Recall Round-Up: April 27, 2018
Recall Round-Up: April 27, 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.
This week we provide details on a Ford Motor recall and two warnings regarding the food we consume. We also provide a few summaries of important strides being made with regards to auto recall notifications for owners.
Ford F-150 and Expedition
Ford Motor announced a recall of 2018 F-150s, Expeditions, F-650s and F-750s this week. The recalls includes nearly 350,000 vehicles. According to Ford, the vehicles reportedly can slip out of gear, even when in the parked position. One injury has been reported. The defect is related to a transmission gear shift cable clip that can become dislodged, allowing the transmission to be in a different gear than what is selected by the driver. This increases the risk of a rolling vehicle in a similar fashion to the recent issues plaguing the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Visit the Ford owner website and enter your VIN for details on repair.
Rose Acre Farms Eggs
FDA announced a recall of over 200 million eggs this week due to a salmonella contamination. Salmonella can cause serious infections in young children, elderly individuals, and those with compromised immune systems. FDA received reports of 22 salmonella related illnesses. The eggs were distributed by a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and is part of the the largest recall of eggs in the US since 2010. The eggs were sold at Food Lions, Walmart and other grocery stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Visit the FDA website to match any egg cartons you purchased with those in the recall. Consumers are instructed to immediately stop eating the eggs, return to the place of purchase for a refund, and seek medical attention if you have a fever or begin vomiting.
Warning: Romaine Lettuce
The CDC has issued a warning for romaine lettuce due to E. coli contamination. All types of romaine lettuce, whole or chopped, from Yuma Arizona should immediately be discarded after an e.coli outbreak of 53 cases in 16 states were reported. 31 people have been hospitalized. The CDC says symptoms include stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea within 2-8 days of becoming infected. If you have any of these symptoms after consuming romaine lettuce, go the hospital or your doctor and report the incident immediately.
Recall Notification Update
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
In the first program of its kind, the Maryland MVA has begun notifying owners of active recalls on their vehicles in their registration renewal notice. This two year program, in conjunction with NHTSA, is designed to reduce the number of vehicles on the road with open recalls. According the program administrator only 70% of recalls are fixed which creates a safety issues for all vehicles on the road. MVA hopes this program will increase the rate just by making auto-owners aware. If successful, we could see more programs like this in other states.
Carfax App Shows Open Recalls
Carfax is making it safer to shop for a vehicle that is free of open recalls. Their smartphone app allows a user to enter the VIN for a vehicle they own or are considering purchasing to see the vehicle is in need of a repair. At this time, used car dealers are not required to repair open recalls on a vehicle before selling it. Some might not even tell a buyer before the purchase. This app is a great tool to keep at your fingertips so you can be sure the car you are operating does not have an existing safety issue.
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.
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