Updated: April 2, 2014 8:45 AM | By MSN Autos
History's biggest auto recalls

You shouldn't be afraid of recalls — they're an action of goodwill on the part of the manufacturer to keep the customer safe. On the other hand, some are pretty spectacular!

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Automobiles have been around for well over 100 years, and while one might think that modern cars are built better than their ancestors, they're still subject to problems of all sorts. The latest big recall to hit the news wires is General Motors, which is currently undergoing investigation for ignition switch related issues totaling 2.6 million models. According to a GM internal document, the cost of the part to fix this fault would have been 57 cents back in 2008. Meanwhile, Chrysler has just recalled 870,000 Dodge Durangos and Jeep Grand Cherokees for recalls brake-related issues, which make the vehicles harder to stop.

Indeed, 2.6 million cars is a lot, but it's far from the biggest in the industry. In fact, a few years ago, Ford added 4.5 million vehicles to the 9.6 million originally recalled in 2008 for a faulty cruise control switch. Do the math -- that's 14.1 million cars recalled.

Out of curiosity MSN Autos has put together a list of the biggest recalls recorded by the U.S. Government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These recalls have affected over 50 million vehicles. That's a lot of vehicles to double-check and fix!

Related links:
Congress demands answers on delay in GM recall
Chrysler recalling 870,000 SUVs for brake defect

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