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Porsche Recalls 911 Cabriolet

Porsche Recalls 911 Cabriolet...

December 29, 2004
Porsche is recalling the 911 Cabriolet sports car to check the roof mechanism.

Porsche said the recall affects 18,165 of the vehicles built between Aug. 11, 1993, and Jan. 26, 1998. The cars' soft tops could open unexpectedly at high speeds.

The carmaker said it did not know of any accidents or injuries attributed to the problem.

Porsche said it had at first assumed that an error in service was to blame for the fault in a car it was monitoring, as no such problem had shown up in normal quality control. After two further cases were reported in Germany, it established that a tear in the roof-winding drive was to blame.



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Archway Holiday Cashew Cookies

Archway Holiday Cashew Cookies...

December 21, 2004
Archway Cookies is recalling Holiday Cashew Nougat Cookies because they may contain pieces of glass.

Archway says it can't imagine how the glass got into the cookies. But oddly enough, the same thing happened in 1998. The company recalled 6,720 packages of cookies.

Only the holiday cookies with the following 2005 dates have been recalled: Feb. 20, Feb 28, Feb. 29, March 3, March 4, March 5, March 10, March 11 and March 24. The product code, which can be found on the right-hand side of the package, is 2750002054.

The cookies are made in Ashland, Ohio, and at a plant in Indiana.

The cookie maker is asking customers to not eat the cookies and return them to the store for a refund, or call 1-800-850-2307 for more information.

Archway said it was working with the Food and Drug Administration on the recall.



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Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute Recall

Ford is recalling about 474,000 Escape and Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicles, 2002-2004 model years. The accelerator cable may prevent the engine from r...

December 10, 2004
Ford is recalling about 474,000 Escape and Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicles from the 2002-2004 model years. The accelerator cable may prevent the engine from returning to the idle position, which could increase stopping distance and result in a crash.

The vehicles involved in the recall are from the 2002-2004 model years and have 3.0 liter engines.

About 470,000 Escape SUVs are being recalled in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The rest are in Canada and other countries where the models are sold.

No injuries or accidents have been linked to the problem.

Susan of Benld, IL writes (2/24/05):
In your article that was published back in December about the Mazda Tribute recalls on the accelerator cable, it states that no injuries have been associated with this. At the hospital in St Louis where I work, we have 2 patients who were involved in a rollover accident because of the stuck cable. Even though wearing seatbelts, both young girls were ejected, as the vehicle rolled 18 (yes, eighteen) times.

One is now a quadriplegic and the other it appears will be mostly okay after much rehabilitation. The parents received their recall notice in the mail 3-4 days after the tragic accident.

Consequences? Two young lives forever changed and shattered. One, the paraplegic, and secondly the friend who will be okay, knowing she was driving and her friend will never be okay.



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Kawasaki KLX110-A4 Off-Road Motorcycle

Kawasaki is recalling its 2005 model KLX110-A4 off-highway motorcycle. The rear shock absorber may have been assembled with an incorrect o-ring. ...

December, 10, 2004
Kawasaki is recalling its 2005 model KLX110-A4 off-highway motorcycle. On some units, the rear shock absorber may have been assembled with an incorrect o-ring, allowing fluid to leak from the shock. Fluid loss from the shock can compromise the shock's damping characteristics, which can render the motorcycle unstable creating a potential for an injury or death.

PhotoThe recalled Kawasaki motorcycles are 2005 model KLX110 off-highway "minicycles." They are small-sized motorcycles intended for use by minors and adults. They are green in color, and have "Kawasaki" and "KLX110" identification on the sides of the fuel tank.

Consumers should stop using the motorcycles immediately and contact their Kawasaki dealer to schedule an appointment for a free replacement of the rear shock.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact your Kawasaki dealer or call Kawasaki toll-free at 866-802-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday and/or on the web address www.kawasaki.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



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Feds Want Recall of Dodge Durango, Dakota Models

Under pressure from federal safety regulators, DaimlerChrysler has agreed to recall 600,000 of its popular Dodge Durango SUVs due to problems with front-en...

December 10, 2004
Under pressure from federal safety regulators, DaimlerChrysler has agreed to recall 600,000 of its popular Dodge Durango SUVs, along with some Dodge Dakota pickup trucks -- due to problems with front-end ball joints.

A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday it wanted DaimlerChrysler to voluntarily recall the vehicles to address the problem after it received 28 reports of drivers finding themselves in dangerous situations and the spokesman said that if the carmaker declines, the agency might take action to force a recall. ConsumerAffairs.com has received more than 60 reports of ball joint problems in the Durango and related models.

On Friday, DaimlerChrysler agreed to recall 600,000 Durango and Dakota vehicles from the 2000 to 2003 model years but said it didn't consider the defect to be a safety hazard and denied knowing of any injuries. NHTSA also said it knew of no injuries.

Consumer advocates were dismayed by DaimlerChrysler's insistence the problem was not a safety hazard.

"ConsumerAffairs.com has received at least five reports of accidents resulting from ball joint failure. At least one resulted in a minor injury," said ConsumerAffairs.com President James R. Hood. "In one incident, the Durango went out of control and struck an oncoming vehicle. In another, a Durango swerved out of control, hit a light pole and then a concrete abutment."

