2011 Consumer Recall Alerts

(Recall slideshow updated with recall news General Motors' 2011-2012 Chevrolet Corvette Coupes; Kroger's Private Selection Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream; Avaira Toric contact lenses; Sony's Bravia flat-panel TVs; B.O.B. single and double-seated strollers; and Nestle's Lean Cuisine Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini.)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- From snowmobiles with loss-of-control risks to child entanglement in window shades and glass flakes in anemia drugs, alarming product recalls have raised the fear -- and ire -- of consumers.

Here are some of the bigger recalls that have unfolded in 2011...

General Motors ( GM) has recalled certain model years 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Coupes because of faulty door locks, according to an Oct. 14 U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Around 6,006 vehicles were involved in the recall, including 5,755 in the U.S. and 217 in Canada. The recalled cars were manufactured between Jan. 24 and Sept. 1 of this year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the rear hatch hinges many not meet the load requirements specified in the safety standard. The rear hatch could separate in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

General Motors said it would notify owners, and that dealers were instructed to replace both rear hatch hinges free of charge.

The safety recall was expected to begin on or before Oct. 7.

Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.

Read on for more consumer recalls...

Kroger ( KR) recalled its Private Selection Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream because of an undeclared peanut allergen in the ingredients, according to Oct. 13 reports.

Kroger recalled the ice cream sold in at least 10 states because it may contain peanuts, an ingredient not listed on the label.

People with peanut sensitivities or allergies to nut products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product. More than three million Americans suffer from peanut and/or nut allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The recall involved only 16-ounce pints of the ice cream with a sell-by date of June 18, 2012 and UPC code 11110 52909.

The ice cream was sold at Kroger stores in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. It was also sold at Kroger's Jay C, Food 4 Less, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Customers who bought the recalled product were told to return it to supermarkets for a refund or replacement.

CooperVision recalled hundreds of thousands of Avaira Toric contact lenses, according to Oct. 13 reports, the eye care company's second recall announcement in two months.

The latest recall involved 600,000 contact lenses that entered the U.S. market, though more than 8 million were said to have been affected by the problem.

The recall was instituted because wearers complained of pain, red eyes, and blurry vision. MSNBC reported that some people wearing the Avaira Toric contact lenses necessitated visits to the emergency room because they were in such excruciating pain.

Wearers' symptoms were caused by a residue on the lenses, which resulted from a manufacturing problem.

CooperVision said it "has fully cooperated with the FDA and continues to closely monitor the situation." It notified customers, and told eye care practitioners to inform their patients about the recall.

Sony ( SNE) recalled many of its Bravia flat-panel televisions because of faulty components that may cause the TVs to melt or catch fire.

Around 1.6 million TVs were involved in the recall. They were sold around the world since 2007.

The liquid-crystal display (LCD) TVs were recalled after Sony learned of at least 11 incidents of fire and/or smoke. No injuries had been reported however.

The source of overheating may be coming from a faulty component in the backlight system of the TV set, according to Sony spokeswoman Yuki Shima.

"Sony-related recalls are following one another, and that may ruin the company's brand image," Mito Securities analyst Keita Wakabayashi said, referring to a Sony recall less than a month ago that involved Sony-made batteries and KDDI, a Japanese mobile phone operator. . "Considering Sony's overall business size, the TV recalls won't shake the company's grounding."

The recalled TVs were 40-inch models, sold in China, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe. Sony said it would send service crew to repair the TVs if faulty parts are found. No refunds or replacement TVs were offered, however.

B.O.B. single and double jogging strollers were recalled because of a choking hazard, according to an Oct. 11 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 411,700 strollers were recalled in the U.S., plus another 27,000 in Canada, adding to the 357,000 strollers that were previously recalled in February of this year due to strangulation hazard posed by canopy drawstrings.

Boise, Idaho-based B.O.B. Trailers, the importer of the recalled products, said the stroller canopy's embroidered logo's backing patch can detach, posing a choking hazard to babies and young children.

B.O.B. has received six reports of children mouthing the detached patch. Gagging and choking were reported in two incidents. The backing was removed from the children's mouth without injury. In each of the reported incidents, the children were seated in an infant car seat attached to the stroller.

Manufactured in Taiwan and China, the recalled strollers were manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010. They were sold at REI, Babies R' Us and other children's product and sporting goods stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com ( AMZN) between November 1998 and October 2011 for between $280 and $600.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled strollers until they remove the embroidery backing patch from the interior of the canopy's logo. Consumers may also contact B.O.B. Trailers at 855-242-2245 for instructions on removing the backing.

Nestle ( NSRGY) recalled its Lean Cuisine Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini because of allergy concerns and mislabeling, according to an Oct. 10 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

Nestle said that a small quantity -- less than 200 packages -- of LEAN CUISINE Dinnertime Selects Lemon Garlic Shrimp product was inadvertently placed into packaging for LEAN CUISINE Dinnertime Selects Chicken Fettuccini and possibly shipped to grocers in Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State.

Four consumers who purchased the mislabeled product alerted Nestle to the issue.

The recalled product bore UPC code 13800-14880, was marked with a production code of 1253595911G and had a "best before" date of October 2012.

No illnesses or allergic reactions had been reported, however shrimp is an allergen and Nestlé strongly advised consumers who are allergic to shellfish and who have purchased the recalled product not to consume it to avoid the possibility of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

Consumers may contact Nestle at 1-800-542-6935 for a full refund of the product.

In one of the deadliest outbreaks of listeria in the U.S. in more than 10 years, at least 18 people have died and more than 100 have become ill across numerous states because of cantaloupe contaminated with listeria. Most of those who died were over the age of 60, while at least two were over 90.

The recall of Holly, Colo.-based Rocky Ford whole cantaloupe grown by Jensen Farms was initially reported Sept. 14 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall of cantaloupes has been expanded, according to Oct. 6 reports, to Fruit Fresh Up of Depew, N.Y.

The Fruit Fresh Up involved 4,800 individual packages of fresh cut cantaloupe and cut mixed fruit containing cantaloupe because of the potential for listeria contamination.

L. monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a mild non-invasive illness (called listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness (called invasive listeriosis). Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The fresh cut fruit involved in this latest recall was sold between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11, and consisted of the following products: Cantaloupe Chunks, Cantaloupe Slices, Gourmet Fruit Salad, Small Fruit Salad, Small and Large Fruit Salad with Pineapple, Fruit Salad with Kiwi, and Fruit Trays. "Best-if-used-by" dates on the packages ranged from Sept. 4 through Sept. 11.

In the earlier recall, possibly contaminated products were shipped between July 29 and Sept. 10, and distributed to the following states: IL, WY, TN, UT, TX, CO, MN, KS, NM, NC, MO, NE, OK, AZ, NJ, NY, PA. The product sticker on the outside of the fruit was green and white and read "Product of USA- Frontera Produce-Colorado Fresh-Rocky Ford-Cantaloupe," or gray, yellow and green sticker that read "Jensen Farms-Sweet Rocky Fords."

Jensen Farms requested that any consumer that may have one of the contaminated cantaloupes should destroy the product.

BUSA children's folding tent sold at IKEA stores were recalled due to laceration and puncture hazards, according to an Oct. 6 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 58,000 units were recalled in total, including 51,000 in the U.S. and 7,000 in Canada.

The steel wire frame of the tent can break, producing sharp wire ends that can protrude through the tent fabric, posing a laceration or puncture hazard.

Three incidents were reported, including one injury. No incidents were reported in the U.S. or Canada, however.

Manufactured in Vietnam, the BUSA children's folding tents were sold at IKEA stores from August 2011 through September 2011 for about $8.

Consumers were told to immediately take the recalled product away from children and return it to their nearest IKEA store for a full refund.

Yu Wei drop-side cribs were recalled because of entrapment and suffocation hazards, according to an Oct. 5 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 8,000 cribs were involved in the recall. The drop-side rails on the crib can malfunction, detach or unexpectedly fall down, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position. When this happens, a space is created into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and due to age-related wear and tear.

CPSC, Yu Wei and J.C. Penney ( JCP) JCPenny, where the cribs were sold exclusively, are aware of nine incidents involving drop side rails that malfunctioned or detached, including one report of a child who sustained minor abrasions to the arm.

The recall involved Yu Wei full-size cribs sold under the Scroll and Lauren model names. The cribs were sold in antique white, pecan and dark cherry, with model numbers 343-8225 or 343-9117 listed on the inside of the crib's end panels.

Manufactured in Taiwan, the cribs were sold exclusively at jcpenney.com and in the J.C. Penney catalog from January 2006 through December 2010 for between $300 and $450.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Yu Wei at 877-806-8190 to get a free immobilizer kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, parents were encouraged to find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.

Flowers Foods ( FLO) recalled Mrs. Freshley's multipack cereal bars, according to an Oct. 4 U.S. FDA report, because they may contain undeclared non-fat dry milk.

People with dairy sensitivities or allergies to milk products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product.

Symptoms could include hives, wheezing, vomiting, anaphylaxis and digestive problems, such as bloating, gas or diarrhea.

No illnesses had been reported related to consumption of the recalled products.

Recalled food products included: Mrs. Freshley's Canadian Label Apple Cinnamon Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002400; Mrs. Freshley's Canadian Label Blueberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002387; and Mrs. Freshley's Canadian Label Strawberry Fruit and Pastry Cereal Bars, UPC 072250002363.

The products were distributed to food and convenience stores in Canada's Quebec and Ontario provinces, as well as in the U.S. to discount stores in the dual-language (French/English) multipack carton.

Canadian and U.S. consumers who purchased the dual-language (English/French) labeled Mrs. Freshley's cereal bars with the UPC codes noted were urged to return them to the place of purchase for product replacement or refund.

Little Tikes of Hudson, Ohio expanded an earlier recall of Little Tikes Workshop and Tool Sets because of choking hazards, according to Oct. 2 reports.

More than 1.7 million units were involved in the recall, expanding an earlier recall from August 2009 when 1.6 million toy workshop sets and trucks with the same toy nails were recalled.

The recalled workshop and tool sets have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children. Little Tikes reported two additional incidents, occurring prior to the August 2009 recall, of children who choked when the toy nail became lodged in their throat. Both children were treated in a hospital and made a full recovery.

Manufactured in the U.S. and China, the recalled products were sold across the U.S. at mass merchandise retailers like Walmart ( WMT) and online at Amazon.com ( AMZN).

Consumers were told to immediately take the toy nails away from young children and contact Little Tikes at 800-321-0183 for free replacement toy nails.

Kraft Foods ( KFT) recalled several varieties of Velveeta Shells & Cheese Microwaveable Cups due to the possible presence of small, thin wire bristle pieces, according to a Sept. 30 U.S. FDA report.

The following products were recalled: Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002322; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Four Pack Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002339; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002323; Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Four Pack Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002946; and Velveeta Rotini & Cheese Broccoli Microwaveable Cups with UPC code 2100002318.

Limited "best when used by dates" were involved in the recall. A complete list can be viewed here.

There were no reports of consumer injuries or complaints, and Kraft Foods said it was issuing the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution.

Around 137,000 cases of the affected products were shipped to customers across the U.S., though none were distributed in Canada.

Consumers who purchased affected "best when used by" dates of these products were told not to eat them. They should return them to the store of purchase for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-308-1841.

Tyson Foods ( TSN) recalled tens of thousands of pounds of ground beef Wednesday because of an E. coli scare, according to Sept. 28 reports.

Tyson Fresh Meats of Emporia, Kan. recalled 131,300 pounds of beef, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. The government agency became aware of the possible E. coli contamination after Ohio health authorities reported a family's E. coli illness in the state. The Butler County family had ground beef in their home that tested positive for the bacterium.

The recalled ground beef was produced on Aug. 23, and included 5-pound chubs of Kroger ( KR)-brand "Ground Beef 73% Lean - 27% Fat," 3-pound chubs of Butcher's Brand "Ground Beef 73% Lean - 27% Fat," and 3-pound chubs of generic label "Ground Beef 73% Lean - 27% Fat." The recalled beef had a "BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY" date of "SEP 12 2011" and the establishment number "245D" ink jetted along the package seam.

The Kroger-branded beef was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana; Butcher's beef in North Carolina and South Carolina; and generic beef in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

E. Coli 0157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Young people, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall were instructed to contact Tyson at 866-328-3156.

K. Heeps of Allentown, Penn., recalled thousands of pounds of pureed pork products because of the possible presence of foreign materials, according to a Sept. 26 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

Around 5,500 pounds of Imperial Sysco ( SYY) "Puree Shaped Meats Country Style Pork and Binder Product" were involved in the recall.

Each box bears "EST. 9379" inside the USDA mark of inspection and a production code of 06/16/11. The pureed pork products were produced on June 16, 2011, and shipped to California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Vermont for institutional use.

The issue was discovered when two consumers reported finding small metal fragments in the pork. The report said the metal pieces may have broken off of the blending equipment during clean up and reassembly at the plant and subsequently entered the product.

No instances of illnesses or injury associated with consumption of the pork products were reported.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall were told to contact the company's Quality Assurance Manager, David Pychinka, at 610-530-5564.

Campbell Soup ( CPB) subsidiary Pepperidge Farm of Norwalk, Conn. recalled a limited quantity of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks because of the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, according to a Sept. 22 U.S. FDA report.

The recall involved 10.2-ounce boxes of the snack sticks were affected by the recall.

Recalled products were marked with a yellow "20% More!" banner across the top of the package and had the following codes on the top package flap: W07*1781 Sell by 11/20/2011; W07*1891 Sell by 11/27/2011; W07*1921 Sell by 12/4/2011; W07*2041 Sell by 12/11/2011; W07*2061 Sell by 12/13/201; W07*2221 Sell by 1/1/2012.

No other Pepperidge Farm products were affected in the recall.

A small number of consumers reported minor scrapes in and around the mouth from consuming the recalled product, and Pepperidge Farm said it issued the voluntary recall to ensure the safety of others.

Around 13,000 cases of the recalled boxes of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks were shipped across the U.S., though none were distributed in Canada.

Consumers who purchased the product were told not to consume it. Consumers who possess the snack boxes with "Sell By" dates of 11/20/2011 through 1/1/2012 marked on the top package flaps should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with further questions may also can contact Pepperidge Farm at 866=535-3774.

Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) recalled thousands of prefilled syringes of its Eprex anemia drug, according to Sept. 26 reports.

The recall was issued because some batches may not be as potent as they should be. The recalled products were distributed in 17 countries, including Britain, France and Germany.

J&J said only around 6,300 likely remain on the market, while the remainder have likely already been used with no reports of adverse effects to consumers.

"The batches were already delivered to market quite a while ago, so we assume the majority has already been consumed," J&J spokesman Stefan Gijssels said. "The company is working with regulatory authorities in 17 countries to voluntarily execute a recall of two batches of Eprex as a safety precaution."

Eprex is sold in the U.S. under the brand name Procrit. It is used to primarily to help anemic chronic kidney disease patients avoid blood transfusions.

Bridgeway International of Naples, Fla. has recalled certain bicycles because of fall hazards, according to a Sept. 22 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 91,000 bicycles were involved in the recall.

The bicycle chain can break, causing a rider to lose control and fall, the report said. Bridgeway said it was aware of 11 reports of incidents, including nine reports of injuries, including lacerations and contusions.

The recall involved "NEXT"-branded men's 26-inch hybrid bicycles. The bicycles were red or orange. "Power X" and "Suspension" were printed on the frame. Model numbers LBH2611M and LBH2611M2 were included in the recall. The model number is located on the frame between the pedals.

