Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

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Recall Round-Up: February 23, 2018

Every week we scour the internet and bring you the latest information on product and automotive recalls in this recurring series: Recall Round-Up.

  • Toyota Camry

    Toyota announced this week a recall of 11,800 Toyota vehicles for a fuel line leak that could pose a fire hazard. 11,800 2018 Toyota Camrys were included in the recall due to a possibility that fuel hoses were not properly installed, leading to an odor or leak and increasing the risk of fire. Affected owners will be notified by mail in early April, or visit www.toyota.com/recall and enter your VIN number.

  • Toyota Lexus

    Toyota also announced a recall of 9,900 of its Lexus vehicles. Toyota says a high-pressure fuel pump cover can become damaged over time which increases the risk of a fuel leak and possible fire. This recall affects the 2015-2018 Lexus RC F, 2016-2018 Lexus GS F, and the 2018 Lexus LC 500 vehicles. Authorized dealers will replace the fuel pumps at no cost to the consumer. Visit www.toyota.com/recall and enter your VIN to see if your vehicle is included in the recall.

  • 2017-2018 RAM Trucks

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 180,000 RAM trucks due to a gear shift problem. Included in the recall are the 2017-2018 RAM 1500, 2500, 3500, and 5500 model pickup trucks. These trucks have steering wheel mounted gear shifters and an internal flaw might allow a driver to inadvertently shift into gear without stepping on the brake. It might also be possible to shift the vehicle out of park when the key is not in the ignition. Both mechanical failures increase the possible of rollaway which could result in a crash or injury. The recall is expected to begin March 30, 2018. Fiat Chrysler will notify owners or you can visit FCA online and enter your VIN.

  • Ionic Pro Hair Dryers

    ISO Beauty has issued a recall for 73,000 hair dryers due to a possible burn hazard. The Ionic Pro 2000 model was sold at Target stores, Amazon.com, Groupon.com and the manufacturers site from March 2013-January 2018. 35 consumers reported  sparking or smoking coming from the cord and 3 reported injuries. ISO Beauty determined the cord can become brittle at the base of the dryer, increasing the risk of a burn. Consumers can visit isobeauty.com for more information on receiving a replacement.

  • KitchenAid Electric Kettles

    Whirlpool is recalling 40,000 KitchenAid electric kettles due to a burn hazard. The manufacturer received 79 reports in the US of handles separating from the kettle, causing the hot contents to spill and increasing the risk of a burn. The item was sold at many retail stores including Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Target, and Williams Sonoma from September 2013-February 2018. Whirlpool is issuing a refund for this product. Please visit www.repair.whirlpool.com for more information.

 

If you’ve been injured as a result of a recalled product, please contact us today. We also encourage anyone to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites to file formal complaints about potential safety hazards.

 

Recall Round-Up: February 16, 2018

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Recall Round-Up: February 16, 2018

Every week we scour the internet and bring you the latest information on product and automotive recalls in this recurring series: Recall Round-Up.

  • Harley Davidson

    Nearly 175,000 bikes were recently recalled by Harley Davidson due to a potential brake failure. NHTSA received numerous complaints about sudden brake loss and began an investigation in 2016. They determined that if an owner does not replace the brake fluid after a ‘prolonged period’ beyond the recommended 2 year schedule, deposit may form that increase the risk of failure and crash. Harley Davidson will notify affected owners and offer a free brake fluid flush starting February 12. Visit the Harley Davidson safety recall website and enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected.

  • Darwin’s Natural Pet Food

    Arrow Reliance Inc, DBA Darwin’s Natural Pet Food, has issued yet another recall of their raw pet foods for dogs after 2 food products tested positive for salmonella. This week’s recall included Zoologics Chicken Meal for Dogs (lot 41567) and Zoologics Duck Meals for Dogs (lot 41957).  Since late 2016, Darwin’s  has recalled 9 batches of Natural Selections and Zoologics branded meals. The FDA received 6 complaints of illness and has launched a full investigation after they’ve determined a ‘pattern of salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.’ The company is issuing recall notices to affected customers via email since all of their products are purchased online. Consumers should immediately stop feeding their pets this lot of recalled food.

