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Recall Roundup: Millions of Verizon hotspots recalled for getting too hot and catching fire

Over 600,000 Honda vehicles are being called back because of an issue that can stall engines

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Millions of Verizon’s mobile hotspots are taking their name too literally. The company issued a recall for approximately 2.5 million of its Ellipsis Jetpack devices this week because the lithium-ion batteries have a tendency to overheat. 

The company received 15 reports of the devices getting too hot, with two cases resulting in minor burns and six leading to fire damage. Device owners are being advised to power the unit down and unplug it from the power source to reduce overheating risks. Verizon says they should also be stored on a hard surface that receives adequate ventilation and isn’t easily accessible by children. 

Verizon has already contacted schools that provided the hotspots to students and is providing them with instructions on how to replace them.

Over 600,000 Honda vehicles recalled over fuel pump issue

American Honda Motor Co. recalled just over 628,000 vehicles of various models this week because the low-pressure fuel pump can fail. The company said this could result in an engine stall while driving, which increases the risk of a crash. 

Affected models include:

  • 2019 Acura ILXs.

  • 2019-2020 Acura MDXs, MDX Sport Hybrids, RDXs, and TLXs.

  • 2019-2020 Honda Accords, Civic Hatchbacks, Insights, Accord Hybrids, Civic Coupes, Civic Coupe Si's, Civic Sedans, Civic Sedan Si's, Civic Type Rs, Fits, HR-Vs, Odysseys, Passports, Pilots, and Ridgelines.

  • 2018-2019 Honda CR-Vs.

The automaker plans to notify owners and dealers so that the fuel pump assembly can be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 18. 

Labeling error prompts recall of extra-strength acetaminophen

Another company is recalling a drug product because of a labeling error -- and this time, it’s not because of incorrect dose information

A-S Medication Solutions, LLM is recalling its extra-strength acetaminophen products because they received an incomplete prescription drug label instead of the OTC Drug Facts label. This caused important health information to be excluded from the products’ packaging, which could ultimately prove fatal.

“Use of acetaminophen could be potentially harmful if safety warnings contained on the OTC label are not observed including: liver damage if consumers exceed the recommended dose, combine use with excessive consumption of alcohol, or are allergic to the active ingredient,” the company said.

Hand sanitizer recalled because of bacterial contamination

Durisan is recalling select lots of its antimicrobial hand sanitizer because they contained high bacterial counts for Burkholderia cepacia complex and Ralstonia pickettii. 

Although no adverse cases have been reported yet, the company says the bacteria in the affected products could cause a serious infection if it enters the bloodstream when applied to areas that have scrapes or wounds. For patients with compromised immune systems, the damage could be even worse. 

Durisan says customers who bought an affected product should destroy it immediately. 

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