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NTSB Pushes To Fix Flawed Tire Recall System

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Auto manufacturers and suppliers are usually able to track down vehicle owners whenever a safety recall is underway and make any needed repairs.  But when tires are recalled over safety concerns, manufacturers may not be able to find and contact customers. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, the U.S. needs a better tire recall system to connect tire manufacturers with customers because the way tires are currently registered and recalled is ineffective. “Our investigation revealed that very few tires are actually registered for recall purposes,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart. “So manufacturers cannot contact drivers if their ... Read More

Home Depot was selling 28 different recalled products that may be dangerous, CPSC says

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When an item goes through the recall process, it is required that the stores stocking the item immediately remove all stock from store shelves and prevent consumers from unknowingly purchasing a defective product. Unfortunately, Home Depot has been selling 28 different recalled products – all of which pose a variety of hazards to consumers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). CPSC and Home Depot are now in the process of ensuring all of the sold items are appropriately handled by their respective companies. From 2012 through 2015, more than 2,300 recalled products were sold by Home Depot, either to ... Read More

New VW recall announced for possible power-assisted brake failure

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A new VW recall will include 92,000 vehicles in the U.S. that may have faulty brakes. Volkswagen officials say a mechanical problem may impair power-assisted brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. The latest VW recall includes 2015 and 2016 year model Beetles, Golfs, Jettas and Passats with 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines. Volkswagen is still reeling from an October announcement that several of its diesel-powered vehicles were equipped with a so-called “cheat device” designed to disguise actual emissions during testing. The software disguised true nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission on more than 10 million diesel vehicles, allowing them ... Read More

GM recalls more cars for oil leaks that could lead to fires

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General Motors (GM) has announced another recall for a problem that has been plaguing its vehicles for the past seven years. For the third time in that time span, GM is recalling vehicles that can leak oil, which may lead to a fire. The latest recall includes 1.4 million vehicles, including some that had been included in the previous recalls, because apparently the initial “fix” did not work. Since the issue first came to light in 2007, GM has reported 19 minor injuries related to the defect, and in 2008 acknowledged the oil leak problem was responsible for 267 fires, ... Read More

Faulty window switch prompts worldwide Toyota recall due to fire hazard

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A worldwide Toyota recall of 6.5 million vehicles has been prompted by a faulty window switch that could wear down, short circuit and cause a vehicle fire. The recall affects models Yaris, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, Scion xB and Scion xD produced from Jan. 2005-Aug. 2006 and Aug. 2008-Dec. 2010. An estimated 2.7 million of the recalled Toyotas are in North America, with 1.2 million in Europe and 600,000 in Japan. Toyota officials say the problem stems from a window switch that was not properly lubricated during manufacturing. The automaker has received one report from a U.S. ... Read More

Kia recall on SUVs with shift lever problem; injuries reported

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Korean automaker Kia is recalling more than 377,000 of its Sorento SUVs to fix a problem with the shift lever that may allow the transmission to move out of park when the driver’s foot is off the brake. This is a violation of safety laws. The Kia recall includes 2011-2013 model Kia Sorentos. Three injuries have been reported as a result of the defect, which may allow the vehicle to roll away unexpectedly. The Associated Press reports Kia was notified in August that a child had moved a Kia Sorento gear shift lever out of park, causing his family’s SUV ... Read More

Listeria-Contaminated Roquefort Cheese Prompts Whole Foods Recall

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Whole Foods is pulling a brand of organic Roquefort cheese from the shelves of its retail stores and issuing a nationwide recall after sample tests revealed the presence of Listeria Monocytogenes, a notoriously resilient and potentially deadly form of bacteria. The recall involves Papillion brand organic Roquefort cheese that is cut in store and packaged in clear plastic wrap with a Whole Foods scale label. The Austin, Texas-based natural food grocery chain said that customers can identify the affected cheese by the scale label, which has a PLU starting with 029536. Anyone who is uncertain about the manufacturer of Roquefort ... Read More

671 Sickened, 3 Dead from 34-State Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cucumbers


An Salmonella outbreak of illnesses linked to Mexican-grown cucumbers has expanded to 34 states, prompting federal officials to step up multistate recall efforts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a number of state and local health officials continue to investigate the outbreak of illnesses caused by a strain of Salmonella Poona, which has infected nearly 700 people in 34 states. The FDA announced Wednesday that 113 people have been hospitalized with salmonellosis and three people have died after eating contaminated cucumbers grown in Baja, Mexico, and supplied by Andrew ... Read More

Windshield note attempts to shame Portland Volkswagen driver over emissions

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Volkswagen dropped a bomb on millions of its customers earlier this month when it confessed to adding an emissions cheat in millions of its vehicles. Now, in what seems like a skit straight out of Portlandia, some drivers of VW vehicles are being shamed for driving their cars. At least one Portland, Ore., resident reported finding a note attached to his vehicle. “Hello, VW TDI owner,” the note states. “While cute, your TDI is outfitted with a cheating device meant to elude emission standards.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California regulators publicly confirmed the existence of the cheat, ... Read More

NHTSA Discovers Fiat Chrysler Underreported Defects, Accident Deaths


Fiat Chrysler failed to properly report safety problems to federal authorities, a practice that resulted in a “significant” underreporting of fatal accidents involving its vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday. The findings deepen Fiat Chrysler’s regulatory woes and will likely result in more major fines for the automaker. In July, the Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay fines of $105 million for mishandling 23 safety recalls affecting 11 million vehicles. On Tuesday, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said the agency was prepared to “take appropriate action after gathering additional information on the scope and causes of this failure.” ... Read More