Manufactured in China, the bicycles were sold at Wal-Mart ( WMT) from February 2011 through July 2011 for about $100.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled bicycle and contact Bridgeway at 877-934-3228 for a free repair.

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals recalled millions of packages of 28-day packs of birth control pills because of packaging errors, according to a Sept. 15 FDA report.

Qualitest, a wholly owned subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals ( ENDP) said select blisters of the oral contraceptive packs were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date no longer visible.

Due to the packaging error the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be incorrect and could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy, the report said.

No immediate health risks existed, however consumers who took the affected birth control pills were told to immediately start using non-hormonal forms of contraception, and to contact their health care provider or pharmacist.

The recall included the following products: Cyclafem 7/7/7; Cyclafem 1/35; Emoquette; Gildess FE 1.5/30; Gildess FE 1/20; Orsythia; Previfem; and Tri-Previfem.

Affected lot numbers can be seen here.

Target ( TGT) recalled Chefmate blenders due to laceration hazards, according to a Sept. 15 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 304,000 Chefmate 6-speed blenders, manufactured by Select Brands of Lenaxa, Kan. were involved in the recall.

While in operation, the plastic pitcher can separate from the blade assembly, leaving the blade assembly in the base and exposing the rotating blades, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Target and the U.S. CPSC received 11 reports of the blade assembly separating from the pitcher, seven of which reported serious lacerations to consumers' fingers and hands.

The recall involved Chefmate 6-Speed Blenders, model BL-10.

Manufactured in China, the blenders were sold exclusively at Target nationwide from September 2007 to February 2011 for about $14.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the blenders and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

John Deere ( DE) recalled several models of lawn tractors due to laceration hazards, overheating and fire hazards, and brake failures, according to U.S. CPSC reports on Sept. 14 and 16.

Around 15,500 lawn tractors, including model numbers D100, D110, D120 and D130, were recalled for laceration hazards. Hardware used to hold the mower blade brake assemblies on the mower decks can break, which can cause the mower blades to spin longer than normal after the operator turns off the power, posing a laceration hazard.

Manufactured in the U.S., they were sold at John Deere dealers, Lowe's ( LOW), and Home Depot ( HD) stores nationwide from December 2010 through September 2011 for between $1,500 and $2,000.

The 5,200 D100 lawn tractors were also recalled because of brake failures that can cause loss of control. The recalled lawn tractors were green with yellow seats and mower decks. The model number is located on both sides of the tractor's hood. Tractors with the serial numbers 1GXD100A...BB051247 through 1GXD100A...BB053312 and 1GXD100E...BB114388 through 1GXD100E...BB139599 were included in the recall. Serial numbers are located under the right rear fender.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact Deere at 800-537-8233 for a free hardware inspection and repair.

Around 36,500 John Deere X300, X300R and X304 series tractors, powered by Kawasaki engines, were then recalled on Sept. 16 due to overheating and fire hazards.

The cooling fan (A) installed on top of the front mounted Kawasaki engine in the lawn tractor can break. If the cooling fan is not operational, the engine can overheat causing the surrounding plastic to melt, creating the risk of fire and serious injury. There were 163 reports of brake failure, including 83 reports of engine melting or engine fires and one report of a minor burn injury following a fan failure fire.

Consumers of the recalled X300, X300R and X304 series tractors were also told to immediately stop using the mowers and contact a John Deere dealer to make arrangements to have the engine cooling fan replaced. All registered owners of the recalled mowers will be directly notified by John Deere.

Honda Motor ( HMC) recalled hundreds of thousands of Pilot SUVs, model years 2009 through 2011, because of faulty seat belts, according to a Sept. 12 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

Around 310,773 Honda Pilot vehicles were involved in the recall.

The stitching that holds the front seat belt laps together may be incomplete or missing and could cause the belt to detach, which could be dangerous to riders if a crash or accident occurs.

Honda said the recall would begin around Oct. 3, and that it instructed dealers to inspect the belts, replacing any that have the default.

The recalled SUVs were built between March 13, 2008 and Aug. 30, 2011.

Concerned Honda Pilot owners were told to call Honda 800-999-1009 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Just last week, Honda recalled around 1 million cars, including nearly 100,000 in the U.S. The recall involved 80,111 model year 2006 CR-V sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a faulty power window master switch, and 5,626 model year 2011 CR-Z small hybrids requiring updates to the software that control the hybrid electric motor. The remainder of the recalled vehicles was outside the U.S.

Watkins recalled 7.7 ounce containers of SoyNilla, a soy beverage mix, because of an undeclared milk ingredient, according to a Sept. 12 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

The Winona, Minn., company recalled 1,535 units of the individual containers of SoyNilla because of the allergen.

People with dairy sensitivities or allergies to milk products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product.

Symptoms could include hives, wheezing, vomiting, anaphylaxis and digestive problems, such as bloating, gas or diarrhea.

No illnesses had been reported related to the recalled product.

The recalled SoyNilla product was distributed across the U.S. through the Watkins network of independent contractors, associates and mail orders.

Cargill Meat Solutions recalled tens of thousands of pounds of ground turkey, its second such recall in two months, because of possible contamination with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella, according to a Sept. 11 U.S. Food Safety and Inspection report.

The Springdale, Ark., company recalled 185,000 pounds of ground turkey in the latest recall.

The recalled turkey products were distributed nationwide under a variety of brands, including Honeysuckle White, HEB and Kroger ( KR).

Newly recalled turkey was produced on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31. The products bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The strain of salmonella Heidelberg involved in this recall is the identical strain from the Aug. 3 recall, when Cargill recalled around 36 million pounds of ground turkey. That recall killed one person in California and sickened nearly 80 others across 26 states around the U.S.. The USDA said in August it was one of the biggest meat recalls on record.

Production at the Cargill plant where the ground turkey was processed had been halted, and the company had said it would not start it up again until the source of the salmonella strain could be pinpointed and actions were taken to address it. Even so, the new recall occurred.

Consumers were told to return the recalled turkey products to the point of purchase.

William-Sonoma's ( WSM) Pottery Barn stores has recalled Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls because of strangulation hazards, according to a Sept. 8 United States Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 81,000 dolls were recalled in the U.S., plus an additional 1,300 in Canada.

The hair on the Chloe and Sophie dolls may contain loops that are large enough to fit around a child's head and neck, and the headband on the Audrey doll, if loosened, can form a loop that fits around a child's head and neck. These loops can pose a strangulation hazard, the report said.

Pottery Barn received five reports of dolls with looped hair, including one in which a loop of the Chloe doll's hair was found around the neck of a 21-month old child, though the child was not injured.

Manufactured in China, the recalled dolls were sold exclusively at Pottery Barn Kids stores, online at potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogs from July 2006 to April 2011 for about $40.

Consumers were told to immediately take the dolls away from children and cut the looped hair of the Chloe and Sophie dolls and remove the headband of the Audrey doll in order to eliminate the strangulation hazards.

Target ( TGT) recalled Embark Resistance Cords and Cord Kits due to injury hazards, according to a Sept. 8 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 447,000 units were recalled.

A black plastic ball attached to the resistance cord's door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user, posing an injury hazard to consumers, the report said.

Target received three reports of incidents in which consumers were struck in the eye by the door anchor ball. Two incidents resulted in permanent vision loss, and the severity of the injury in the third incident is unknown.

The Embark Light, Embark Medium, Embark Heavy and Embark Resistance Cord Kit were all involved in the recall.

Manufactured in China, the Embark products were sold exclusively at Target stores and Target.com from July 2009 through August 2011 for between $10 and $20.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the resistance cords and remove the door anchor strap before resuming use or contact the company at 800-440-0680 to receive instructions to repair the cords to eliminate the hazard.

Honda Motor ( HMC) recalled around 1 million cars, including nearly 100,000 in the U.S., according to Sept. 6 reports.

The recall involved 80,111 model year 2006 CR-V sport-utility vehicles in the U.S. because of a faulty power window master switch, and 5,626 model year 2011 CR-Z small hybrids requiring updates to the software that control the hybrid electric motor. The remainder of the recalled vehicles was outside the U.S.

In the recalled CR-Vs, the power window master switch may allow a buildup of residue from interior cleaners causing electrical contacts to degrade and catch on fire.

The CR-Z hybrids were recalled because of the needed software update; Honda said the issue may cause the vehicles to roll backward unexpectedly if the gasoline engine stalls when the battery has little charge and the transmission is in gear. In this instance, the electric motor may rotate opposite to what the driver selected by the transmission. Without the brakes engaged when this occurs, the vehicle may roll unexpectedly which could lead to vehicle crash.

No injuries had been reported related to either recall.

Vehicle owners will be notified of the recall later in September.

PepsiCo's ( PEP) Quaker Oats brand recalled its Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel Snack Bars, according to a Sept. 2 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

Eight-count boxes of the snack bars were recalled because of undeclared milk allergens not written on the labels. People with dairy sensitivities or allergies to milk products may be at risk for serious or even life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the product.

The affected product recall was limited to Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars with the UPC bar code ending in 31108 and best before dates: Oct 29 11 RB, Oct 30 11 MM, Oct 30 11 RB, Nov 22 11 RB, Nov 23 11 RB, Nov 24 11 RB, Nov 27 11 RB, Dec 22 11 RB, Dec 22 11 MM, Dec 23 11 RB, Dec 23 11 MM, Dec 24 11 RB, Dec 24 11 MM stamped on the side of the package.

Consumers with milk allergies who purchased the product were told to return it to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund.

No other Quaker Chewy Smashbar, Quaker Chewy granola bars or Quaker products, including the 40-count Quaker Chewy Smashbar variety pack sold at club stores such as Costco ( COST) were involved in the recall.

Safeway ( SWY) grocery stores recalled Signature Café Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad because of undeclared egg ingredients in the dressing packet, according to an Aug. 27 press release in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The recalled salads were produced by Taylor Farms, So Ono Food Products and Triple B.

Recalled products in the lower 48 states included UPC code 21130-06250 and Use By Dates of Aug. 20, 2011 to Sept. 4, 2011. In Alaska the UPC code was 21130-06250 and Use By Dates were Aug. 20, 2011 to Aug. 30, 2011. In Hawaii the UPC code was 21130-06915 and Use By Dates were Aug. 20, 2011 to Sept. 1, 2011. Use By dates are located on the top label of the package.

The recalled salad products were sold at all Safeway and Safeway-owned stores, including Carrs, Dominick's, Genuardi's, Pak 'N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Consumers with egg allergies who purchased the recalled Signature Cafe Grilled Chicken Caesar Salads were told to discard them or return them to their local store for a full refund.

Vita Food Products of Chicago recalled packages of Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to an Aug. 26 U.S. FDA report.

Vita recalled 8,088 individual retail 4-oz. packages of the salmon. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No confirmed instances of illnesses or complaints related to the recalled product had been reported, Vita said, though it was closely monitoring the situation.

Around 7,260 of the retail packages were sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Safeway ( SWY) stores in California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and District of Columbia, Meijer stores in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, Vons stores in California, Genuardi's stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Winn Dixie ( WINN) stores in Florida, and the Edgewater Produce store in Chicago, IL on or after July 25 of this year.

The FDA report said another 828 individual retail packages of this same product may have been sold or are being offered for sale at various grocery stores in the Buffalo, N.Y. and Pittsburgh, Pa. metropolitan areas and Northeast Ohio.

The SELL BY Date and Code of DEC 15 2011 01961B is centered in the window on the front of each package involved in the recall.

Target ( TGT) expanded an earlier recall of step stools with storage due to fall hazards, according to an Aug. 23 U.S. CPSC report.

The original recall was announced on Aug. 4, and involved 206,000 step stools. The current recall involves around 341,000. The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard.

Target received 27 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. There were 14 incidents involving children, eight involving adults, and five where the user's age was unknown. Of the reports, two adults suffered wrist fracture, one of whom also fractured her hip and pelvis. Additionally, six children and one adult suffered scrapes and bruises.

Affected step stools included the Circo step stool in white, natural and natural & red, as well as Do Your Room (DYR) in natural, honey, white, pink and blue. For exact UPC numbers and selling periods for the affected products click here.

Manufactured in China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand, the stools were sold at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2007 through October 2010 for between $25 and $30.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the step stools and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund, or contact Target at 800-440-0680 with questions.

Office Depot ( ODP) recalled Realspace PRO 3000 Series Desk Chairs because of a pinch hazard, according to an Aug. 18 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 34,000 units were recalled in the U.S., plus an additional 425 in Canada. Consumers' fingers can get caught in the opening of the chair's tilt mechanism, posing a pinch hazard, the report said.

Office Depot received one report of a consumer who was injured when his finger was pinched by the chair's tilt mechanism.

The recall involved Realspace PRO 3000 Series Custom Fit desk chairs sold in black with SKU number 996-190. Affected chairs had a manufacture date between March 2009 and May 2011, listed in Year/Month/Date format (e.g. date code 20100812 represents August 12, 2010).

Manufactured in China by Huichang Furniture, the recalled chairs were sold exclusively at Office Depot and online at OfficeDepot.com between May 2009 and June 2011 for about $170.

Consumers were told to stop using the chair and contact Office Depot at 855-259-5093 to receive a free repair kit with a cover for the tilt mechanism. Consumers should write down the P.O. number found on the underside of the chair for reference when contacting Office Depot.

Macy's ( M) recalled Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles due to laceration and burn hazards, according to an Aug. 18 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 960,000 casseroles were involved in the recall. The enamel coating on the cast iron casseroles can crack and break during use, causing the cracked enamel to fly off as a projectile, posing a risk of laceration or burn hazard to the user or bystanders.

Macy's received two reports of the enamel cracking and flying off during use, though no injuries were reported.

Recalled casseroles included the Martha Stewart Collection Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles in 7 quart, 5.5 quart and 2.75 quart sizes, with exterior enamel finishes in red, cobalt blue, sand, green, blue, white, mustard, brown and teal, with cream colored interior finishes. The casseroles were embossed with Martha Stewart Collection on the bottom and lid handle.

Manufactured in China, the casseroles were sold at Macy's stores and AAFES, MCX and NEX locations nationwide, and on macys.com between June 2007 and June 2011 for between about $25 and $170.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the casseroles and return them to Macy's for a full refund.

phil&ted's USA of Fort Collins, Colo., recalled its "metoo" clip-on chairs due to fall and amputation hazards, according to an Aug. 17 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 54,000 clip-on chairs were involved in the recall. Missing or worn clamp pads allow the chairs to detach from a variety of different table surfaces, posing a fall hazard. Also, when the chair detaches, children's fingers can be caught between the bar and clamping mechanism, posing an amputation hazard. Additionally, user instructions for the chairs are inadequate, increasing the likelihood of consumer misuse.

phil&ted's received 19 reports of chairs falling from different table surfaces, including five reports with injuries. Two of those reported involved children's fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. The three other reports of injury involved bruising after a chair detached suddenly and a child struck the table or floor.

Manufactured in China, the chairs were sold at Buy Buy Baby ( BBBY), Target ( TGT), Toys R Us and other online sites; philandteds.com; Amazon.com ( AMZN); other online retailers; and a variety of independent juvenile specialty stores from May 2006 to May 2011 for between $40 and $50.

Consumers were told to stop using the product immediately and contact phil&ted's at 855-652-9019 to receive a free repair kit and revised user instructions. Consumers who previously received a repair kit with only rubber boots should also stop using the chair and contact the company for the new repair kit.

Radio Flyer recalled its Scoot 'n Zoom children's riding toy due to fall hazards, according to an Aug. 16 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 165,000 riding toys were involved in the recall. The riding toy can tip over allowing a child to fall forward while riding, posing a fall hazard to young children.

