Breaking News Alert
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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:
Toyota Tire Pressure Detection Defect
Toyota has issued a recall of approximately 1,400 vehicles for failing to comply with federal motor safety standard no. 138 regarding tire pressure monitoring systems. Certain 2011 FJ Cruiser and 2009-2011 Tundra vehicles may not have been properly calibrated preventing a low tire pressure warning from illuminating if the tire pressure is too low. Drivers will not receive a warning from the tire pressuring monitor that one or more tires are underinflated increasing the risk that a vehicle will be driven with one or more underinflated tires and increasing the risk of a tire failure that may lead to a crash.
The recall is expected to begin sometime in April 2011, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota directly at 1-800-444-1074. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V185000
Honda Odyssey Window Presents Clear Concern
Honda has issued a recall of approximately 2,800 new vehicles for a defect affecting the driver and front passenger door power windows. Certain 2011 Honda Odyssey vehicles may experience a failure in which the window may come off the track causing the window to become inoperative and preventing it from being rolled up or down or causing it to drop into the door. If this occurs, the window may shatter into the passenger cabin increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle occupants.
The recall is expected to begin on or before April 51, 2011, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and perform the necessary service free of charge. Owners may contact Honda directly at 1-800-999-1009 and reference Honda’s safety recall no.R73 & R74. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V181000
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.
Second Infant Death Prompts Second Announcement of Crib Recall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is re-announcing the 2008 recall of more than 985,000 drop-side cribs with "Crib Trigger Lock and Safety Peg" hardware due to a second infant death. Missing safety pegs can create a situation where the crib's drop-side rail disengages from the track. This can create a hazardous space in which an infant can become entrapped and suffocate.
The cribs were originally recalled in October 2008 after one infant death, but another death of a 7 month old child from Colorado Springs has prompted this additional alert. The crib was purchased secondhand and re-assembled without safety pegs in the bottom tracks."Buying or accepting cribs second hand can be risky," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "Second hand cribs may not come with all of the necessary parts that are needed to make sure your baby is safe. We urge parents and caregivers to use caution and to be aware that new rules established by CPSC will bring safer cribs to the market this summer."
This announcement includes the following 49 crib models with "Crib Trigger Lock with Safety Peg" drop-side hardware which were sold at major retail stores including Kmart, Target and Walmart between January 1995 and December 2005 (through September 2007 for model 4624) for about $100. Click here for a complete listing of recalled model numbers.
CPSC urges parents and caregivers to immediately stop using cribs that are missing a safety peg on either leg of the drop side and contact Delta to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit. Call Delta toll-free at (800) 816-5304 or visit the firm's website at www.cribrecallcenter.com to order the free repair kit. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to find a safe, alternative sleep environment for their child until the repair kit, with new safety pegs, is safely installed on the recalled cribs.
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