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    May 29, 2014: Ford Recall

    Ford is recalling more than 1 million cars in North America due to problems that could result in the loss of electric power steering assist while driving, making it harder to turn the vehicle, NBC News reported. Six injuries and five crashes related to the issue have been reported to U.S. regulators. The models affected are Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles with model years 2008 to 2011 and Ford Explorers with model years 2011 to 2013.

    Get More at NBC News

    May 15, 2014: GM Recall

    General Motors announced on Thursday it has issued five more recalls covering about 2.7 million vehicles in the United States, Reuters reported. Still dealing with the fallout from the recall of defective ignition switches, the company said, the largest of the latest recalls covers more than 2.4 million cars for tail lamp malfunctions. There are also recalls covering Chevrolet Malibu sedans, Chevy Corvette sports cars, Cadillac CTS sedans and full-size trucks and SUVs.

    Get More at NBC News

    April 29, 2014: NHTSA Announces BMW Recall

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 128i Coupe, 128i Convertible, 328i Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 328i Coupe, 328i Convertible, 328i Sports Wagon and Z4 sDrive 30i, 2011-2012 135i Coupe, 135i Convertible, 335i Sedan, X5 xDrive 35i, and X6 xDrive 35i, 2011 335i xDrive Sedan, 335i Coupe, 335i Convertible, 528i Sedan, 535i Sedan, 535i xDrive Sedan, X3 xDrive 28i, and X3 xDrive 35i, 2010 X3 xDrive 30i, and X5 xDrive 30i, 2012 640i Coupe, and 640i Convertible and 2010-2012 535i Gran Turismo vehicles.

    In the affected vehicles, the engine can lose power or stall. The problem is with bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment (VANOS) unit can loosen over time and may possibly break, according to NHTSA.

    BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the four VANOS housing bolts for both VANOS units (intake and exhaust), free of charge.

    Click here to for more information about the recall.

    April 29, 2014: NHTSA Announces Mercedes-Benz Recall

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (Mercedes) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 C300, C300 4Matic, C350, and C63 AMG vehicles. 

    In the affected vehicles, a poor electrical ground connection may result in the dimming or failure of the tail lights, according to NHTSA.

    NHTSA says Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holders if not previously updated and replace any corroded connectors, free of charge. Parts are not currently available, according to NHTSA.

    Click here for more details of the recall.

    April 29, 2014: GE Brand Dehumidifiers Sold at Walmart Recalled

    About 15, 500 GE Brand Dehumidifiers sold exclusively at Walmart are being recalled according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The Commission says a component in the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, and cause a fire.

    This recall involves 30-pint portable GE brand dehumidifiers.

    Click here to read more details of the recall.

    April 29, 2014: IKEA Reannounces & Expands Children's Wall-Mounted Lamps Recall

    This recall involves IKEA children’s wall-mounted lamps sold in various style names, shapes and colors, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    The recall involves about 3.5 million in the United States, 1.4 million in Canada, 30.2 million worldwide (This includes IKEA children’s lamps in the firm’s previous recall in December 2013 and expands the number and types of lamps.), according to CPSC

    The lamps have a cord, about 7 to 8 feet long with either a switch on the cord or a switch located on the lamp.

    A 15-month-old baby became entangled in the TASSA NATT lamp’s cord and nearly strangled. This incident, and the death of a 16-month-old baby who died after getting entangled in the SMILA lamp’s cord, were reported in the previous recall. In both incidents, which occurred in Europe, the lamp cord was pulled into the crib by the infants, said the CPSC.

    Click here for the style name and description of the lamps involved in the recall.

    March 27, 2013: Alli Weight Loss Pills Recalled

    GlaxoSmithKline is recalling its weight loss drug Alli after learning some of the bottles have been tampered with.


    The real capsule is a turquoise blue color, but consumers have reported finding tablets and capsules of other shapes and colors inside the bottles.


    There are also reports the tamper-resistant seals on some bottles are not authentic.


    Some bottles are even missing their labels, according to GlaxoSmithKline.


    The pharmaceutical company has received about 20 complaints of tampered Alli bottles so far.


    There have been no reports of serious illness.

    Alli's website reads: To date, some bottles bearing the following lot numbers and expiration dates on the carton have been reported to us by consumers as containing product other than alli®:
    - Carton Lot 14372, Expiration: 02/28/2016
    - Carton Lot 14395, Expiration: 02/28/2016
    - Carton Lot 14124, Expiration: 09/30/2015
    - Carton Lot 14267, Expiration: 01/31/2016
    - Carton Lot 14442, Expiration: 04/30/2016

    Click here to learn more about the recall.

    March 26, 2014: Nissan Recalls 1M Cars, SUVs and Vans

    Nissan is recalling about a million cars, SUVs and vans because the front passenger airbags might not work in a crash. It's the company's second recall to fix the same problem. Nissan says the computer system in the vehicles may not detect an adult in the front passenger seat: when that happens, the air bags will not inflate.

    The recall applies to 2013 & 2014 model year Altimas, Leafs, Pathfinders, Sentras, as well as some other vans and SUVs. A free software upgrade at the dealership should fix the problem.
    If you drive one of these cars, you'll most likely hear from your dealership in mid-April about when you can bring your car in for the fix.