There were 10 reported incidents of involving the recalled toys, with six injuries, the report said. Three of the injuries resulted in children's teeth loosened or removed, and three with chin lacerations requiring stitches.

Manufactured in the U.S., the Scoot 'n Zooms were sold at Wal-Mart ( WMT) and other retailers, and online at Amazon.com ( AMZN) and Target.com ( TGT) from August 2010 through August 2011 for about $20.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Radio Flyer at 800-621-7613 to receive a free replacement unit or refund.

Winn-Dixie ( WINN) recalled its Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink" because of mislabeling and undeclared allergens, according to an Aug. 16 FDA report.

The products were recalled from Winn-Dixie's dairy department because they may have been mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat. People with sensitivities or allergies to wheat protein can suffer moderate-acute allergic reactions if they consume it.

The Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink" was sold in the dairy departments of Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores. They came in 128-oz. (one gallon) clear plastic bottle swith a yellow bottle cap, and were marked with the UPC code 21140-29830.

The recalled product was sold in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. No reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled product were known to Winn-Dixie.

"We encourage guests with any concerns to return the product for a full refund, no questions asked," said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie's group vice president of marketing.

Consumers with questions or any doubt were told to return the product to their neighborhood Winn-Dixie or SaveRite store for a full refund or exchange.

Certain lots of products containing Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release Gelcaps were recalled as Johnson & Johnson's ( JNJ) McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division plant continued to cause problems for the drugmaker more than a year after the Fort Washington facility was closed.

The gelcaps, both in Nighttime and Day/Night packages, sold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, were recalled, according to an Aug. 16 report from McNeil. This marked the fifth recall of McNeil products in 2011.

The recall was instituted because of too-high levels of Chlorpheniramine Ammonio Acetate (CPAA), though no safety concerns were cited by McNeil.

McNeil said the recall was aimed at wholesalers and retailers, such as drug stores like Rite Aid ( RAD), Walgreens ( WAG) and CVS ( CVS).

Consumers may still use the recalled products, McNeil said.

Lot and UPC numbers involved in the recall were: Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Nighttime Rapid Release Gels 24 RR Gelcaps (AMA277, APA059, APA162, ASA025, APA237, ASA072, ASA208, BAA008; UPC - 300450395245); Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release Gels Day/night 12+8 RR Gelcaps (AMF034, BAF005, BAF027, BCF080; UPC - 300450396204) and Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release Gels Day/night 36+24 RR Gelcaps (BBF001, BCF060, BCF079; UPC - 300450396600).

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General Motors ( GM) recalled thousands of new vehicles in the U.S. for inspection of power steering hoses in 2012 Chevrolet Impalas and to reprogram software in some 2012 Buick LaCrosse models, according to an Aug. 15 U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Around 10,344 Chevrolet Impalas were involved in the recall after a defect in the power steering hoses was discovered at the Canadian plant where that model of vehicle is built. All recalled vehicles were built at the Oshawa, Ontario, plant between April 19 and July 29, 2011.

The recalled Impalas' upper power steering hose could have been misrouted, coming in too close proximity to the catalytic converter. When the car engine is one, heat from the catalytic converter could melt the power steering hose, causing power steering fluid to flow onto it. This could cause an engine compartment fire.

Another 4,070 Buick LaCrosse vehicles were recalled because the electronic brake control module was improperly calibrated. This can prevent the StabiliTrak electronic stability system from detecting malfunction of a sensor, and therefore fail to light up the system warning light. The electronic stability system can also falsely activate. All of this could lead to sudden vehicle handling and deceleration changes,which means drivers could lose control of the vehicle while in motion and cause a sudden crash.

Recalled LaCross vehicles were manufactured between June 9 and July 2, 2011.

GM said it had received no reports of crashes, injuries or complaints related to either recall.

GM dealers were told to inspect affected Impalas and replace the upper power steering hose if necessary, free of charge. The dealers will also reprogram the electronic brake control module on LaCrosse models, free of charge.

Concerned Chevrolet Impala owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438; Buick LaCrosse owners cam contact Buick at 866-608-8080.

Kroger ( KR), Winn-Dixie Stores ( WINN) and Publix Super Markets recalled ground beef because of possible E. coli O157:H7 bacteria contamination, according to an Aug. 12 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

The recalled beef products were sold in a several southern states including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

Affected products include packages of ground beef, patties, meatloaf and meatballs.

The recall involved around 60,000 pounds of ground beef, all produced by National Beef Packing of Dodge City, Kan.

E. Coli 0157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Young people, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall were told to contact National Beef Packaging's Vice President of Marketing, Keith Welty, at 816-713-8631.

Whole Foods Market ( WFM) recalled two beer-flavored marinades because of undeclared allergens in the ingredients, according to an Aug. 12 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

The recalled marinades were sold at Whole Foods stores in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Princeton and Marlton, N.J., and Washington, D.C.

The recall involved Whole Foods Market Stout Beer Marinade with UPC code 000000305716, and Whole Foods Market Lager Beer Marinade UPC code 000000305723, both made in Landover, Md. The marinades were sold in 15-ounce plastic bottles between July 3 and Aug. 3, 2011.

No reports of allergic reactions had been reported, however people with allergies or severe sensitivities to soy or wheat run the risk of serious or life threatening reactions if they consume products with these ingredients.

Whole Foods posted signs in their stores notifying customers of the recall.

Customers who purchased the recalled marinades were told they can return the products to the store for a full refund. They may also contact Whole Foods at 301-683-0060 with questions.

Honda Motor ( HMC) recalled certain model years 2005-2010 4-cylinder Accords, 2007-2010 CR-Vs and 2005-2008 Element vehicles, according to Aug. 5 reports.

The car company's recall involved around 2.5 million vehicles around the world, including 1.5 million the U.S. with the remainder in China. The recall also covered vehicles in Canada, Mexico, South America and parts of the Middle East.

The recall was instituted because of problems with the automatic transmission installation, with complaints from drivers of engine stalls and vehicles shifting out park. There were 113 claims of incidents, including 45 engine stalls and 11 claims of vehicles moving, shifting out of park.

Quick transmission shifting between the reverse, neutral and drive positions can damage the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing. A damaged bearing can cause engine stall or make it difficult for the driver to engage the park gear.

Honda said it would update the automatic transmission software to prevent further damages and ease transition between gears, reducing the potential for damage to the automatic transmission secondary shaft bearing.

Honda said it would begin to notify vehicle owners of the recall on Aug. 31.

Cargill Meat Solutions recalled around 36 million pounds of ground turkey because of possible contamination with a multi-drug-resistant strain of salmonella, according to an Aug. 3 U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

Health authorities may have linked the Cargill ground turkey to a strain of salmonella that killed one person in California and sickened nearly 80 others across 26 states around the U.S. The USDA said it was one of the biggest meat recalls on record.

Production at the Cargill plant where the ground turkey was processed was halted, and the company said it won't start it up again until the source of the salmonella strain can be pinpointed and actions are taken to address it.

All packages of recalled ground turkey bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Recalled meat products, both fresh and frozen, were produced at Cargill's Springdale, Ark., plant between Feb 20 and Aug. 2 of this year

The recalled turkey products were distributed nationwide under a variety of brands, including Honeysuckle White, Riverside Ground Turkey, Natural Lean Ground Turkey, Fit & Active Lean Ground Turkey, Spartan Ground Turkey and Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers. Some of the recalled ground turkey was packaged under store brands including HEB, Safeway ( SWY), Kroger ( KR), Randall's, Tom Thumb and Giant Eagle grocery store brands. Some of the recalled product was sold without labels, and/or was distributed to food service establishments.

Consumers were told to return the recalled turkey products to the point of purchase.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Build-A-Bear Workshop ( BBW) recalled its Love.Hugs.Peace label pins because they were in violation of lead paint standards, according to an Aug. 4 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 26,500 pins were recalled in the U.S., plus another 2,200 in Canada, because surface paints on the label pin contain excessive levels of lead, prohibited under federal law.

No injuries were reported.

Manufactured in China, the pins were sold at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide and online at www.buildabear.com from July 2009 through October 2010 for $3.50 in the U.S. and $4 (CDN) in Canada.

Consumers were told to stop using the recalled lapel pin and return them to any Build-A-Bear Workshop store to receive a $5 store coupon. Consumers may also contact Build-A-Bear Workshop at 866-236-5683 for alternate instructions on receiving a refund.

Chrysler, run by Fiat recalled a number of model year 2008 minivans, including Chrysler Town and Country, Chrysler Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan because of air bag defects, according to an Aug. 4 Department of Transportation report.

Around 299,718 vehicles were involved in the recall, manufactured between June 24, 2007, and July 30, 2008.

The minivans may experience a heating and air conditioning (HVAC) condensate leak from the HVAC drain grommet onto the occupant restraint control (ORC) module, which can lead to the illumination of the airbag warning light and a potential inadvertent airbag deployment without warning.

An inadvertent airbag deployment could result in injury to the seat occupant in front of the deploying airbag and/or a vehicle crash.

Dealers were instructed to replace the affected airbag free of charge.

The safety recall was expected to begin during August 2011.

Owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403.

Ford Motor ( F) recalled more than 1 million trucks because of faulty fuel tank straps, according to an Aug. 4 Department of Transportation report.

Around 1.1 million Ford F-150 (model years 1997 through 2003), F-250 (model years 1997 through 1999) and Lincoln Blackwood (model years 2002-2003) trucks were involved in the recall.

Ford said the recall was instituted because prolonged exposure to road de-icing chemicals may cause severe corrosion of the fuel tank straps that secure the tank to the vehicle.

As a result of the corrosion, one or both straps may fail, causing the fuel lines to separate from the tank, or in some cases, causing the tank to contact the ground. Either scenario may result in a fuel leak presenting a fire hazard, the report said.

Ford said it would notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the fuel tank straps replaced with straps that have increased corrosion protection. Dealers also may install a cable support under existing straps as an interim repair or a steel reinforcement over the existing strap as a permanent repair. Any repairs will be performed free of charge.

The safety recall was expected to begin on or around Sept. 12, 2011.

Owners may contact Ford Motor's customer relationship center at 866-436-7332.

Caterpillar ( CAT) recalled 925 engines and will pay a $2.6 million penalty because the engines failed to meet emission control standards, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The engines, built between 2001 and 2005, were incorrectly labeled, and Caterpillar did not report emission controls. The engines released excess nitrogen oxides and other pollutants that can cause respiratory illness and aggravate asthma symptoms.

"The enforcement of vehicle emissions standards, labeling and reporting requirements is critical to protecting the air we breathe and ensuring that companies play by the rules," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The "settlement will protect public health and create a level playing field for companies that meet their environmental obligations."

Shipping engines without correctly addressing after-treatment devices, including catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters that control exhaust emissions, violates the Clean Air Act.

The EPA also asserted that Caterpillar incorrectly configured the recalled engines' fuel injector and map settings, producing excess emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

Nestle ( NSRGY) Purina PetCare recalled some of its Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food due to health risks and salmonella contamination, according to a July 29 U.S. FDA report.

A limited number of 3.5- and 7-pound bags of the cat food from a single production run were recalled. The recalled product was shipped to customers in 12 states in December 2010.

The "Best by" date and production code included in the recall was MAY 2012 03341084 with UPC codes 17800 01885 and 17800 01887.

No additional Purina cat or dog products were involved in the recall.

Consumers with the recalled product were told to immediately stop feeding the product to their pet and discard it.

Salmonella can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems. Salmonella can also affect animals, and humans are at risk if they handle the contaminated pet products. Humans who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The affected Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food was distributed to customers in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin, who may have further distributed the product to other states.

Consumers with questions or who wish to obtain a refund may contact Nestle Purina PetCare at 800-982-6559.

Explorer and Hammerhead Strollers were recalled by phil&teds of Fort Collins, Colo., due to risk of injury from brake failure, according to a July 28 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 7,400 Explorer strollers were recalled in the U.S., plus another 1,900 in Canada. Around 160 Hammerhead strollers were recalled in the U.S., plus another 65 in Canada.

The brake mechanism on the strollers can fail, posing an injury hazard, the report said. Eight incidents were reported globally, though none were in North America and no injuries were sustained.

Affected serial numbers included 0610/0001 to 0111/4788 (June 2010, unit #1, to January 2011, unit #4788).

Manufactured in China, the recalled strollers were sold online at philandteds.com, pishposhbaby.com, and albeebaby.com; at Babies R Us; and at specialty juvenile retailers in the United States and Canada including online retailers like Amazon.com ( AMZN) from August 2010 through June 2011 for between $475 and $500.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the strollers and contact phil&teds to arrange to receive a upgraded brake assembly. Explorer owners will receive a new frame fitted with an upgraded brake assembly. Consumers can perform an in-home swap out of the affected frame. Hammerhead owners will receive a pre-paid return shipping container in order to return the stroller to phil&teds where the brake assembly will be replaced and the stroller returned.

Walt Disney ( DIS) branded Pogo sticks were recalled due to fall and laceration hazards, according to a July 29 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 159,000 units were recalled. Disney licensed its brand name to distributor Bravo Sports of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

The bottom rubber tip attached to the pogo stick frame can wear out prematurely, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Also, the end caps on the handlebars can come off, exposing sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Bravo and CPSC received 82 reports of the bottom tip wearing out on the pogo sticks, including five reports of injuries. In one injury, a 9-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture and chipped a tooth. Another 9-year-old girl cut her lip and chin, requiring stitches. Other injuries included scrapes, hits to the head and teeth pushed in.

Recalled models of the pogo sticks included the Disney Hannah Montana Pogo Stick, the Disney/Pixar Toy Story Cruising Cool Pogo Stick, the Disney/Pixar Cars Pogo Stick, the Disney Princess Pogo Stick and the Disney Fairies Cruising Cool Pogo Stick.

Manufactured in China, the pogo sticks were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Sears Holdings' ( SHLD) Kmart, Kohls.com, Target ( TGT) and Toys R Us from February 2009 through June 2011 for about $20.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the pogo sticks and contact Bravo Sports at 855-469-3429for a full refund.

Mattel's ( MAT) Fisher-Price brand recalled Little People Builders' Load 'n Go Wagons due to laceration hazards, according to a July 28 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 208,000 units were recalled in the U.S., plus an additionally 2,800 in Canada.

Imported by the Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., the back of the wagon's plastic handle has molded-in reinforcement, a design that adds stiffness and facilitates children gripping the handle. The handle poses a laceration hazard if a child falls on it, the report said.

There were seven reports of injuries involving the recalled products, including five incidents of children requiring surgical glue or stitches.

Manufactured in Mexico, the Little People Builders' Load 'n Go Wagons were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide including Wal-Mart ( WMT) from June 2009 through July 2011 for around $25.

Consumers were told to immediately take the recalled wagons away from children and contact Fisher-Price at 800-432-5437 for instructions on how to obtain a free repair kit.

On July 27, Starbucks ( SBUX) expanded a previous recall of food products supplied by Flying Food Group and sold in Starbucks retail stores in Alabama and Georgia due to potential health concerns.

All Flying Food Group products with "Enjoy By" dates of July 15 through July 26, 2011, were involved in the recall, including 21 Starbucks products such as the Salumi and Cheese Bistro Box and the Chicken Lettuce Wraps Bistro Box.

A complete listing of recalled Flying Food Group products can be viewed here.

Recalled products included sandwiches, parfaits, wraps, plates and salads because of potential listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recall also affected Core-mark Atlanta Division, distributed in Alabama, Georgia and Florida; and Race Trac, distributed in Georgia.

