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Wednesday
Jun292011

J&J Recalls Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets for Musty Odor

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(FORT WASHINGTON, Pa.) -- Johnson & Johnson is recalling more than 60,000 bottles of Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets in the U.S. after consumers reported the presence of a musty, moldy odor.

The odor has been linked to a chemical known as 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA), which results from the breakdown of an agent in wood pallets used to transport and store the product’s packaging materials.

The recall is the latest in a string of related problems for Tylenol manufacturer McNeil Healthcare LLC.

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration slammed McNeil for what it called a slow response to a similar problem that led a number of consumers to become sick from tainted pills.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Toyota Recalling 82,200 Hybrid SUVs Sold in US

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota announced Wednesday it is voluntarily recalling 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles, citing faulty transistors in the control boards.

The recall applies to model years 2006 and 2007 vehicles sold in the U.S.

The Japanese automaker says some of the transistors in the recalled models were inadequately soldered and could be damaged by heat.  Should this happen, affected vehicles would most likely enter a fail-safe driving mode, leading to a reduction in power.  The vehicles can still be driven, but only for short distances.

Owners of the affected models will be notified by mail in mid-July.  They will then be notified again when the necessary replacement parts become available.  Toyota is currently working on acquiring an adequate number of parts.

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Friday
Jun242011

Target Recalls 51,700 Children's Sandals

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Target is recalling approximately 51,700 pairs of children’s sandals that the company says can pose a choking hazard to young kids.

Circo Aloma Infant Girls Sandals have a decorative plastic flower that can detach from the shoe, the company said. Target warns that a child could choke if the piece is inserted into his or her mouth.

Consumers have reported at least eight cases of detached flowers.

No injuries have been reported in relation to the recall, the company said.

The shoes, sold exclusively at Target stores and on the company’s website, are white and were sold in infant girls’ sizes 2 through 5.

Consumers can return the shoes to Target for a full refund.

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Friday
Jun242011

Dole Recalls Packaged Salads for Possible Listeria Contamination

FDA(WASHINGTON) -- Dole has issued a voluntary recall for nearly 3,000 cases of its Italian Blend salad and more than 400 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salads after at least one sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The products were distributed in twelve states -- Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin -- and three Canadian provinces.

The Dole-branded products carry a use-by date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819, and product codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A and 0686A157202B.

The recalled Kroger products carry a use-by date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and produce codes A157201A and A157201B.

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes could include fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, headache, stiff neck and confusion.

The company said no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

Dole recommends that consumers discard any possibly contaminated product.

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Indiana Car-Trunk Deaths Renew Safety Fears, Recall Request

Medioimages/Photodisc(DETROIT) -- Two young boys, stepbrothers, ages 2 and 4, died in New Carlisle, Ind., last week after being trapped in the trunk of their family's 2000 Chevy Malibu.

Police are uncertain how they got there but KidsAndCars.org, a national child safety organization, is again calling on General Motors Corp. to recall all vehicles with trunks from model years 2000 and 2001, and retrofit them with internal trunk releases.

The advocacy group made a similar appeal in 2009 when an Arkansas boy, 5, and his sister, 4, died in the same model vehicle in 2009 after becoming trapped in the trunk of a 2000 Malibu. Autopsies show that Friday's deaths were a result of hyperthermia, caused by the trunks exceedingly hot temperatures.

Indeed, a recent study conducted by KidsandCars found that 46 children have died in unintentional trunk entrapments since 1992. The study noted that 21 of the 46 deaths were in GM vehicles.

After the Arkansas deaths, the organization called on GM, the maker of the Chevy Malibu, to recall its 2000-2001 vehicles. In light of last week's deaths, it again urged GM to take action in an effort to prevent additional tragedies.

In an emailed statement to ABC News, GM said, "Keeping children safe in and around vehicles is a priority for General Motors."

The automaker added that it has been working for years to educate consumers on the subject. "Increasing awareness and education is critical since millions of vehicles of varying makes and models without trunk latches are still in the marketplace," the company said.

GM said there are no plans for a recall.

Although cars produced after 2001 are required to have an internal trunk release, many cars before that date are not equipped with the potentially lifesaving tool. KidsandCars recommends a $9.99 home-installed device called Easy Out Trunk Release Kit that glows in the dark so that anyone trapped inside can easily locate the release lever.

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Target Recalls 375,000 Children's Booster Seats

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Target is recalling approximately 375,000 Circo Child Booster Seats after consumers reported problems with the device's restraining belt.

The product's restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Wednesday.

It is not the first time the booster seats were recalled. In August 2009, Target recalled 43,000 of the products for the same problem. Since then, there have been at least 10 reports of booster seat buckles opening unexpectedly, including three reports of bumps and/or bruises when a child fell forward out of the booster seat, hitting an object or the floor, the CPSC said.

The faulty seats were sold at Target stores throughout the U.S. between January 2005 and June 2009. They are blue in color with green trim and a white plastic restraint buckle.

Target is offering a refund to customers who return the item.

