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Recall Roundup: Government officials say to destroy recalled Real Water products

Hundreds of thousands of faulty smoke and carbon monoxide detectors recalled

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Back in March, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials warned consumers not to drink certain water products produced by Real Water due to reports of hepatitis cases linked to their consumption. 

Now, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is getting involved after the death of a Las Vegas woman. Local news outlets report that the agency’s Consumer Protection Branch has secured a permanent injunction that bars Real Water from manufacturing and distributing its alkaline water products. 

Under an agreement between Real Water and federal officials, the company will make a plan to recall all of its products within 3-5 days of a court order. The recall must begin five days after that, and the products will be destroyed. So far, there have been 16 probable cases and one suspect case of acute non-viral hepatitis illness among consumers who drank the recalled products.

Over 220,000 faulty smoke and CO2 alarms recalled

The Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company -- a producer of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms -- is recalling approximately 226,000 of its products because they may not work in the event of a fire. 

Although no incidents or injuries were linked to the problem, consumers who rely on the alarms could be seriously hurt or killed if they fail to work when needed. They were sold online and at retail locations nationwide, including at Walmart, Home Depot, Menards, and other stores.

Kidde is advising consumers to continue using the recalled alarms until the company can provide a free replacement. Customers can contact the company by phone at (844) 796-9972 or online here for more information.

Hyundai Elantras with seat issues recalled

Just last week, Hyundai recalled over 150,000 of its Santa Fe Sport vehicles because of an electrical issue that could cause a fire. This week, the automaker is recalling another 1,464 of its model year 2021 Elantras because the seats may have been assembled with a flaw. 

The company announced that the driver and front passenger seat back recliners in affected vehicles may have been improperly welded. In the event of an accident, this could cause them to completely separate from the seat back frame, increasing the risk of an injury.

Hyundai said it is working with dealers so that the vehicles can be inspected and the seat back frame assembly can be replaced free of charge. Owners will be notified by mail of the issue starting on June 25. 

IKEA bowls, plates, and mugs recalled over burn hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that around 148,000 IKEA HEROISK and TALRIKA bowls, plates, and mugs are being recalled. The agency says the products can become brittle and break, causing any hot food or liquid they’re holding to leak out and cause burns.

IKEA has received 123 reports of the products breaking worldwide, leading to four injuries and two cases in which medical attention was required. The products were sold at IKEA stores across the U.S. and online from August 2019 through May 2021. 

Consumers are being asked to stop using the recalled bowls, plates, and mugs immediately and to return them to an IKEA store for a full refund.

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