    Click here for more.

    March 17, 2014: GM Announces 3 New Recalls

    General Motors announced three new recalls seperate from its ignition switch recall.

    The new recalls involve more than one million vehicles for multiple reasons:

    -303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana from the 2009-2014 model years with gross vehicle weight under 10,000 pounds

    - 63,900 Cadillac XTS full-size sedan from the 2013 and 2014 model years

    - 1.18 million Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from the 2008-2013 model years, Chevrolet Traverse from the 2009-2013 model years, and Saturn Outlook from the 2008-2010 model years

    Click here for more details of this recall.

    Click here for details about the ignition switch recall.

    February 17, 2014: Hot Pockets Recalled

    Giant Food announced the recall of Hot Pockets Philly Steak and Cheese because they were produced without all required inspections.

    There have been no reports of illness, according to Giant Food.

    Click here to find more information about the recall and batch numbers affected.

    February 14, 2014: Toyota Recall

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Toyota Tacoma and Lexus RX350 vehicles and certain model year 2012 Toyota Rav4 vehicles.

    The brake system contains a brake actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure of each wheel cylinder, said, NHTSA. An electrical component within the actuator may experience an increased resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system, Antilock Brake System (ABS), and Traction Control system, according to NHTSA.

    NHTSA warns these systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Toyota will notify owners and the fix is free of charge.

    Click here for more information about the recall.

    February 13, 2014: GM Recalls Nearly 780,000 Compact Cars

    General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 older-model compact cars in North America. It says a faulty ignition switch can shut of the cars' engines without warning and cause crashes. GM says six people have been killed in 22 crashes related to the problem. All were at high speeds. The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2005 through 2007 model years and Pontiac G5s from 2007.

    General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem.

    The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

    U.S. safety regulators say the weight of the key ring and rough roads can move the ignition switch out of the run position, cutting the engine and electricity. If that happens, air bags may not work.

    GM says there have been 22 crashes from the problem. All were off the road and happened at high speeds.

    Dealers will replace the ignition switch for free. GM says owners should remove nonessential items from key rings until the problem is fixed.

    February 12, 2014: Toyota Recalls 1.9 Prius Cars

    Toyota is recalling 1.9 Million Prius Cars.

    Toyota says the recall involves all its newest, third generation Prius cars that have been in production since 2009.

    The company says the cars have a programming glitch in the hybrid system. It could shut down and cause the car to stop, possibly while the car's being driven.

    This is the third recall for the five-year Prius.

    Click here to look up Toyota recalls.

    February 12, 2014: Graco Recalls Toddler Car Seats

    Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of nearly 3.8 million convertible toddler and booster child seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.


    Graco says the models affected include: Toddler Convertible Car Seats: Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride 70, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, Size4Me 70, My Size 70, Head Wise 70, Smart Seat. Harnessed Booster Seats: Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Elite and Argos.


    Click here for more information on the recall and learn how to get a replacement harness buckle.

    February 09, 2014: Baby Walkers Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced BebeLove is recalling some of its baby walkers because they fail to meet federal safety standards.

    For example, some walkers are not designed to stop at the edge of a step as required by the federal safety standard and some have leg openings that allow the child to slip down until the child’s head can become entrapped at the neck, according to the CPSC.

    The models involved in the recall are style numbers 358 and 368.

    For more information on the recall, click here.

    January 24, 2014: Expanded Recall of Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Flushmate has expanded its recall of Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System because the system can burst. The pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, according to the CPSC.

    This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were manufactured from March 2008 through June 2009..

    You can find more details of the recall here.

    January 23, 2014: Pacifier Holder Recall

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of a popular brand of pacifier holder. About 1.25 million Platex pacifier holders are being recalled because the holder clips can crack and a small part can break off, which poses a choking hazard to small children.

    Visit the CPSC's website for more information.

    December 31, 2013: Ford Recalls Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Vehicles

    Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vehicles because the transmission range sensor may not function properly.

    Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll which may result in a crash, said The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA).

    For more information about this recall click here.

    December 17, 2013: Google & HP Recall HP Chromebook 11 Chargers

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 145,000 HP Chromebook 11 power supply/chargers.

    Google has received nine reports of chargers overheating and melting during use, according to the CPSC.

    The recall involves chargers that were sold with the HP Chromebook 11, said the CPSC. They were sold at Best Buy stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, bestbuy.com, Google Play at play.google.com, and HP Shopping at shopping.hp.com from October 2013 through November 2013 and included with the Chromebook 11 which sold for about $280.

    For more information and pictures of the product, click here.

     

    December 11, 2013: IKEA Recalls Children's Wall-Mounted Lamps After Death Reported

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA North America, of Conshohocken, Pa., recalled children’s wall-mounted lamps due to a strangulation hazard. A 16-month-old child in a crib died after getting entangled in the lamp’s cord, according to the CPSC. In a separate incident, the CPSC reports a 15-month-old child in a crib became entangled in the lamp’s cord and nearly strangled. In both incidents, which occurred in Europe, the lamp cord was pulled into the crib by the infants. There were 2.9 million of the recalled lamps sold in the United States.