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Friday
Jun102011

GM Recalling 47,000 Cadillac SRXs

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- General Motors is recalling more than 47,000 of its 2011 Cadillac SRX crossovers in the United States because of a problem with the passenger-side air bags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday that one of the passenger-side airbags will not deploy if the car senses that the seat is unoccupied.

"GM dealers will reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module free of charge," the NHTSA said in an advisory posted on its website.

The recall is expected to begin around June 17.

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Safety Advocates Demand Government Recall Jeep Grand Cherokee

PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC, Lily Kesselman(WASHINGTON) -- The Center for Auto Safety is demanding the government recall 2.2 million Jeep Grand Cherokees, model years 1993 through 2004, because of what they say is a defective fuel tank design that can cause the gas tank to rupture in a crash.

"For the Center for Auto Safety, this is the most dangerous vehicle on the road today and we want it recalled," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the advocacy organization.

The center says that at least 55 people have died in crashes in which fire was "the most harmful factor."

Ditlow said the problem is that the fuel tank is located behind the rear axle.

"You can have the tank itself rupture, you can have the filler hoses pull off as they did in some of our crash tests, and it's just a terrible design," Ditlow told ABC News.

Chrysler disputes the Center for Auto Safety's test results, telling ABC News the test was "three times as severe" as the government standard and that the vehicle meets or exceeds federal standards.

The company added, "Rear impacts resulting in a fire are extremely rare...[and] occur no more often in 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles than in peer vehicles."

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is investigating the vehicle's safety, declined to comment on the crash test.

The Center for Auto Safety independently tested the Grand Cherokees after the NHTSA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) allegedly engaged in a bureaucratic turf war over who was supposed to administer the testing.

"It's terrible," said Ditlow. "It's one agency saying, This is my turf, stay out, but what both agencies are forgetting is, it's the consumers and the Jeep Grand Cherokees that are on the roads of America that are dying in fire crashes."

Chrysler changed the Cherokees' design in 2005, moving the fuel tank in front of the rear axle. It says the changes were made to expand cargo space and had nothing to do with safety.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Toyota Recalls 52,000 Prius Vehicles

Mark Renders/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota has issued a voluntary recall for 52,000 Prius vehicles sold in the U.S. that the company is saying could experience steering problems.

"If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose," the company said in a press release Wednesday.

Toyota says that if the vehicle is continuously operated in that fashion, operators -- over time -- will "gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn."

The recall affects Prius model years 2001-2003.

The automaker says dealers will make safety upgrades at no charge.

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Thursday
May262011

Drowning Risk Prompts Biggest-Ever Pool Drain Cover Recall

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In its largest-ever pool drain cover recall, the government's lead consumer watchdog has recalled almost one million pool and hot tub drain covers because of a drowning risk.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that pool owners should stop using dozens of different models made by eight different companies "immediately" because improper safety ratings mean the products "could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers." The recall comes nine months after ABC News revealed that millions of backyard pool drain covers may have been improperly tested for safety and might pose entrapment risks.

"I want to make it clear that this recall announcement does not mean that one million drain covers will need to be replaced or repaired," said CPSC chair Inez Tenenbaum, who announced the massive recall Thursday during a pool safety event near San Diego, "[but] pool operators and homeowners should contact the maker of their drain covers to see what action, if any, is needed to make their individual pool or spa safe."

The models subject to recall were manufactured by A & A, Aquastar, Color Match, Custom Molded Products, Hayward Pool Products, Pentair Water Pool & Spa, Rising Dragon and Waterway, and were marked with the improper water flow rating. In a statement, the CPSC said the recall was undertaken with the cooperation of the manufacturers, and that "pool owners/operators and consumers who have one of the recalled pool or spa drain covers should immediately contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement or retrofit, depending on their make and model."

Said Tenenbaum, "If you know or if your pool service company tells you that drain covers made by one of these manufacturers were installed in your pool or spa -- call them right away."

The vacuum effect in pool drains is powerful enough to hold swimmers, especially children, to the bottom of a pool. Contact between human skin and a flat pool drain can create suction equal to hundreds of pounds of pressure.

At least 11 people are known to have died from entrapment from heavy suction by pool drains since 1999, including seven-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker, whose death by drain entrapment in 2002 spurred the passage of a pool safety law named for her five years later. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act created stricter anti-suction standards for pool drain products.

Nancy Baker, the mother of Virginia Graeme Baker, applauded the CPSC's drain cover recall. "If it results in having these drain covers recalled and having the safer covers put in place that are now in compliance with the law, then it's fulfilling the intent of what we set out to do when we got the law passed," said Baker. Baker was present when her daughter died by pool drain entrapment. "It's very important that pool drains are safer because I have seen firsthand the horrible effects of what happens and lived with the aftermath of what happens if they're unsafe."

The CPSC says it is not aware of any drain entrapment deaths in the U.S. so far in 2011. Last December, a 33-year-old Missouri man died in a hot tub drain entrapment incident at a resort in the Bahamas.

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