Starbucks said the recall only affected its stores in Alabama and Georgia, and that it had received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

On July 25 Starbucks removed all Flying Food Group products from their Alabama and Georgia stores.

Those products will be temporarily unavailable to Starbucks consumers and will be replaced with comparable products from other production facilities.

Honeywell International ( HON) recalled Electric Baseboard and Fan Heater Thermostats due to burn hazards, according to a July 28 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 77,000 units were recalled by Honeywell of Morris Township, N.J., because the thermostats can overheat, causing them to melt and smoke, which poses a burn hazard to consumers.

Honeywell has received 16 reports of thermostats melting, though there were no reports of injuries.

Recalled products included Honeywell brands with model numbers CT1950A1003, CT1950B1002, CT1957A1008, T4700B1014 and T4700A1016, as well as CADET brand with model numbers T4700B1030 and T4700A1040.

Manufactured in Singapore, the units were sold at home improvement stores such as Home Depot ( HD), HVAC and electrical stores, and contractors from January 2000 to December 2007 for between $80 and $300.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled thermostats by setting the thermostats to 45 degrees or turning them off. Only models with a "B" in the model number have an off switch. Consumers should contact Honeywell at 888-235-7363 for a free replacement installed by Honeywell.

On July 26 Pilgrim's Pride ( PPC) expanded a recall of ready-to-eat chicken products due to potential contamination from Listeria Monocytogenes.

The expanded recall involved around 7,072 pounds of Pilgrim's Pride Brand Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets that were shipped to 57 Dollar General ( DG) stores in the following states: West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled product was sold in 2-pound bags and carried the best-by date of June 2, 2012 and UPC number 77013 16224.

It was produced in the Pilgrim's plant in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Pilgrim's said it was working closely with Dollar General to locate all of the recalled product.

Pilgrim's said it was unaware of any illnesses or adverse reactions resulting from the consumption of the recalled product. Consumers concerned about an illness were told to contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall were told to contact Pilgrim's at 800-321-1470.

Ross Stores ( ROST) recalled its acacia chairs because of fall hazards, according to a July 22 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

About 1,200 chairs were recalled because they can collapse when weight is placed on them, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Ross said it received five reports of chair collapses; four minor injuries were reported.

The recalled chairs have a natural finish made of acacia wood with SKU number 400058432585 or 400058432608 printed on the price tag. The price tag is white and located on the front of the seatâ¿¿s chair.

Manufactured in Vietnam, the acacia chairs were sold at Ross Stores nationwide between March 2011 and May 2011 for about $40.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using these chairs and return them to any Ross Store for a full refund.

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Homelite Consumer Products recalled its Surface Cleaner Attachments because of laceration hazards, according to a July 21 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 40,000 units were recalled in the U.S., with another 1,200 in Canada, because the surface cleaner attachment's nozzle and spray bar can break and detach, striking and/or breaking the unit's plastic housing. The broken nozzle, spray bar and/or plastic housing can strike consumers, posing a laceration hazard.

Homelite Consumer Products received nine reports of incidents involving the recall product, including one laceration injury and three reports of minor property damage.

Manufactured in China, the surface cleaner attachments were sold at Home Depot ( HDT) nationwide from February 2010 through June 2011 for about $70 when sold as an attachment and about $450 when sold with a pressure washer.

They were sold with Homelite pressure washer models HL80833 and HL80835. They were sold separately as Powercare model AP31022A and EZ Clean model AEZ231022.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled surface cleaner attachments, and contact Homelite at 800-867-9624 to receive a free replacement surface cleaner attachment.

Target ( TGT) recalled Circo Children's Task Lamps because of laceration and fire hazards, according to a July 20 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 13,000 lamps were recalled because they can overheat, causing the adhesive inside the lamp socket to melt and migrate into the bulb area of the socket. The cooled glue can adhere to the light bulb base and make the bulb difficult to remove, which can result in a broken light bulb, posing a risk of laceration to consumers. Melted flammable glue that migrates onto the electrical components of the lamp poses a risk of fire.

Target said it received six reports of glue on the lamp socket melting and migrating into the bulb area of the socket, though no injuries were reported.

Four styles of the children's task lamp were included in the recall with the names Striped, Sports, Dot or Flower Dot.

Manufactured in China, the lamps were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide, and Target.com, from January 2011 to April 2011 for about $13.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the lamps and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund.

Agromod Produce of McAllen, Texas recalled all papayas because of potential salmonella contamination, according to a July 23 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. If, in rare instances, salmonella gets into the bloodstream, it can produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Agromod's fresh, whole papayas were distributed nationwide and to Canada through retail stores and wholesalers.

Agromod recalled ALL Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas sold prior to July 23, 2011.

The papayas were imported from Mexico, and are possibly linked to 97 reported cases of Salmonella Agona, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states throughout the U.S.

Consumers who purchased the Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas were urged to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact Agromod at 800-385-7658.

According to a July 25 U.S. Department of Transportation report, Ford Motor ( F) recalled a wide range of vehicles and parts including: Model year 2011 Ranger trucks built from Jan. 25, 2011 through April 25, 2011 at the Twin Cities assembly plant; service parts distributed to dealers for certain 2004 through 2011 model year Ranger trucks; model years 2002-2005 Excursion vehicles; model years 2002-2007 F-250, %-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks.

Around 26,715 units of vehicles and parts were recalled for failing to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 108 concerning lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment. The multi-function switch was shipped with a subcomponent (slider) that may experience deformation. That could lead to malfunction, causing the turn signal, tail lights, hazard warning signal flashers and/or brake lights not to activate. Non-function lights can increase the risk of vehicle crash.

Dealers were told to replace the switches free of charge. The safety recall was expected to begin on or about Aug. 15. Owners may contact the Ford Motor customer relationship center at 866-436-7332.

Separately, Ford Motor also recalled model year 2007 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego vehicles manufactured from Sept. 5, 2006 through Sept. 11, 2006. Around 2,945 units were affected by the recall.

Ford said the fuel tanks may not have consistent welds between the fuel tank and fuel filler neck spud which can affect the strength of the joint. Some fuel tank spud welds may not provide the expected strength in the event of a severe rear impact to the vehicle. An improper weld can result in a crack in the joint which could illuminate the emissions malfunction indicator light, cause a fuel odor, or allow fuel to leak out. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire, the report said.

Dealers were told to replace the fuel tank free of charge. The safety recall was expected to begin on or about Aug. 15. Owners may contact the Ford Motor customer relationship center at 866-436-7332.

According to a July 25 U.S. Department of Transportation report, Honda Motor ( HMC) recalled certain model years 2008-2010 ST1300 motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2007 through May 27, 2010; model years 2008-2010 ST1300A motorcycles manufactured from Nov. 7, 2007 through April 6, 2010; and model year 2009 ST1300PA Police motorcycles manufactured from N0v. 18, 2008 through Dec. 8, 2009.

Around 2,232 units were affected by the recall.

Honda said that when the rear suspension of the motorcycle is repeatedly bottomed out (fully compressed), the rear brake reservoir hose may become damaged and leak brake fluid.

If this happens the rider will experience a loss of rear brake performance or function, which increases the risk of a crash.

Dealers were told to replace the rear brake reservoir hose free of charge. The safety recall was expected to begin on or before July 26.

Owners may contact Honda at 800-999-1009.

Willamette Valley Fruit Company of Salem, Oreg. recalled its apple, cherry and marionberry pies because of undeclared butter in the ingredient listing, which is a known allergen to some consumers, according to a July 14 U.S. FDA report.

The recalled pies were sold from July 1 through July 13, 2011.

They were recalled because butter was not declared on the product label. People who have allergies to dairy and/or dairy by-products run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The pies were sold to 35 Whole Foods Market ( WFM) stores in Northern California and Nevada. For a complete list of the affected Whole Foods stores, click here .

The pies were 8 inches in size and came in square white boxes with a see-through window on top, and were sold with Whole Foods Market labels, specifically ⿿Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Apple Pie,⿝ UPC: 28824800000, ⿿Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Cherry Pie,⿝ UPC: 28824900000, and ⿿Whole Foods Market Bakehouse Marionberry Pie,⿝ UPC: 28824700000.

The recall included all pies with Pack Dates of July 1, 2011 '" July 13, 2011 and Sell By Dates of July 6, 2011 '" July 18, 2011.

No allergic reactions had been reported. Consumers who purchased the pies may return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Jeff Dunn at Willamette Valley Farms at 503-362-8678.

Chrysler recalled certain model year 2008-20011 Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 4x4 pickup trucks due to fault steering, according to a July 14 U.S. Department of Transportation report.

Around 242,780 units were involved in the recall, many of which were manufactured from Feb. 14, 2008, to March 28, 2011. Affected model year 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab 4x4s were manufactured from Feb. 14, 2008 to Aug. 15, 2008.

The recall was instated because the left tie rod ball stud may fracture, the report said, a condition that tends to occur during low-speed, parking lot-type maneuvers when the driver is making a tight turn.

Model year 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 pickups may have received the affected tie rod assembly as a replacement part during normal service, the report added.

A fractured left tie rod ball stud could result in the potential loss of directional stability in the left hand front wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers were told to inspect the tie rod ends for relative orientation and replace the left outer tie rod and perform a front-end toe alignment, as needed. Repairs will be done free of charge.

Owners may contact Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

Task Force 5-ton electric log splitters were recalled due to laceration or amputation hazards, according to a July 7 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 20,000 units were recalled by manufacturer Changzhou Globe Tool Group of China.

The electric log splitters have a hydraulic arm that, during use, slides under the handle used to move the machine, the report said. The moving hydraulic arm poses a laceration or amputation hazard to individuals who place their hands on that handle while the splitter is in operation.

Two incidents of injuries were reported, including a fingertip amputation of an 18-year-old man and one finger laceration injury of a 60-year-old man. Both individuals were injured after placing their hands on the handle while the splitter was in operation.

Manufactured in China, the log splitters were sold exclusively at Lowe's ( LOW) stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011 for around $300.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group at 866-456-8934 to receive a free set of warning labels including placement instructions.

Mizuno Supreme Series and Ballpark Pro baseball and softball gloves were recalled because of the presence of mold, according to a July 6 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report.

Around 131,000 units imported by Mizuno USA of Norcross, Ga., were recalled.

Some of the gloves contain a variety of molds that could cause respiratory or other infections in individuals with chronic health problems, or in individuals who have impaired immune systems, the report said, though no injuries were report.

Recalled gloves included model numbers GSP1251TG, GSP1300T, GSP1401TG, MMX122P, MMX115PWM and MMX130.

Manufactured in Vietnam, the gloves were sold at Wal-Mart ( WMT) and Target ( TGT) stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com ( AMZN), from April 2010 through May 2011 for between $24 and $60.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the gloves and contact Mizuno USA at 800-451-7913 to receive a full refund.

Glass Votive Candle Holders were recalled due to fire and laceration hazards, according to a July 5 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 117,000 units were recalled, imported by Greenbriar International of Chesapeake, va.

The glass votive candle holders can shatter while in use, posing a fire and laceration hazard to consumers, the report said. There was one report of the glass votive candle holder shattering, though no injuries were reported.

The recall involved frosted or clear glass votive candle holders with French vanilla-scented candles. The votive candle holders are 2.5 inches tall. Model number 976127 and date code 1010 are printed on the bottom of the glass votive candle holder.

Manufactured in India, the votive candle holders were sold at Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), including Dollar Bill$, Deal$ and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores nationwide from December 2010 through April 2011 for about $1.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the candle holders and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. They may also contact Dollar Tree Stores at 800-876-8077.

Roman shade make-it-yourself kits were recalled due to a risk of strangulation, according to a June 30 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 48,000 units, manufactured by Wm. Wright of Antioch, Tenn., were recalled.

Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade, or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck, the report said, though no injuries had been reported.

The recall involved all Wright's "my home make-it-yourself" Roman shade kits with item numbers 1451007001, 1451008001 or 1451008001A.

Manufactured in China, the kits were sold at Wal-Mart ( WMT), Jo-Ann Stores and other specialty textile and variety retail shops nationwide from December 2007 through June 2011 for between $20 and $25.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact Wm. Wright at 800-545-5740 for a free repair kit including a fabric voucher, new instructions and warning tags. Unused kits should be returned to the place of purchase for a redesigned kit.

CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

Toyota Motor ( TM) has recalled model years 2006 and 2007 Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX400H passenger cars, according to a July 5 report at safercar.gov.

Around 82,200 vehicles sold in the United States were involved in the recall, manufactured from Feb. 16, 2005 through Aug. 30, 2006. The recall involved around 45,500 Highlander Hybrids and 36,700 Lexus Rx 400h vehicles.

Affected hybrid vehicles' systems had a computer board with inadequate soldering that could be damaged during high-load driving, Toyota said. Damages to the system can cause the vehicle to continue operating under reduced power for a short distance under a fail-safe/limp-home mode that limits the drivability of the vehicle. Alternatively, the hybrid system could shut down during operation, causing the car to stop unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota/Lexus said it will mail an interim owner notification in the middle of July 2011 to advise owners of the recall and notify them to expect future notice on when parts become available to complete repairs.

Toyota dealers will then inspect hybrid owners' vehicles and replace the module, free of charge.

Owners may contact Toyota at 800-331-4331.

General Motors ( GM) recalled model year 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles, as well as 2011 Cadillac Escalades, Cadillac Escalade ESV 1500s, Chevrolet Silverados, Chevrolet Suburban 1500s, Chevrolet Tahoes, GMC Sierras, GMC Yukons, and GMC Yukon XL 1500s, according to a July 5 government report.

The intermediate steering shaft attaching bolts may not have been tightened to the proper specification, the report said.

This could allow the joints to separate, and the driver could experience loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM Dealers were told to inspect and ensure that the intermediate steering shaft bolts are tightened to the proper specification.

The safety recall was expected to begin on or about July 13. Owners may contact Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-630-2438 and GMC at 866-996-9463.

Hamilton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toasters were recalled because of a potential fire hazard, according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report on June 30.

Around 300,000 units were recalled because the heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.

Hamilton Beach received 15 reports of toasters that did not pop-up as intended, including three reports of minor damage to kitchen cabinets, though there were no reports of injuries.

The Hamilton Beach recall involved model 22600 toasters with specific series codes beginning with the letters C or D, and with the format of CXXXXBI or DXXXXBI, where "XXXX" is a four-digit number ranging from 0190 through 5290.

Manufactured in China, the toasters were sold at mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide, including Target ( TGT), Walmart ( WMT), Sears ( SHLD) and Kmart, and online via Amazon.com ( AMZN) and Overstock.com ( OSTK), from February 2008 through June 2011 for between $30 and $40.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact Hamilton Beach at 800-379-2200 to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement toaster.

GNC ( GNC) Women's Ultra Mega, Ultra Mega Active, Ultra Mega Energy and Metabolism, and GNC Prenatal Formula with Iron multivitamins were recalled because of a failure to meet child-resistant closure requirements, according to a June 30 U.S. CPSC report.

Around 2,500 units, manufactured by General Nutrition of Pittsburgh, Pa., were involved in the recall. No incidents of injuries had been reported, however.

The recall involved GNC Women's Ultra Mega 28-count multivitamin bottles with lot numbers 0432AL1781 and 1283CL1781, GNC Women's Ultra Mega Active 180-count multivitamin bottles with lot numbers 1029BL1783 and 1030BL1783, GNC Women's Ultra Mega Energy and Metabolism 90-count multivitamin bottles with lot number 1450CL1789 and GNC Prenatal Formula with Iron 120-count multivitamin bottles with lot number 0785BL2863.

