November 05, 2019

Untested, Uncertified Car Seats for Sale Online Could be Deadly
November 5, 2019

The Washington Post reports on the growing problem of “untested, uncertified car seats for sale online” and how they are “putting children at risk.” In a statement provided by eBay, the company said it “prohibits products that don’t meet safety regulations.” But there are “currently dozens of fake Doonas, MiFolds and other knockoffs available on the site, and new ones are listed daily.” Amazon has “far fewer, and they’re increasingly harder to find on the site.” Amazon said it is “continuously scanning the site to detect concerning products.” Child seat safety advocates say, “that solving the problem … is complex,” and will require involvement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is working to prevent imports from making their way into the country in the first place.”

GM Recalls 638,000 SUVs for Unintended Braking Issue
October 31, 2019

Reuters reports that General Motors “is recalling 638,000 U.S. sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks because a wheel-speed sensor could fail and cause unintended braking.” The “recall covers 2015-2020 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, and Yukon and 2014-2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles equipped with a 5.3-liter engine, a 3.08-ratio rear axle and four-wheel drive.”

108,000 Diesel Ram Trucks Recalled Due to Fire Risk
October 25, 2019

Reuters reports that Fiat Chrysler is “recalling 108,000 Ram 1500 diesel-powered pickup trucks in the United States for coolant leaks tied to reports of some fires and four minor injuries.” The recall “covers trucks from the 2014 through 2019 model years after finding microscopic cracks in some Exhaust Gas Recirculation coolers.”

More than 50k School Buses Recalled for Safety Concerns
October 21, 2019

The Atlantic Journal-Constitution reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall of more than 50,000 school buses because of a safety concern. The agency says, “the bus seat backs were made with styrene blocks and they may not give enough impact absorption around the back of the seat frame.”

Subaru Recalls 360,000+ Forester SUVs for Faulty Airbag Sensors
October 14, 2019

Digital Trends reports that Subaru is recalling more than 360,000 Forester crossover SUVs “over a safety issue that has the potential to deactivate the airbag.” The recall includes Forester Crossover SUVs between 2015 and 2018.

Ford Recalls 28,000+ 2019 Super Duty Pickup Trucks
October 3, 2019

Cars.com reports that Ford is recalling “approximately 28,600 model-year 2019 Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks built at the Kentucky Truck Plant and Ohio Assembly Plant from May 21 to July 26.” The “electronic locking rear-axle assembly may have a passenger-side axle shaft manufactured with steel that doesn't meet Ford specifications, which may lead to a fracture and loss of motive power while driving in two-wheel drive, as well as the inability to hold the Park function.”

WAYB Pico Child Restraints Recalled
September 17, 2019

Consumer Affairs reports that “WAYB is recalling 4,558 WAYB Pico child restraints manufactured between March 1, 2019, and May 12, 2019. The headrest's aluminum tubular frame can break allowing the headrest to detach, increasing the risk of injury during a crash.”

More than 2 Million Ram Trucks Recalled for Tailgate Issue
September 10, 2019

The Detroit Press reports that Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 2 million Ram trucks “because of defects that could lead their tailgates to open unexpectedly.” The recall applies to “2015-2017 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups equipped with an 8-foot bed and a power locking tailgate, all 2013-2014 and 2018 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups built before April 1, 2018, with a 6- or 8-foot bed and a power locking tailgate”

Toyota Recalls 190,000+ Vehicles Due to Defective Airbags
August 29, 2019

USA Today reports that “Toyota is recalling about 191,000 Corolla and Matrix cars to fix airbags that replaced defective Takata airbags but may have been damaged.” The recall affects “certain 2003 through 2008 model-year Corolla cars and 2005 through 2008 model-year Matrix cars.”

Toyota Recalls 14,000+ SUVs for Faulty Rearview Camera
August 21, 2019

MSN reports that Toyota is recalling more than 14,000 of its 2019 RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid's because the rearview cameras may not activate when the car is put in Reverse. The recall affects vehicles “made between May 27, 2019 and July 27, 2019.” MSN says that Toyota “traced the backup camera issue to a damaged electrical connector.”

