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National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announce new Recalls & Alerts:
Steering Wheel Separation Recall
General Motors has issued a recall of approximately 2,100 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles for a manufacturing defect affecting the steering column. The steering wheel in certain 2011 cars may have been improperly fastened and can detach from the steering column. If this occurs, the driver may lose the ability to steer the vehicle, significantly increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall is expected to begin on or before April 8, 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet directly at 1-800-630-2438 or visit www.gmownercenter.com. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V221000
Mercedes Cruise Control Malfunction
Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of approximately 136,000 vehicles for a defect affecting the cruise control system. Certain 2000-2002 M-Class and 2000-2004 M-Class AMG vehicles may not automatically disengage the cruise control when the brake pedal is tapped. Other methods for disengaging such as using the cruise control stalk are not affected and will remain an option for deceleration in the event the brake does not disengage. A delay or difficulty disengaging the cruise control can increase the risk of crash.
The recall is expected to begin in September 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz directly at 1-800-367-6372. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V208000
Reverse Controls Result in Matrix Motorcycle Recall
E-Ton is recalling approximately 25,000 Matrix motorcycles for a defect affecting the ignition switch and failure to comply with the federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 213 regarding "motorcycle controls and displays." The following models are included in this recall: Model year 1999-2010 50CC and 150CC, Beamer I, Beamer II, Beamer III, and model year 2007-2010 50CC and 150CC Matrix motorcycles. The engine on/off switch should be located on the right side handlebar and the high/low beam light switch should be located on the left handlebar. These switch locations are reversed on the models listed above. The reverse locations may cause the driver to get confused while operating the bike, increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall schedule has not been set, but owners will be notified, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact E-Ton directly at 1-866-224-3318. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V189000
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.
Pampers Pacifiers Recalled For Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of approximately 29,000 Pampers Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers. The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard for young children.
The pacifiers come in yellow, pink or blue colors and "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and "Pampers" molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package and were sold in retail stores nationwide from April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from infants and contact Key Baby for instructions on returning the product for a full refund or $10 coupon toward the purchase of any Pampers® Natural Stages products. For additional information, contact Key Baby toll-free at (800) 447-1224 anytime, or visit the company's web site at www.key-baby.com
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/.
Spencer T. Kuvin
Cohen & Kuvin, LLC