Yikes. Every single Chevrolet Cruze made from the first production through May 31, 2012 is being recalled by General Motors Co., due to reports of engine fires and explosion risk. Apparently, liquids are getting trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire can start and spread.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March opened a preliminary investigation into the Cruze after there were two reports of engine fires that destroyed the vehicles.
GM is sending letters to customers to notify them of the recall and remind them to make sure, after an oil change, that proper cleanup of excess fluids is conducted. Inspection for the possible missing welds that causes the fluid leaks will take a minutes, says GM, and the repair will take about three hours. Modifying the engine shield will take about 30 minutes in a Chevrolet dealership service department and will be free.
So if you have a Cruze, do not delay – take it to the Chevy dealership and have them check it out to make sure it is safe to continue driving.
Caution when snacking! Those delicious thick-cut Kettle Brand Potato Chips are being recalled because a certain set of them apparently contains metal fragments.
Only the New York Cheddar flavor is affected, in two sizes. Details below.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips, New York Cheddar (5 oz)
UPC Code: 084114-009944
Best Before dates: 1Nov12 and 15Nov12
Kettle Brand Potato Chips, New York Cheddar (1.5 oz)
UPC Code: 084114-112712
Best Before date: 15Nov12
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of about 17,000 Bowflex® SelectTech® 1090 Dumbbells because of an injury hazard. Apparently, the weight selector dial is defective, and can cause the weight plates to fall if the dumbells are lifted from their cradle. There have been at least 16 reports of the failure of the weight selector dial, and three injuries to the user’s foot or leg.
The Bowflex Dumbbells were available at Nautilus.com and other online retailers from May 2011 through August 2011 for about $600.
And yes, they were made in China.
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Another day, another toxic product manufactured by China.
China’s biggest milk producer Yili Industrial Group has recalled its baby formula due to high levels of mercury. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, high levels of mercury can cause poisoning and damage the brain and kidneys.
This is the second major contamination affecting China-produced infant formula, the worst of which happened in 2008 when melamine-laced formula sickened nearly 300,000 infants and killed 6.
Spinach-lovers beware: Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. is recalling Organic Baby Spinach after a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture test showed potential contamination with Salmonella. Taylor Farms is based out of Salinas, California.
The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Salmonella can also infect the bloodstream and produce severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Anyone who has recently bought molluscan shellfish should contact the retailer to inquire about its origin, health officials said. The label on seafood that comes in bags, cans or other packages should indicate the country of origin.
Salinas, California-based lettuce grower River Ranch Fresh Foods has issued a recall for bagged salads after detecting listeria contamination. The contaminated packages were distributed in several states, including California.
Listeria bacteria is found in soil, water and animal feces. Humans typically are infected by consuming:
- Raw vegetables that have been contaminated from the soil or from contaminated manure used as fertilizer
- Infected meat
- Unpasteurized milk or foods made with unpasteurized milk
- Certain processed foods — such as soft cheeses, hot dogs and deli meats that have been contaminated after processing
Symptoms of listeria infection include high fever, headache and neck stiffness. Infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at risk of becoming severely ill from the bacteria.