Ford Recalls 108,000 Fusion, MKZ Vehicles Over Seat Belt Safety Issues
August 15, 2019

MLive (MI) is reporting that Ford “announced a recall of more than 108,000 2015 model Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles after a seat belt issue may stop people from being held in their seats during a crash, according to the Associated Press.” Ford “says front seat belt cables can lose strength due to heat buildup and then fail to hold passengers in place during a crash.” According to MLive, the automaker reported that “it is aware of one injury as a result of the problem."

Ford Recalls 2020 Explorer, Lincoln Aviator for Missing Park Release Cover
August 7, 2019

The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford Motor Co. announced a safety recall for the 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs because the vehicles may be missing the manual park release cover, ‘increasing the risk of crash.’” According to the Free Press, “the recall affects 13,896 vehicles in the United States and 239 in Canada”

Volkswagen Recalls More Than 25,000 Vehicles Due to Airbag Issues
July 29, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that Volkswagen is “recalling 27,822 of its 2015-2016 CC cars and Tiguan SUVs because a defective computer component can keep the airbags from deploying when needed in a crash or, in rare cases, make the airbags deploy even in the absence of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

Allergan Recalls Breast Implants Linked to Rare Form of Cancer
July 24, 2019

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA requested Allergan to recall Biocell textured breast implants from the market after discovering the implants are linked to a higher risk of a rare cancer known as breast-implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, which develops in the body’s immune system. The FDA said “it has now received reports of 573 cases of the implant-associated lymphoma and 33 deaths of such patients.”

Volvo Recalls More Than 500,000 Vehicles Due to Fire Risk
July 22, 2019

USA Today is reporting that “Volvo Cars is recalling about half a million cars worldwide because of a faulty engine component that may in extreme cases cause a vehicle to catch a fire.” The vehicles involved in the recall, include “two-liter, four-cylinder diesel engines manufactured between 2014 and 2019 in the following models: S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 and XC90.”

Nissan Recalling Titan Trucks Over Issue That May Cause Electric Short
July 18, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that Nissan is “recalling 91,319 of its 2017-2019 Titan pickup trucks because an electrical short could cause the engine to stall, causing a crash risk.” The problem “stems from potential damage to the alternator wiring harness, which may have occurred during the engine’s installation.”

Subaru Recalls Vehicles Due to Faulty Welds
July 12, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that Subaru is recalling thousands of 2019 Subaru Outback and 2019 Subaru Legacy vehicles due to faulty welds, which means “the vehicles’ overall body structures aren’t as strong as they should be, NHTSA says, and they may not perform as designed in a crash.”

Mazda Recalls Over 250,000 Vehicles for Engine Software Problem
July 10, 2019

The AP reports that “Mazda is recalling more than 262,000 SUVs and cars in the U.S. to fix a software problem that could cause the engines to stall unexpectedly.” The recall includes “certain Mazda6 midsize sedans and CX-5 SUVs from the 2018 and 2019 model years. Also included are Mazda3 small cars from 2019.”

Ford Recalls 58,000 Vehicles for Engine Software Issue
July 9, 2019

USA Today reports that “Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 58,000 Focus cars in North America to fix a powertrain software issue that could cause a deformed fuel tank.” The recall affects “2012 and 2017 Focus vehicles with 2-liter GDI engines, as well as 2013-14 Focus ST vehicles with 2-liter GDI engines.”

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 80,000+ Jeep Cherokee SUVs for Transmission Issue
July 8, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 80,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs because “a software problem can lead the transmission to unexpectedly shift into Neutral, reducing power.” The issue “affects only 2014 Cherokees with a 3.2 V6 engine.”

