Hyundai is recalling over 95,000 model year 2017 Tucson and Sonata Hybrids due to an issue that could increase the risk of a fire or crash.
The automaker said the connecting rod bearings inside affected vehicles can become worn prematurely and cause damage. If the problem becomes bad enough, it could cause the engine to stall or catch on fire -- both of which increase the risk of a crash.
Hyundai is working with dealers to replace any damaged bearings and to install a software update that will mitigate the problem. The fix will be free for all vehicle owners, and the automaker plans to send notification letters on November 12.
Butterball recalls over 14,000 pounds of ground turkey
We’re not even through October yet, but some consumers are already looking forward to seeing their families during the upcoming holiday season. That might have some people thinking of Thanksgiving and the classic Butterball turkey that’s a staple of their favorite holiday meal.
Unfortunately, it looks like the company has its hands full with a massive recall of its ground turkey products. It announced the recall of over 14,000 pounds of those products this week because they may have been contaminated with pieces of blue plastic. Luckily, no reports of injuries have been reported thus far.
Customers who purchased the recalled products are being urged not to consume them and to discard or return them to the place of purchase.
Regulators question Tesla over not initiating recall
The Recall Roundup usually focuses on the various products or vehicles that were recently recalled, but it’s the recent lack of a recall that’s grabbing headlines.
NHTSA officials sent a letter to Tesla earlier this week to ask why it didn’t issue a recall for its vehicles that have a tendency to hit emergency vehicles with flashing lights while in Autopilot mode. The agency cited recent crash data that highlights the severity of the problem and noted that Tesla rolled out a software update designed to address the issue.
The NHTSA stated in its letter that Tesla must give the agency more information about the defect and the software update that was released. Vehicle owners would be wise to check to see if the software update has already been applied to their Tesla.
COVID-19 tests recalled over false-positive results
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has upgraded a recall for certain COVID-19 tests made by Abbot Molecular, Inc. to the Class I designation, marking it as the most serious type of recall.
The company recalled the tests in early September after discovering that they can sometimes give false-positive results, meaning that the test could tell a consumer that they are infected by COVID-19 even if they actually aren’t.
A false-positive result could lead to a delayed diagnosis of another disease or condition, unnecessary treatment for COVID-19, and further spread of the virus if the person is put in close proximity to others who do have COVID-19.