GM's Engine Mount Meltdown
One of the earliest recalls was a real humdinger. The engine mounts in a slew of GM cars with big, burly V-8 engines would give way. In case you're not exactly clear on the purpose of an engine mount, it holds the engine in place inside your car. So when that's gone, let the good times begin. The engine would twist under the hood, causing the car to accelerate when you really didn't want it to. For maximum fun, the now-crooked engine could also disable the brake assist. And when you brought it into the dealership to rectify the situation, the mechanic didn't actually replace the mounts with something stronger. He just anchored the engine to the firewall so when the mounts failed, the engine couldn't move and twist. But hey, the fix only cost $30!