Weekly Recap of Recalls, Withdrawals & Safety Alerts: October 8 - 14, 2018

Each week we compile a summary of recalls, FDA warnings, market withdrawals and safety alerts that the public should be aware of for their safety and so that they can make informed decisions.

33 Recalls to be aware this week.

Pharmaceuticals/Drugs:

Auto:

    Recalled Ford GTRecalled Ford GT
  • A recall for Ford GTs built between December 20, 2016, and July 31, 2018 has been issued due to risk of fire. Apparently some valves at the base of the hydraulically actuated rear wing can start leaking fluid. This fluid can then drip down to the exhaust where it can ignite and start a fire.
  • Kia recalls model year 2017-2018 Niro hybrid electric vehicles. Increased electrical resistance can overheat the rear seat.
  • Kia Motors America is recalling 97 model year 2018 Sorentos. The cowl crossbar that connects to the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) steering column may be improperly welded, allowing the steering column to separate.
  • Model year 2010-2014 Subaru Legacys and Outbacks recalled. The electronic parking brake may not engage properly.
  • Recalled Alfa Romeo GiuliasRecalled Alfa Romeo Giulias
  • Chrysler recalls Alfa Romeo Giulias and Stelvios. The catalytic converter may overheat, damaging engine components.
  • Model year 2009-2010 Mazda 6 vehicles recalled. The front cross member may corrode after exposure to road salt.
  • The Center For Auto Safety said that there have been more than 220 complaints to the U.S. government since 2010 about fires and another 200 complaints about melted wires as well as smoke and burning odors. The complaints involve the 2011 through 2014 Kia Sorento and Optima and the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe. Also included is the 2010 through 2015 Kia Soul.

Motorcycle/Scooters:

    Recalled Honda MotorcycleRecalled Honda Motorcycle
  • Honda recalls certain 2018 Honda CRF250L motorcycles. The wiring harness may have been inappropriately installed, potentially resulting in damage to the wiring harness and affecting the operation of safety components such as the exterior lighting, horn, and instrument panel.

Utility/Recreational Vehicles & Automotive Accessories:

Food, Beverage & Nutritional Supplements:

Infant & Children Products:

  • BCI Burke recalls metal playground climbers. A child’s body could become lodged in the two welded handgrip locations at the top of the climbers.

Sporting Equipment:

    Recalled Ski BindingsRecalled Ski Bindings
  • Marker Recalls Kingpin Ski Bindings Due to Fall Hazard. The steel pins in the toe unit can break and reduce the release force of the binding, causing a fall hazard.
  • Canyon Recalls Mountain Bikes Due to Crash Hazard. The chainstays can crack, which can lead to failure of the chainstay, rear wheel detachment and loss of control, posing a crash hazard.

Household Products:

  • Cooper Lighting Recalls Solar/Battery Powered Light Fixtures Due to Fire Hazard. The batteries in the solar-powered light fixtures can overheat and cause the light fixture’s housing to melt, posing a fire hazard.
  • Spiraledge Recalls Yoga Backless Chairs Due to Fall Hazard. The chairs can break at the seat or back welded support rod connecting the back legs of the chair, posing a fall hazard.

Miscellaneous:

  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Recalls Decorative Pineapples Due to Laceration Hazard. The metal leaves on top of the pineapples have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard.
  • Briggs & Stratton Recalls Portable Generator Fuel Tank Replacement Caps, Due to Fire Hazard. The fuel tank replacement caps lack ventilation holes which allow pressure to build up in the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.
  • Walmart recalls camp axes. The axe head can detach from the handle.

Sources:

fda.gov, cspc.gov, usda.gov, reuters.com, safekids.org, goodhousekeeping.com, consumeraffairs.com, foodsafetynews.com, usatoday.com, autoblog.com, powersportsbusiness.com, roadandtrack.com, uscgboating.org, wemakeitsafer.com, guns.com

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 15 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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