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Nov 12

Recent Recalls for Buick, Chevrolet and Scion Air Bags

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2012 Scion iQ photographed at the 2011 Montreal International Auto Show.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Both the General Motors owned Buick and Chevrolet as well as Toyota owned Scion have issued recalls today due to issues with air bag deployment and safety. The model year 2012 Buick Verano, Chevy Cruze and Chevy Sonic have problems with the driver’s side frontal air bags. The model years 2012 and 2013 Scion IQ also have problems relating to the air bag improperly deploying.  Continue reading →

Nov 12

Cadillac Recalls XTS for Head Restraint Problems

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Rear head rests reflected in the rear view mirror (Photo credit: jessicafm)

Over 12,000 2013 Cadillacs are being recalled for failing to comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements. The head restraint apparently doesn’t meet standards and could be dangerous enough to cause an injury in the event of a car accident. The issue only pertains to the rear seats. Continue reading →

Nov 12

Two Recalls for Salmonella in Separate Companies

Salmonella species on X.L.D. agar.

Salmonella species on X.L.D. agar. (Photo credit: Nathan Reading)

Consumers should be on the look out for two products that are recalled for the presence of salmonella in certain batches. In two separate recalls, Nesquik and Fresh Express have called for the removal of certain products because the presence of the potentially life-threatening bacteria. Continue reading →

Oct 12

Sunscreen Spray Recalled After Man Catches Fire

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Aerosol dynamics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The misting sunscreens have put the days of streaking, greasy lotions behind us. Unfortunately, those aerosols cans are a danger in their own right as one Massachusetts man learned. After applying Banana Boat misting sunscreen, the product caught fire on his skin and burned much of his body where the sunscreen was applied. The burns were second-degree in severity.

Banana Boat is now issuing a voluntary recall for their aerosol sunscreens, saying the misting valve is faulty. The company is looking into resolving the issue. It appears that four other known incidents have resulted in burns around the country.  Continue reading →

Oct 12

Ford Fiesta Airbag Problems Prompt Recalls

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Ford C-Max car safety display (Photo credit: amcgore)

Airbag problems seem to be a problem this month. Ford has received reports of a malfunctioning side airbag in its economic line of Fiesta vehicles. Over 154,000 cars are affected by the recall in the United States. Specifically, the 2012 and 2013 model years built between November 2, 2009 and September 21, 2012.

Technically, the airbags are up to snuff with the federal safety standards. There is a glitch in the deployment software system that doesn’t unfurl the side curtain airbags when the right rear seat is empty. It’s only a danger to the left rear seat passenger if there is a crash.  Continue reading →