Eye Drops, Ointments Recalled for Sterility Concerns
July 5, 2019

USA Today reports that Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for several over-the-counter eye drops and ointments sold at Walmart and Walgreens over “concerns the products may not be sterile.” According to the recall notice, it is a "precautionary measure," and "Altaire has received no reports of adverse events, nor has Altaire obtained any out of specifications results including sterility testing, for the products."

Volkswagen Recalls More Than 660,000 Vehicles Over Headlight Issue
July 2, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that Volkswagen “is recalling certain Passat sedans and Atlas SUVs because it is possible that their headlights could be misaligned,” which means “they may not illuminate the road ahead or they may cause glare for oncoming drivers.”

Growers Express Recalls Fresh Vegetable Products from Green Giant Fresh, Signature Farms, Trader Joe’s
July 2, 2019

The AP is reporting in continuing coverage that Growers Express is voluntarily recalling “fresh vegetable products distributed across the nation under several brand names ... because of possible listeria contamination.” The AP adds, “Growers Express says in a statement the [affected] products...include packaged varieties of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and a butternut-squash based veggie bowl ... sold under the brand names Green Giant Fresh, Growers Express, Signature Farms, and Trader Joe’s.”

Honda Recalls Additional 1.6 Million Vehicles to Repair Exploding Takata Airbags
June 28, 2019

The AP is reporting on the recall of 1.6 million vehicles in the US by Honda in order “to replace potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators,” giving Honda the distinction of “completing its required recalls six months ahead of schedule.” With this last recall, “Honda says it will have recalled or accounted for 22.6 million inflators in about 12.9 million vehicles.” According to the story, Honda also “said it has completed repairs or accounted for 83 percent of the, among the highest in the auto industry.”

Fisher-Price Recalls Inclined Sleeper Accessories
June 27, 2019

USA Today reports, “More than two months after Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play sleepers the company is recalling an inclined sleeper accessory that was included with some play yards.” In a June 27, 2019 notice posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website, nearly 71,000 Fisher-Price Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards are included in the voluntary recall. “Advocates, including the American Academy of Pediatrics have urged the safety commission and lawmakers to eliminate the inclined sleep product category completely.”

Over 23,000 Audi Q3 SUVs Being Recalled Because of Turn Signal Issues
June 25, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that Audi is recalling 23,421 2016-2018 model year Q3 SUVs over a “software problem” that may lead to drivers not being “notified when a turn signal has failed.” Without a “warning...the loss of turn signal function could increase the risk of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.” The automaker “says that the LED turn signal is designed to work for the lifetime of the vehicle, but this problem keeps the car from meeting a regulatory requirement.”

Porsche Recalling Nearly 100,000 Vehicles Due to Roll-Away Risk
June 24, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that 99,665 cars and SUVs are being recalled by Porsche “because the cable that links the gear selector to the transmission can fail, allowing the transmission to be in a different gear than what the shifter indicates, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.” The motorist may “move the shift lever to the Park position and remove the ignition key, even though the gear box may not be in Park, NHTSA says.”

Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Drugs Following FDA Inspection
June 19, 2019

Modern Healthcare is reporting that “Premier Pharmacy Labs, a sterile compounding pharmacy, has issued a nationwide recall of nearly two dozen unexpired drugs following a recent inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.” Premier “is recalling the drugs due to a lack of sterility assurance, based on concerns voiced at the FDA inspection.”

Sprouts Farmers Market Recalling Frozen Cut Spinach Leaves After Listeria Bacteria Found in Product
June 18, 2019

USA Today is reporting, “Sprouts Farmers Market is recalling frozen spinach leaves voluntarily after finding traces of listeria in the product.” Sprouts Farmers Market is conducting an internal investigation with manufacturer National Frozen Foods of Oregon.

Mizkan America Recalling Ragú Brand Pasta Sauces that May Contain Plastic Fragments
June 18, 2019

Food Safety News reports in continuing coverage that Mizkan America Inc. has issued a recall notice for an unreported amount of Ragú brand pasta sauces “from stores nationwide because they may contain fragments of plastic.

