Recalls and Warnings

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Whole Foods, Wegmans, Costco, Others Impacted by Fruit Recall

A nationwide recall of stone fruits, such as peaches, plums and nectarines, across the nation has prompted retailers such as Costco, Wegmans, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market to issue recalls for in-store fruit-baked products, due to the risk of listeria infection.  Continued

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Banned Pesticide May Have Multigenerational Side Effects: Study

New research highlights the long-lasting effects exposure to certain pesticides may cause, suggesting that off-spring of individuals exposed to a harmful pesticide previously banned may face an increased risk of developing kidney disease, ovarian disease, obesity and other health issues for generations. Continued

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Dream On Me High Chair Recall Issued Due to Strangulation Risk

Roughly 2,800 high chairs are being recalled due to design defects that may allow a child’s body to pass through the opening for their feet, potentially causing them to become entrapped at the neck or fall.  Continued

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Oeuf Sparrow Crib Recall Issued Due to Entrapment Risk

About 14,000 infant cribs are being recalled following reports of problems that suggest the slats and top rails may detaching, posing an entrapment hazard for babies.  Continued

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Subaru Lawsuit Alleges Oil Problems May Cause Sudden Engine Failure

Subaru faces a proposed class action status lawsuit, which alleges that the auto maker knew about a defect that could lead to engine failure in some vehicles, but refused to initiate a recall.  Continued

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Peach, Plum, Nectarine Recall Issued Due to Listeria Risk

A supplier is recalling peaches, plums, nectarines and other fruits that may have been sold at Wegmans, Costco, BJs, Trader Joe and other stores nationwide, due to a potential risk that they may contain a food-borne organism that can cause serious and potentially life-threatening listeria infections.  Continued

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BMW Latest To Issue Takata Air Bag Recalls, Impacting 1.6M Cars

BMW has expanded a recent air bag recall to include an additional 1.6 million vehicles that may be equipped with defective Takata air bags, which could potentially project shards of plastic and metal towards passengers when deflated.  Continued

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Bollinger Resistance Band Recall Issued Due to Door Anchor Problems

Over 60,000 resistance exercise bands have been recalled due to a risk that the door anchors could unexpectedly release, causing the band or anchor ball to spring back towards the user and cause an injury.  Continued

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HeartWare VAD Problems May Have Caused Serious Injuries, Deaths: FDA

According to an FDA warning letter sent to HeartWare Inc., problems with the HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) may have caused at least two deaths and four serious injuries, with the federal regulatory agency indicating that the manufactured dropped the ball on fixing the issues.  Continued

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Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango Recall: Risk of Sun Visor Fire

Chrysler Group is recalling nearly 900,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango sport utility vehicles, following dozens of reports that suggest the electrical components in the sun visor vanity mirrors may short circuit and catch fire.

The Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee sun visor recall was announced by Chrysler Group LLC, on July 1, due to a wiring problem that may allow a screw to penetrate a wire in the vanity light.

At least 41 complaints of problems have been received to date, including 38 reports of fires and at least three incidents where riders suffered burn injuries. One of the vehicle owners reported the sun visor caught fire, causing them to quickly exit the vehicle before the fire spread down the door panels and throughout the entire vehicle.

The recall includes vehicles from the 2011 through 2014 models years, which were manufactured by Chrysler from January 5, 2010 through December 11, 2013 at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. The automaker estimates 651,000 vehicles are still in the U.S., with 45,700 in Canada, 23,000 in Mexico, and another 175,000 outside of North America.

The vanity wiring problem was first discovered in March 2011, when an investigation was opened at the Jefferson plant following a customer complaint of sun visor thermal damage. Chrysler initially believed the wiring problem occurred during the manufacturing process but learned the damage was actually caused when workers at the assembly plant were repairing incorrectly installed headliners and had to remove the visor. Chrysler also discovered the problems when dealers made repairs to the visor or headliner.

Chrysler has agreed to recall all vehicles whether they have been services or not to guarantee the wires will not short circuit or come in contact with the fastening screws. Owners should contact their dealer to schedule a free repair service that will consist installing a spacer containing a guide that will keep the lines properly routed, preventing short circuits.

So far this year U.S. automakers have recalled just fewer than 40 million vehicles surpassing the previous record of 30.8 million in 2004. Larger contributors to these heightened numbers are automakers such as Toyota, Ford, Honda and General Motors alone accounting for 26 million for faulty ignition switches.

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