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Noble House announces counter stool recall following reports of kick plates causing cuts

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 2,000 counter stools are now under recall by Noble House after reports that stool’s kick plate may have sharp edges that could cut unsuspecting consumers. The counter stool recall specifies Noble House’s Louigi and Tate counter stools featuring solid wood legs as well as a metallic kick plate. The Louigi black leather counter stool was sold with a backrest and measures roughly 18 inches wide by 26 inches deep by 41 inches tall. Unlike the Louigi model, the Tate counter stools were sold in black or white, are backless and ... Read More

1.5 Million Toyota Vehicles Added to Takata Airbag Recall

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Another expansion of the Takata airbag recall adds more than 1.5 million Toyotas to the list of vehicles in the U.S. that need repairs to correct potentially explosive inflator mechanisms. The Japanese automaker said the new recall includes Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Sienna, Scion xB, Lexus ES, GX and IS vehicles built between 2006 and 2011, but not all of those models made during that time are affected. Toyota said it will contact owners of the vehicles included in the latest recall. The expansion brings the total number of Toyota vehicles affected by Takata’s airbag disaster to 4.73 million in the ... Read More

Takata Airbag Scandal Underscores Need for Auto Whistleblowers

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“I literally said, ‘If we go forward with this, someone will be killed.’” That’s what Mike Lillie, a former senior engineer at Takata, told the auto supplier 15 years ago when protesting its planned used of ammonium nitrate, a highly volatile compound, in its airbag inflators. Mr. Lillie was one of two whistleblowers who stepped forward when federal Transportation Department regulators sought whistleblowers who knew of “possible defects or any wrongdoing” by Takata in the course investigating the company’s knowledge and handling of airbag defects. The other whistleblower was Takata chemical engineer Mike Britton. Although Mr. Lillie and Mr. Britton ... Read More

Trader Joe’s Kale & Edamame Salads Recalled For Salmonella Risk

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WCD (World Class Distribution) Kitchen LLC, a California-based food supplier, is recalling Kale & Edamame Salads it prepared for Trader Joe’s stores because of concerns the salads may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 3,763 of the potentially contaminated Kale & Edamame salads were distributed mostly to Trader Joe’s stores in the Midwest. The affected salads are packaged in 10-oz. plastic clamshell containers and bear the UPC code 00967112 and a “use by” dates ranging from May 5, 2016, through May 14, 2016. The affected salads were sold in Trader Joe’s stores ... Read More

Two Deaths In Malaysia Likely Linked To Takata Airbags, Honda Announces

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Honda Motor Company said Wednesday that two people in Malaysia have died in crashes involving faulty Takata airbags that deployed with excessive force. If medical authorities confirm the deaths to be the result of airbag injuries, they would raise the global death toll to 13. The deaths would also be the second and third linked to Takata airbags in Malaysia, following the death of a pregnant woman there on July 27, 2014. The other 10 deaths have occurred in the United States, and all but one of those have occurred in Honda cars. One of the recent Malaysia crashes occurred on ... Read More

CRF Frozen Foods announces recall expansion following reports of multiple Listeria illnesses; two deaths

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CRF Frozen Foods has announced an expansion of its frozen vegetable recall to include frozen fruit and even more vegetables. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are more than 358 products sold under 42 separate brands that are now suspected to be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen fruit and vegetable recall now contains all of CRF’s frozen organic and traditional inventory manufactured at the company’s Pasco, Wash., facility since May 1, 2014. With sell-by dates between April 26, 2016, and April 26, 2018, the recalled foods were sold ... Read More

Takata Expands Airbag Recall to Include 35-40 Million additional Vehicles

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Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata expanded its recall of defective airbags by at least 35 million additional units Wednesday, turning what was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history into the largest U.S. recall period. The expanded recall more than doubles the number of potentially deadly airbags that were previously recalled over fears that their ammonium nitrate-based inflators could cause the airbags to deploy in circumstances where they shouldn’t and with deadly force. The defective airbags have been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and one in Malaysia in addition to hundreds of injuries, caused by fragments of the airbag’s ... Read More

CPSC requested to recall IKEA dressers associated with three tip-over deaths by several child safety groups

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be renowned for its stringent recall practices, but now a several consumer safety groups are urging the agency to announce a recall of IKEA bedroom dressers responsible for the deaths of three children in the last year. They say the dressers tip over too easily, posing a risk to children who might be crushed when the furniture falls on them. The joint “call to action” letter was penned by the Consumers Union, the National Center for Health Research, the Consumer Federation of America and Kids In Danger. The letter emphasizes the importance ... Read More

Woman Paralyzed By Takata Airbag Injuries In 2014 Dies

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — A Jacksonville, Fla., woman who sued Japanese auto supplier Takata after her airbag exploded with excessive force and left her paralyzed has died from her injuries. Patricia Mincey is now believed to be the 11th person in the U.S. to die from injuries caused by defective Takata-made airbags, which may have hypersensitive inflators that deploy the airbags too forcefully, often exploding and spraying car occupants with metal shrapnel. Ms. Mincey was driving her 2001 Honda Civic in Jacksonville in June 2014 when she ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. What should have been a ... Read More

Texas Teen Becomes Tenth Takata Airbag Victim; Family Says No Recall Notices Received

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The family of a Texas teenager whose death became the 10th in the U.S. linked to defective Takata airbags, said they never received a recall notice from Honda and did not know that the airbags in the victims’ 2002 Honda Civic could explode with deadly force. Huma Hanif, 17, of Fort Bend, Texas, died  on the afternoon of March 31 after she rear-ended the car in front of her at the intersection of FM 762 and Gonyo Lane in Richmond, Texas. What should have been a minor fender-bender turned deadly when the minor impact caused the Takata airbag in her 2002 ... Read More