Ruiz Foods Products Recalling El Monterey Breakfast Wraps
June 16, 2019

USA Today reports that “Ruiz Foods Products Inc. has recalled more than 246,000 pounds of frozen breakfast wraps after some customers complained about ‘small rocks’ in the burritos.”

Land Rover Recalled Due to Defective Seat Belts
June 13, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting that Land Rover is recalling more than 16,000 vehicles due to defective seat belts. The recall includes certain 2016-2017 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport SUV models. The driver’s seat belt locking mechanism may not lock as designed in a crash. 

Amazon Recalls Space Heaters That Can Cause Fires
June 12, 2019

Business Insider is reporting Amazon “is recalling about 377,000 AmazonBasics 1500 Watt Ceramic Space Heaters sold from October 2017 through March 2019.” The company “voluntarily instituted the recall after receiving 30 reports from users in the US and Canada that said that the units can get too hot and malfunction, potentially burning or sparking and causing fires.”

Audi Recalls E-Tron SUVs for Battery Fire Risk
June 10, 2019

Wired is reporting that Audi has issued a voluntary recall for “some of its first electric vehicles over battery issues that could cause fires, though none have yet been reported.” The recall is for “1,644 E-Tron electric SUVs, only 540 of which have made it to customers.” The issue reportedly “stems from a faulty grommet seal, which sits in the vehicle’s wiring harness between the charge port and the battery.”

Claire's Recalls Makeup Set After it Tested Positive for Asbestos
June 9, 2019

USA Today is reporting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says JoJo Siwa’s makeup kit sold at Claire’s is dangerous, as it tested positive for asbestos. Claire’s “has recalled the product after the FDA issued a warning to stop using the product immediately.”

Whole Foods Recalls Pesto Products Due to Undisclosed Nuts
June 7, 2019

CBS News is reporting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “has issued an allergy alert for undeclared nuts in two pesto products sold at Whole Foods Market stores in five states.” Whole Foods was recalling the pesto, which was sold in those states.

NHTSA Probes GM's Recall of Vehicles Due to Seat Belt Issue
June 3, 2019

Reuters (5/31) is reporting on NHTSA's investigation into “General Motor Co’s recall in 2014 of 1.4 million vehicles to address a problem with flexible steel cables that connect safety belts to the seat-mounted pre-tensioner.” According to Reuters, “dealers were to inspect for signs of damage and replace pre-tensioners as needed,” but NHTSA “said Friday it has received four reports from owners reporting anchor cable separations with no warning after the recall had been completed.”

Johnsonville Recalls 95,393 Pounds of Ready-to-Eat Sausages
June 3, 2019

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that “Johnsonville Sausage is recalling 95,393 pounds of ready-to-eat sausages that may be contaminated with hard green plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday.”

NHTSA Investigating 2014 GM Seat Recall 
May 31, 2019

The AP (5/30) is reporting that NHTSA is “investigating whether a 5-year-old General Motors seat belt recall fixed the problem.” The recall “covered about 1.4 million Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook SUVs from the 2009 through 2014 model years” because “a flexible steel cable connecting the front seat belts to the vehicle could separate,” in a crash. However, NHTSA “says it has four complaints that seat belts failed in the SUVs after recall repairs were done.” 

Mitsubishi Recalls Mirage G4 Sedans over Software Error That Could Lead to Airbags Not Deploying
May 29, 2019

Consumer Reports is reporting Mitsubishi is recalling about 26,000 Mirage G4 sedans “manufactured from March 24, 2016, through Nov. 28, 2017” because “a software error may cause the vehicle’s airbag system to mistakenly interpret vibrations from a rough road or driving with a flat tire as an airbag malfunction,” which could the vehicle to “disable all seven of the car’s airbags.” 

Target Recalls USB Cables That Caused Burns
May 29, 2019

USA Today is reporting that, “Target is recalling $15 charging cables that can pose shock and fire hazards.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning customers to stop using the cables, indicating that “Target received 14 reports of the cables smoking, sparking or igniting, including two reports of consumer finger burns.”