    The recalled IKEA children’s SMILA-series wall-mounted lamps were sold in eight designs, including a blue star, yellow moon, pink flower, white flower, red heart, green bug, blue seashell and an orange seahorse.

    Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamp and contact IKEA for a free repair kit.

    For pictures of the product and more information on this recall click here.

     

    November 21, 2013: Cuisinart Recalls Food Processors

    Cuisinart is recalling 7-cup food processors due to a laceration hazard. About 25,000 food processors are a part of this recall.

    Click here to see if your Cuisinart was affected.

    November 21, 2013: Baby Monitor Recall After Two Deaths

    About 600,000 Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitors are being recalled after two babies were strangled by the monitors' cords.

    The recall involves the Movement and Sound Monitor which includes a sensor pad that is placed under the crib mattress. That pad is connected to an electrical cord, which is in reach of a baby inside the crib. The cord can be pulled up into the crib and can wrap around the baby's neck.

    The recalled monitors were sold nationwide at stores like Babies R Us, Walmart, and Amazon.com from 1999 up until September 2013.

    For more information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, click here.

    November 19, 2013: Toy Wagons Sold at Toys R Us Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Step2 Whisper Ride Touring Wagons are being recalled because the removable blue seat backs can detach and allow the child in the wagon to fall out, posing a fall hazard.

    Step2 has received 29 reports of the seat back detaching, 28 of which resulted in children falling out of the wagon, according to the CPSC. Fourteen of these resulted in bumped heads and nine resulted in bruises, scratches or lacerations.

    The wagons are sold exclusively at Toys R Us.

    To learn more about the recall Click Here.

    October 31, 2013: Porch Light Recall

    Now to a recall of hundreds of thousands of those motion-activated outdoor lights.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reporting multiple Heath/Zenith porch lights can pose an electrical shock hazard due to a problem with the internal wiring. About 210,000 light fixtures are affected and were sold nation wide since 2006. No injuries have been reported.

    Click here to find out if your light is part of this recall.

    October 31, 2013: Expanded Dehumidifier Recall

    An expanded dehumidifier recall now involves 2.2 million units that can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious safety hazard.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission says four more models of dehumidifiers have been added to the recall after reports of at least 25 additional fires and millions of dollars in damage. We first reported the humidifier recall back in September.

    Twelve brand names of dehumidifiers including Kenmore and Frigidaire are part of this recall.  CPSC says that in total more than 300 incidents have been reported because of these dehumidifiers including 71 fires more than $2.7 million in property damage.

    October 29, 2013: Kraft Recalls String Cheese

    Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling some varieties of Kraft and Polly-O String Cheese and String Cheese Twists products. These products may spoil before their "Best When Used By" code dates, leading to product discoloration, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA).

    The affected products all have code dates from October 25, 2013 through February 11, 2014.

    Approximately 735,000 cases of the affected product were shipped to customers across the United States, according to the USDA.

    Click here to see the varieties of cheese involved in the recall.

     

    October 24, 2013: Crate and Barrel Recalls Finley Hanging Pendant Lamps

    Crate and Barrel is recalling Hanging pendant lamps since the wires can be connected incorrectly because the wires’ polarity labels can fall off or be mislabeled, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers.

    This recall includes Crate and Barrel Finley Collection pendant lamps with a white or wheat (off-white) linen large, small drum or rectangular lamp shades. They have a 9-inch long silver electrical wire with tandem metal support cables and chrome-plated steel ceiling plate.

    Crate and Barrel has received four reports of lamps shorting out, including minor property damage and a minor burn, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    For more details on the recall click here.

    October 24, 2013: Tommy Bahama Outdoor Ceiling Fans Recalled

    This recall involves Tommy Bahama brand 52-inch outdoor ceiling fans sold under the “The Copa Breeze” style name.

    Emerson Air Comfort Products is recalling the fans because the brackets holding the fan blades can break and cause the blades to fall, posing a risk of injury to bystanders, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    The fan has model number TB311DBZ and a distressed bronze color. Each of the five oval-shaped paddles/blades has a metal accent in the shape of an oval with a figure-8 inside the oval. The lower part of the motor housing has “Tommy Bahama” embossed on it. A date code is represented by three letters printed on the lower right corner of a label on the top of the motor housing.

    Click here to learn more about the recall and for a complete list of the date codes (letter combinations).

    October 18, 2013: Toyota Recalls 885,000 Camrys, Avalons & Venzas

    Toyota is recalling 885,000 vehicles worldwide because of safety problems related to the airbags. The vast majority of the vehicles were sold in the United States.

    The company has said the problem is due to water leaking out of the air conditioner condenser unit onto the airbag control module. In some cases, this disables the airbags themselves so that they might not deploy in an accident.

    For more information about the recall, visit the Toyota website.

    October 3, 2013: 15 Million Surge Protectors Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning that about 15 million surge protectors are being recalled due to a fire hazard.

    There have been about 700 reports of the surge protectors overheating and melting, including 55 claims of property damage from smoke and fire.

