Toyota's (NYS: TM) recall last week was the biggest in the automaker's history, but it wasn't the first -- and it wasn't the most serious, either. Although U.S. safety regulators have reported 161 fires and 9 injuries resulting from problems with power-window switches, there have been no crashes or deaths, and this recall won't get nearly the press that Toyota's sticky gas pedal recall got in 2009-2010. Of course, it does further hurt the car company's image, which had long been considered the maker of the most reliable, well-produced vehicles.

In the video below, Fool.com industrials analyst Brendan Byrnes expands on the topic of vehicle recalls, first looking at incidents that both Ford (NYS: F) and General Motors (NYS: GM) have dealt with in the past, and then analyzing Toyota's handling of the current situation.

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