But a dozen recalls involved more than 1 million products apiece and left consumers scrambling to repair, replace or get rid of products found to pose safety hazards or have dangerous defects.
When McDonald's recalled 12 million Shrek glasses over concerns they had dangerous levels of cadmium, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission had yet to set official limits for what constituted dangerous. When they did a few months later, the result was the Shrek glasses would not have been recalled.
So, here are the 10 largest recalls of 2010 issued by the CPSC by the number of products recalled:
- IKEA Roller and Roman Shades (3.36 million): This was part of an industry-wide recall of shades and blinds that pose a strangulation risk to infants and toddlers that involved nearly every shade and blind that has a looped cord.
- Fisher-Price Baby Playzone Crawl and Cruise Playgrounds (2.8 million): In September, Fisher Price recalled 13 million products, including a variety of these infant and toddler play areas that pose choking hazards.
- Step 2 Push Around ride-on buggies (2.5 million): More than two dozen children were injured when the handles parents were to hold broke off and the vehicles rolled free.
- Siemens Circuit Breakers (2.2 million): A clip in the breakers has a propensity for breaking, which make the safety device potentially dangerous.
- Wal-Mart Electric heaters (2.2 million): These small space heaters have been blamed for several fires because they can "malfunction."
- Family Dollar Store Toy Dart Gun (1.8 million): Two boys choked to death on these darts, prompting the recall.
- Maytag Dishwashers (1.7 million): Dishwashers sold under the Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brands were blamed for 135 fires due to faulty wiring.
- Graco Strollers (1.5 million): This was a recall long in coming. Four infants strangled in these strollers between 2003 and 2005.
- Innovage Rechargeable spotlight (1.4 million): Leaking battery acid that can cause burns prompted this recall.
- Smith and Noble Roman and roller blinds (1.3 million): This was also part of the larger window covering recall.