    Thirteen injuries have also been reported.

    To get more information and see if your surge protector is on the list, click here.

    September 27, 2013: Toyota Recalls Sienna Minivans

    Toyota is recalling 615,000 Sienna minivans in the U.S. because they can inadvertently shift out of park and roll away.

    The recall involves Siennas from the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 models years.

    Toyota said the shift locking device can potentially be damaged. If that happens, the minivans can shift out of park even if the driver isn't depressing the brake pedal.

    Toyota said it has gotten reports of 21 accidents and 2 injuries related to the problem.

    Owners will be notified of the recall by mail. Dealers will replace the shift-lock device for free.

    September 25, 2013: Bagged Salad Recall

    The Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of dozens of types of Garden Fresh bagged salads due to possible listeria contamination. For a list of the affected products, click here.

    September 19, 2013: Honda Recalls 374,000 Vehicles

    Honda is recalling Hundreds of thousands of vehicles in the U.S. because of an airbag problem. 374,000 vehicles are affected.

    The recall includes 2003 -2004 Honda Odyssey minivans and 2003 Acura MDX.

    Honda says it has received an increasing number of complaints in recent months of airbags opening unnecessarily. It says the computer chip for airbag deployment was responding to electrical interference.

    Honda says dealerships will repair the airbag defect for free.

    September 10, 2013: Toyota Recall Redo

    Toyota announced a recall redo.
    The automaker is re-recalling more 780,584 vehicles in the U.S. because the safety problem in the suspension it tried to fix last year didn't work.
    The recall includes Rav4 SUVs 2006 through 2011and 2010 Lexus HS 250H sedans.
    Toyota says if rear suspension nuts aren't tightened properly, the arms can rust and separate from the vehicle.
    At least nine crashes and three injuries have been reported as related to the problem.
    You can find more information on the recall here.

    September 6, 2013: Johnson & Johnson Recalls Motrin Infants Formula

    Johnson & Johnson is recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula due to the risk that they contain tiny plastic particles, the Associated Press reported.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    September 3, 2013: Target Recalls Threshold Floor Lamps

    Target is recalling its Threshold floor lamps because the lamp can short when a standard one-way bulb is fully tightened in the lamp’s three-way socket, posing a fire and shock hazard to consumers, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

    The CPSC says consumers should stop using the White 2-bulb floor lamp and return it to any Target store for a full refund.

    This recall includes white plastic, turned-spindle design floor lamps with white fabric drum lamp shades and two 3-way pull-chain switches. Lamp is illuminated by two 3-way 100-watt or 29-watt CFL bulbs and stands approximately 60 inches tall. The model number PL1071 is located on a sticker on the bottom of the lamp.

    Target has received six reports of short circuiting which have resulted in fires, minor property damage and two consumers being shocked.

    You can find more information on the recall here.

    September 3, 2013: Ford Recalls Hundreds of Thousands of Cars

    Ford is recalling 370,000 cars because of possible corrosion to their steering shaft that could cause the driver to lose control of the wheel.
    The recall includes model years 2005 to 201 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars.
    Owners can take the cars to the dealership where they will be inspected.

    August 29, 2013: Vitamix Recalls 64-ounce Low-Profile Blender Container

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Vitamix is recalling its 64-ounce Low Profile Container because the blade can break.
    The CPSC says it received 18 reports of blades breaking. No injuries have been reported.
    The recall involves Vitamix 64-ounce Low-Profile containers with blade part number 103208 A and blade date codes 03-12 (March 2012) through 07-13 (July 2013). The blade part number and date code are laser etched onto the top of the blade at the bottom of the container. The clear, plastic, 64-ounce container with black plastic handle and lid was sold with Vitamix blender models 7500, Professional Series 300, Professional Series 750 and individually. Replacement blades with part number 104602 A are not affected.

    The CPSC says consumers should stop using the recalled container immediately and contact Vitamix for instructions on how to send back the container (without the lid or any accessories) to the firm for a free repair.
    You can find more details of the recall here.
     

    August 21, 2013: Halo SleepSack Wearable Blankets Recalled

    About 27,000 Halo SleepSack Wearable Blankets sold exclusively at Babies R US are being recalled because the petals from a pink satin flower on the garment can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
    The CPSC has received six reports of the petals detaching from the blankets including an infant found gagging on a detached petal.
    The recalled HALO SleepSack wearable blankets are 100% white cotton with pink-edged ruffles and a pink satin rose embellishment on the front. These sack-shaped wearable blankets have cut-outs for the baby’s arms, a zipper down the center, a sewn bottom and were sold in small and medium sizes. Only SleepSack products with GPU numbers 2701, 2781, 2886, 2887, 3007, 3035 and 3142 printed on a neck label under the primary neck label are included in the recall.
    Consumers should immediately stop using the wearable blankets and contact HALO Innovations for a pre-paid envelope containing instructions to remove and return the flower and order a free replacement product, said the CPSC.
    You can find pictures and more details of the recall here.