  • Saker ShopRites Empanadas

    Saker ShopRites, a New Jersey based grocery store, is recalling nearly 20,000 lbs of pork and chicken empanadas due to a undeclared food allergen. FSIS (US Department of Agriculture Food Safety & Inspection Service) determined the prepared frozen empanadas contained egg, a known allergen, but was mislabeled. No injuries have been reported. Consumer who purchased these product should not consume them, and instead throw them away or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

  • Husqvarna Riding Lawn Mowers

    Husqvarna Group announced a recall of approximately 7,100 residential riding lawn mowers due to a possible fuel leak and fire hazard. These zero turn riding mowers involves Husqvarna and Poulon Pro branded machine and were sold at Lowe’s and other home centers and online from July 2017-December 2017. Consumers should immediately stop using and contact Husqvarna for a free inspection and repair.

 

If you’ve been injured as a result of a recalled product, please contact us today. We also encourage anyone to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites to file formal complaints about potential safety hazards.

 

 

Recall Round-Up: February 9, 2018

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Recall Round-Up: February 9, 2018

Check our blog for the top recalls affecting consumers every week in our recurring series, Recall Round-Up.

  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

    Lenovo is recalling approximately 78,000 Thinkpads due to a possible fire hazard. Reports indicate an unfastened screw can damage the battery and cause it to overheat. Customers should contact Lenovo support for assistance in determining if their laptop is included and instructions on how to get it repaired.

  • Tiffany & Co. Wheat Leaf Crystal Mugs

    Tiffany & Co. is recalling approximately 3,300 crystal mugs due to a concern over burn and laceration hazards. According to reports, the mugs can crack or break when exposed to hot liquids. Tiffany & Ci. is issuing a full refund for affected customers plus a $100 gift card. Tiffany & Co. is contacting customers who purchased the mugs directly.

  • Kobalt Cordless Electric Chainsaws

    Hongkong Sun Rise Trading is recalling approximately 48,100 cordless electric chainsaws due to a faulty chain brake guard that can fail while allowing the chainsaw to continue operating. These chainsaws were manufactured under the Kobalt, Greenworks Pro, Greenworks Commercial, and Snapper brands and were sold at Lowe’s stores and Amazon.com. Consumers should contact Honkkong Sun Rise Trading for more information.

  • Hyundai 2006 Sonatas and 2006-2011 Azeras

    Hyundai announced they are recalling nearly 88,000 older model Sonatas and Azeras due to an electrical short in the anti-lock brake system. Hyundai will notify vehicle owners through normal recall channels. However, if you own a Sonata or Azera in these model years, contact your closest authorized dealer for more information.

 

If you have been injured as a result of a recalled product, please contact us today. We also encourage anyone to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites to file formal complaints about potential safety hazards.

Check back in next week for more Recall Round-Up!

Ford Explorer Added to Safety Watch List Over Exhaust Leaks

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Ford Explorer Added to Safety Watch List Over Exhaust Leaks

The Safety Institute released its quarterly vehicle safety watch list and 2015-2016 Ford Explorer has taken the number three and number six spot on the list due to reports of exhaust leaks. The 2015-2016 Ford Explorers have been the subject of a 2016 investigation by the NHTSA for carbon monoxide leaks in the SUV’s cabin. Over 2,800 complaints have been filed. Among them, police departments reporting their police interceptors caused at least 5 officers to lose consciousness.

Topping the list for the fourth quarter in a row, the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees continue to be a concern as related to confusing gear shift operation.  After a 6 month investigation, Fiat-Chrysler recalled these vehicles for over a design flaw that did not alert the driver when the door was opened that the vehicle was not in PARK. This allowed the driver to exit the vehicle while it was still in gear leading to many injuries and over 100 reported accidents. Included in this recall is the 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. The 2012 Chrysler 300 is number 7 on this watch list for this same reason.

Each quarter, the Safety Institute releases a list of the top 15 vehicles to watch with regards to safety concerns. The list is compiled by researching public data in addition to consumer complaints filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database.

The Safety Institute is sponsored by Ken and Beth Melton in memory of their daughter, Brooke Melton. Read more about their wrongful death case against GM here.

