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Honda Recalls 45,000 Vehicles to Fix Faulty Liftgate Struts

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Honda is recalling 45,747 Odyssey minivans due to a problem with the model’s liftgate.

“[T]he gas-filled struts that help to raise and support the liftgate of vehicles equipped with a power liftgate system may be prone to early life failures due to a manufacturing flaw,” Honda said in its recall notice. “The flaw can result in a leak of the pressurized gas, leading to reduced strut performance.”

The company says the potential malfunction -- affecting certain 2008-2009 models -- could cause the vehicle’s liftgate to close unexpectedly, posing a risk to those around it.

Honda says its dealers will fix the problem at no charge.

The recall is expected to begin around March 13.

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Honda Expands Recall for Faulty Airbags

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Honda is expanding a wide-reaching recall on its vehicles.

In what may be an auto company first, Honda is issuing a stop sale order to its dealers on some used vehicles for fear that they may have faulty airbags.  Honda is adding an additional 272,000 vehicles to its already-recalled list of 603,000 older model Accords, Civics, Odysseys, Pilots, and Acuras that may have airbags that inflate with too much pressure -- and can be deadly.

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Honda Recalls 304,000 Cars Globally over Airbag Concerns

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Honda Motor Co. announced on Friday it has recalled 304,000 vehicles globally because they may contain defective airbags.

The global recall affects some of Honda and Acura’s most popular models -- including the Accord, Civic, Odyssey, and Pilot -- over concerns that the vehicles’ airbags could burst in a crash due to defective inflators, sending metal and plastic pieces flying and potentially causing injury or death.

Some 273,000 of the cars recalled are in the U.S. and Canada, Honda said.

The recall announced on Friday by the Japanese automaker is the sixth recall since 2008 for the same problem, and brings the total number of cars recalled to nearly two million. Earlier this year, Honda recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles in Asia and North America citing stalling engines.

Honda said there have been 20 accidents so far related to the airbag problem, including two deaths in the U.S., both in 2009.

The specific list of cars affected by Honda’s expanded recall includes: 2001 and 2002 Accord, 2001 to 2003 Civic, 2001 to 3003 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2003 Pilot, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL, and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL.

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Toyota Recalling Vehicles over Possible Steering Problem

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota announced Wednesday it is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles, citing a problem with the crankshaft pulley that could lead to difficulty in steering.

The voluntary recall affects 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles with V6 engines, including the 2004 Avalon, 2004 and 2005 Camry, 2006 Highlander HV, 2006 RX400h, and 2004 and 2005 ES330, among others.

The automaker says "the outer ring of the crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring," and if this isn't corrected, "the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley and the driver may notice a sudden increase in steering effort."  

No injuries have been reported from the defect, according to Toyota.

The company will begin notifying car owners of the recall in January.  The automaker is currently working on acquiring the necessary replacement parts.

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Taylor Farms Issues Salad Recall; Suspects Salmonella

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(SALINAS, Calif.) -- Another company is recalling more produce.

As scores of Americans have died after consuming cantaloupes contaminated with listeria, now Taylor Farms in central California has issued a voluntary recall for over 3,000 cases of bagged salad blends that may be contaminated with salmonella. 

Taylor Farms says no one has reported any illness from the bagged salad, which has been sold in 14 states under the brand names Fresh Selection, HEB, Marketside and Taylor Farms. The recalled salad is packaged with sold by dates of mid-October.

Salmonella "can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," the company cautioned in a statement distributed by the FDA. "Healthy people may experience fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), and abdominal pain."

Taylor Farms warns customers who have purchased the recalled product not to consume it and dispose of it immediately. If anyone suspects they are ill from consumption of the recalled salad blends, they should contact a health care provider.

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Cargill Recalls 185,000 Pounds of Ground Turkey Due to Salmonella

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WICHITA, Kan.) -- Cargill announced Sunday that it was voluntarily recalling an additional 185,000 pounds or so of fresh ground turkey products due to possible salmonella contamination.

This latest recall comes after the company issued one earlier last month involving approximately 36 million pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey products that were produced in Springdale, Arkansas -- the same facility affected in Sunday's recall.  The plant was shut down following the Aug. 3 recall but had since been reopened for production.

The new products in question were made at the Springdale plant on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31.  In reviewing the facility following the previous recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture still found low levels of salmonella, spurring Cargill to flag the additional turkey products.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are acting quickly in response to USDA’s sample testing," said Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill’s turkey processing business.  "Although there are no known illnesses associated with this positive sample, it is the same Salmonella Heidelberg strain that resulted in our voluntary recall on Aug. 3, 2011."

