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Nissan Recalling 372,250 Pathfinders and Infinity QX4s

Nissan Recalling 372,250 Pathfinders and Infinity QX4s...

September 26, 2007
Nissan is recalling 372,250 Pathfinder and Infinity QX4 SUVs sold or registered in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

The recall is taking place in states that experience heavy snowfall that demands high concentrations of salt to clear roads.

On some of the vehicles the fuel filler tube was not adequately coated to resist corrosion and surface rust on the tube may result.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that when combined with heavy concentrations of road salt in the winter, a mixture of snow, water and salt could contact the bare metal of the fuel filler tube causing corrosion and perforating the tube.

In this case NHTSA warned, fuel leakage may occur when filling the tank. Fuel leakages in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire, according to the federal safety regulators.

Nissan and Infinity dealers will replace the fuel filler tube assembly with a new tube with an improved coating process.

The recall will begin in November. Owners can contact Nissan 1-800-647-7261.

States included in the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

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Guidecraft Inc. Recalls Childrens Puppet Theaters

Guidecraft Inc. Recalls Childrens Puppet Theaters...

September 26, 2007
Guidecraft Inc. is recalling about 10,000 children's puppet theaters. Surface paints on the puppet theaters wooden panels contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

The recalled puppet theater has a chalkboard surface on the front and colored side panels. The puppet theater measures about 35 inches in length, 14 inches in width and about 52 inches in height.

The theaters were sold at specialty toy stores, gift shops, catalogs and Web sites nationwide from June 2006 through August 2007 for about $90. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled puppet theaters away from children and contact Guidecraft to receive a replacement theater or another product of equal value.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Guidecraft toll-free at (888) 824-1308 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firms Web site at www.guidecraft.com.

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

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Dole Recalls Bagged Salad Over E. Coli Fears

'Dole Hearts Delight' was sold in the U.S. and Canada

Dole Recalls Bagged Salad Over E. Coli Fears...


Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Company, Inc., is voluntarily recalling all salad bearing the label Dole Hearts Delight sold in the U.S. and Canada because it may be tainted with E. coli bacteria.

The company says the product bears a best if used by (BIUB) date of September 19, 2007, and a production code of "A24924A" or "A24924B" stamped on the package.

To date, Dole has received no reports that anyone has become sick from eating these products. The recall is occurring because a sample in a grocery store in Canada was found through random screening to contain E. coli O157:H7. No other Dole salad products are involved.

Eric Schwartz, President, Dole Fresh Vegetables, stated: "Our overriding concern is for consumer safety. We are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and several U.S. state health departments."

Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 exposure could include stomach cramps and diarrhea. Bloody diarrhea may develop. E. coli disease sometimes leads to a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Consumers who may still have any of the Dole Hearts Delight salads with a "best if used by date" of September 19 and a production code of "A24924A" or "A24924B" should dispose of the product.

This product was sold in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada and in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and neighboring states in the U.S.

Consumers can call the Dole Consumer Center toll-free at 800-356-3111. Consumers are reminded that products should not be consumed after the "best if used by" date.

It was almost exactly a year ago that fresh spinach triggered a nationwide E. coli outbreak. That outbreak was eventually traced to manure used to grow organic vegetables.



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Brake Problem Forces 300,000 Jeep Commander and Dodge Nitro Recall

Brake problem forces of 300,000 units

Brake Problem Forces 300,000 Jeep Commander and Dodge Nitro Recall...

September 15, 2007
Chrysler is recalling nearly 300,000 trucks because drivers may experience a momentary delay in braking when they step on the brake pedal.

Dealers will reprogram the control module for the antilock brake system on 2007 Jeep Wranglers and Dodge Nitros and on 2006-07 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Commanders.

The company reported that it knows of one crash, with no injuries, that may be related to the problem.

The brake failure tends to occur when a vehicle has been going up a grade and the driver switches from the accelerator to the brake pedal, such as, preparing for a turn, a company spokesman said.

"It's a very rare occurrence," spokesman Max Gates told Reuters. "But we have had reports of drivers experiencing problems when they take their foot off the accelerator."

Separately, Chrysler also said it is recalling about 72,333 2008 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger sedans because of a potential problem with a cable connected to the front door latches in the vehicles.

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Honda Civics Recalled, Wheel Bearing May Fail

American Honda Motor Co. is recalling more than 180,000 Honda Civic coupes and sedans from the 2006-07 model years because their rear wheel bearings may fa...

September 15, 2007
American Honda Motor Co. is recalling more than 180,000 Honda Civic coupes and sedans from the 2006-07 model years because their rear wheel bearings may fail.

Honda told regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that an improperly assembled O-ring on a wheel speed sensor housing allows water and road salt to reach the wheel bearing.

As a result, over time the bearing can loosen, overheat and fail.

Wheels came off of two Civics sold to Canadian consumers, according to documents filed with NHTSA.

Dealers will inspect wheel speed sensors and bearings and replace those that are damaged, according to NHTSA.

Honda also notified NHTSA that lubricant from the telescoping mechanism of the steering column of some Civics may cause brake light switches to fail.

Dealers will install new brake light switches with protective coverings in about 20,000 Civic sedans and Civic Hybrids built for the 2006 model year.

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Back to Basics Iced Tea Makers Recalled

Back to Basics Iced Tea Makers Recalled...

September 13, 2007
Back to Basics Products is recalling about 10,000 IT400 iced tea makers. The iced tea maker's components can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The recalled Iced Tea Maker (Model #IT400) is mostly white and has a 2.5 quart glass pitcher. The recall includes only those products with a date code of CA1307 or CA1307-A. The model number is embossed on the bottom of the unit, and the date code is printed on a small white sticker, which is also on the bottom of the unit.

The units were sold at Bon-Ton department stores and hardware stores nationwide, the JCPenney catalog, and Internet retailers from April 2007 through July 2007 for between $40 and $50. They were made in China.

Consumers should stop using and unplug the recalled iced tea makers immediately and contact Back to Basics Products to receive a free replacement product or refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call the firm at (800) 874-4084 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday; visit the firm's Web site at www.backtobasicsproducts.com.

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

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Chinese-Made Auto Fuses May Cause Fire

California auto parts seller recalls 295,000 sets

Harbor Freight Tools will recall as many as 295,000 sets of automobile fuses manufactured in China because they could malfunction and cause electrical fire...

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