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:
Cadillac Side Roof Rail Airbag Defect
General Motors has issued a recall of approximately 47,000 Cadillac vehicles due to non-compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 regarding "Occupant Crash Protection." Certain 2011 SRX vehicles may contain a defect that causes the right side roof-rail airbag to turn off if a sensor determines that the front passenger seat is unoccupied. In the event of an accident, the right rear occupant may not be protected, increasing the risk of severe injuries.
The recall is expected to begin on June 17, 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Cadillac directly at 1-866-982-2339 and reference GM'S recall number 11162. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V308000.
Honda VT 750 Motorcycle Defect
Honda has issued a recall of approximately 3,000 motorcycles produced from June 25, 2009 - March 28, 2011 due to a defect in the electrical system. The bank angle sensor in certain 2010 and 2011 VT750 bikes may be incorrectly manufactured creating the possibility of an erroneous reading which can cause the engine to stall and increase the risk of crash.
The recall is expected to begin on or around June 20, 2011 and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Honda directly at 1-866-784-1870 and reference Honda's safety recall number R80. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V310000.
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.
American Girl Jewelry Kit Recalled for Excess Lead Levels
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall of approximately 75,000 American Girl Crafts Pearly Beads & Ribbon Bracelets kit. The surface coating on some of the beads contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.
The recalled kit is identified by SKU number 30-585331, located on the back of the package in the lower right corner. The jewelry kit contains 56 pieces including pink, blue, orange and white beads, and various colored ribbons. Some pink beads have darker pink butterflies imprinted on them. The kits were sold at Michaels Stores and other retailers nationwide from September 2009 through June 2011 for about $8.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled kits and any finished bracelets made from the kits away from children and contact the company for a full refund. For additional information, contact EKSuccess Brands toll-free at (855) 535-2099 or visit the firm's website at www.eksuccessbrands.com
Toy Helicopters Recalled for Laceration Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall of approximately 24,000 toy Military Copters, manufactured in China. The plastic blades of the helicopter can detach during operation, posing a laceration hazard.
The recalled toy Military Copters are have model #9009935 and UPC number 680108044474 printed on the back of the package near the bar code. These toys were sold exclusively at Rite Aid Corporation stores nationwide from January 2011 through May 2011 for about $7.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled helicopters away from children and return the product to any Rite Aid store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Excite USA toll free at (866) 791-4754 or visit the firm's website at www.Excite-Limited.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 www.cpsc.gov.
- Spencer Kuvin
Cohen & Kuvin, LLC