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World's top cars forced to go off the roads

Last updated on: February 18, 2013 07:03 IST

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Recalls are actually far more common than many people realise. In the past three years alone, several thousand have taken place, although most of these affected a relatively small number of vehicles, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Of the 10 biggest recalls since the United States's National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration began compiling data in the 1960s, only two have occurred in the past 10 years, it says.

Let's take a look at biggest car recalls in the world.

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Image: A Bentley luxury car in Shanghai, China. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Ford

Year: 1981

Vehicles affected: 21 million

Issue: Unexpected movement after shifted into park

Components affected: Gear position indicator, transmission

Global rank in recalls: 1

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Image: A model walks past a Ford Edge in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Ford

Year: 1999-2009

Vehicles affected: 15 million

Issue: Speed control deactivation leaking/short circuiting

Components affected: Vehicle speed control

Global rank in recalls: 2

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Image: A Chinese model poses with a Ford Mustang GT in Beijing. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Ford

Year: 1996

Vehicles affected: 7.9 million

Issue: Ignition switch short circuiting

Components affected: Ignition

Global rank in recalls: 3

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Image: A model poses with a Ford GT sports car in Beijing. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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General Motors

Year: 1971

Vehicles affected: 6.7 million

Issue: Separated motor mount causing engine to lift

Components affected: Engine

Global rank in recalls: 4

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General Motors

Year: 1981

Vehicles affected: 5.8 million

Issue: Fracturing of bolts connecting control arm to frame

Components affected: Rear suspension

Global rank in recalls: 5

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Image: A model stands beside a General Motors Chevrolet Camaro car during India's Auto Expo in New Delhi. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Toyota

Year: 2007-2010

Vehicles affected: 5.7 million

Issue: Floor mat interfering with accelerator pedal

Components affected: Accelerator pedal

Global rank in recalls: 6

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Image: Models pose behind a Lexus LFA in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Ford

Year: 1972

Vehicles affected: 4.1 million

Issue: Connecting part in seat belt breaking from wear

Components affected: Seat belt webbing

Global rank in recalls: 7

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Image: A model poses beside a Ford Fiesta in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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General Motors

Year: 1973

Vehicles affected: 3.7 million

Issue: Stones entering engine compartment

Components affected: Underbody shields

Global rank in recalls: 8

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Image: A model stands next to a Cadillac ELR in Beijing. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Honda

Year: 1995

Vehicles affected: 3.7 million

Issue: Belt buckle release breaking

Components affected: Seat belt buckle assembly

Global rank in recalls: 9

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Image: A model stands next to a Sport Hybrid New Honda CR-Z in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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Volkswagen

Year: 1972

Vehicles affected: 3.7 million

Issue: Wiper screw coming loose

Components affected: Windshield Wiper

Global rank in recalls: 10

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Image: A model poses next to a Volkswagen CC R-line in Leipzig, Germany. Photo is for representation purpose only.
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