Manufactured in the United States, the products were sold exclusively at GNC retail stores nationwide and through the GNC website from March 2011 through May 2011 for between approximately $9 and $35 per bottle.

Consumers were told to keep these products out of the reach of children and return them to the GNC store where they were purchased to be exchanged for a replacement bottle or refund. Consumers may also contact GNC at 888-462-2548.

Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets manufactured by Adventure Playsets of Pittsburg, Kan., were recalled because of fall hazards, according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report on June 29.

Around 240,000 swing sets were involved in the recall. A number of these products were recalled in November 2009 for a similar hazard, which listed 275,000 playsets in the United States and 6,800 in Canada, the report said.

The wood in the posts of the fort sections on the swing sets can weaken because of rotting, posing a fall hazard. Adventure Playsets received more than 500 complaints of concern over the weakened wood in the 2x4 plastic-coated uprights. There was one incident of reported injury from a fall when the ladder failed, resulting in bruises and scratches.

Recalled swing set names include Tacoma or Tacoma II, Bellevue or Bellevue II, Durango or Durango II, Yukon, Sedona, Belmont, and Ventura or Ventura II.

Manufactured in the United States, Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets were sold at Walmart ( WMT), Toys-R-Us, Academy Sports, and Mills and Menards from 2004 through 2007 for $300 to $600 each.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled swing sets and contact Adventure Playsets to obtain a free repair kit, which will include the appropriate angled or vertical upright posts for each model with instructions for dissembling and reassembling each set.

One product lot of Tylenol Extra Strength caplets in 225-count bottles was recalled because of a musty, moldy odor, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report on June 28.

McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of McNEIL-PPC and subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), recalled the lot of Tylenol caplets, which included 60,912 bottles distributed in the United States. The product was manufactured in February 2009. The lot number was ABA619, with UPC code 300450444271.

The uncharacteristic musty, moldy odor has been linked to the presence of trace amounts of a chemical known as 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA).

The FDA report said the recall was voluntarily taken as precaution, and that the risk of serious adverse medical events was remote. TBA can generate an offensive odor and has been associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal symptoms.

Consumers who purchased the recalled Tylenol at retail and drug stores nationwide, including Rite Aid ( RAD), Walgreens ( WAG) and CVS ( CVS), were told to stop using the product and contact McNeil Consumer Healthcare, either at www.tylenol.com or by calling 888-222-6036 for instructions about receiving a refund or product coupon.

Yakima Products recalled its FlipSide 4 bicycle racks, according to a June 27 company statement.

The bicycle racks' defect related to motor vehicle safety, Yakima said, and the company asked consumers to remove the product from their vehicles.

Yakima said a small number of units, shipped from April 2008 through June 2011, had malfunctioned, causing the FlipSide's upright mast to fold to the side while vehicles are in motion.

All FlipSides produced since 2008 with a red pull-pin knob are affected by the recall, Yakima said. The company will send a user-installed upgrade to consumers, free of charge. The kit takes about 15 minutes to install and replaces the retention pin with a longer one.

Consumers were told to contact Yakima customer service at 888-925-4621 or email flipsiderecall@yakima.com.

This marked the second FlipSide bicycle rack recall within a year. The previous recall involved units built from April 2010 through May 2010 that had an incorrectly installed pivot bushing in some units that caused the racks to fold while vehicles were in motion.

FlipSide bicycle racks were sold at dealers and online at Amazon.com ( AMZN).

Children's Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops manufactured by Altaire Pharmaceuticals and distributed by Rugby Laboratories were recalled because of a failure to meet child-resistant closure requirements, according to a June 23 report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Around 898,000 units were involved in the recall. The over-the-counter medicine contains acetaminophen; under Poison Prevention Packaging Act regulations, its packaging must be child-resistant.

The U.S. CPSC report stated that "although the original bottle has child-resistant packaging, a separate dropper unit provided for dispensing the drug to children does not. When in use, a child can access the medicine, posing serious health problems or death if more than the recommended dosage is consumed." No injuries were reported, however.

The recalled Rugby Children's Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops come in a 1/2 fl. oz. (15 ml) bottle size, with UPC code 305361936723 on the bottom of the box. Manufactured in the U.S., the product was sold at drugstores, grocery stores and other retailers nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com ( AMZN) between January 2009 and June 2011 for about $4.

Consumers were told to store the product with the child-resistant closure, out of the reach of children. They may also contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals at 800-258-2471 for a free replacement dropper.

American Honda Motor ( HMC) recalled its portable generator battery because the labels are printed in Japanese, according to a June 23 U.S. CPSC.

About 2,500 portable generator batteries were involved in the recall.

The hazard labels attached to the batteries used on the generators are printed in Japanese instead of English, so consumers handling the battery may not be able to adequately avoid risks associated with the batteries. No injuries had been reported, however.

Only portable generator model numbers EM4000SX, EM5000SXK3 and EM6500SXK2 with hazard labels printed in Japanese were affected by the recall. Affected serial numbers are: EBRC-1000015 to 1000518, EBMC-1000005 to 1001184 and EBJC-1000017 to 1000857.

Manufactured in China, the generators were sold at Honda power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2011 to March 2011 for between $2,250 and $2,890.

American Honda said it was contacting consumers to give them the correct label. Consumers were told they could either install the label themselves or contact a Honda dealer to install the label for free.

Target ( TGT) recalled Circo Aloma Infant Girls Sandals because of choking hazards, according to a June 23 U.S. CPSC.

Around 51,700 units were involved in the recall.

The decorative plastic flowers can detach, posing a choking hazard, the report said. Target said it received eight reports of decorate flower detachments, though no injuries were sustained.

The sandals were sold under the style name "Aloma" in infant girls' sizes 2 through 5.

Manufactured in China, the sandals were sold at Target stores and Target.com nationwide from January 2011 to May 2011 for about $10.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the sandals and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

Consumers may also contact Target Guest relations at 800-440-0680.

B-Nimble Strollers imported by Britax child Safety of Charlotte, N.C., were recalled because of a risk of brake failure, according to a June 23 U.S. CPSC.

Around 20,000 strollers were recalled in the U.S., plus another 800 in Canada.

"An audible click heard when the brake pedal is pressed can give a false impression that the brake is fully engaged when it is not," the report said. "When the brake is not engaged, the stroller can move unexpectedly posing a risk of injury to the child occupant."

Britax received seven reports of brake failure though no injuries were sustained.

The recall involved B-Nimble umbrella strollers manufactured on or after August 1, 2010. Affected strollers had model numbers U311771, U311773, U311775 and U311780.

Manufactured in China, the strollers were sold at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide, including Target ( TGT) and Toys R Us ( VNO), as well as online through sites such as Amazon.com ( AMZN), between September 2010 and June 2011 for about $200.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the strollers and contact Britax at 888-427-4829 for information and to request an improved replacement stroller.

Dole ( DOLE) Fresh Vegetables recalled 2,880 cases of DOLE Italian Blend salad due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, according to a June 22 U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

Salad blends affected by the recall had a use-by date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B.

Around 442 cases of Kroger ( KR) Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad with Use-by-Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and Product Codes A157201A & A157201B

No illnesses had been reported, though the precautionary recall was issued after an isolated instance in which one package of Dole Italian Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test collected and conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The salads were distributed in 12 U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).

Consumers who had any remaining product with the affected product codes were told not consume it, but rather discard it.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel bottles and jugs, distributed by Napa Home & Garden of Duluth, Ga., were recalled due to fire and burn hazards, according to a June 22 U.S. CPSC.

Around 460,000 bottles and jugs were affected by the recall because the "pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning," the report said. Consumers may not be able to see the flame or may be unaware the firepot is still ignited. Fuel gel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers.

Napa was made aware of 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers.

The product is a clear, pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in non-scented and citronella scents. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited. 

It was sold at Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), ShopKo and Restoration Hardware, or through Amazon.com ( AMZN), catalog companies, decorators or landscape architects between December 2009 and June 2011 for between $5 and $78.

Consumers were told they could contact Napa Home & Garden at 888-893-2323, and to immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles or jugs to the retailer where the product was purchased for a full refund. A retrofit for the Napa brand firepots is being evaluated and may be available in the near future.

Volkswagen recalled a small number of 2012 CC vehicles because of a faulty tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

Just four vehicles were involved in the recall, according to June 21 reports, after the factory-installed wheels and tires were replaced with accessory wheels and tires not equipped with the proper TPMS sensors.

Incorrect TPMS sensors provide drivers with a constant warnings. The system alerts the driver, but because the sensors are incorrect the system can't determine if the vehicle tires are properly inflated.

This increases the risk that the vehicle will be driven with one or more underinflated tires, increasing the risk of tire failure, which could lead to a crash.

Volkswagen said it will replace the TPMS sensors with the proper sensors, and as of June 1 had contacted all affected customers to schedule the free repairs.

Owners were told they could contact Volkswagen at 800-822-8987.

TrimmerPlus Edger Attachments were recalled, according to June 21 reports, because of laceration risks.

Around 14,000 units were included in the recall by manufacturer MTD Products of Cleveland.

The steel shaft that drives the edger blade can break during use, causing the edger blade to detach. If the blade detaches, it can hit the user or bystanders, posing a laceration hazard, though no injuries had been reported.

The recall involved MTD TrimmerPlus Edger Attachment model 41AJLE-C092 LE720. It was sold separately as an attachment and can be attached to most major brand attachment-capable trimmers. It is used to cut grass along an edge such as a driveway or sidewalk.

Manufactured in Mexico, the TrimmerPlus Edger Attachments were sold at Lowe's ( LOW) and other hardware stores, as well as online at Amazon.com ( AMZN) and Scripps Networks' ( SNI) BizRate.com between March 2011 and April 2011 for about $70.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the recalled MTD TrimmerPlus Edgers and contact MTD at 888-848-6038 to receive a free replacement.

Porsche recalled certain model year 2010-2011 911 Turbo, Turbo S, 911 GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS High Performance Vehicles because of premature wear on the hubs, according to June 21 reports.

Around 1,702 vehicles were involved in the recall.

The vehicles were manufactured from May 18, 2009 through Sept. 17, 2010, and equipped with center locking hub and wheel assemblies.

Dealers were told to replace the central locking hubs and wheels with an improved design, free of charge.

Owners may contact Porsche at 800-767-7243, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov.

Navistar ( NAV) recalled certain model year 2011 and 2012 International Durastar Heavy Trucks because of potential electrical shortages, according to June 21 reports.

Around 477 trucks equipped with engine feature code 12UXJ and 12UXH were involved in the recall.

Navistar said the battery cable insulation may abrade on the front suspension spring shackle, which could result in an electrical short.

Electrical shorts may cause a fire without warning, which could result in property damage, personal injury or death.

Navistar said it would notify owners, and that dealers were told to install a bracket to route the battery cables away from the front suspension spring shackle, free of charge.

The recall was expected to begin around July 15.

Owners may contact Navistar at 800-448-7825, or contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov.

Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) recalled its popular antipsychotic drug Risperdal because of an odor coming from the bottles, according to June 18 reports.

The Risperdal drug is from the Johnson & Johnson-owned company Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharma.

The odor was said to be chemical-related, and may be due to preservatives used in the drug bottles.

The recall of Risperdal, which is used to treat schizophrenia, involved just one lot of the drug.

It was shipped between August 2010 and February 2011.

Cloud Engines said it recalled its newly released Pogoplug Video product because of a fire risk, according to June 17 reports.

The Pogoplug, which is a media-sharing device that connects to external USB drives, can overheat and catch fire.

"We recently became aware of hardware-related problems that uniquely affect the newly released Pogoplug Video product," Cloud Engines CEO Daniel Putterman wrote in a blog post. "We now have two cases of smoke (and potentially flame) issuing from the unit. We don't know how common this problem could be, but we're not taking any chances. As a result, our company is undertaking an immediate worldwide recall of the product."

The video device retailed for around $154.99 to $199 at stores like Best Buy ( BBBY) and Wal-Mart ( WMT), and was also sold online at Amazon.com ( AMZN) and eBay ( EBAY).

Cloud Engines said it was working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to process the recall and refund the purchase price to consumers.

Boston Scientific ( BSX) recalled a new stent for leg arteries because of deployment issues, according to June 17 reports.

Boston Scientific classified the recall as a Class 1 event, the most serious type of recall designation; the deployment issued could lead to emergency surgery.

The recall did not affect previously implanted Innova stents, because the deployment issue occurred only during stent delivery, not after implantation.

"Complaints of no deployment and partial deployment have been received," the Food and Drug Administration said. "This type of failure may result in vessel wall injury, increased procedure time and/or emergency surgery to remove the partially deployed stent."

The recall involved 505 devices, and customers were sent a letter by Boston Scientific notifying them in May.

The Innova device is a self-expanding stent meant to treat arterial wounds above the knee.

In May, Boston Scientific recalled nearly 30,000 iCross coronary imaging catheters following reports that the catheter tip could detach during medical procedures.

Big Lots ( BIG) recalled its Metal Futon Bunk Beds because of entrapment risks, according to June 16 reports.

The death of a three-year-old Iowa boy who became entrapped at the head and neck in the recalled bunk bed in March 2010 prompted the recall. The weight of the futon's metal frame prevented the child from breathing and escaping.

Children behind the futon or in the ladder area of the bunk bed can get entrapped when the futon and its metal frame are lowered from the seated to the flat position, the report said.

An additional hazard exists in the bunk bed, where the space between the last rung on the bunk bed's ladder and the futon mattress is too small, which can allow a child's body to pass through, but not the head, posing a head and neck entrapment hazard.

The recall involved metal futon bunk beds with model number BFB1008 located on a label on the upper bunk support rail.

Manufactured in China and sold unassembled, the recalled metal futon bunk beds were sold exclusively at Big Lots stores across the U.S. from January 2009 through April 2010 for about $200.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the bunk beds and to contact Big Lots for a free repair kit.

Emma's Garden Polka-Dot girls' dresses were recalled because of choking hazards, according to June 15 reports.

Around 21,000 girls' dresses were recalled in the U.S., plus an additional 2,600 dresses sold in Canada.

The decorative buttons on the front of the dress can detach, posing a choking hazard, though no injuries were reported.

The dresses were imported by TJX ( TJX), sold at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores in the U.S., and at Winners stores in Canada.

Manufactured in China, the girls' dresses were sold in the U.S. from February 2011 through May 2011 for about $13. In Canada, they were sold from March 2011 through April 2011 for about $17.

Consumers were told to immediately take the dresses away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Target ( TGT) expanded its recall of Circo Child Booster Seats because of a faulty restraint buckle.

Target initially recalled 43,000 booster seats in August 2009, adding 375,000 additional seats to the recall following more reports of falls, according to June 15 reports.

The booster seats' restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing children to fall from the chair and be injured.

Target said it received 10 new reports of bumps or bruises resulting from the unexpected release of the seat buckle where children fell forward out of the booster seat, hitting an object or the floor.

All Circo Booster Seats, including those sold as early as 2005, were involved in the recall.

Manufactured in China, the booster seats were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide between January 2005 and June 2009 for around $13.

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the booster seat and return them to any Target store for a full refund. They can also contact Target at 800-440-0680.

Calphalon recalled its Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets due to laceration risks, according to June 14 reports.

Around 217,000 knife block sets in the U.S. were involved in the recall, plus an additional 300 in Canada.

