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Homelite recall includes more than 860K blower vacuums

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Homelite, a specialist in outdoor products, has announced a recall of nearly 823,000 electric blower vacuums in the U.S. after more than 1,300 reports of issues related to overheating and burning. Another 41,000 are also now under recall in Canada. The Homelite recall includes the 12 amp red and black electric blower vacuums with model numbers UT42120, UT42120A and UT42121. The numbers can be found along the left of the blower’s red motor housing. The side of the motor and the black plastic blower tube has printed, “Homelite BlowerVac 2 Speed Powerful 220 MPH.” Before the blower vacuum recall was ... Read More

GM shielded from ignition-switch lawsuits, bankruptcy judge rules

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General Motors (GM) won’t have to face lawsuits over its fatal ignition switch defect in vehicles manufactured by the “Old GM,” federal bankruptcy court Judge Robert Gerber ruled Wednesday, upholding a shield imposed in 2009 that allows the “New GM” to escape the liabilities of the pre-bankruptcy company. The ruling means that anyone injured or killed as a result of an ignition switch malfunction in vehicles made prior to GM’s bankruptcy filing on June 1, 2009 won’t have legal recourse against the company because technically their complaints are with the “Old GM,” which legally no longer exists. The decision also ... Read More

Husky® Securelock™ Vertical Bike Hooks recalled by Waterloo Industries

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Roughly 105,000 Husky® Securelock™ Vertical Bike Hooks recalled in the U.S. by Waterloo Industries have issues staying mounted, resulting in property damage and even injury. The recall includes Husky® Securelock™ vertical bike hooks sold to use with a Husky Trackwall garage storage system. The black metal plate measure 3 by 3.5 inches and is mounted along the Trackwall’s grooves. The bike’s tire is then attached to the recalled hook, which is extended from the plate. While the Trackwall features the word “Husky” printed on the lower left corner, the hook has no markings, but can hold up to a 35 pound ... Read More

Egg company execs get prison and fines for violations linked to 2010 salmonella outbreak

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An Iowa-based egg company and its owners were sentenced Monday for federal safety law violations that triggered a 2010 nationwide salmonella outbreak and recall of more than half a billion eggs. Quality Egg, LLC, an Iowa-based multi-million dollar egg company, its owner Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 81, and his son Peter DeCoster, 51, pleaded guilty last year of introducing adulterated food into the market, bribing federal officials, and misbranding food with the intent to defraud or mislead. Quality Egg was hit with a $6.79-million fine – one of the largest fines in U.S. history for food safety violations, and placed on ... Read More

Canadians sue Takata over exploding airbags; giant class-action likely

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Canadian motorists with vehicles affected by a global airbag recall are taking legal action against Japan-based automotive supplier Takata, seeking billions of dollars in general and punitive damages over airbags that allegedly contain faulty inflator mechanisms that can cause them to deploy with excessive force or explode, spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Three separate class-action lawsuits potentially representing hundreds of thousands of Canadian drivers have been filed in Canadian courts. A fourth Canadian law firm will reportedly file an additional class action in the coming weeks. All of the lawsuits must be certified by a judge, after which they ... Read More

GM recalls certain 2015 Buick Encore and Chevy Trax vehicles

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According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), both 2015 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax vehicles are now being recalled by General Motors (GM). The NHTSA’s notice suggests that approximately 2,295 of the vehicles registered in the U.S. suffer from an electrical issue that may disable power steering while the vehicle is in motion. The NHTSA released the following statement in regard to the cause of the latest GM recall: “In certain [Encore and Trax] vehicles, the steering column assembly housing may come into contact with the power steering printed circuit board. This contact could eventually cause enough wear on the ... Read More

Amy’s Kitchen recalls food products for Listeria risk

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Approximately 73,897 cases of various Amy’s Kitchen food products are now subject to a nationwide recall due to the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes by one of the Amy’s organic spinach suppliers. The ingestion and infection of Listeria monocytogenes in a healthy person will likely only cause short-term illness with symptoms including nausea, headache, high fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, a severe Listeria infection affecting young children, elderly adults or those with a weakened immune system has the potential to be fatal. Pregnant women battling a Listeria infection may even experience a miscarriage or stillbirth – a devastating consequence for an ... Read More

CreaMiser creamer dispensers recalled for fire hazard

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Nearly 5,600 CreaMiser Refrigerated Creamer Dispensers have been recalled by CreaMiser after reports that the dispensers may overheat, thus posing a fire hazard. Sold in black granite, gray granite and sold, the recalled CreaMiser refrigerated coffee creamer dispensers were used in commercial facilities. The dispensers feature digital thermometers, serial numbers as well as model numbers 200, 210 and 400. While creamer dispensers with model numbers 200 and 210 contain two creamer dispenser stations, the machine with model number 400 contains four dispensers. All of the information related to the CreaMiser machine can be found printed on a white sticker or ... Read More

GM recalls cars for power steering and software control updates

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General Motors (GM) has announced two new safety recalls affecting more than 145,000 vehicles. On Saturday the carmaker it was recalling 81,123 additional cars over potential problems with the electric power steering system, expanding a previous recall of 1.3 million vehicles for steering problems. The cars recalled Saturday include 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, and Pontiac G6 cars. According to GM, drivers of these vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist. The carmaker said that if the vehicle loses power steering, the driver will be notified by a chime and a message on the dash. ... Read More

Dream on Me bassinet recall announced

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Dream on Me, a Brooklyn-based baby and children’s product company, has announced a bassinet recall encompassing nearly 13,000 2-in-1 Bassinet to Cradle products. The recall notice on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website says the fabric sides of the bassinet may lower if the wire supports become weakened, posing a risk of entrapment and suffocation for the infant inside. Sold in either pink, blue, green and white, the recalled 2-in-1 Bassinet to Cradle features metal frame supports with fabric sides and handles. The canopy on top of the bassinet can be attached or detached depending on the consumer’s preference. The ... Read More