Sure Signal Heat-Activated Fire Alarms Recalled Due to Malfunction

Fire Alarms Recalled Due to Malfunction
Fire Alarms Recalled Due to Malfunction

A recall is being issued for roughly 375,000 Sure Signal heat-activated fire alarms because they can malfunction, failing to alert consumers in case of a fire. “A defective fusible link sensor (fuse) on the fire alarm can cause the alarm to fail to alert consumers of a fire.” a recall notice posted on the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) website states.

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Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall of 6.5 Million Vehicles

Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall
Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall

Toyota is recalling about 6.5 million vehicles worldwide, including two million vehicles in the United States, because a defect in the driver’s side window switch can lead to a fire.

Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. confirmed last week that the power-window master switch in certain vehicles may have been manufactured without enough lubricant grease, and under certain conditions this can lead to a short circuit that can cause the switch to overheat and melt. The melting switch can produce smoke and potentially result in a fire, Law360 reports. Continue reading Toyota Window Switch Defect Results in Recall of 6.5 Million Vehicles

Bed Handles, Inc. Reannounces Product Recall After Only 1 Percent Response to Earlier Recall

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles, Inc. have reannounced the recall of about 113,000 adult portable bed handles. The bed handles assist adults with getting in and out of bed by giving them a bar to grip.

When the handles are attached to the bed without the use of safety retention straps, a handle can shift out of place creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. The gap poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death, the CPSC explains. The previous recall was announced on May 20, 2014. Continue reading Bed Handles, Inc. Reannounces Product Recall After Only 1 Percent Response to Earlier Recall

Government Data Shows Rise in Recalls of Organic Foods

Government Data Shows Rise in Recalls of Organic Foods
Data Shows Rise in Recalls of Organic Foods

Data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture shows a sharp increase in the number of recalls of organic food products.

Stericycle, a company that handles recalls for businesses, uses this government data to compile quarterly reports on food recalls. Organic food products accounted for 7 percent of all food units recalled so far this year, compared with 2 percent of those recalled last year, according to the New York Times.

Organic food accounted for only 1 percent of the total units recalled in 2012 and 2013. Kevin Pollack, Stericycle vice president, said the growing demand for organic ingredients was at least partly responsible for the increase in organic food recalls. Pollack said it is “striking” that since 2012, “all organic recalls have been driven by bacterial contamination, like salmonella, listeria and hepatitis A, rather than a problem with a label.” Bacterial contamination can cause serious illnesses and deaths, especially for the very young, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that food-borne illnesses cause about 3,000 deaths annually. The overall amount of food recalled because of suspected bacterial contamination has increased this year, adding to an upward trend in food recalls since 2012, according to the Times. Stericycle predicts a 24 percent increase in the number of food units that will be recalled this year, the Times reports.

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Takata Corp. Agrees to Expand Airbag Recall

Takata Corp. Agrees to Expand Airbag Recall
Takata Corp. Agrees to Expand Airbag Recall

After refusing to declare its airbags defective for the past year and racking up $1.2 million in fines, Takata Corp. has given in to pressure from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and agreed to recall 33.8 million defective airbags. It is the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

If the ammonium nitrate that inflates Takata’s airbags explodes with too much force, it can cause the airbags to blow apart, sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. So far, the defective airbags have claimed at least six lives and injured 100 people. For the past year, Takata has refused to declare the airbags defective, even questioning the NHTSA’s authority to order the company to launch a recall. On February 20, the NHTSA began fining the company $14,000 a day. As of Tuesday, when Takata finally agreed to cooperate with safety regulators, the company had racked up $1.2 million in fines. Other civil fines are still possible, according to The Associated Press (AP).

The agreement adds more than 18 million airbags to the existing recalls. A recall of passenger-side airbags initially affected only vehicles in high-humidity states along the Gulf Coast, but it was eventually expanded nationwide by 10.2 million vehicles. A nationwide recall of driver’s side airbags was expanded to include 7.9 million more vehicles, AP reported.

“We know that owners are worried about their safety and the safety of their families,” said Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as he announced the agreement. “This is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history.”

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Recalled Toro Mowers have Potentially Dangerous Blade Defect

Recalled Toro Mowers have Potentially Dangerous Blade Defect
Recalled Toro Mowers have Dangerous Blade Defect

Toro is recalling about 800 of its walk-behind power mowers. The affected mowers were assembled with an incorrect blade driver and blade combination, which can cause the blade to break, posing a risk of serious injury.

According to a recall notice posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, the recall applies to 2015 22-inch walk-behind mowers with a red base on four wheels. The affected mowers can be identified by a black plate on the front at reads “Toro Recycler 22.” The mowers have the model number 20337. The affected machines have serial numbers ranging from 315000101 to 315000983 which are located on a decal affixed to the rear of the machine. The mowers were sold at hardware, lawn and garden stores nationwide in February and March 2015 for about $450.

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled Toro mowers immediately and contact a Toro dealer to schedule a free repair. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the company at (844) 521-2384 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Central Time, or online at www.toro.com.

Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may Contain Small Metal Parts

 Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Contains Small Metal Parts

Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Contains Small Metal Parts

Kraft Foods Group recalled about 242,000 cases of its Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner over concerns that the products contain small metal parts.

The affected 7.25-ounce boxes have “Best When Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, and are imprinted with the code “C2” directly below the date on each individual box. The “C2” refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made, according to an FDA press release on the agency’s website. Continue reading Recalled Kraft Macaroni & Cheese may Contain Small Metal Parts

18 Months After Being Recalled, few Jeeps with Explosive Gas Tanks Have Been Fixed

Few Jeeps w/Explosive Gas Tanks Have Been Fixed After Recall
Few Jeeps w/Explosive Gas Tanks Have Been Fixed After Recall

It has been 18 months since Chrysler recalled Jeeps with potentially explosive gas tanks, but drivers are still being killed in their vehicles and more than 1 million Jeeps remain unfixed.

Bloomberg News reported last week that Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Washington-based advocacy group the Center for Auto Safety is demanding that Chrysler executives do more to contact the owners of the affected Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee models, which were officially recalled in June of 2013. The Jeeps’ gas tanks can explode if the vehicles are rear-ended. Continue reading 18 Months After Being Recalled, few Jeeps with Explosive Gas Tanks Have Been Fixed