Calphalon, a brand of Newell Rubbermaid ( NWL), said that the tips of the 8-inch slicing knife or the 8-inch bread knife can protrude through the bottom slot row on the wooden block holder, posing a laceration hazard. The company had received one report of a cut finger injury.

The recall involved all 17- and 21-piece Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets with model numbers KNS17C and KNS21C, manufactured from August 2007 through May 1, 2011.

Manufactured in China, Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets were sold at Macy's ( M), Bed Bath and Beyond ( BBBY), Belk, Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel, Dillard's ( DDS), Kitchen Collection, Cutlery and More, Carlson Marketing, Maritz, Hinda, Calphalon Retail Outlets and stores nationwide; as well as online at Amazon ( AMZN), Cooking.com; and in Chef's Catalog from 2007 through May 2011 for between $200 and $300.

Consumers were told to immediately contact Calphalon at 800-766-5652 to receive a free repair kit.

General Electric ( GE) recalled GE Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters because of a fire hazard, according to June 14 reports.

Around 90,600 units were involved in the recall. The units were manufactured in China and distributed by Sharp of Osaka, Japan. The recall was instituted because an electrical component in the heating system can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

General Electric and Sharp said four reports of incidents involving smoke or fire related to the recalled air conditioners and heaters had been reported, though no injuries were reported. In two of the incidents, property was damaged when fire extended beyond the units.

The recall GE Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps were manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011, and are most often used in apartment buildings and commercial space. Model numbers begin with AZ41 and AZ61, and serial numbers begin with AT, AV, DT, DV, FT, FV, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT and ZT.

The units were sold by General Electric authorized representatives and HVAC distributors across the U.S. from March 2010 through March 2011 for between $1,000 and $1,200.

Consumers were told to stop using the air conditioning and heating units immediately and to contact General Electric at 866-918-8771 to schedule a free repair.

Apple ( AAPL) stopped delivery of some iPad 2 tablet computers following a manufacturing glitch, according to June 10 reports.

Apple said it was recalling a small number of iPad 2 devices which run on Verizon's ( VZ) network because of connectivity issues.

The move came as Apple tries to keep up with demand for its popular tablet. More than 25 million iPads have been sold since the device was released a little more than a year ago.

Certain iPad 2 devices, both 32GB and 64GB models, were recalled after being shipped out with identical serial numbers, prompting connectivity issues with Verizon.

At least 100 devices were involved in the recall, according to reports in PCWorld.com. Apple said the number of iPad 2s affected by the recall was "extremely small," according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Duplicate MEID codes were flashed onto an extremely small number of iPad 2 units for the Verizon 3G network," said Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman. MEIDs, or mobile equipment identifiers, are device-specific codes that enable users to log into a network.

Excite USA of Carrollton, Texas recalled toy helicopters called Military Copters becausee of laceration risks, according to June 10 reports.

Manufactured in China, Military Copters were sold exclusively at Rite Aid ( RAD) stores between January 2011 and May 2011, for about $7.

Around 24,000 units were recalled because the plastic blades of the helicopter may detach during operation, posing a laceration hazard.

Three separate incidents were reported to Excite and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), two of which involved laceration injuries.

The toys came in a blister pack with "Military Copter with 2 Launchers" marked on the package and "Military Copter" marked on both sides of the manual starter. The model number 9009935 and UPC 680108044474 number are printed on the back of the package near the bar code.

Consumers were urged to immediately take the recalled helicopters away from children and return them to a Rite Aid store for a full refund. Consumers can also contact Excite USA at 791-4754 or via the company's website at www.Excite-Limited.com.

Honda Motor ( HMC) recalled certain model year 2010 and 2011 VT750 motorcycles because of problems with the electrical system, according to June 13 reports.

Around 3,020 motorcycles were involved in the recall.

In the recalled motorcycles, the bank angle sensor may have been incorrectly manufactured, Honda said, creating the possibility of an erroneous reading which could cause the engine to stall.

Honda said it would replace the affected bank angle sensors.

The recall was expected to begin on June 20, 2011.

Owners were told to contact Honda Motorcycle customer service at 866-784-1870, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 and at www.safercar.gov.

Volvo has expanded its recall of certain model year 2012 S60 passenger cars, according to June 13 reports.

Volvo recalled around 448 cars manufactured between Jan. 18, 2011 and Jan. 28, 2011. Volvo said the recall was instituted because the male part of the fuel line quick connector end shape was produced with dimensions out of specification, leading to excessive assembly force on the female connection assembly and the possibility that the locking function may not be engaged.

If this condition occurs, the fuel line quick connector may detach and the engine may stall, increasing the risk of a crash. A fuel smell and leakage may also be detected which, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.

Volvo dealers will replace the fuel lines, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin during June 2011.

Previously, Volvo recalled around 7,558 model year 2012 S60 passenger cars manufactured between Nov. 18, 2010 and May 5, 2011, according to June 6 reports, because the fuel pump software may not be compatible with all fuel pumps and components.

Incompatible fuel pump software could result in insufficient fuel transfer in the pump unit. Under certain driving conditions there may be engine hesitation and possible engine stall though the fuel gauge indicates up to 1/4 of the fuel left in the tank. Under those conditions the risk of a vehicle crash increases.

Volvo said it would notify owners, and dealers were told to upgrade the engine control module software, free of charge. The safety recall was expected to begin on or around June 17, 2011.

Owners may contact Volvo at 201-768-7300.

General Motors ( GM) recalled certain model year 2011 Cadillac SRX luxury crossover vehicles because of a difference between the front passenger airbag operations and the owner's manual, according to June 10 reports.

Around 47,401 vehicles were involved in the recall in the United States.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall report said the Cadillac SRX vehicles failed to conform to the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

The airbags were programmed to turn off the right side roof-rail airbag if the passenger sensing system determined that the right front passenger seat was unoccupied. As a result, the right rear occupant may not be protected and suffer injuries in certain frontal and side crashes.

GM dealers were told to reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module, free of charge.

The safety recall was expected to begin around June 17. Owners were told to contact Cadillac at 866-982-2339 and at the owner center at www.gmownercenter.com.

GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK) was ordered to recall Augmentin antibiotic syrup by authorities in Hong Kong, according to June 10 reports.

The antibiotic is used to treat infections in children. Hong Kong said the medication contained twice as much of a chemical additive than is recommended by European safety limits.

The antibiotic syrup, produced by GlaxoSmithKline's French factory, contained an unsafe level of a plasticizer known as Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), Hong Kong authorities said.

Prolonged consumption of DIDP at high levels can cause adverse effects on the liver.

"(GlaxoSmithKline) has failed to demonstrate the safety of the tainted product to our satisfaction. The threat to public health cannot be ruled out as this stage," a Hong Kong spokesman said.

GlaxoSmithKline challenged the decision but said it would cooperate with the government concerning recall logistics. The pharmaceutical maker urged consumers not to panic, and suggested people who are on the medication in question not to stop taking it immediately without finishing their prescribed course and then speaking with a healthcare professional.

US Nutrition, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., recalled Daily Multiple for Women 50 + Tablets because certain lots contained undeclared fish (fish gelatin), according to June 7 reports.

People with allergies or severe sensitivities to fish run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration report said.

The recalled products contain fish (fish gelatin) but were distributed in packaging that did not list the presence of fish in its ingredients.

The tablet product was sold under the names Daily Multiple for Women 50 +, One Daily for Women 50 Plus, One Daily Women's 50 +, and Women's 50+ Daily Formula under the following brand names:
  • CVS Daily Multiple for Women 50+, 50 tablets
  • Giant Eagle One Daily Women's 50+, 50 tablets
  • CVS Daily Multiple for Women 50+, 100 tablets
  • Kaiser Permanente Women's 50+ Daily Formula, 120 tablets
  • Equate One Daily for Women 50 Plus, 50 tablets
  • Equate One Daily for Women 50 Plus, 50 tablets
  • For a complete list of product numbers, UPC codes, expiration dates and lot numbers click here.

    The recalled vitamin tablets were distributed throughout the U.S. via retail stores such as CVS ( CVS), Walgreen ( WAG) and Rite Aid ( RAD), and through the Kaiser Permanente Health Organization.

    No instances of adverse reactions or complaints related to the recalled products had been reported.

    Consumers in possession of the recalled tablets were told to return them to the place of purchase, or call 888-534-6370 for further instructions.

    MGA Entertainment recalled Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Books because of possible Staph infection risks, according to June 6 reports.

    MGA Entertainment, based in Van Nuys, Calif., recalled around 6,200 Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Books, produced between November 5, 2010, and February 25, 2011. MGA has ceased production and distribution of this product.

    Both Staphylococcus warneri and Staphylococcus intermedius were possible contaminants, MGA said. S. Warneri rarely causes illness in humans but wounds in the eye increase the risk of infection and may result in symptoms such as pain and decreased visual acuity, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported. S. intermedius is a very rare cause of infection in humans and risks are typically associated with veterinary exposures.

    There were no reported instances of illness or injury related to the recalled products.

    The kits were sold nationwide through retail stores and e-commerce websites with a UPC code of 0-35051-50478-8.

    Consumers were told to discontinue use of the Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Books and to contact MGA for information on how to obtain a refund at 800-222-4685.

    Bratz Dolls debuted in 2001, and have sold at least $3.3 billion worth of products, generating more than $292 million in profit for MGA, though toymaker Mattel ( MAT) alleged copyright infringement claims against the Bratz maker.


    Kashi has recalled certain of its frozen pizza varieties because plastic fragments may be in the pizza crusts, according to June 6 reports.

    Kashi recalled 11,000 cases of frozen pizza, including:
  • Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.7 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862732905 3 and Best If Used Before date of either May10 12NU, May18 12NU, or May19 12NU
  • Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.2 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862737342 1 and Best If Used Before date of either May09 12NU or May14 12NU
  • Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza packaged in an 11.9 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862737344 5 and Best If Used Before date of May17 12NU.
  • No other Kashi products were recalled, and no incidences of consumer illness or injury were reported related to the recall.

    Kashi products are sold nationwide at grocery stores such as Whole Foods Market ( WFM) and other food stores.

    "People who buy Kashi trust the quality and safety of our foods," said Kashi general manager David DeSouza. "We apologize for this situation and are working closely with our suppliers and retail customers to resolve it quickly."

    Consumers were told to contact the Kashi Consumer Response Center at 877-864-3521 for replacements, or with questions.

    Illinois' Walnut Cheese Company recalled a variety of mozzarella cheese products manufactured on April 21 because of an antibiotic contamination, according to Illinois Department of Public Health reports on June 4.

    The recalled involved: bulk string cheese cases with a packing date of 4-22-2011; 8-ounce string cheese packages with a sell-by date of 8-20-2011; and bulk shredded mozzarella cases with a packing date of 4-25-2011.

    Recalled mozzarella products may contain beta-lactam antibiotic residues.

    According to the report, consumption of the antibiotic could cause "anaphylaxis, cardiac arrhythmia, endocrine abnormalities and cutaneous eruptions," though no reports of illness have been reported.

    The products were sold in grocery stress, pizzerias and convenience stores across Illinois.

    Recalled cheese products should be returned to the place of purchase for a refund.

    Consumers with questions were told to call Walnut Cheese at 815-379-2155.

    Ford Motor ( F) recalled certain model year 2011 E-Series vans due to a potential propane leak.

    Around 15 vans were recalled, all of which were equipped with 5.4- or 6.8-liter engines altere3d by Roush Performance Products to operate using the Roush liquid propane autogas fuel system.

    According to the company, a valve in the system may have been "mismachined," allowing for the propane leak.

    A propane leak while near a vehicle ignition could cause a vehicle fire.

    Owners may contact Roush at 734-466-6255, and Roush will replace the defective valve with a correctly machined one.

    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 and at www.safercar.gov.

    Paccar's ( PCAR) recalled certain 2011-2012 Kenworth T440 Tractors because of air brake systems that fail to comply with Department of Motor Vehicles safety standards, according to June 6 reports.

    The recalled tractors were manufactured between Oct. 18, 2010, and Feb. 9, 2011.

    The quick-release air valve required in the full truck service brake air line gladhand connection may not have been installed, the omission of which may allow the brake air-line release timing to exceed the threshold of 0.75 seconds by 1/10th of a second, and therefore fail to comply with safety requirements.

    On the recalled vehicles, the service brake of a towed vehicle or trailer may have a delayed release, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Kenworth dealers were instructed to install the quick release air valve in the full truck service brake air line with gladhand connection.

    The recall was expected to begin by the end of June 2011.

    Owners were told to contact Paccar at 425-468-7400, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 and at www.safercar.gov.

    Volvo has recalled certain model year 2012 S60 passenger cars because the fuel pump software may not be compatible with all fuel pumps and components, according to June 6 reports.

    Around 7,558 cars were involved in the recall. The vehicles were manufactured between Nov. 18, 2010 and May 5, 2011.

    Incompatible fuel pump software could result in insufficient fuel transfer in the pump unit. Under certain driving conditions there may be engine hesitation and possible engine stall, though the fuel gauge indicates up to 1/4 of the fuel left in the tank.

    Under those conditions the risk of a vehicle crash increases.

    Volvo said it would notify owners, and dealers were told to upgrade the engine control module software, free of charge.

    The safety recall was expected to begin on or around June 17, 2011.

    Owners may contact Volvo at 201-768-7300.

    Toyota Motor ( TM) recalled certain model year 2011 Venza and Sienna passenger cars due to a faulty drive shaft, according to June 3 reports.

    Around 50 cars were affected by the recall, manufactured between March 7 and March 10 of this year.

    Toyota said that the front right drive shaft may break due to insufficient heat treatment. If the drive shaft breaks while the vehicle is operating, it would lose its power without prior warning to the driver.

    Loss of motive power without warning increases the risk of a crash.

    Toyota said it would notify owners. Dealers will inspect the drive shaft and, if it is faulty, it will be replaced with a new one, free of charge.

    The safety recall was set to begin mid-June.

    Owners may contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 and at www.safercar.gov.

    Allison's Gourmet Kitchens recalled around 22,594 pounds of chicken and ham salad products because of misbranding and mislabeling, according to June 3 reports.

    The products were recalled because they contain potassium sorbate and/or sodium benzoate, ingredients not listed on the package labels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) report.

    Recalled products include:
  • 3-pound (48-ounce) plastic tubs of "Allison's Gourmet Kitchens, Gourmet White Meat Chicken Salad."
  • 3-pound (48-ounce) plastic tubs of "Allison's Gourmet Kitchens Fruits and Nut Chicken Salad."
  • 3-pound (48-ounce) plastic tubs of "Baker's Kitchen Chicken Salad."
  • 12-ounce plastic cups of "Hill Country Fare, Deli Style, Classic, Ham Salad With Pineapple."
  • 12-ounce plastic cups and 3-pound (48-ounce) plastic tubs of "Hill Country Fare, Classic, Chicken Salad With White Meat."
  • The chicken and ham salad products were produced between April 15 and May 18 of 2011, distributed for institutional use and retail sale. The chicken salad products were distributed in Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The ham salad products were distributed in Texas.

    Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish

    Gripper Shaker musical instruments, made by Shokan, N.Y.-based Woodstock Percussion, were recalled on June 2 by authorities in the United States and Canada because of laceration and choking hazards

    The company recalled around 10,100 of the shakers, 9,400 of which were sold in the United States with the remainder in Canada.

    According to a joint statement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, the product's handle can detach from the shaker, exposing users to a rough edge and posing a laceration hazard. The detached handle also exposes small steel pellets and a plastic plug; both of which pose choking hazards.

    No injuries were reported, though Woodstock Percussion did receive one report from a consumer that the handles on two Gripper Shakers detached.

