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Gallery: The runaway Prius and other major car recalls

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January 2010: Toyota issues a series of recalls covering 5.6 million vehicles in the United States due to sudden acceleration in some vehicles. Two months later, a California driver experiences the problem first-hand when his Prius starts to accelerate uncontrollably. A police car helps him stop the car safely.

John Gibbins/AP

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March 2010: GM says it is recalling 1.3 million compact cars, including this 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, to fix defective power steering motors.

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October 2010: BMW voluntarily recalls 350,000 cars worldwide due to possible brake problems. The problem affects brand 5, 6 and 7 Series models built since 2002, including this 2008 5 Series.

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May 2011: Honda expands earlier recalls of Honda and Acura vehicles over airbags that could deploy with too much pressure, causing injuries or fatalities. The recall, which includes this 2001 Civic, affects 1.65 million cars.

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October 2012: Toyota announces a recall of more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide as faulty power window switches, including this one in a Corolla, may be fire hazards.

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April 2013: Hyundai and its Kia Motors affiliate recall more than 1.8 million cars and SUVs in the United States to address a potentially faulty switch and a loose headliner.

Nam Y. Huh/AP

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April 2013: Four Japanese automakers - Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co and Mazda Motor Corp - announce they are recalling a total of around 3.4 million vehicles worldwide due to defective airbags supplied by Takata Corp, including this one in a Toyota.

Koichi Kamoshida/Bloomberg

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