Read the Safety Institute press release here.

If you have been injured in an accident involving any of the vehicles mentioned on the Watch List, please contact our office immediately. Let us help you get justice!

NHTSA Investigates Jeep Liberty for Safety Malfunction

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NHTSA Investigates Jeep Liberty for Safety Malfunction

The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) is currently investigating nearly 105k Jeep Liberty vehicles due to a possible safety system malfunction that could affect the proper release of the vehicle’s airbags.

The investigation is a result of more than 40 complaints regarding the 2012 model year (Jeep retired the Liberty model in 2012). The complaints centered around a detected malfunction of the Occupant Restraint Controller safety computer. The ORC computer is designed to detect when the vehicle crashes so it can deploy airbags accordingly. Drivers noticed the airbag warning light becoming enabled under normal circumstances. The light turns off when the computer is replaced which indicates a malfunction. No injuries have been reported.

FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) announced it is fully cooperating with the investigation.

If you or someone you know have been injured in an auto-accident, please contact us today for a complimentary case evaluation.

Source: The News Wheel

Jeep Grand Cherokee Again Tops Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Again Tops Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List

The Safety Institute released the Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List this month and Jeep Grand Cherokee again took the top 2 spots. Plagued with power train issues, 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees have held the #1 and #2 positions since November 2016. The report monitors NHTSA investigations and recalls to share the vehicles with the most concerning safety issues at press time.

The powertrain problem with the Jeep Grand Cherokees correlates to the 2016 Fiat Chrysler recall of vehicles equipped with a mono-stable gear selector. This gear shift created great confusion with drivers who exited their vehicles thinking they were in the PARK position, only to have the vehicle roll away, colliding with objects and people. At first Fiat Chrysler attempted to better educate the drivers on the new gear shift when they first were investigated in 2015. After nearly 300 reported incidents of rollaway, and the high profile death of actor Anton Yelchin who was struck and killed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler initiated a recall of over 800,000 vehicles equipped with this specific gear shifter which includes the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2012-2014 Chrysler 300 (#3 on Watch List) and 2012-2014 Dodge Chargers.

GM’s Chevy Cobalt is a regular on this list for electrical problems stemming from faulty ignition switches discovered by the investigative work of Lance Cooper and The Cooper Firm. The 2009 Toyota Camry also remains on this quarter’s list for its unintended acceleration/speed control issues.

To view the complete list for this year and previous years, visit The Safety Institute’s website.

If you, or someone you know, have been injured by a vehicle with a reported safety defect, please contact us today.

Source: The Safety Institute Press Release

NHTSA Investigates Ford Explorer Exhaust Leaks

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NHTSA Investigates Ford Explorer Exhaust Leaks

In July 2016, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating 2011-2015 Ford Explorers after 154 complaints were made regarding exhaust fume leaks inside the vehicles. Drivers noticed a distinct sulfur-like smell inside the car that caused concern about exposure to carbon-monoxide.

One reported instance led to a crash. Newport Beach Police Officer Brian McDowell was behind the wheel of his 2014 Ford Explorer police cruiser when he began to feel nauseous and noticed the beginning of a headache. Moments later, he passed out and crashed into a tree. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, fractured eye socket and traumatic brain injury, but retains no memory of the accident. After reading about other Ford Explorer exhaust leak reports with the NHTSA, he believes he was exposed to carbon monoxide which contributed to him losing consciousness.

According to the NHTSA, Ford issued a technical service bulletin in 2014 (TSB 14-0130), superseding a 2012 (TSB 12-2-4) service bulletin, to address seemingly related issues. Most consumers reported little to no improvement after the remedy.

If you have a later model Ford Explorer and notice the smell of exhaust while driving your vehicle, please stop driving immediately. This is an ongoing investigation so we encourage you to file a vehicle safety complaint with the NHTSA. Learn how to file a complaint here.

If you’ve been injured, contact us immediately.

 

CarMax Ordered to Disclose Open Recalls on Vehicles

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CarMax Ordered to Disclose Open Recalls on Vehicles

CarMax recently settled with the Federal Trade Commission in response to charges they were advertising their cars as safe but not disclosing open recalls. Along with 2 other large auto dealerships, Carmax must now fully inform customers of any open/unrepaired recalls before finalizing the sale of a vehicle.

