted peanuts have been at the center of some of the nation's biggest product recalls, costing manufacturers billions of dollars in fines, legal fees, lost revenue or other expenses. Here are the 10 costliest recalls in U.S. history.

Source: Dan Burrows, “10 Biggest Product Recalls of All Time,” Kiplinger, March, 26, 2018, https://tinyurl.com/y6tyb3f4

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Company Product Year of Recall Cost in Dollars Reason for Recall
Takata Airbag 2008 to present $24 billion Airbag inflator can explode, causing injury or death to drivers or passengers from flying material.
Volkswagen Diesel Engine 2015 $18.3 billion Software concealed fact that engines emitted pollutants up to 40 times permitted levels.
Merck Vioxx (arthritis pain drug) 2004 $8.9 billion Drug was found to greatly increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Ford Motor Co. Tires 2000 $5.6 billion Tires were linked to accidents causing 271 deaths and more than 800 injuries.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (smartphone) 2016 $5.3 billion Battery overheated and caught fire.
General Motors Co. Ignition Switch 2014 $4.1 billion Switch could shut down engine without warning, disabling power steering, brakes and airbags.
Pfizer Bextra (arthritis pain drug) 2005 $3.3 billion Drug linked to heart risks and life-threatening skin reactions.
Toyota Motor Corp. Floor Mat 2010 $3.2 billion Gas pedals could become stuck in the floor mat, causing unintended acceleration.
Peanut Corp. of America Peanuts 2009 $1 billion Peanuts contaminated with salmonella.
Johnson & Johnson Extra-Strength Tylenol 1982 $100 million Unknown person laced medication with cyanide.

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