    August 9, 2013: Playmat Sets Sold At Wegmans Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Holgate Toys is recalling Playmat Sets because of a chocking hazard. The Playmat Set is sold exclusively at Wegmans Food Stores and includes a 24-inch by 30-inch cotton canvas playmat and four toy wooden vehicles. The CPSC warns the wheels on the wooden vehicles can detach. Consumers should immediately take the wooden vehicles away from young children and return them to Wegmans Food Stores for a full refund.

    UPC Code 0 7789028735 4 is printed on the back of the box.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    August 8, 2013: Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Pickup Trucks

    Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 342,000 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vehicles, produced from 2004 to 2011.

    Toyota said there is a seatbelt flaw. The screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor within the seat belt assembly for the driver and front passenger can become loose over time due to repeatedly and forcefully closing the access door. Toyota warns if the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor, which can affect retractor and pre-tensioner performance.

    Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive a notification by first class mail.
    You can find more information about the recall here.

    August 1, 2013: Kansas Firm Recalls 50,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

    A Kansas based company is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef that could be contaminated with E-coli.

    The National Beef Packing Company issued the voluntary recall after a sample of its product tested positive for the bacteria.

    The ground beef was shipped to retailers, wholesalers and food service distributors nationwide.

    The recalled beef products all have the establishment number "Est. 208-A" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers more details of the recall here.

    July 31, 2013: Water-Absorbing Polymer Balls Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Monster Science and Super Star Science Colossal Water Balls are being recalled because the soft and colorful product can be easily mistaken by a child for candy. The toys absorb water and grow up to 400 times their original size, according to the CPSC.

    If the marble-sized toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child’s body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening, said the CPSC.

    CPSC is aware of one incident with a similar water-absorbing polymer ball product in which an 8-month-old girl ingested the ball and it had to be surgically removed.

    You can find details of the recall here.

    July 29, 2013 Ford Recalls C-Max Hybrids

    Ford is recalling more than 33,000 C-Max Hybrids because the vehicle may not protect your head in the event of a crash.
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered the issue during safety tests.
    The recall covers cars made between January 19, 2012 and June 25, 2013.
    Ford will notify affected owners, and dealers will install additional energy absorbing material between the car’s headliner and roof.
    Cars with a panoramic roof is not included in the recall.

    July 25, 2013: Refrigerator Recall Expanded

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced an expanded recall of Viking built-in refrigerators with bottom freezers because the refrigerator's doors can detach. The refrigerators were previously recalled in 2009. Since then, Viking has received nearly 100 reports of injuries including broken bones.

    This recall involves Viking built-in 36-inch wide refrigerators with bottom freezers with models and serial numbers/date codes listed below. The model and serial numbers are located on the ceiling of the interior of the refrigerators. The first six numbers in the serial number range are the manufacture date of the unit in (mm)(dd)(yy).

     

    Model numbers starting with: Serial number/Date codes starting with:

    Designer Series

    DDBB363, DDBB536, DTBB363, 110105 - 081012

    DFBB363, DFBB536, FDBB5361

     

    Professional Series

    VCBB363, VCBB536, VCBB5361, 110105 – 080512

    VIBB363, VIBB536

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    July 24, 2013: Salsa Recall

    The maker of salsas sold at Dollar Tree and Deals, Dollar Express and Dollar Bills stores nationwide is recalling its salsa after large glass pieces were found in some jars.

    The recall includes Mild Chunky Salsa with best-by dates of June 2015 and October 2015, and Medium Chunky Salsa with a best by date of July 2015.

    The company says the glass pieces got into the salsa during the beginning of the manufacturing process, when some of the glass jars were damaged.

    The Fresno, California-based company says there have been no reports of injury.

    July 23, 2013: Popular Baby Product Recalled

    Hundreds of thousands of Einstein baby activity jumpers are being recalled.
    More than 60 babies have been injured, including a seven-month-old who suffered a fractured skull.

    The Consumer Financial Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the recall involves about 400,000 baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumpers in the U.S. and about 8,500 in Canada.
    The CPSC says one of the toys attached to the jumper can rebound with force and injure a child.
    The model number involved in the recall is 90564.
    The following manufacture date codes include:
    OD0, OE0, OF0, OG0, OH0, OI0, OJ0, OK0, OL0, OA1, OB1, OC1, OD1, OE1, OF1, OG1, OH1, OI1, OJ1 and OK1.

    The jumpers were sold at Target, Toys-R-Us and other stores nationwide.
    You can find more information about the recall here.

    July 17, 2013: Sears Re-announces Recall of Kenmore Dehumidifiers

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Sears has received additional reports of shorting and fires associated with certain Kenmore dehumidifiers. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers, said the CPSC. There has been on report of a consumer severely burned, according to the CPSC.

    This recall involves Kenmore brand 35, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers made by LG and sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009.

    Consumers should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifiers and contact the Recall Fulfillment Center to receive a Sears gift card for either $75, $80, $90 or $100, which may be used at any Sears or Kmart store or at Sears.com or Kmart.com.

    You can find details of the recall here.

