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Ford issues urgent recall of some 2013 Ford Escape SUVs

In an extremely rare and unusual warning, Ford Motor Co. told owners of certain 2013 Ford Escape SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to stop driving their vehicles immediately due to the risk of a faulty fuel line creating an engine fire. The recall involves about 11,500 model-year 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines sold in the U.S. and Canada. Ford said that most of the new vehicles remain on dealership lots, while about 5,000 are being driven by consumers. According the car maker, a fuel line in the engine compartment is susceptible to splitting and leaking fuel, which ... Read More

Fiery crashes in Jeep vehicles heat up NHTSA investigation

Stacey Mayer was just 19 years old when the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee she was driving was struck from behind by another vehicle driven by a man who was suffering a seizure. Stacey’s car bounced through the intersection and ended up smashing into the guardrail on the other side, then burst into flames. Reports of Jeep vehicles catching fire after rear-end crashes was becoming an alarming trend, one that caught the attention of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Auto Safety. The group petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009 – two years after Stacey’s accident – to ... Read More

Family sues Chrysler after son dies in fiery Jeep Cherokee crash

Emily Newsome was driving her 4-year-old nephew Remington “Remi” Walden to tennis lessons when the 1999 Jeep Cherokee she was driving was rear-ended by a Dodge Dakota. Remi’s only injury was a fractured bone in his leg. But because the Jeep’s fuel tank was located just inside the rear bumper, the tank ruptured and leaked fuel when it was struck by the Dakota, causing the car to become engulfed in flames. There was nothing witnesses could do to save Remi, who ultimately perished in the fire. Remi’s parents, Bryan and Lindsay Walden, have filed suit against Chrysler, alleging the automotive ... Read More

Oxygen tanks recalled due to fire hazard

An oxygen concentrator used to supply supplemental oxygen to patients in their homes is being recalled by the manufacturer because of a defect that may cause the device to catch on fire. The Class 1 recall involves Mark 5 Nuvo, Nuvo 8, and Nuvo Lite oxygen concentrators made by Nidek Medical Products with the serial numbers 042-10000 through 102-09335. Class 1 recalls are the most serious type of recall and involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious health consequences or death. The defect involves a failure of the capacitor, or ... Read More

Chrysler says Jeep recall unnecessary despite fatal fiery crashes

The investigation into fuel tank-related fires on 5.1 million 1993-2004 model year Jeep Grand Cherokees is conjuring up memories of one of the most controversial cars in history, the Ford Pinto. The Pinto was the center of media reports and lawsuits surrounding the safety of its gas tank design, which critics alleged allowed the fuel tank filler neck to break off and the fuel tank to be punctured in a rear-end collision, resulting in deadly fires from spilled fuel. The vehicles were ultimately recalled after 27 deaths were attributed to Pinto fires. The latest fuel-tank concerns involve Jeep Grand Cherokee ... Read More

Car door fire probe includes 1.4 million Toyota cars and SUVs

Federal safety regulators have expanded a probe of the power window switches in certain Toyota vehicles that could result in fire and other “thermal” hazards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on its website that it has added about 600,000 Toyota Camry, Highlander, and Yaris vehicles from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 model years to the investigation, which now encompasses more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) says that the master power window door switch in the affected vehicles could be to blame for reports it has received about fires erupting inside ... Read More

Toxic flame retardants sicken U.S. consumers, enrich chemical companies

“If you want a case study of everything that is wrong with money politics, this is it,” New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof said in an editorial about the use of toxic flame retardant chemicals used on furniture – a story the Chicago Tribune broke in recent investigative series called “Playing with Fire.” According to a number of health and safety officials not vested in the flame retardant industry, the chemicals, which are supposed to fireproof sofa fabric and other furniture, are not only practically useless for their intended purpose, they are downright dangerous to human health.  These experts say ... Read More

Space heater recalls you should know about

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission urges caution when using portable heating devices, and has compiled a list of heaters that have been recalled for flaws or defects that pose a risk of fire. While these heaters should not show up new on retail store shelves, many could turn up in yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets. Many more may still be in use in private homes throughout the country. Before you buy or use a portable heating device this winter, be sure to check this list to make the device doesn’t pose a safety flaw that could create ... Read More

SONY notifies customers its Bravia flat-screen TV poses fire risk

SONY Corp. notified customers Oct. 12 that several models of its 40-inch Bravia LCD HDTV may overheat and catch fire. Currently, reports of problems are limited to Japan, and no injuries or property damage outside of the television itself have been reported. However, the company is asking all consumers who purchased affected models to contact the company to schedule a service evaluation. It is estimated this alert includes 1.6 million television sets worldwide. ... Read More

PatioGlo Bio-Fuel recalled after serious burn injuries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Marshall Group of Elkhart, Ind., has announced a voluntary recall of Marshall Gardens PatioGlo Bio-Fuel Gel. The pourable gel can ignite unexpectedly to the consumer and expel onto people and objects nearby. There have been four reported incidents resulting in three injuries with burns requiring hospitalization. ... Read More