It’s been a year full of major news stories and public relations challenges and SM& President and crisis communications expert Ashley McCown has been following them all. From hashtags gone awry to tens of thousands of recalled vehicles, McCown shares the top 5 PR crises of 2014 (to date) with PR Newser.

Did any of these companies stand out in the effectiveness (or lack thereof) in their response to these crises? Let us know in the comments!