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Amana, Crosley, Danby, Maytag, Whirlpool and Woods Freezers, Refrigerators Recalled

W.C. Wood Freezers, Refrigerators Recalled...

September 27, 2005
W.C. Wood Company is recalling about 112,000 automatic defrost upright freezers and "all-refrigerators." The defrost heater coil can become exposed inside the units, which poses a potential shock hazard to consumers. In some cases the exposed heater wire can also melt, or burn the units interior plastic food liner.

W.C. Woods has received 45 reports of incidents of the defrost heater coil becoming exposed. Nine of those incidents resulted in an electrical short. The others melted and burned the units interior plastic liner. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled single door freezers and refrigerators are 15, 17 and 20-cubic foot Automatic Defrost Upright Freezers and 17-cubic foot Automatic Defrost All-Refrigerators that can be converted into freezers.

They were sold under the brand names Amana, Crosley, Danby, Maytag, Whirlpool and Woods, which is written on the front of the unit. The manufacturer label with the model number and date of manufacture is located on the inside of the cabinet. A list of model numbers and dates of manufacture included in the recall is listed below.

BrandModel Numbers Date of Manufacture
AmanaAFU1567*, AFU1767*, AFU2067*200209
(September 2002)

through

200402
(February 2004)
CrosleyFFCR17*, WCF15*, WCF17*, WCF20*
DanbyDUF1700*, DFF1708*
MaytagMQU1556*, MQU2057*
WhirlpoolEV150NXM*, EV170NYL*, EV171NYM*, EV200NXK*,
EV201NXM*, EL7ATRRK*, EL7ATRRM*, EL7JWKLM*, EL7JWKRM*
WoodsF15*, F17*, F20*, F42*, F47*, F55*, WFF15*,
WFF17*, WFF20*, RFA17*, RFC17*, R47F*
* there are additional letters or numbers following the model numbers above

The units were sold at home improvement and appliance stores from September 2002 through February 2005 for between $400 and $1,000.

Consumers should contact W.C. Wood Co. to arrange for a free in-home repair.

Consumer Contact:Contact W.C. Wood toll-free at (866) 493-3314 or visit the firms Web site at www.freezer-repair.com

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



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Mazda Recalls Mazda5 Minivan Because of Fire Risk

Mazda Motor Corp. has halted worldwide production of the 2006 Mazda5 minivan and recalled 2,700 units in North America for exhaust system-related fires....

September 22, 2005
Mazda Motor Corp. has halted worldwide production of the 2006 Mazda5 minivan and recalled 2,700 units in North America for exhaust system-related fires.

Mazda's also has ordered North American auto dealers to stop selling the minivan until the cause of the fires is discovered and remedied.

There are reports of three fires due to heat buildup in the exhaust system. Mazda has told customers to return their minivans to the dealer immediately. They will be given replacement transportation at no cost.

Mazda has told customers the company may take as long as 30 days to repair the vehicle.



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Stanley Thermos Bottles Recalled

Pacific Market International, LLC is recalling about 45,000 Stanley thermos bottles. The handle on the thermos bottles can break, causing the vacuum seal t...

September 21, 2005
Pacific Market International, LLC is recalling about 45,000 Stanley thermos bottles. The handle on the thermos bottles can break, causing the vacuum seal to fail and release organic, non-toxic charcoal powder insulation into the air.

The powder can cause consumers to suffer short-term vision problems and temporary breathing problems when they inhale the powder.

PMI has received 654 reports of handles breaking and charcoal powder insulation releasing into the air. The firm has received 23 reports of consumers who had difficulty breathing or seeing, and in some cases, began vomiting and coughing.

More than 60 of the incidents occurred in trucks or cars creating the potential for impaired vision. There have been 446 reports of property damage.

The recall involves the brushed stainless steel and the green 1-liter and 2-quart bottles, and the 24-oz. wide mouth food jar. The recalled thermos bottles have only two spot welds per handle bracket and contain any of the following date code numbers: C 02, D 02, or A 03.

The date code is located on the bottom of the bottles just above the S and Y on the word STANLEY.

The thermos bottles were sold at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target and other discount department stores nationwide from October 2002 through February 2003 for about $25.

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact PMI for a free replacement thermos bottle. PMI will provide all shipping charges for returned bottles.

Consumer Contact: Contact PMI at (800) 919-6330 anytime, or visit the firms Web site at www.Stanley-pmi.com.

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



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Hyundai Elantra Recalled to Fix Air Bags

Hyundai Elantra Recalled to Fix Air Bags...

September 15, 2005
Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 240,000 Elantra sedans because of a problem with the occupant classification system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the care involved in the recall are from the 2004 and 2005 model years.

The occupant classification system installed in the front passenger seat of the vehicle may mistakenly identify a child seat as an adult passenger, according to NHTSA.

This may occur if the child seat is installed after an adult has been seated and could result in the right front air bag or side-impact air bag being deployed in a crash.

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Ultimate Chopper Food Processors Recalled

About 1.5 million Ultimate Chopper food processors are being recalled. This can result in a laceration hazard if consumers insert their hands into the food...

September 7, 2005
About 1.5 million Ultimate Chopper food processors are being recalled. The interlocking lid assembly on the appliance can malfunction, allowing the food processor to be operated when the lid is off. This can result in a laceration or finger tip amputation hazard if consumers insert their hands into the food processor.

CPSC and Ultimate Chopper LLC have received 17 reports of injuries resulting from a failure of the interlocking lid assembly or the blade assembly breaking. Five of those injured required stitches or surgery, and the remaining 12 consumers received cuts or scratches.

The Ultimate Chopper is a compact, single-speed food processor that can also function as a blender when an optional attachment is used with the base. The product is comprised of a white base unit with a 600 watt motor (750 watts peak power), a plastic blade assembly that contains two stainless steel blades, a chopping bowl, and a clear, interlocking lid. The name Ultimate Chopper is stamped on the products base. The optional blender attachment is sold separately.

The Ultimate Chopper has been marketed and distributed through television infomercial sales, the firm's Web site, and various retailers nationwide from March 2002 through July 2005 for about $40.

Consumers should immediately inspect their Ultimate Chopper food processor to determine if the interlocking lid is functioning properly. Consumers should remove the lid and blade assembly and test to see if the unit will operate without the lid on. If the unit turns on when the lid is removed, consumers should stop using it immediately and contact Ultimate Chopper LLC to receive a free replacement unit.

Also, if blade assemblies are worn, damaged or broken for any reason, consumers should stop using the unit and contact the company to receive a free replacement blade assembly. Consumers also can access an instructional video demonstrating how to inspect their Ultimate Chopper at http://demo.ultimatechopper.com.

Consumer Contact: Call Ultimate Chopper LLC toll-free at (800) 819-6297 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ultimatechopper.com.

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



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