    July 16, 2013: Chrysler Recalls 2013 RAM Trucks

    Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 RAM 1500 4x4 trucks because of a software issue with the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) module, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
    A disabled ESC system may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash, says NHTSA.
    Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will update the ESC module software, free of charge.

    You can find more details of the recall here.

    July 8, 2013: Chrysler Recalls Vehicles For Potential Airbag Flaw

    Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2013 Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and RAM C/V Tradesman vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA says a software error may cause  the wrong side airbag to deploy in a crash, leaving a person with no airbag protection at the point of impact. (a left side impact would deploy the right side airbags and vice versa).

    Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753 for a free fix. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N44.

    You can find details about the the recall here.

    July 8, 2013: Whole Foods Market Recalls Cheese Following One Death

    Whole Foods Market announced it is recalling Crave Brothers Les Frères cheese.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the cheese is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

    To date, one illness and one death have been reported, according to the FDA. The FDA says the company immediately ceased the production and distribution of the products.

    The recalled Crave Brothers Les Frères cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels.

    You can find the states where the cheese has been recalled and how the cheese was labeled including the PLU code here.

    July 4, 2013: Toys R Us Recalls Remote-Controlled Helicopters

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Toys R Us is recalling its remote-controlled 3 channel helicopters.

    The CPSC says the rechargeable battery inside the helicopters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers or anything nearby.

    The recall involves the Fast Lane FA-005 Radio Control 3-Channel Helicopter with Gyro Stabilizer and Charger, model number 5F5F2F5.

    Consumers should immediately stop using the remote-controlled helicopter and return all components to a Toys R Us store for a full refund or store credit.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    July 2, 2013: Emergency Recall of Portable Propane Tanks

    There is an emergency recall involving commonly used portable propane tanks.
    The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued the emergency recall of 55,000 propane tanks manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company.
    The recall was issued after a PHMSA investigation revealed the product was unsafe.
    PHMSA says the cylinders may leak flammable gas or suddenly rupture and explode.
    PHMSA has ordered the two-piece, fully wrapped fire composite cylinders be removed from service.
    The propane tanks are often used with recreational vehicles, propane grills and other outdoor equipment.
    You can find details of the recall here.
     

    June 21, 2013: Light Chandeliers Sold Exclusively at Lowe's Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of Aztec nine-light chandeliers sold at Lowe’s stores under the PORTFOLIO brand name.

    The recall comes after the manufacturer received six reports of the chandeliers falling from the ceiling. No injuries have been reported.

    CPSC says the chandeliers are metal with an olde bronze finish. They come with etched amber glass shades and a decorative faux marble ball in the center. The upper arms of the fixture are single long curves and the lower arms of the fixture are “S” shaped. “Aztec” and model number 34330 are printed on a sticker located inside the ceiling canopy at the top of the chandelier.
    Consumers can contact Kitchler for information on how to receive a free repair kit.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    June 20, 2013: Nearly 100,000 Strollers Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Kolcraft is recalling certain Jeep Liberty branded strollers.
    The CPSC says the inner tube of the tire on the three-wheeled strollers can rupture and cause the wheel rim to break and fly off.
    The strollers involved in the recall were manufactured between June 2010 and September 2011.
    The manufacturer and the CPSC have received 39 reports of inner tube ruptures which resulted in more than a dozen injuries.
    Consumers should contact the company for a free replacement wheels.
    You can find more information about the recall here.
     

    June 18, 2013: Three Types of Baby Bath Seats Recalled Due to Drowning Risk

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that more than 41,000 baby bath seats have been recalled under the names Buy Buy Baby Idea Baby Brand infant bath seats, One Step Ahead Idea Baby infant bath seats and BeBe Love E-Zee Bath Seats.
    All three of the seat brands failed to meet federal safety standards and can tip over, posing a drowning risk for babies.
    Consumers should stop using these recalled bath seats immediately and contact the manufacturer for a full refund.

    Find more information on each individual recall by clicking the links above.

    June 18, 2013: Honda Recalls Vehicles Because Of Brake Problem

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Honda is recalling 18,352 vehicles from 2006 - 2007 for potential loss of braking power. The recall includes certain model year 2006 Acura RSX vehicles and model year 2006-2007 Honda S2000 vehicles.

    NHTSA says with reduced braking assistance, the vehicle may require additional brake pedal force, increasing the risk of a crash.

    NHTSA says Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake booster assembly. If necessary, the dealers will replace the booster assembly free of charge.

    You can find more information on the recall here.

    June 17, 2013: GM Recalls Nearly 200,000 Vehicles Because Of Fire Risk

    General Motors (GM) has expanded a recall to include certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. The recall involves 193,652 vehicles.
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a short in the circuit board could lead to a fire. NHTSA says a fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park the vehicle outside.
    Owners will be contacted and repairs will be done free of charge. GM will notify Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC owners, Isuzu and Saab will contact their respective owners.

    You can find more information on the recall here.

    June 14, 2013: Nap Nanny & Chill Infant Recliners Recalled Following Five Infant Deaths

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., is voluntarily recalling all models of its Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners and covers. The recall is announced as part of the settlement of an administrative case filed by CPSC in December 2012, which sought a mandatory recall of the Nap Nanny and Chill products.

