February 2011 saw recalls from various categories: baby, home, outdoor, sports, food, health supplies, cars, and more. If a product you own is affected by a recall, please read the recall information thoroughly to understand what steps you need to take. Not all recalls are subject to return - some companies will provide free kits to fix certain products or you can be required to take product to the store for repair. Other times when products are recalled, you will have to return item for a refund or store credit.
Below are some of the items that were recalled during this month.
Ford has issued a recall on 135,000 2005-2006 Ford F150 Trucks. A clockspring jumper wire has the potential to come into contact with the driver side frontal air bag lower horn plate. If this were to occur, the wiring could cause a short circuit that could deploy the air bag while the truck is in motion. Ford will send out notices to those affected and will offer a free repair at its dealerships. If you are concerned your vehicle is affected, you can contact them at 1-866-436-7332.
Toyota continues to recall automobiles due to sticking gas pedals. In accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they have recalled 2.17 million automobiles including the 2006 and early 2007 Lexus GS300 and GS350, 2003-2009 Toyota 4Runner, 2008 - 2011 Lexus LX570 SUVs, and 2006-2010 RAV4s. Contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-25 LEXUS to determine if your vehicle is part of the recall.
BOB Jogging Strollers recalled around 337,000 various model jogging strollers due to a drawstring cord that poses a strangulation risk. This cord is used to gather extra fabric on the canopy top of the stroller. An 11-month-old had this cord wrapped around her neck, but was able to be freed by her mother. BOB is offering instructions on how to remove the cords from the affected strollers.
Summer Infant Video Baby Monitor was the cause of several strangulation deaths when children were able to pull monitor cord into the crib and it became wrapped around their necks. Summer Infant is requesting that parents place monitors at least 3 feet away from the crib so children are unable to reach it. In addition, they have new warning stickers to go on cords.
Burlington Basket Company has issued a recall of a half of a million bassinets. Consumers are asked to check that cross-bracing support rails are properly locked into position. Failure to lock completely could pose a fall hazard.
Ikea issued a recall on its SNIGLAR cribs due to a fall hazard associated with mattress support bolts. Bolts that are too short could cause entire mattress to collapse.
Food recalls due to undeclared items continue to be a problem. Select Garden Of Eatin'® Multi Grain Tortillas were recalled due to undeclared soy and wheat. "Nibble With Gibble's" And "Kay And Ray's" Branded Products were also recalled due to undeclared soy. These items though typically harmless to many people can pose a great threat to those allergic.
ACCU-CHEK® FlexLink Plus infusion sets were recalled due to a problem with the needles being bent. There is a concern that the entire dosage of insulin may not be injected because of this problem. Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact their doctor to determine if they are in need of medical attention.
Pier 1 Imports Golden Tea Lights were recalled because they could burn with a very high flame and could cause an fire accident. Item should be returned to its local Pier 1 store for an exchange.
Almost 142,000 Hoover Wind Tunnels were recalled due to shock and fire hazard. Plugged in, the power cord can short circuit even if the vacuum is turned off. Contact Hoover for a free repair.
TrueLiving Heater Fans and Portable Quartz Radiant Heaters were recalled this month due to overheating and a fire hazard. Around 92,000 units were sold at Dollar General Stores exclusively.
AmerTac has recalled almost 261,000 Night Lights due to units smoking, burning, and melting. Products were sold between March 2009 and January 2011.
Lasko Portable electric heaters are involved in a recall of 107,500 units due to a faulty electric connection that can overheat and melt. This recall is for select models sold betwee 2002 through 2004.
Briggs & Stratton recalled around 50 Model 40 V-Twin Engine Mowers with date code 100201Y. These mowers have faulty wiring that could cause the mower to run even when the key is turned to the "off" position.
Around 1,500 Sno-Tek snow blowers were recalled because of missing safety shield. Without this part, operator is at risk of becoming injured. Recalled items were sold between August 2010 through September 2010. The company that manufactures this product, Liquid Combustion Technology, LLC, are asking consumers to immediately stop using this product and contact company for a free repair kit or visit an authorized LCT service location to have it repaired.
DeVilbiss has recalled 460,000 air compressors because the motor can overheat posing a fire hazard. These air compressors were sold under various brand names including Craftsman, Delta Shopmaster, Husky, Porter-Cable, and DeVilbiss. Review recall notice for model numbers affected.
The plastic handles on the Perfect Pullup have been known to crack posing a fall hazard to user. Around 7,000 items have been recalled that were sold between January 2008 to current. A free handle replacement kit is available for consumers who have this product.
EB Brands are recalling their Resistance Stretch Tubing, sold under the names Everlast Resistance Stretch Tubing, Sportline Resistance Stretch Tubing, Pineapple Pilates Stretch Tubing, and Everlast Pilates Stretch Tubing, because the handles can detach or break while in use. Consumers affected by this recall should contact EB Brands for a replacement or refund of this product.
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