    The shakers are plastic musical instruments, 5.5 inches long, with rounded, egg-shaped tops. They come in blue and green colors and are sold separately. The marking "B4" is printed on the rounded top of each shaker.

    Manufactured in China, the Gripper Shakers were sold through mail-order catalogs, websites and retail stores nationwide, including on Amazon.com ( AMZN), eBay ( EBAY), and Bizrate.com ( SNI), between August 2010 and March 2011 for about $5.

    Consumers were told to stop using the product immediately and contact Woodstock Percussion at (866) 543-2848 or via email at safety@chimes.com to receive a $7 refund.

    Toyota Motor ( TM) announced a planned recall for its Prius cars, model years 2001 through 2003, to fix a problem with the vehicles' electric power steering systems, according to June 1 reports.

    The recall involved around 52,000 Prius cars sold in the United States. Around 106,000 Prius cars were recalled worldwide.

    The cars were recalled because of problems with the pinion shaft in the steering gear-box assembly. If a driver repeatedly steers the wheel vigorously to the full-lock position, nuts can loosen over time making it increasingly difficult for the driver to turn the steering wheel.

    Toyota dealers were instructed to install upgraded nuts to recalled vehicle owners, free of charge. Owners will be notified in early July.

    Separately, 34 model year 2011 Venza all-wheel-drive cars and 16 Sienna all-wheel-drive minivans were recalled by Toyota because front right-hand drive-shafts could break due to inadequate heat treatment during manufacture.

    Irish Hills Meat of Tipton, Mich. recalled around 900 pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination, according to May 31 reports.

    The recalled beef was sold in 10-lb. clear polybags with the establishment number "EST. 10014" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The polybags were packaged in boxes containing 3-5 bags, with production dates of May 23 and May 26 stamped on the boxes.

    The ground beef was shipped to restaurants in Southern Michigan.

    The E. Coli O157:H7 contamination was discovered following routine U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) monitoring.

    No instances of illnesses related to the recalled products were reported, according to the FSIS report.

    E. Coli 0157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Young people, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illness.

    Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) expanded its recall of Lithium-ion batteries used in HP and Compaq notebook computers due to fire hazards, according to May 27 reports.

    HP recalled around 162,600 additional batteries, after 54,000 and 70,000 batteries were recalled in May 2010 and May 2009, respectively.

    The recalled lithium-ion batteries pose a risk of overheating and ruptures, which could result in fire and burn hazards to consumers.

    Since the May 2010 recall expansion, HP has received 40 additional reports of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in seven burn injuries, one smoke inhalation injury, and 36 instances of property damage.

    Manufactured in China, the recalled batteries were sold at computer and electronics stores nationwide such as Best Buy ( BBY) and RadioShack ( RSH), and online at hp.com and hpshopping.com, from July 2007 through July 2008 for between $500 and $3,000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

    Consumers were urged to recheck their notebook models and batteries to determine if their units were involved in the expanded recall. A list of notebook model numbers and battery bar codes can be found here. Consumers should immediately remove the batteries from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in this recall. Consumers who had previously checked their batteries and were informed they were not included in previous announcements are urged to check again. Consumers with recalled batteries will receive a free replacement battery.

    Boston Scientific ( BSX) recalled 29,664 iCross coronary imaging catheters following reports that the catheter tip could detach during medical procedures, according to May 27 reports.

    Recalled iCross catheters were distributed to hospitals in the United States, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Tobago and the American Virgin Islands.

    Boston Scientific reported eight incidences of catheter tip detachments between April 1, 2010, and May 10, 2010. The heart catheters are used in intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging in patients who are candidates for transluminal coronary interventional procedures, such as artery-clearing angioplasty.

    A catheter breakdown while inside a blood vessel can cause blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and death.

    Boston Scientific will replace, free of charge, all returned iCross Coronary Imaging Catheters with Atlantis SR Pro Coronary Imaging Catheters.

    Bell Sports of Scotts Valley, Calif., recalled around 31,100 full-face bicycle helmets due to head injury hazards, according to May 31 reports.

    Bell Sports said the plastic buckle that connects the chin straps can fail, causing the helmet to come off the wearer's head. This poses a head injury hazard to riders in the event of a fall.

    The company received one report of a buckle failing during an accident, which resulted in an injury that required stitches below the wearer's eye.

    The recall involved Bell Exodus full-face helmets with plastic buckles on the chinstrap, in color combinations Orange/Grey/Black and Blue/Grey/Gold/White/Black, with part/model numbers 1003825/035011898025 and 1006714/035011917719, respectively. The model and part number can be found on a removable sticker located on the side of the helmet.

    Manufactured in Taiwan, the bicycle helmets were sold at Walmart ( WMT) stores in the U.S. and online at Amazon.com ( AMZN) between August 2009 and March 2011 for between $50 and $60.

    Consumers were told to stop using the helmets immediately and to contact Bell Sports for a replacement or refund.

    Horizon Hobby of Champaign, Ill., recalled around 17,900 model helicopters due to impact and laceration hazards, according May 31 reports.

    Around 16,600 of the recalled products were in the U.S.; the remainder were in Canada.

    The recall involved Blade mCP X Bind-N Fly and Ready to Fly Remote Control Model Helicopters and replacement Blade mCP X Main Blade Grips with Bearings.

    The main blade grips and main rotor blades can release from the main rotor head, posing impact and laceration hazards, according to the report.

    Horizon Hobby received 312 reports of the rotor blades releasing from the rotor head, including 34 reports of a blade striking a user, resulting in 12 laceration injuries.

    The recalled Blade ultra-micro indoor/outdoor helicopters have red and blue canopies with the name "Blade mCP X" printed on both sides. The model numbers (BLH3580, BLH3500 and BLH3514) are printed on the underside of the products' boxes with the bar code.

    Manufactured in China, the recalled model helicopters were sold at retailers nationwide during March 2011 for $180 to $220 for the model helicopters and $10 for the replacement part.

    Consumers were encouraged to contact Horizon Hobby for free replacement of the main rotor grips and do-it-yourself instructions.

    Lan Enterprises has recalled Zooper Strollers because of strangulation hazards.

    Around 2,300 strollers were involved in the recall, according to May 27 reports.

    Young children and infants were at risk of strangulation if unharnessed in the stroller because his or her body could pass through the opening between the armrest bar/snack tray and the seat bottom of the stroller, entrapping the child at the neck.

    Though no incidents or injuries were reported, parents were encouraged to always secure the safety harness when using the stroller and to never leave children unattended in the stroller.

    The following model numbers were included in the recall: SL808G, BU822B, SL800J and SL350B.

    Consumers were told to immediately remove the armrest bar and snack tray from the strollers and to contact Zooper USA at 888-966-7379 to receive a free replacement armrest bar and repair kit for the snack tray. Replacement parts will be available beginning July 1, 2011.

    Manufactured in China, the recalled strollers were sold at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores and online, including at Amazon.com ( AMZN), Costco.com ( COST) and Dmartstores.com, from May 2009 to May 2011, for between $200 and $800.

    Eight manufacturers recalled pool and in-ground spa drain covers because they pose possible entrapment hazards to swimmers.

    Around 1 million pool and spa drain covers were involved in the recall, manufactured by A&A Manufacturing of Phoenix, Ariz.; AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego, Calif.; Color Match Pool Fittings of Surprise, Ariz.; Custom Molded Products of Tyrone, Ga.; Hayward Pool Products of Elizabeth, N.J.; Pentair Water Pool and Spa of Sanford, N.C.; Rising Dragon USA of E. Sweetwater, Tenn.; and Waterway Plastics of Oxnard, Calif.

    Recalled drain covers were "incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers," according to May 27 reports.

    Manufactured in the U.S. and China, the recalled drain covers were sold at independent distributors to professional pool and spa builders and installers.

    No injuries were reported.

    Pool owners/operators and consumers were told to contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement or retrofit, depending on their make and model.

    Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) recalled General Electric ( GE) Food Processors, according to May 25 reports.

    Around 255,000 food processors were involved in the recall, because the safety interlock system on the unit can fail, posing laceration risks if it is operating without a secured lid. Additionally, the product can emit smoke, or catch fire, posing a fire hazard.

    Wal-Mart received 58 incident reports related to the recalled food processor: 24 reports of the food processor operating without the lid in place, of which 21 resulted in injuries to fingertips; and 34 reports of the unit smoking, including 3 reports of fires.

    The recalled product is a GE-branded digital, 14-cup food processor. They are black with stainless steel trim, and model number 169203 is imprinted on the underside of the unit.

    Manufactured in China, the recalled GE food processors were sold exclusively at Walmart stores across the U.S. and online at Walmart.com, from September 2009 through February 2011, for around $50.

    Consumers were encouraged to immediately stop using the recalled products and return them to Walmart for a full refund.

    About 500 pounds of ground beef were recalled for possible E. Coli 0157:H7 contamination, according to May 25 reports.

    Food Depot #24, a McDonough, Ga.-based retailer, recalled the beef, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) report.

    The recalled beef was sold as tray packs of weights, varying from 1 lb. to 4 lb., bearing a "Sell By" date of "05/20/11." The beef was produced on May 19 and sold at Food Depot #24, located at 560 Macon St., McDonough, GA 30253.

    The possible contamination as discovered via a routine FSIS monitoring which confirmed a positive result for E. Coli 0157:H7.

    There have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the contaminated beef, though all consumers have been advised to safely prepare raw meat products and only eat ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.

    E. Coli 0157:H7 is a potentially fatal bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. Young people, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to foodborne illness.

    Navistar ( NAV) recalled certain model year 2011-2012 IC AC, BE, CE, HC and International 4300, and Terrastar commercial trucks.

    The vehicles were recalled because a cap on the return fuel valve may fall off or allow air to be drawn into the fuel system. This could result in engine hard starts, no start, or stall conditions.

    Engine stall on the roadway increases the risk of a vehicle crash, according to the May 26 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.

    Recalled vehicles were equipped with a Maxxforce 7 Engine. They were manufactured between Feb. 25, 2010, and April 4, 2011.

    Navistar said it will notify owners, who may also contact Navistar at 800-448-7825, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 and at www.safercar.gov.

    Dealers were instructed to replace the return fuel valve cap, free of charge.

    The safety recall was set to begin around June 30.

    Around 22,000 full-size and portable drop-side cribs from Dream on Me of Piscataway, N.J. were recalled, according to May 24 reports, because of the risk of entrapment, suffocation, laceration and fall hazards.

    The full-size cribs' drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the part to detach from the crib, creating a space between it and the crib mattress where an infant or toddler's body can become entrapped, leading to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report.

    In the recalled portable cribs, the drop-side rail may also detach or fall unexpectedly. Additionally, the portable crib mattress support hardware and the drop-side release latch can break easily, and the slats can loosen or break and detach from the crib. Children can also cut themselves on exposed hardware inside the crib.

    At least 69 reports of incidents were reported involving these cribs, including a 1-year-old boy's scratch to the nose resulting from entrapment between the mattress and side rail of his portable crib, and an 8-month-old girl's minor head injury from exposed plastic hardware in her portable crib.

    Manufactured in China, the recalled cribs were sold at Toys R Us, Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT), Target ( TGT) and online at Amazon.com ( AMZN). The full-size cribs, models 613, 615, 616, 617, 619, 628, and 639, were sold between January 2006 and December 2009 for about $200. The portable cribs, model numbers 621, 625 and 627, were sold between September 2007 and December 2009 for about $150.

    Volvo recalled certain XC90 vehicles because of potential power steering fluid leaks.

    The recall involved 350 model year 2010-2011 autos, manufactured between Jan. 29, 2010 and August 16, 2010.

    In the recalled vehicles, power steering fluid leaks from the oil pipe connections at the steering gear valve housing, according to the May 24 recall report, leading to a sudden loss of power steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Dealers were instructed to replace the oil pipes on the power steering rack, free of charge to consumers.

    Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552.

    Alternatively, owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or at www.safercar.gov.

    Honda Motor ( HMC) announced on May 19 that it is recalling certain model year 2012 Civic 2-door and 4-door vehicles because of a fuel-leak risk.

    The autos weare being recalled because there is a possibility that an O-ring that seals the fuel feed line could be misaligned, resulting in a fuel leak. This could lead to a vehicle fire.

    The recalled cars were manufactured between April 21 and May 2. More than 1,100 Civics were recalled in the U.S., or about 17% of U.S. vehicles under that model, while in Canada nearly 400 Civic cars were recalled.

    Honda Canada said only two of the affected cars were sold to consumers though a comparable figure was not available in the U.S.

    Affected Civic owners will be contacted by Honda and asked to bring their cars into their dealerships for inspection and possible replacements of fuel feed lines, free of charge.

    No injuries had been reported, Honda said. The problem was detected when a Honda production employee noticed the fuel smell on a Civic.

    Navistar ( NAV) recalled 2,026 school buses to replace fuel valve caps that could fall off, according to May 23 reports.

    The recalled school buses affect model year 2011 and 2012 IC conventional CE Series and Type B BE Series school buses, manufactured between May 27, 2010 and March 8, 2011. Recalled buses are equipped with MaxxForce 7 diesel engines.

    A cap on the return fuel valve may fall off, allowing air to be drawn into the fuel system, according to the recall report. This could result in an engine head start, no start, or stall conditions.

    The consequence of the cap falling off could be that an engine stall while the bus is driving on the road increases the risk of a vehicle crash.

    Navistar said it would notify owners, and dealers will replace the return fuel valve cap free of charge.

    Owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.

    Research in Motion ( RIMM) recalled nearly 1,000 of its Playbook tablets but said most of the affected devices were still in the distribution channel and had not yet reached customers.

    Some users of the affected tablets were having trouble setting up the device.

    "RIM is working to replace the affected devices," the BlackBerry maker said in a statement. "In the small number of cases where a customer received a PlayBook that is unable to properly load software upon initial set-up, they can contact RIM for assistance."


    The batch of 16GB tablets had a faulty build of the operating system "that may result in the devices being unable to properly load software upon initial set-up," Research in Motion said.

    Technology blog Engadget reported on May 14 that the affected Playbooks were shipped to Staples ( SPLS), although it wasn't clear if the Staples stores were in Canada or the U.S.

    A list of serial numbers for the 935 recalled BlackBerry PlayBooks can be viewed here.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reissued a November 2009 recall of Maclaren strollers sold prior to November 2009. Maclaren strollers sold after May 2010 have a different hinge design and are not affected by the recall.

    About 1 million single and double umbrella strollers were involved in the recall because the stroller's hinge mechanism posed a risk for fingertip amputation and laceration to children when consumers unfold or open the strollers.

    Maclaren said it received a total of 149 reports of incidents with the strollers, including 37 reported injuries that occurred after the stroller was recalled in November 2009. Injuries included five additional fingertip amputations, 16 additional lacerations and 16 additional fingertip entrapments/bruising. At the time of the original recall, there were 15 incidents, including 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.

    Recalled Maclaren strollers were sold at retailers across the U.S., including Amazon.com ( AMZN), Target ( TGT) and Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY), for between $100 and $360.

    Maclaren issued a statement reminding consumers that no new recall had been issued, but it wanted to remind consumers of the hinge covers required for Maclaren strollers sold prior to 2010, offered free of charge, which cover the elbow joint on the stroller's hinge mechanism. Over the last 18 months more than 300,000 consumers have received the free hinge covers. Those who have a recalled product and have not yet received one should immediately contact MacLaren at hingecovers@maclaren-usa.com to obtain the free repair kit.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled chives distributed across nine states for possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.

    Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy people may suffer temporary systems such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

    Distributed by New Hampton, N.Y.-based Goodness Gardens, the chives were sold through stores in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama, Illinois and Virginia.

    The recalled lot number was 0201111, dated May 6. The recalled chives came in plastic 0.25-ounce (UPC 0 21985 20005 6) and 2/3-ounce (UPC 0 21985 10004 2) clamshell containers, 1-pound bags and 0.5-ounce twist-tie bunches.

    Consumers were encouraged to return the recalled produce to the retailers at which they were bought for a full refund.

    The FDA said no reports of illness related to the recalled chives had been reported to Goodness Gardens.

    Oberweis Dairy of North Aurora, Ill. recalled quarts of Brownie Fudge Twirl Ice Cream because the packages failed to label eggs as an ingredient.

    Consumers with allergies or intolerances to eggs may suffer life-threatening allergic reactions if they eat the ice cream.

    Brownie Fudge Twirl Ice Cream quarts were distributed almost exclusively through the company's retail stores and through its home delivery service with extremely limited distribution through 7 grocery locations in Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the FDA report.

    The ice cream came in black quart containers with a gold rim on the lid displaying the flavor "Brownie Fudge Twirl."

    The UPC code read 616029064550, made at plant #17-61, with all dates of production/expiration.

    No illnesses had been reported, and consumers without sensitivities to eggs or egg products should consume the ice cream without concern.

    Consumers may also return the Brownie Fudge Twirl Ice Cream to the retailer at which it was purchased for a full refund.

    Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) once again topped recall headlines because of pesticide contamination in one of its drugs.

    J&J's subsidiary Janssen-Cilag International announced a recall of its Prezista drug sold in Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland and the U.K. following customers' complaints of an uncharacteristic moldy or musty smell coming from the bottles of the HIV/AIDS medication.

    Janssen-Cilag International said at least five batches of the drug had been contaminated by 2,4,6 tribromoanisole (TBA), a pesticide, or byproduct of a chemical preservative, often used to treat the wooden pallets on which products are transported and stored.

    "While not considered to be toxic, TBA can generate an offensive odour and a very small number of patients have reported temporary gastrointestinal symptoms," according to a J&J press release.

    The company estimated that fewer than 2,000 of 400mg and 600mg 60-count bottles Prezista were involved in the recall. Product codes were 386333, 386471, 386332 and 62058, with lot numbers AKZ0B00, AFZ0C00, ALZ0E00, AKZ0D00 and ALZ0J00, and expiry dates of May 2012, October 2012 and November 2012.

    Bumble Bee and Lady Bug Infant Slipper Socks were recalled, according to a May 11 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report.

    About 17,400 units were involved in the recall of the socks made by Meijer of Grand Rapid, Mich.

    The hazard was that the balls at the end of the bug's antennae may detach, posing a potential choking hazard to young children.

    While no injuries had been reported, Meijer said it received a report from one consumer who found the detached ball in their child's crib.

    The recall involved Falls Creek brand infant slipper socks, including yellow and black Bumble Bee Slipper Socks, UPC 80640907401, and red and black Lady Bug Slipper Socks, UPC 80640907402. The UPC is located on the sock's hangtag. They were sold in infant size 0-12 months, exclusively at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio from June, 2009, through March, 2011, for about $4.

    Meijer stores will provide complete refunds to consumers, who were urged to take the recalled slipper socks away from children and return them immediately.

    Danbar Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters were recalled, following a previous recall of the same product in January 2010, according to a May 11 U.S. CPSC report.

    Around 18,500 toys were involved in the recalled products, distributed by UJ Trading of Houston, Texas.

    A fire hazard existed in the toy because the battery housing under the helicopter canopy can overheat while charging. No injuries were reported by UJ Trading.

    The recall involved Danbar Toys Knight Hawk remote control helicopters identified by model number 006047 marked on the back of the controller and the Knight Hawk logo on the front of the controller. The body of the helicopter also contains the markings: "AH-64" and "helicopter."

    The recalled products were sold at toy, hobby and other stores, including Radio Shack ( RSH) and mall kiosks across the U.S., and online at www.UJToys.com, from April 2010 through April 2011 for about $36.

    Consumers were instructed to contact UJ Trading at 800-536-2691 to receive a full refund and a postage paid label to return the product.

    The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) said a sample taken from certain lots of Mountain Pure bottled drinking water indicated a presence of biological contamination, prompting a recall of the products.

    Recalled bottles are in the 16.9 fl. oz. (506 ml.) size.The voluntary recall involved lots marked with a four-digit time code. The code is written in military time and affected time periods are from 2200 through 0400. The code is etched into the plastic bottles. Also included is an expiration date that says either "Best By 2-27-2013 MPWA" or "Best By 2-28-2013 MPWA."

    The water was handed out beginning April 27.

    "People with a weakened immune system might be at higher risk" of becoming ill from drinking the water, said William L. Mason, branch chief for the Preparedness and Emergency Response branch at ADH. "Anyone who thinks they may have become ill after drinking this water should consult a physician."

    The potentially contaminated water bottles involved in the recall were among a shipment of nearly 1,000 cases of bottled water delivered to the city of Clinton for use during disaster response efforts that are on-going there following recent tornadoes and severe weather storms.

    People who are in possession of the contaminated lots of bottled water were encouraged not to drink them.

    Multi-Mex Distributor recalled dietary supplements that may have been labeled as antibiotic drugs, according to May 9 reports.

    The Tucker, Ga.-based company's products were distributed in Georgia, Tennessee, California, Illinois, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Indianapolis to retail stores and distributors.

    In late April four Texas children were taken to a medical center due to aggravated sicknesses after being given dietary supplements that parents likely believed were antibiotics. By giving sick patients dietary supplements, legitimate medical treatment was delayed.

    The recalled products' packaging resembled antibiotics that are readily available as over-the-counter medications in Mexico.

    Labels were printed in English and Spanish, though "the packaging appears to be an intentional marketing ploy to mimic antibiotics and directed at Hispanic buyers," the FDA recall report stated. "It was determined the children had been given a dietary supplement, Amoxilina, which the parents may have believed was the antibiotic Amoxicillin."

    For a complete list of the recalled dietary supplements, see the FDA recall here.

    Consumers who purchased the recalled products were urged to return them to Multi-Mex, 4744-C North Royal Atlanta Drive, Tucker, GA. 30084, or call 678-226-1758.

    More than 465,000 Dorel Asia bunk beds were recalled following reports of breaks or cracks in the wood that holds them together. The bunk beds were recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after the group received more than 23 reports of the side rails cracking or breaking.

    At least seven people reported minor bruises or abrasions as a result of the defective beds.

    The recall involved around 445,000 bunk beds sold in the U.S. and 21,700 sold in Canada, due to collapse and fall hazards. The beds were sold at Walmart ( WMT), Kmart ( SHLD) and Target ( TGT) stores, as well as on the stores' websites, for around $190 between September 2004 and September 2009.

    Recalled bunk beds have a white label located on one of the bunk bed rails on which the model number, date of manufacture, "Made in Vietnam" and the firm's phone number are printed.

    Only the following models, colors and manufacturing date ranges are included in this recall to repair: TG2070 (242/07/1472), TG2070-1CE (249/13/0024), TG2070W (242/07/1468), WM1848, WM1848R, WM1848R2, WM1848R2DC, DA1026W, DA1026RW, DA1026P and DA1026RP.

    The CPSC urged consumers of the involved Dorel Asia bunk beds to contact Dorel Asia at 800-295-1980 immediately for a free repair kit. Until consumers obtain and install the repair kit, they should take down the bunk beds and only use them as separate twin beds.

    General Motors ( GM) recalled 154,112 model year 2011 Chevrolet Cruze cars, according to May 4 reports, to check for improperly installed steering shafts.

    The compact cars involved in the recall were produced at GM's Lordstown, Ohio, plant last summer through April 21, when production changes were put in place to avoid installation errors.

    Cruze cars in question were sold in the U.S. and Canada since September. Of the recalled vehicles, GM said it will also check 120,000 of them with automatic transmissions to ensure the transmission shift linkage was properly installed, though "very few" should have either problem.

    The steering shaft issue was first discovered when a Cruze driver lost steering control while driving in a parking lot, though no accident occurred. The automatic transmission issue was discovered when customers brought their vehicles in under warranty.

    GM said there have been no reported accidents or injuries in the Cruze recall.

    In April, GM recalled 2,100 Cruze cars to check for an improperly fastened steering wheel.

    Pet chews made of pigs' ears and produced by Keys Manufacturing may contain salmonella, according to May 4 reports.

    The Paris, Ill.-based company recalled a product called Pig Ears For Pet Treats after one Missouri dog's illness was linked to the chews.

    Salmonella can cause serious injury in humans, and is sometimes fatal to young children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems. Salmonella can also affect animals, and humans are at risk if they handle the contaminated pet products.

    The recall affected Pig Ears For Pet Treats with the UPS number 7 61094 15000. The chews were shipped in 100-count cases between Sept. 27 and Oct. 6, 2010; between Nov. 1 and Nov. 29, 2010; and between Jan. 3 and Jan. 25, 2011, to distributors in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota.

    Consumers who bought the recalled pet treats were urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact the company at 217-465-4001.

    Six L's, a grape tomato grower, told its client Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, Calif., that one lot of its grape tomatoes may be contaminated with Salmonella. Six L's and Taylor Farms have therefore recalled those tomatoes, according to May 3 reports.

    Taylor Farms said prepackaged salads containing grape tomatoes were possibly distributed to Albertsons, Savemart, Sam's Club, Walmart ( WMT) and Raley's stores. Potentially contaminated packages have "use by" dates of early May and late April.

    Clients in Montana, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California may be at risk of having received contaminated products.

    No illnesses have been reported as of yet, and the recall was instituted as a precautionary measure, Taylor Farms insisted.

    The FDA urged consumers to return products suspected to be involved in the recall to the retailers at which they were bought.

    Taylor Farms Pacific's telephone helpline can be reached at 209-835-6300, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    On May 4 U.S. grocery operator Safeway ( SWY) expanded its recall of on edibles containing grape tomatoes in several states from its Safeway, Vons, Pavilions and Pak N Save stores. The recall included items such as meat kabobs, which contain the potentially contaminated tomatoes.

    The kabobs were supplied by Taylor Farms and sourced from Six L's.

    Honda Motor ( HMC) expanded an earlier recall of Honda and Acura autos, according to May 3 reports.

    The reason for the recall was because the driver's airbag inflator could produce excessive internal pressure that may cause the inflator to rupture; metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, possibly resulting in injury or fatality to vehicle occupants.

    The expanded recalls added 833,000 vehicles for model years 2001 through 2003. Honda said it was searching for 2,430 replacement airbags that could contain the defect.

    Original airbag modules were not affected by the issue but replacement airbags could be.

    The recall includes some 2001-2002 Accord and Civic sedans, 2002 Odyssey minivans and 2002-2003 CR-V crossover vehicles. It also includes 2002-2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 3.2 CL vehicles.

    Bristol-Myers Squibb ( BMY) said a test conducted on a pill of drug-thinning medication Coumadin was found to have too high a potency, which could lead to a Coumadin overdose if ingested, according to May 2 reports.

    Too high a dose of the blood-thinning drug could be life threatening as it could cause an increased risk of bleeding. Coumadin is used for the prevention of blood clots and embolisms.

    The recall affected one lot of Coumadin Crystalline 5 mg tablets in 1,000-count bottles. The recalled bottles have a lot number of 9H49374A and are distributed via prescriptions in smaller quantities. The recalled pills have an expiration date of September 30, 2012.

    Patients who take Coumadin are instructed to continue with their prescribed regimen, but to contact their pharmacist to confirm whether the pills they received were from the recalled lot or not. If a patient's pills were from the lot in question, they should contact their health care provider for medical advice, Bristol-Myers Squibb warned.

    The Coumadin recall was the second in less than a year. In July 2010 Bristol-Myers Squibb recalled three lots of Coumadin 1 mg tablets, citing poor quality of isopropanal, an ingredient in the pill that helps their active ingredient remain in a crystalline state.

    More than 188,000 pounds of "Great Value Reduced Sodium Chicken Noodle Soup" were recalled, according to May 2 reports.

    The private-label soups are sold at Wal-Mart stores ( WMT) in more than 30 states across the U.S.

    Producer Bay Valley Foods said that the 10.5-ounce cans, labeled as containing reduced sodium chicken noodle soup with a "best buy" date of September 29th, 2012, may actually contain cream of chicken soup.

    Cream of chicken soup contains milk, a known allergen, and the ingredient is not printed on the label.

    No illnesses were reported and the only risk of consumption is if the consumer is allergic to milk.

    Wal-Mart Stores are offering refunds to consumers who have the recalled cans of soup.

    Honda ( HMC) CR-V models from 2004 through 2004 may be the subject of a recall in the near future, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in early May.

    Federal regulators announced an investigation into headlight failures for those specific model years, according to reports on May 2.

    The NHTSA said its early investigation involves 300,000 of the Honda soft-roaders, and follows 12 consumer complaints of faulty headlights that failed to work.

    No official recall had been issued, but the issue likely has to do with a headlight switch and wiring harness which may become damaged from overheating.

    Kia Spectras from model years 2004 through 2007 were found to have some corrosion, possibly leading to the fuel tanks falling from the cars, according to May 2 reports.

    Metal straps that attach the fuel tank to the vehicles may corrode and break, releasing the tank from the car. Separation of the tank from the car may cause a leak and increased chances of fire.

    Around 58,332 vehicles are potentially affected by the recall, manufactured between November 7, 2003 and March 6, 2007, under the Kia Spectra model years 2004 through 2007.

    Kia said only vehicles operating in U.S. states that use road salt during the colder winter months are susceptible to the corrosion problem.

    Dealers will replace the straps and bracket hardware using parts coated with zinc, free of charge to consumers.

    Kia said it will start notifying vehicle owners in certain states -- including Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia -- in the coming weeks.

    Anyone seeking further information on the recall was asked to contact the manufacturer at 800-333-4542.

    Ford Motor ( FM) E-Series vans from model year 2011 have been recalled for faulty seat brackets, according to May 2 reports.

    Certain vans under the 2011 E-150, E-250, E-350 and E-450 were recalled by Ford for a faulty driver's seat track component. Ford said that, should an accident occur, the worm gear found on electric seats could fracture and the cause the seat to slide forward or back without restraint, increasing the chance for the drivers' injury.

    Ford said no injuries had been reported yet, related to this issues.

    Around 192 vehicles are potentially affected by the recall, produced between March 7th and March 23rd of this year.

    Dealers were instructed to inspect the seat track components and replace them, if needed, free of charge to consumers.

    Owners will be contacted within the next few weeks, or those seeking further information on the recall were told to call 1-866-436-7332.

    On April 26 Toyota Motor ( TM), no stranger to product recalls, reported a voluntary safety recall of around 51,000 model year 2011 Tundra Trucks to inspect the rear drive shaft.

    The rear drive shaft in an estimated .05% of the vehicles may include a component (slip yoke) that could break due to improper casting during the foundry process, Toyota said.

    The car maker said it was aware of one drive shaft slip yoke failure in a customer-owned vehicle, though no reports of accidents or injuries had been reported as a result.

    No other Lexus or Toyota models were associated with this recall.

    Previously, on April 21, Toyota announced its intent to voluntarily recall certain 2007 through 2008 model year RAV4 and certain 2008 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles sold in the United States to replace the airbag sensor assembly.

    There are approximately 214,000 RAV4 vehicles and approximately 94,000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles covered by this Safety Recall, Toyota said.

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