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Tuesday
Jan172012

Wisconsin Governor Recall: Signatures to Be Turned In Tuesday

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) -- After 60 days of fanning out petitions across the state, United Wisconsin, the group organizing the recall effort for Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, will turn in their gathered signatures to the Government Accountability Board of Wisconsin on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Though the group has yet to release a final signature count -- that number will not be released until they turn in the signatures, United Wisconsin spokeswoman Meagan Mahaffey tells ABC News -- it is widely expected that they will hand-in well over the 540,208 names required to hold a recall election.

In mid-December, 30 days into the 60 days allotted for gathering signatures, United Wisconsin announced that they had already collected 507,533 names. They are aiming to gather over 700,000, as some names are likely to be thrown out during the verification process.

“Tomorrow is going to be a great day for us,” Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin told ABC News Monday.  “We’re going to hand in a number that we believe will be well beyond any potential challenge from Scott Walker’s campaign.  We’re going to be working hard to make sure that the many numbers of people who signed these petitions are heard and that we have an election.”

After the signatures are turned in the Government Accountability Board will have 60 days to verify the signatures, though they have requested additional time.  Should the GAB verify that United Wisconsin did submit the 540,208 necessary names, Democrats will have six weeks to hold a primary, followed by an additional four weeks until a general election against Gov. Walker would take place.

With these time stipulations in mind, the earliest a recall election would occur is late May 2012.  The timing could be pushed back however, should the board be granted additional time to process signatures, or should any lawsuits be filed on either party's behalf.

The Republican party of Wisconsin has been firmly dismissive of the efforts against Governor Walker, particularly citing the cost to Wisconsin taxpayers should a recall election go forward.

“We have no doubt the Democrats were able to rally their left-wing base around this baseless and expensive recall effort,” writes Ben Sparks, spokesperson for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  “This shameful recall of the governor will accomplish nothing but saddle Wisconsin taxpayers with over $9 million in un-budgeted costs.  Voters rejected the Democrats’ era of job loss and deficit spending in 2010, and they’ll do it again in 2012.”

There are several established Wisconsin Democrats who have been cited as possible gubernatorial candidates to challenge Walker should the recall go forward; the list includes former Congressman Dave Obey and Congressman Ron Kind.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Feb262011

Are You Playing Rental Car Roulette?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A survey of the major rental car companies by federal safety officials found that in a significant number of cases the companies have rented cars under safety recall without first fixing the defects.

According to the survey, commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the big three in the rental car business -- Hertz, Enterprise which owns National and Alamo, and Avis/Budget – since 2006 have let tens of thousands of drivers go on the road without repairing defects.

Due to a calculation error by ABC News, an earlier version of this story, also reported on "Good Morning America," misinterpreted the data on the percentage of repairs and did not give the rental car companies all the credit they were due. Even so, safety advocates say anything short of a 100 percent repair rate is unacceptable.

"The bottom line shows that none of the rental car companies are doing a good job," Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, told ABC News.

Last November, NTSHA had asked the domestic car manufacturers to provide recall repair information from the car rental companies because of "incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death" allegedly caused by "safety defects" on rental vehicles.

The best overall performance came from Enterprise. In a study of 10 General Motors and Chrysler recalls between 2006 and 2010, after 90 days, Enterprise had fixed an average of 65 percent of the cars subject to the recall.

For Avis/Budget, 53 percent of the cars were fixed . At Hertz, only 34 percent of the cars rented 90 days after a recall had been fixed.

The NHTSA study came after ABC News reported on "Good Morning America" last July on the deaths of the Houck sisters of California, 24-year old Raechel and 20-year old Jacquie, who were killed in an accident involving their Enterprise rental car. The car they were driving was a Chrysler PT Cruiser, one that a month earlier had been recalled because a possible leak in the power steering fluid could "result in an under hood fire."

The Houck's car was never fixed. Raechel and Jacquie died instantly after the PT Cruiser caught fire and hit an oncoming semi-tractor trailer on Highway 101 in Northern California. The sisters had rented the car in Santa Cruz, Calif., to visit their parents in Ventura County.

"We found out that they had rented this same car three times in that month period before they rented it to Raechel and Jacquie," Houck's family lawyer, Larry Grassini, said.

The Houcks sued Enterprise, and after a lengthy legal fight, the company admitted negligence and was required to pay $15 million in damages to the family. Now, the girls' mother Cally Houck is pushing the California legislature to pass a law requiring rental car companies to ground all recalled vehicles until they are fixed. Citing the Houck case, the Center for Auto Safety has also petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to require Enterprise to fix vehicles under recall before renting them out.

"I do not want another family to have to go through this type of ordeal," Cally Houck said.

Rental Companies Dispute Survey Findings

The rental companies dispute the survey findings, saying they pick and choose which recalls are most important, and have a high rate of fix for the most serious problems. Both Avis and Enterprise noted that after a 2010 recall of Pontiac vehicles over sticking accelerator pedals, they grounded and repaired the vehicles in question before renting them out.

However, the NHTSA survey found that in the 2007 recall of a series of Chrysler vehicles with a brake problem "that could cause a crash without warning," Enterprise/National fixed 65 percent within 90 days, according to the survey, and Avis/Budget fixed 61 percent. Hertz fixed only 46 percent within 90 days.

