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Recall Roundup: Snowthrowers recalled over amputation risks

Consumers who bought workout equipment during the pandemic also need to check for recalls

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Consumers across the U.S. have been breaking out the shovels this past week due to a rash of winter storms, but those who splurged on a snowthrower made by Toro will need to ensure that the product is safe. 

The company is recalling approximately 6,700 of its Toro Power Max Snowthrowers because the auger can fail to disengage when the control lever is released, creating an amputation hazard. Thus far, the company says it has received five reports of the auger not disengaging when it was supposed to, but no injuries have occurred. The products were sold at The Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and other Toro Authorized Dealers across the U.S.

Consumers who have an affected product are urged to stop using it immediately and to contact a Toro Authorized Dealer to get a free repair.

Fitness equipment makes the recall rounds

Consumers who rushed to buy fitness equipment for their homes at the beginning of the pandemic won’t be happy to hear that multiple companies are recalling products. 

First, Nautilus has recalled 3,700 of its Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Barbells with Curl Bar because the weights can fall off the ends. In one case, the company says the weight fell off the bar and caused property damage. Consumers are being told to stop using the products and contact Nautilus for a free replacement kit. 

Next, Rep Fitness recalled nearly 2,000 of its Strap Safety brackets. The company says the products -- which are used for safety purposes when weightlifting -- can become detached if a large amount of weight is suddenly dropped on them. The company received three reports of this happening, but no injuries apparently occurred. Consumers can contact Rep Fitness for free replacement brackets.

Ford recalls 2021 Bronco Sport vehicles

The recall hits keep coming for Ford, which was featured in two of our previous Recall Roundups. This time, the company is recalling 1,664 of its 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vehicles because the rear suspension modules were not fully secured. 

The company says that loose or missing bolts in the recalled vehicles could decrease stability and increase the risk of a crash. The risk of injury in the event of a crash would also be higher since the problem reduces rear impact crash performance.

Ford says dealers can ensure that the rear suspension bolts in affected vehicles are secured properly, and they can replace them if need be. 

Lexus recalls RX350s over fire hazard

Another week, another possibility of a consumer’s vehicle catching on fire; Lexus is recalling over 1,000 of its 2019 and 2021 RX350s for exactly that reason. 

The company says the transport hook used to move the vehicles may have not been removed before they were sold. In the event of a rear-end collision, the hook could damage the fuel filler pipe and cause the vehicle to catch on fire. 

Lexus says it is notifying owners and dealers about the issue and that consumers who have an affected vehicle can have the hook removed at no charge. 

NZXT recalls tens of thousands of computer cases

Some consumers have been relying on their personal computers even more during the COVID-19 pandemic as they work from home. But those who own a PC with a case produced by NZXT could see their machine go up in smoke. 

The California-based company says that the metal screws that attach the PCIe riser assembly to the chassis can cause an electrical short. This can lead to overheating and increases the risk of a fire. The company has received 11 reports of overheating units, some of which did catch fire. 

Consumers who have an affected product should stop using it immediately and contact NZXT for a free repair kit. 

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