Archive for January, 2010

Toyota Recalls More Vehicles

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

After a recall of 4.2 million vehicles in November, Toyota has added to that number another 1.1 million. The problem is that the gas pedals on the recalled vehicles can get caught in the floor mat, causing the vehicles to accelerate at an uncontrollable rate. Last week, Toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles that also had a problem with the gas pedals sticking on their own.

The initial recall included the certain 2009-2010 RAV4, certain 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, certain 2007-2010 Camry, certain 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra, and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. Any RAV4s, Corollas, Camrys, and Highlanders with VINs that begin with “J” ARE NOT included in the recall.

The latest recall affects the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010, Venza 2009-2010 Matrix, and the 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe (because it is made as a partnership between Toyota and Pontiac) were added to the list.

Not affected by the recall are any Lexus Division or Scion vehicles, Prius, Tacoma, Sienna, Venza, Solara, Yaris, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser and Highlander hybrids and Camry hybrids.

Customers who have questions or problems with their accelerator should visit Toyota.com for more info, call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331, or visit their local Toyota dealership.

Johnson & Johnson Issues Massive Recall of Over-the-Counter Meds

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has recalled many over-the-counter drugs due to a moldy smell that was making consumers ill.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received over 70 complaints from consumers who because ill with nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea after noticing the odor. The smell was due to chemicals used to treat the wooden pallets leaking into the bottles.

The number of bottles of recalled medications is unknown, but the recall includes the following caplet and geltab medications: regular and extra-strength Tylenol, Children’s Tylenol, 8-Hour Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol PM, Children’s Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph’s aspirin.

Only certain batches were recalled. To see a complete list of recalled medications with images, bar codes, NDC codes, UPC codes, and lot numbers, please see the McNeil Consumer Healthcare page.

If you have one of these medications, stop using it and contact the company at (888) 222-6036 for a refund.

Chrysler Recalls 24,000 Vehicles

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Chrysler Group LLC has recalled 24,177 vehicles due to a defective part that could cause the failure of the brakes. The recall affects the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Commander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and 2009-2010 Dodge Ram trucks. The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty truck was named 2010 Truck of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. The 2010 Chrysler Sebring and Avenger were named by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as Top Safety Picks for 2010.

It is believed the problem is that the brake booster rod retaining clips in the cars and SUVs are improperly formed and that they may not have been installed at all in Ram trucks. Lack of properly working brake booster rod retaining clips could result in brake failure without any warning.

So far, there have been on injuries reported due to the faulty clips, but the problem was noticed during testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Chrysler has scheduled the recalls, which are expected to cost more than $250 million dollars, for this month. Notices will be mailed to the owners of the recalled vehicles.

Graco Recalls Strollers

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Graco Children’s Products, Inc. has recalled 1.5 million strollers due to reports of children having their fingertips lacerated and amputated as a result of stroller use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received reports of five children suffering amputations and two suffering lacerations after getting their fingers caught in the canopy hinge of the strollers.

The models being recalled by Graco are the Passage, Alano, and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. All the recalled strollers were made in China and sold between October 2004 and December 2009 at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other retailers throughout the United States for between $80 and $200.

This recall only affects Graco strollers with “a plastic, joined hinge mechanism that has indented canopy positioning notches.” The following are the model numbers for the recalled strollers. Model numbers can be found above the back wheels:

6303MYC, 6303MYC3, 7240DNB, 7240DNB2, 7240MKL2, 7240MKL3, 7F02GLM3, 6320IVY, 6320LAU, 7241DDH2, 7241DHO3, 7F04TAY3, 6330CAP, 6330THR, 6330THR3, 7255CLP, 7255CLP2, 7255CRA2, 7255CRA3, 7255CSA3, 7255GPK3, 7255GRN, 7255GRN2, 7255JJB3, 7255ORC2, 7255WLO2, 7255WLO3, 7F07EMA3, 6F00QIN3, 6F00RRY3, 7256CLO2, 7256SPM2, 7256SPM3, 7F08DSW3, 7F08LAN3, 6F03GLN3, 7260BAN, 7260BAN2, 7260BAN3, 7260MRA2, 7260MRA3, 7260PKR, 7260PKR2, 7G00DLS3, 7G00DLS4, 6G10CSE3, 7270BIA, 7270BIA2, 7G01CRL3, 7235GGA, 7235GGA2, 7E01JON2, 7E01JON3, 7G04KRA3, 7236CDR2, 7F00LPE3, 7F00RSH3, 7G05GPR3, 7G06WSR3, 7237HOL2, 7237HOL3, 7F01FOR3, 7G07ABB3, 7G07BAT3

If you have one of these strollers, please stop using it and contact Graco for a free protective cover repair kit by calling (800) 345-4109 or by visiting their web page.