This lawsuit came after a 2014 petition was filed with the FTC by the Center for Auto Safety, Consumers Union and nine other organizations. Under the current recall system, Carmax and other used car dealers are not allowed to make actual repairs. Instead, they market their vehicles as ‘safe’ after passing a 125+ point inspection. Any mention of recalls is shown in the fine print of TV commercials stating ‘some Carmax vehicles are subject to open safety recalls.” Investigators said this wasn’t enough.

In 2016, General Motors settled a similar suit with the Federal Trade Commission. They heavily marketed their used-cars as “certified” having passed a rigorous “172 point inspection”. However, active recalls went unrepaired including serious safety defects like faulty ignition switches.

Based on the settlement, CarMax is not allowed to advertise a vehicle as safe unless the company clearly discloses any active recall associated with the vehicle. In addition, they must contact customers who purchased a car after July 1, 2013 and notify them that their vehicle may have been purchased with an open recall.

To see if your vehicle has any active recall, visit www.nhtsa.gov.

If you or someone you know have been seriously injured in accident, please contact us today.

Source: www.carcomplaints.com

 

Lawsuit Filed for Rolling Jeep Cherokee

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Lawsuit Filed for Rolling Jeep Cherokee

The Cooper Firm recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an individual who sustained injuries from a rolling 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the case, our client thought they had placed the gear shift in park before exiting the vehicle. This confusion with the gear shift is the subject a recent recall affecting nearly 1 million vehicles.

In April 2016, Fiat Chrysler issued a voluntary recall on the 2014-15 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As many as 300 consumers complained to NHTSA about the Jeep’s redesigned gear shifter. In an effort to design a sleek, more tech-savvy interior, the change has simply confused drivers instead of impressing them. Drivers place their vehicle in the ‘parked’ position and exit, only to have it continue to roll and crash into objects or people. Some drivers are able to get right back in their car and hit the brake, some are not so lucky.

Anton Yelchin, a young Hollywood actor, exited his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the top of the driveway and walked down to towards his guard gate and brick mailbox. He was found dead on the scene trapped between his car and the gate at the bottom of his driveway. 7 days later, his family received the recall notice.

In addition to the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler also recalled the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans for model years 2012-2014. Fiat Chrysler replaced the confusing gear shifts in more recent model years. Visit www.nhtsa.gov for more information.

If you or someone you know was injured as a result of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger sedan in this recall, please contact us today.

NHTSA Proposes Mobile Recall Notifications

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NHTSA Proposes Mobile Recall Notifications

The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation & Safety Administration) has proposed a rule that would require automakers to include digital notifications of recall announcements. This would include sending notifications by mobile texts, phone calls and emails.

To date, recall notices or safety announcements are sent via mail. What was once an effective means of communication, the general public now rarely receives any useful mail except for perhaps wedding invitations, holiday cards, and the most exciting of them all, calls for jury duty. In an age where the majority of our communications happens at our fingertips, the faster vehicle owners can be notified of a safety issue the better.

This is exactly what the NHTSA is proposing.

It was reported that Anton Yelchin, the young actor that was crushed to death by his rolling Jeep Cherokee thought to be in the parked position, received his own recall notice in the mail  7 days after his death. Additional ways to notify vehicle owners of recalls might have allowed this message to reach him sooner. Although mailing would still be a requirement, automakers would be required to select an additional digital option to increase the likelihood of receipt by owner.

J.D. Power & Associates announced in July that nearly 45 million vehicles recalled from 2013-2015 remain unfixed. From exploding airbags, to faulty door latches and ignition switches, accidents occur every day from safety issues that have gone unnoticed or unaddressed. Hopefully, this initiative would help reduce that number. Recalled vehicles pose not just a safety threat to their drivers, but to others on the road as well.

A final ruling will be made on the NHTSA’s proposal following a 60 day comment allowance scheduled to end 10/31/2016.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a safety defect on a vehicle, please contact us for a complimentary case consultation.


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