We provide these breaking news alerts to ensure consumers are protected and educated in hopes that this information will keep you safe and aware of threats to your families’ well-being.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announce new Recalls & Alerts:
Toyota Airbag Sensor Malfunction Recall
Toyota has issued a recall of approximately 307,000 vehicles due to a defect affecting the frontal airbag sensors. Certain 2008 Highlander, Highlander Hybrid and 2007-2008 RAV4 SUVs may contain a malfunction in the airbag sensors designed to detect the vehicle roll angle. This can prevent the roll detection system from properly activating, significantly increasing the risk of enhanced injury during a crash.
The recall is expected to begin in mid-May 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota directly at 1-800-331-4331. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V245000.
Salt and Snow Intrusion Steer Nissan Recall
Nissan has issued a recall of approximately 195,000 vehicles due to a defect affecting the steering column. Certain 1997-2003 Pathfinder and 1993-2004 Infiniti QX4 vehicles that are exposed to snow, water and salt may be at risk for a steering column malfunction, caused by these elements entering the assembly location hole in the upper strut housing. This snow/water and salt intrusion may result in corrosion of the strut tower housing causing cracks, and a potential break in the steering column. These factors can lead to loss of steering control, significantly increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall is expected to begin on or before May 16, 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Nissan directly at 1-800-647-7261. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V244000.
Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov, with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.
Kiddieland Trikes and Scooters Recalled for Laceration Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of two different children’s toys manufactured by Kiddieland Toys Limited due to various laceration hazards.
The first recall involves approximately 9,000 “Disney Princess Plastic Racing Trikes” which pose a laceration hazard due to a plastic castle display and princess figures protruding from the top of the handle bars. The trikes are pink and fuchsia with a purple seat and wheels and "Disney Princess" is printed on the label in front of the trike just below the handlebar. The trikes were sold at Target, JCPenney, Meijer and H.E.B. stores nationwide and on the Web at www.target.com from January 2009 through April 2011 for about $50.
Consumers should immediately take the trikes away from children and contact Kiddieland for a free replacement handlebar with an enclosed rotating display. For additional information, contact Kiddieland at (800) 430-5307 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.kiddieland.com.hk
The second recall involves approximately 16,000 Kiddieland “Lights and Sounds” three-wheeled scooters including a red Spiderman, a blue Thomas & Friends™ and a pink girl’s scooter. A child’s finger can get caught in the hinge mechanism between the steering column and the platform, posing a laceration hazard. The scooters have buttons on the handle that play music and sounds. “Kiddieland” is molded on the back of the steering mechanism. Spiderman or Thomas & Friends™ are found on the steering mechanism and platform. The girl’s model has butterflies on the platform. The scooters were sold at Toys R Us and JCPenney from January 2009 through February 2011 for about $40.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled scooters away from children and contact Kiddieland for a free repair kit. For additional information, contact Kiddieland toll-free at (800) 430-5307 or visit the firm's website at www.kiddieland.com.hk
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. Consumers are encouraged to obtain more details on recalls and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.
Cohen & Kuvin, LLC
Spencer T. Kuvin