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HP Expands Lithium-Ion Battery Recall Over Fire, Burn Risks

HP has expanded a recall of the lithium-ion batteries used in some of its notebook computers and mobile workstations after receiving several reports of overheating and fire-related incidents, including one burn injury. The recall covers about 78,500 lithium-ion battery packs installed in some computers or sold separately as accessories. The batteries were shipped with or sold as accessories for the following HP products: HP ProBooks (64x G2 and G3 series, 65x G2 and G3 series, 4xx G4 series) HPx360 (310 G2) HP Pavilion x360 11-inch Notebook PC HP 11 Notebook PC HP ZBook (17 G3, and Studio G3) mobile workstations ... Read More

Ford Recalls F-Series Pickups For Engine Heater Fire Hazard

Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 900,000 F-Series pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada to repair engine block heaters that can catch fire. The trucks affected by this recall include 2015-2019 models of the F-150 with engine block heaters built in Dearborn, Michigan from March 18, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018 and in Kansas City, Missouri from Aug. 21, 2014, to Nov. 17, 2018. The recall also covers 2017-2019 Super Duty F-250, Super Duty F-350, Super Duty F-450, and Super Duty F-550 pickup trucks with engine block heaters built at Ford’s Ohio and Kentucky plants. According to recall documents ... Read More

Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostats Recalled for Fire Hazard

U.S. and Canadian authorities are urging the public to check their thermostats after learning of a fire risk associated with Emerson-branded Sensi WiFi thermostats. The U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that approximately 135,000 Emerson thermostats are being recalled in the U.S. because of a defect that could potentially cause a house fire. The Canadian government says an additional 15,546 units of the affected products were sold in Canada. The wires inside the thermostats covered by the safety recall can contact each other, creating an electrical short that could lead to overheating and fire. The thermostats also can be damaged ... Read More

Safety Group Presses Hyundai, Kia To Recall Vehicles For Fire Hazard

A mounting number of complaints about fires breaking out in certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles and SUVs has prompted the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety to demand the Korean carmakers recall nearly 3 million vehicles. In an Oct. 12 announcement, CAS said it and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have received more than 220 consumer complaints of non-collision fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The CAS says that Hyundai and Kia to need to recall 2.9 million defective vehicles to fix the fire hazards, including the 2011-2014 Kia Sorento, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Santa Fe, and ... Read More

Some Hyundai and Kia Drivers Reporting Flames, Explosions

Federal auto safety regulators said they are “reviewing” reports that certain Hyundai and Kia vehicles are catching fire for unknown reasons, sometimes burning into unusable, charred ruins. That’s what happened to a Virginia woman’s 2012 Kia Soul. Michelle Belcher told Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 that her son Bailey was driving the Kia Soul home from work when he noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and pulled over. Outside the vehicle, he noticed the glow of fire underneath the vehicle and  “the whole car went up in flames, it was crazy,” Bailey Belcher told WVTR. Neither Hyundai, which owns about a ... Read More

2.6M Vuse Vibe E-Cig Units Recalled For Fire Risk

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company is recalling about 2.6 million of its Vuse Vibe e-cigarette units after receiving several consumer reports of overheating and fire. The company says the problem with the Vuse Vibe units stems from the batteries that charge the e-cigarettes. R.J. Reynolds initiated the nationwide recall after receiving 10 complaints of the devices overheating and catching fire. Although the devices pose a potential risk of burn injuries and property damage, the company says it isn’t aware of any injuries related to the defect. The company said it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ... Read More

Dishwasher recall expanded due to fire hazard

BSH Home Appliances has expanded a previous recall of dishwashers including Bosch, Gaggenau, Jenn-Air and Thermador brands for a potential fire hazard. The power cord can overheat and catch fire. The original recall was issued in October 2015, and included 149,000 dishwashers sold between 2008-2013. The new recall encompasses a total of 408,000 dishwashers, which includes those previously recalled and 61,000 dishwashers sold in Canada. The original dishwasher recall includes Kenmore Elite brand dishwashers. The current recall encompasses the following brands and models: Brand Model number beginning with Serial number range *indicates models that were included in the previous recall ... Read More

Polaris Recalls All 2015 Ranger 900 ROVs For Fire, Burn Hazard

Recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Polaris is recalling about 51,000 model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger 900-series ROVs, saying the heat shield on the affected vehicles can fall off, posing the risk of fire and burn injuries. The recall involves all model-year 2015 Polaris Ranger XP 900, XP 900 EPS, and CREW 900 ROVs, which were made in a variety of colors and have either three or six seats and a rear box. The name “Ranger” is printed on the rear box, and “900” is printed on the hood of the recalled ROVs. Polaris says that all 2015 Ranger 900 models and ... Read More

Polaris recall affects Sportsman 850 and 1000 ATVs with significant fire hazard; almost 800 incidents reported

Almost 20,000 Sportsman 850 and 1000 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are now under recall by Polaris and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Polaris recall notice states that the vehicles’ right side panel heat shield may melt. There is also a second issue with the 2015 Sportsman 1000 ATVs where the exhaust springs can stretch and cause damage to the exhaust seals, resulting in exhaust leaks. The Polaris recall involves all Polaris Sportsman 850 and 1000 model ATVs from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The “Polaris” logo can be found printed along the front grill while either “Sportsman ... Read More

Bill Banning Bulk shipments of Lithium-ion batteries On Passenger Jets Halted by Regulatory Freeze

A proposed rule to adopt an international ban on shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger flights has been stalled by an executive order from the White House barring new regulations from taking effect, despite warnings from aviation officials that the risk to human safety is immediate and urgent. A year ago the Obama Administration aimed to adopt for domestic flights a new international standard for shipping lithium-ion batteries established by the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). That rule bans the bulk shipment of the rechargeable, potentially explosive batteries on all international passenger jets and mandates that batteries on cargo ... Read More