    From 2009 to the present, the Commission staff has received at least 92 incident reports involving the Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill products, including five infant deaths. CPSC is aware of four infants who died in Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death involved in the Chill model. In the incident reports received by CPSC, there were 92 reports of infants hanging or falling over the side of the products, including some infants who were restrained in the product’s harness.

    CPSC urges consumers to immediately stop using all Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill recliners. Baby Matters LLC is no longer in business and is not accepting returns. In December 2012, four major retailers—Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us—announced a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny and Chill models sold in their stores. Consumers who purchased a Nap Nanny from one of these retailers should contact the retailer for instructions on how to obtain a refund for the product.

    CPSC alleged that the products contain a design defect, their use presents a risk of injury to infants, and the instructions and warnings are inadequate. Baby Matters disputed these allegations but has agreed to the recall in consideration for dismissal of the CPSC lawsuit.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    June 5, 2013: Yakima Recalls Certain Whispbar Racks

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of 1,369 Yakima Whispbar rack systems used for various vehicles, including the Toyota Matrix and Mitsubishi Outlander.

    The racks are being recalled for not properly fitting the roofline or raised rail on vehicles, causing it to detach from the roof while in transit which could result in a crash.

    Yamika will notify owners and instruct them to return the parts for a replacement.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    June 5, 2013:Toyota recalls 242,000 Prius, Lexus hybrid cars

    Toyota Motor Corp. says it is recalling about 242,000 of its Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles due to problems with their braking systems.

    The company says the recall applies to about 233,000 Prius vehicles made between March and October 2009 and about 9,000 Lexus HS250h models made between June and October 2009.

    Toyota says the Prius vehicles affected are sold worldwide. The Lexus sedans are sold in the U.S. and Japan.

    The automaker says brake pressure parts in the vehicles could crack due to vibration, slowing response times. It says there've been no accidents or injuries caused by the problem so far.

    June 4, 2013: Ford Recalls Certain 2013 Vehicles

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall includes certain 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles.

    NHTSA says the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, and allow fuel to leak.
    A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
    NHTSA says Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    June 3, 2013: Pottery Barn Kids Recalls Sweet Lambie Crib Bumpers

    This recall involves Pottery Barn Kids Sweet Lambie Bumpers manufactured from April 2009 through July 2012. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the thread in the decorative stitching on the bumper can loosen, posing an entanglement hazard to infants. Lambs in grass and lambs with trees are embroidered on the interior and exterior of the bumpers. They were available in the colors pink, blue and ivory/oatmeal. Model number “708859,” “708917” or “7988348” and “Sweet Lambie Bumper” appear on a tag fastened to the bottom edge of the bumpers. The date of manufacture in MM/YYYY format is printed on a tag attached to the bumper near the model number tag.

    The CPSC says there have been two reports of the decorative stitching coming loose and entangling children, including reports of the thread wrapping around a child’s neck. No serious injuries have been reported.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

     

    May 31, 2013: Teavana Glass Tea Tumblers Recalled

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reporting that Teavana glass tea tumblers are being recalled as they can break or shatter unexpectedly. CPSC says Teavana has received 302 reports of the glass breaking or shattering, and injuries have been reported. Consumers are told to immediately stop using the glass tea tumblers and return them to a Teavana store location for a free replacement tumbler and a complimentary 2 oz. package of Opus Rouge Rooibos Tea.

    More information on this recall here.

    May 24, 2013: NHTSA Announces Recall of Cadillac SRX Vehicles

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of 18,871 Cadillac SRX vehicles from 2013 equipped with 18 inch wheels. NHTSA says the recall was issued for possible loosening of the wheel lug nuts, causing the wheel to separate from the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash.

    You can see details of the recall here.

    May 23, 2013: Area Rug Sold Exclusively at Home Depot Recalled

    This recall involves Nourison-branded I-CANDI collection polyester shag rugs.

    The rugs are being recalled because they failed to meet federal flammability standards, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

    The rugs were sold in one color, denim, consisting of a mix of dark blue, light blue and gray shades. The rugs measure 5-by 7-feet and 7-feet 6-inches by 9-feet 6-inches. “ICANDI COLLECTION” and “Nourison” are printed in black on a label affixed to the back of the rug.

    You can find more information about the recall here.

    May 3, 2013: Certain California Pizza Kitchen & DiGiorno Frozen Pizzas Recalled

    Nestlé USA announced its recalling select varieties/production codes of California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno Frozen Pizzas because the pizza may contain fragments of clear plastic.

    Here is a list of pizzas included in the recall:

    California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Crispy Thin Crust White, UPC 71921 98745; production codes are 3062525951, 3062525952 and 3063525951.
    California Pizza Kitchen Limited Edition Grilled Chicken with Cabernet Sauce, UPC 71921 00781; production code is 3059525952.
    DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread Pizza Tuscan Style Chicken, UPC 71921 02663; production codes are 3057525922 and 3058525921.
    DiGiorno pizzeria!™ Bianca/White Pizza, UPC 71921 91484; production code is 3068525951.

