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NHTSA Probes Hyundai Air Bag Failure

Two deaths reported in Elantra crashes

Federal safety regulators are investigating consumer reports of air bag failure, and inadvertent deployment in the 2001 to 2003 Hyundai Elantra....


Federal safety regulators are investigating consumer reports of air bag failure, and inadvertent deployment in the 2001 to 2003 Hyundai Elantra.

Two people were killed in Elantra crashes when the air bags failed to deploy, according to the NHTSA report.

As many as 340,000 cars could eventually be affected by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) probe.

The NHTSA Office of Defect Investigation (ODI) has received 35 consumer reports of the air bag light illumination as well.

NHTSA investigated two fatal accidents involving the Elantra and failed air bags.

Post inspection and analysis indicate the air bag light had illuminated prior to the crash on both vehicles, NHTSA reported on its Web site. The center console covering the air bag control module was removed. The module and the main connector were covered with a brown sticky substance, possibly spilled liquid since the cup holders are positioned above the control module, according to NHTSA

The NHTSA Web site document states that the recovered fault codes indicate a prior short circuit condition that most likely would shut down the air bag control module, and prevent air bag deployment.

In the second fatal crash, NHTSA was told the air bag warning light had come on several months prior to the accident.

Three consumers complained to NHTSA that the air bag light came on and the air bag deployed without a crash and without warning.

NHTSA received 10 consumer complaints reporting a corroded or wet air bag control module. The agency received 5 reports of loose wiring associated with the control module.

The remaining 20 reports complained only of air bag warning light illumination.



Hamilton Beach, Proctor-Silex Recall Fire-Prone Toasters

Hamilton Beach, Proctor-Silex Recall Fire-Prone Toasters...

March 6, 2008
Nearly half a million Hamilton Beach and Proctor-Silex toasters are being recalled. The toasters can remain 'on' (energized) after popping up, and can ignite flammable items covering or in contact with the toaster, posing a fire hazard.

Hamilton Beach has received at least 63 reports of toasters that remained 'on' despite being in the 'up' position. There are no reports of injuries or fires.

Toaster Model Numbers

The recalled Hamilton Beach and Proctor-Silex toasters are black, red, white, chrome or brushed chrome with 2-slice or 4-slice openings. Hamilton Beach or Proctor-Silex is printed on the side of the toasters. Only specific series codes of each model are included in this recall. The model number and series code are printed on the bottom of the toasters.

The toasters were sold at department stores, mass merchandisers, grocery stores, home center stores, and other stores retail stores nationwide, and various online retailers from August 2007 through February 2008 for between $13 and $40. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact Hamilton Beach for instructions to receive a free replacement toaster.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hamilton Beach at (800) 574-6800 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at for Hamilton Beach® toasters, and for Proctor-Silex® toasters.

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


Advance Auto Parts Strike Force Air Compressors Recalled

Advance Auto Parts Strike Force Air Compressors Recalled...

March 6, 2008    
'Strike Force' Portable Air Compressors sold by Advance Auto Parts stores are being recalled.

The compressor's motor can overheat and ignite the protective cover, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Also, the cover might not prevent internal components from being touched, which poses an electrical shock hazard.

The firm has received four reports of fires. No injuries have been reported.

Model NumberSerial No.
BMM2524 (25254)JWAPC4005xxxxxxxxx
AC251FT (2516)YFJAC4005xxxxxxxxxx
APC4005 (4005)CSCC4005xxxxxxxxxxx
The recall involves the 4.6 gallon, 3.5 HP Strike Force brand portable air compressor and includes the model and serial numbers shown.

The compressor has twin air tanks that are black-colored. The model and serial numbers are located on the compressor's housing.

The units were sold at Advance Auto Parts stores nationwide and online at from October 2006 through December 2007 for about $90. They were made in China.

Consumers should stop using the air compressor immediately and return it to any Advance Auto Parts store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For further information, contact All-Power America toll-free at (888) 896-6881 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit

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


NHTSA Investigates 2001 GM Recall

Consumers complain recall wasn't effective

NHTSA Investigates 2001 GM Recall...

Federal safety regulators are investigating a 2001 General Motors recall of 506,377 following consumer complaints that the repair was ineffective.

On November 30, 2001, General Motors notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it would conduct a safety recall of 506,377 'ST' vehicles produced from November 1999 to August 2001. to correct a defect that could cause loss of stop lamp and rear hazard lamp function, the NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) reported on its web site.

The recalled vehicles are model year 2000 to 2002 Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Jimmy and Envoy, and Oldsmobile Bravada, according to ODI.

Safety investigators have received 44 complaints stating that either their vehicles were not in the original scope of the recall or that they had the recall repairs completed on their vehicles but the brake and hazard lamps are still inoperative, ODI said.

ODI has opened an investigation of the 2001 GM recall to further examine the issue.