"They cannot pick and choose," Ditlow said. "They're gambling with your life."

Hertz said it has dramatically changed its policy and told ABC News that as of last summer, it now grounds all cars recalled for any reason, and will not rent them until they are fixed -- a change of policy that grew out of the public attention drawn to the tragic case of the two sisters.

Enterprise also said the government's recall figures are historical and do not reflect their performance in the most recent recalls in which they said repairs were virtually 100 percent complete within 90 days.

It is a position safety advocates said they hope the other rental car companies will follow. In the meantime, Ditlow said the best recourse for consumers is to simply ask rental car agents if their vehicle is subject to an outstanding safety recall.

"If they don't tell you, they're deceiving you and if they won't tell you, just go to another company, go to another counter," said Ditlow. "They're all right there in the airport, this is a free market, pick somebody who's more responsible."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Feb122011

Recall Issued for 1.7 Million Baby Monitors

Photo Courtesy - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a voluntary recall of about 1.7 million video baby monitors with electrical cords.

The recall, issued by the CPSC in cooperation with Summer Infant Inc., cites the need to provide new on-product labeling and instructions for Summer Infant video baby monitors. According to a release by the CPSC, the cords can present a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers when placed too close to cribs. The commission advises that parents and caregivers refrain from placing the corded cameras within three feet of a crib.

The recall comes after two reports of infants dying from strangulation by electrical cords from Summer Infant video baby monitors in 2010.

The first death occurred in March, where a 10-month-old girl was strangled by a Summer Infant video monitor cord in her crib in Washington D.C. In that incident officials say the monitor camera was placed on top of the crib rail. The second reported death occurred in November in Conway, S.C., where a six-month-old boy was strangled. In that incident the camera was reportedly placed on a changing table attached to a crib.

Summer Infant monitors are made in China, and have been selling nationwide for between $60 and $300. Summer Infant Inc. has launched a campaign to provide new on-product labels for monitors distributed between January 2003 and February 2011, according to the CPSC release.

The commission says that a total of seven strangulation deaths caused by monitor cords have been reported since 2004.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Dec182010

Pet Food Recall: Products May Contain Cancer Risk

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Pet food that may contain a substance considered a risk factor for primary liver cancer in humans is being recalled in 17 states.

The Kroger grocery chain said Saturday that certain varieties of its dog and cat food brands may contain aflatoxin, a toxic chemical by-product made by certain types of mold.

Kroger stores affected by the recall include locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Also affected are Dillons and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri, Baker's stores in Nebraska, Food 4 Less stores in Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana, and Jay C, Hilander, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Here is a full list of the recalled products:

• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
• Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
• Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
• Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
• Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
• Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
• Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000108

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov242010

Tylenol Recalls Several Cold Medications to Update Labeling

Photo Courtesy -- Tylenol.com(FORT WASHINGTON, PA) -- Tylenol has announced a recall of several types of its cold medicines in order to update labeling issues.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, in consultation with the FDA, has announced the recall of several types of Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid products after a minor mislabeling of alcohol content was discovered. 

The company said there is no need for consumers to stop using the product and no adverse events have been reported.

The following products are included in the recall:

Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Daytime 8oz Citrus Burst

Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Severe 8oz Cool Burst

Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime 8oz Cool Burst

All products were sold in the United States.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov052010

Cheese Warning for Gouda Sold at Costco in Five States

Image Courtesy - Bravo Farms(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are warning people not to eat a certain kind of cheese sold at Costco stores in five states.  It may be linked to a small E. coli outbreak that has sickened about two dozen people in five western states.  Costco is working with the federal government to track the possible outbreak.

People in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada have been affected and authorities suspect the Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese sold and offered as samples at Costco stores in those states.  It's listed as Costco item 40654 and if you have any of it, you are advised to take it back to the place you bought it or dispose of it in a sealed container.

Most people infected with this strain of E. coli develop diarrhea and abdominal cramps, but some illnesses may last longer and can be more severe. While most people recover within a week, some may develop a severe infection.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Oct162010

Glass in Your Veggies? Company Issues Voluntary Recall

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BELLS, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee-based frozen vegetable distributor has issued a voluntary recall after learning that some of its packages may contain fragments of glass.

The Pictsweet Company says the recall is focused on products that contain green peas that were distributed to Wal-Mart locations nationwide and to Kroger stores in the southeast United States.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the possible contamination, the company said, but it advised consumers not to eat the products in question and to return them to the place of purchase.

The Pictsweet Company issued a recall for the following products:

Kroger 12 ounce Green Peas (UPC 11110 89736)
Production Codes of 1440BU, 1440BV, 1440BW, and 1600BD

Kroger 12 ounce Peas and Carrots (UPC 11110 89741)
Production Codes of 1960BD and 1960BE

Great Value 12 ounce Steamable Sweet Peas (UPC 78742 08369)
Best by Dates of July 20, 2012;  July 21, 2012

Great Value 12 ounce Steamable Mixed Vegetables (UPC 78742 08026)
Best by Date of July 15, 2012

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