    Nestle USA says the voluntary recall is limited to frozen pizzas with these specific production codes, which were distributed nationwide. No other production codes/dates, sizes or varieties of CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN or DIGIORNO pizzas are affected by this recall.

    Nestle says since it delivers directly to retailer freezer cases, it has instructed stores to remove the pizzas.

    You can find more information here.

    Apr. 29, 2013: Certain 2013 BMW motorcycles recalled

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of certain 2013 BMW R1200 GS motorcycles. NHTSA says a front fork tube may loosen due to insufficient torque of a locking bolt. This could reduce the ability to control the motorcycle and possibly cause a crash.

    BMW will notify owners and dealers and fix the problem free of charge.

    You can find details of the recall here.

     

    Apr. 12, 2013: Retailers recall desktop magnets after reports of children swallowing them

    Six retailers have agreed to recall a brand of potentially dangerous high-powered magnet sets after the manufacturer refused to participate.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond and four other stores are recalling "Buckyballs'' and "Buckycubes'' after the CPSC received 54 reports of children and teens ingesting the product.

    The tiny, powerful magnets are sold as a desktop toy that can be molded into different shapes. They can be dangerous or deadly if accidentally swallowed or inhaled.

    The CPSC filed a rare legal complaint against the company that manufactured the sets, New York-based Maxfield & Oberton, in July after recall negotiations failed. The company has since gone out of business but the products are likely still in homes and offices.

    More information & pictures here

    Apr. 12, 2013: Wegmans recalls fruit juice because of a potential byproduct of mold

    Wegmans Food Markets says it's recalling two fruit juice products because they may contain unacceptable levels of a byproduct of mold.

    The grocery chain says some 64 oz. containers of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Apple Juice and Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Cranberry Juice Blend may contain patulin. It says the substance is unlikely to cause illness, but shouldn't be consumed.

    The apple juice has expiration dates of Jan. 28, 2014 through March 19, 2014. The blend has an expiration date of Nov. 5, 2013.

    It says consumers should dump the juice and return the containers to stores for refunds.

    Wegmans has 81 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.
     

    Apr. 11, 2013: Toyota, Honda and Nissan recall 3 million vehicles for air bag problems

    Toyota, Honda and Nissan are recalling more than 3 million vehicles globally for an identical problem with air bags on the passenger side whose inflator may burst, sending plastic pieces flying.

    No injuries have been reported related to the problem.

    Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.7 million vehicles, with some 580,000 in North America, another 490,000 in Europe and 320,000 in Japan. Affected models include the Corolla, Tundra, Lexus SC, produced between November 2000 and March 2004.

    Toyota said it had received five reports of air bag problems, three in the U.S. and two in Japan, but there have been no injuries.

    Honda Motor Co. is recalling 1.1 million vehicles. About 680,000 are in North America, 270,000 in Japan and 64,000 in Europe. The models include the Civic, CR-V and Odyssey.

    The recall extends to Latin America, China, other Asian nations, the Middle East and Africa.

    Nissan Motor Co. recalled 480,000 vehicles globally, some 137,000 of them in Japan, for the air bag problem.

    The Yokohama-based automaker said vehicles in North America and Europe are affected, but did not immediately have other details on its 343,000 overseas recalls.

    Recalled models in Japan include the Cube, X-Trail, Maxima and Teana, made from August 2000 to January 2004, spokesman Chris Keeffe said.

    Also affected under the same recall were the RX-8 and Mazda 6 at Mazda Motor Corp.

    The Hiroshima-based automaker said 45,000 vehicles were recalled, including 4,000 in Japan. It did not give numbers for other regions, but said recalls will be announced in North America, Europe, China and other nations.

    April 2, 2013: Haier America recalls chest freezers

    Haier America has expanded its recall of some chest freezers. A capacitor in the freezer’s circuitry can overheat, posing a fire hazard. Consumers should stop using the products immediately.

    The recall involves the Haier® models HNCM070E with 7.0 cubic foot capacity and ESNCM053E with 5.3 cubic foot capacity, and Black & Decker® model BFE53 with 5.3 cubic foot capacity white chest freezers. “Haier” is printed on the upper-left corner of the freezer, or “Black & Decker” is printed on the front upper-right corner of the freezer.

    More information: Contact Haier America toll-free at (877) 878-7579 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or online at www.haieramerica.com and click on Product Recalls.

     

    April 2, 2013: Midwest Trading Group recalls remote-controlled helicopters

    Midwest Trading said the rechargeable battery inside the helicopters can overheat and ignite the helicopter, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers or nearby items.

    The recall involves the Radio Controlled Banshee Helicopter with lights, series 3CH-777. The plastic helicopters were sold in black and red or black and yellow color combinations and measure about 19 inches long and 6 inches high.  The helicopters have a rounded front yellow cockpit with bee decals and a narrow black plastic tail assembly. They were sold with a remote-control unit and a separate charger. "Fly Dragonfly" and SKU #51727 are printed on the product packaging.

    More information: Contact Midwest Trading Group toll-free at (866) 815-4714 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. central time Monday through Friday, or go online to www.mtradinggroup.com and click on the recall page for more information.