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Urgent Fiat Chrysler recall issued on certain SUVS

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Although past recalls have determined certain Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango vehicles to have defects, about five dozen of these vehicles are now under “urgent recall.” Manufacturer Fiat Chrysler has instructed owners to stop driving the vehicles immediately. The urgently recalled vehicles, all from the 2015 model year, feature a flawed suspension component that may break during use, causing the driver “rear-end instability and/or reduced braking power.” The vehicles were found to be defective by a supplier conducting an internal quality review. Shortly after the discovery, Fiat Chrysler halted shipments of the new vehicles from its plant. Now that the problem has ... Read More

Senate report finds Takata paused quality checks at its airbag plants

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Takata Corporation refutes the findings of a Senate report that found the Japanese company suspended its quality control audits for two years to keep its costs down, a year after Honda announced its first safety recall of vehicles equipped with Takata’s defective airbags that were prone to explode. Senator Bill Nelson, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, released his staff report ahead of a panel hearing that called together officials from the Japanese supplier, Honda, Fiat and Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to testify on the defective airbags. Takata, a major airbag ... Read More

PetSmart announces aquarium heater recall

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Popular pet supplies retailer PetSmart has announced a recall of more than 112,000 Top Fin Plastic Aquarium Heaters. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the aquarium heaters suffer from an electrical issue which may result in a fire or electrical shock. A previous aquarium heater recall initiated by PetSmart in August 2014 recalled about 33,000 older units for the same issue. The aquarium heater recall includes all wattages:  50-, 100-, 150-, 200- and 250-watt. Measuring about 1.5 inches inches in diameter and 13 inches tall, the aquarium heaters were sold between August 2014 and April 2015 with one ... Read More

Takata airbag defect claims seventh victim

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An airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata caused the death of a Louisiana woman whose 2005 Honda Civic crashed in April, Honda America has confirmed, bringing to seven the number of fatalities linked to Takata’s defective airbags. Twenty-two-year-old Kylan Rae Langlinais of Lafayette, La., died on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Lafayette General Medical Center from injuries she received from the Takata airbag, which exploded when her vehicle crashed April 5. The airbag rupture “resulted in the death of the driver,” Honda said in a statement. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Langlinais family during this difficult time.” Ms. ... Read More

Ignition switch victims to challenge GM bankruptcy ruling

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Several plaintiffs barred from suing General Motors by a bankruptcy judge’s ruling have taken the first steps to appeal the decision, which shields the automaker from complaints involving ignition switch malfunctions any time before June 1, 2009 – the day the “old GM” reorganized to become the “new GM.” According to Bloomberg, a group of plaintiffs harmed in accidents allegedly caused by GM’s dangerous ignition switch flaw filed a notice of appeal Wednesday to a federal court in Manhattan.  The victims seek to overturn an April 15 ruling by bankruptcy judge Robert Gerber, which jettisons GM’s liabilities prior to the ... Read More

Listeria contamination confirmed in first Alabama-made Blue Bell ice cream sample

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The potentially deadly strain of listeria bacteria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products has been found in a sample produced in the company’s Sylacauga, Ala., plant. It is the first evidence that Listeria contamination was not limited to the Texas and Oklahoma Blue Bell plants. The family of a Florida man recovering in the hospital from a suspected bout of meningitis sent a half gallon of Blue Bell Cookies ‘n’ Cream ice cream to Kappa Laboratories in Miami for testing “on a whim” after hearing about the multistate Listeria outbreak, which has been blamed for 10 confirmed illnesses, three of ... Read More

Beats Pill XL recall issued by Apple after reports of overheating

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Apple, the popular technology company headquartered in California, has opted to voluntarily recall about 222,000 Beats Pill XL wireless speakers in the U.S. The recall notice claims that the speaker’s battery may overheat while in use, leaving consumers vulnerable to a fire and burn hazard. Another 11,000 Beats Pill XL speakers are under recall in Canada. The Beats Pill XL recall encompasses plastic, capsule-shaped speakers with a plastic mesh grille on the front and a built-in handle on the back. Measuring about four inches tall by 13 inches wide by four inches deep, the recalled speaker will have a small ... Read More

ConAgra pays record criminal fine for contaminated peanut butter

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ConAgra has agreed to pay the U.S. government an $8 million criminal fine for violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act when it distributed peanut butter contaminated with salmonella bacteria and caused a massive national outbreak of salmonella poisoning in 2006 and 2007. ConAgra’s fine is the largest criminal fine ever paid in a food safety case. The Omaha, Neb.,-based food company also agreed to forfeit assets worth $3.2 million as part of the settlement, bringing the total fines to $11.2 million. The criminal fines stem from shipments of peanut butter sold under the Peter Pan brand and various ... Read More

Rescue snow shovel recall alert issued by Mountain Safety Research

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Although most recalls have to do with faulty consumer goods, others can involve more crucial equipment used to help keep others safe. If safety equipment is found to be ineffective due to a manufacturing error during an emergency situation, the results could be tragic. That’s why Mountain Safety Research, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is now initiating a rescue snow shovel recall. According to the recall notice, the snow shovel’s shaft may fail to secure the blade because of an issue with the lower lock button. If the shaft and blade come apart during an emergency ... Read More

IKEA safety gate recall includes 58,000 units in U.S.

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Known as the world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA has announced a recall involving about 58,000 safety gates in the U.S. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the safety gates are not properly held in their intended position due to the lack of pressure between the wall and the gate itself. If the safety gate falls from its upright position, the gate becomes both a fall hazard and a tripping hazard to consumers. The white PATRULL KLÄMMA and PATRULL SMIDIG Safety Gates included in this recall are made of metal/plastic and measure about 29 inches high with an adjustable width from ... Read More