"As a result of this latest USDA test result, we have suspended ground turkey production at our Arkansas facility," Willardsen added.

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Honda Recalls Another 960,000 Cars Over Defects

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Honda Motor Co. said Monday it is recalling more than 960,000 Fit subcompacts and other models to fix defects including software and electrical problems.

In one recall, the company said a design flaw can allow residue of window cleaners to accumulate inside the door, which can degrade the main power window switch’s electrical contacts and possibly cause a fire.

The recall covers Fit vehicles produced in Japan from October 2005 to October 2009.  The cars were shipped to China and other Asian countries.

No accidents have been reported due to the defects, according to Honda.

In August, the Japanese automaker recalled 2.3 million cars to fix malfunctioning transmissions.

Honda is also still reeling from a Consumer Reports story last month knocking its top-selling Civic.  The headline stated: ”2012 Honda Civic LX: Scores too low for Consumer Reports to recommend.”  The magazine cited cheap interior finishes and lack of features that other cars in its class offer.

In the most recent recall, 80,111 CR-V’s from the 2006 model year are affected in the U.S.

Honda is also recalling some CR-Z compact hybrids with manual transmission over a software glitch that could allow the car to roll backwards when the transmission is in forward gear.  No injuries from this problem have been reported.

A software upgrade has been made to fix that problem on the CR-Z.  That recall affects 26,000 CR-Zs worldwide and 5,626 cars in the U.S.

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Fuel Gel Makers Agree to Recall

Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The government’s product safety watchdog is urging people to stop using decorative fuel gels that have caused dozens of injuries and two deaths. But the manufacturers agreed to recall the gels only after Consumer Product Safety Commission promised it would not show video of the products exploding in a testing lab.

“This is a voluntary recall,” CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said. “They asked us not to show the video that we made in our own laboratory. As part of the negotiations we agreed not to show the video.”

Tenenbaum announced nine companies have agreed to recall about 2 million jugs of the gel, which is poured into ceramic fire pots and ignited to create candlelight for decorative effect. The CPSC has recorded two deaths and 75 injuries, including 34 people hospitalized with second and third-degree burns from flash fires and explosions caused by the gel.

“Consumers should immediately stop using these products,” Tenenbaum said.

Most of the burn incidents, Tenenbaum said, involved people pouring liquid into the pots while there was still a lit flame that was hard to see.  The burning gel then splashed up and caused the burns.

Once the burning gel is on clothing or skin it can be difficult to remove.  Attempting to smother the flames just spreads them and can set other people on fire.

Nine companies have agreed to recall their fuel gel products: Bird Brain Inc., Bond Manufacturing, Sunjel Company, Fuel Barons Inc., Lamplight Farms Inc., Luminosities Inc., Pacific Decor Ltd., Real Flame and Smart Solar USA. Tenenbaum said a tenth firm, Marshall Group, pulled out at the last minute and refuses to recall its PatioGlo fuel.

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Philips Recalling 1.86 Million Light Bulbs over Laceration Risk

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Philips Lighting announced Thursday that it is recalling 1.86 million light bulbs after receiving 700 reports of a faulty glue attachment on the products' body, which could pose a laceration risk to consumers.

The recall affects the company's EnergySaver -- also known as Marathon or Marathon Classic -- compact fluorescent dimmable reflector lamps made between March 2007 and May 2010.  The models that could put consumers at risk are R30, R40, and PAR 38.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the glue that keeps the glass globe attached to the body of the lamp on these models can fail, allowing the globe to fall and shatter.

So far, two minor injuries have been reported as a result.  Three instances of minor property damage have also occurred.

Consumers can locate the model numbers and date codes on the white ceramic portion at the base of the light bulbs.  Those with an affected product are advised to immediately cease its use and contact Philips for a replacement.

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Dollar Tree Recalls 117,000 Candle Holders

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Dollar Tree and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling 117,000 Glass Votive Candle Holders sold at Dollar Tree stores after receiving at least one report of the product shattering while in use.

“This recall involves frosted or clear glass votive candle holders with French vanilla scented candles,” the CPSC said in recalling the product.

The candle holders are 2.5 inches tall, carry model number 976127 and a date code of 1010. They were sold at Dollar Bill$, Deal$ and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores throughout the U.S. from Dec. 2010 through April 2011.

Consumers can return the candle holders to the store where the product was purchased for a refund.

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