"It's unbelievable anyone would say with a straight face that a suspension collapse is not a safety hazard," Hood said. "The truth is no one knows how many deaths and injuries have been caused by this defect because the evidence can easily be destroyed in an accident that results from a high-speed suspension failure."

Consumers have long complained to ConsumerAffairs about a number of problems with the Durango, including the safety problem highlighted by the NHTSA.

Earlier this year, J.A. of Dalton Illinois wrote, "While driving my 2000 Dodge Durango, I lost control of my truck and it continued to go left. The steering wheel was straight and the truck was going to the left."

"I was traveling at about 25 mph. My vehicle struck an oncoming car and continued into a gas station where my vehicle struck the concrete barrier around the gas pump. It continued to slide out of the gas station onto a residential street where we finally came to rest in a front yard," he said.



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DuraBright, Commercial Electric Fluorescent Bulbs

Technical Consumer Products Inc. is recalling about 158,000 DuraBright 3-way compact fluorescent light bulbs. The bulbs can overheat and spark, posing a bu...

December 9, 2004
Technical Consumer Products Inc. is recalling about 158,000 DuraBright 3-way compact fluorescent light bulbs. The bulbs can overheat and spark, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

PhotoTechnical Consumer Products has received 16 reports of overheating bulbs. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled 32-watt, 3-way (40-75-150 watt output) compact fluorescent bulbs were sold under the brand names Commercial Electric (Home Depot) and DuraBright (Orchard Supply Hardware). The bulbs are about seven inches high and have a white, spiral fluorescent tube attached to a white plastic base. The following item numbers, which can be found on the back of the packaging and the base of the bulb, are included in the recall: 283-924, 575-717, and 69032.

The bulbs were sold at Home Depot and Orchard Supply Hardware nationwide from April 2004 through November 2004 for about $10 (single pack) or $19 (double pack).

Consumers should stop using the bulbs immediately and contact Technical Consumer Products for a free replacement or gift card.

Consumer Contact: Call Technical Consumer Products at (800) 397-2647 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



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Polaris 900 Fusion, 900 RMK Snowmobiles

Polaris is recalling its 900 Fusion and 900 RMK151 snowmobiles because of fuel line problems. The fuel connections between the fuel line and the fuel pump ...

December 7, 2004
Polaris is recalling its 900 Fusion and 900 RMK 151 snowmobiles because of fuel line problems.

PhotoThe fuel connections between the fuel line and the fuel pump and fuel filter can leak. Failure of the fuel connection can result in leaking fuel and a possible fire, which can result in severe injury or death.

In addition, the drive shaft may have been incorrectly heat treated resulting in brittle drive shafts that could fail at lower loads than the shafts were originally designed to meet. Failure of the drive shaft can result in a loss of braking of the snowmobile and severe injury or death.

Model year 2005 Polaris 900 Fusion and 900 RMK 151 snowmobiles with model numbers S05MP8DS(A)(B)(C) and S05PL8DSA are part of this recall. The model number is located on the vehicle identification tag located on the right side near the foot rest. The 900 Fusion and 900 RMK 151 snowmobiles have either red/black or blue/silver/black seats with a red, black, or blue hood. Fusion 900 or RMK 900 is prominently displayed on the sides of the body.

Polaris dealers sold these snowmobiles nationwide from June 30, 2004 to October 7, 2004 for between $9,499 and $10,299.

Remedy: Free repair. Contact your Polaris dealer to schedule an appointment to install fuel line connection clamps and a replacement drive shaft. Polaris has notified consumers directly about this recall.

Consumer Contact: Call Polaris at (800) 765-2747 between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight ET everyday, or log on to the companys Web site at www.polarisindustries.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



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Lowe's GardenPlus Garden Cart

Lowe's is recalling about 196,000 GardenPlus Industrial Garden Carts. The recalled GardenPlus Industrial Garden Carts were made between November 2002 and A...

December 6, 2004
Lowe's is recalling about 196,000 GardenPlus Industrial Garden Carts. Over-inflation of the tires can break the metal tire rim, causing users and bystanders to be struck with pieces of metal.

PhotoLG Sourcing and Lowes are aware of four incidents involving the metal rim assembly breaking during over-inflation of the tires. Three injuries occurred, including a fractured wrist, fractured fingers, and bruised hands.

The recalled GardenPlus Industrial Garden Carts, item number 128483, were made between November 2002 and April 2004. The garden cart is a four-wheeled pull wagon with a yellow mesh steel gauge bed and reinforced sides. The cart is approximately 20 inches wide by 30 inches long and 20 inches high. This recall affects all carts sold between March 2003 and October 2004 without metal washers on the outside tire rims.

The carts were sold at Lowes retail establishments nationwide from March 2003 through October 2004 for about $70.

Owners will receive a direct shipment of a free set of replacement wheels.

Consumer Contact: Contact Lowes Garden Cart Recall Hotline toll-free at (800) 444-6742 anytime or visit the Lowes Web site at www.lowes.com for more information.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).



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