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Product Recalls: February 1 – February 8, 2016

Products in our cabinets, garages, and pockets can be faulty in ways that we would have never imagined. Those faults can easily lead to irreparable damages and serious injuries. Because of that, companies who unknowingly release these defective products often make an effort to recall them as soon as they discover the potential risk of widespread damage. Here is a summary of some recent product recalls that we want our readers to be aware of.

Food, Medicine & Cosmetics:

  • Fresh Express has announced a precautionary recall of a limited quantity of chopped romaine salad due to undeclared allergens. This supply has the product code of G034A06A and Use-By-Date of February 19. The representatives from Fresh Express are already coordination with stores to remove the recalled product from retail stores where distributed, primarily in Eastern and Southeastern states. There are no other Fresh Express products included in the recall. The recall was necessitated when it was learned that sealed condiment packets containing individual packets of dressing, croutons and parmesan cheese used in the brand’s Caesar salads were mistakenly placed in a limited quantity of the chopped romaine product. Ingredients in the individual packets include milk, eggs, wheat and fish and even though the individual packets are enclosed in another sealed package, Fresh Express has issued the recall to warn individuals who may be at risk from exposure to these ingredients. Individuals who have allergens to these ingredients should not consume the specified product due to possible allergic reaction. You can reach this company at (800) 242-5472, Monday through Friday 8am to 7pm EST.
  • Margaritaville or the Jel Sert Company of West Chicago, Illinois, is issuing a voluntary recall notice for 52 cases of Margaritaville Banana Cream Pie Filing because it has the possibility of being contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, infection with salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illness such as arterial infections. There have been no reported illnesses related to this product to date. The product was not available to consumers on store shelves, only through directly provided sales samples and gift packages. If you have any questions, you may call this company at (866) 853-1969, Monday through Friday at any time.
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., is issuing a recall of Citterio Mortadella and deli meats sold from January 20 through February 3, 2016 due to a possible exposure to a tree nut allergen (pistachio). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pistachios run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The Citterio Mortadella is being recalled because it may contain undeclared pistachios and therefore, deli meats that may have come in contact with the same equipment as the Citterio Mortadella are also being recalled. BJ’s mistakenly received Citterio Mortadella containing the tree nuts that were not labelled as an ingredient. Members can visit their local BJ’s with their receipt for a refund. If you have any questions, please call the company at (800) 896-0847, Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm EST.

Consumer products:

  • KHS America is issuing a recall of their children’s musical instrument due to a violation of the lead paint standard. The “Monkey Glockenspiel” contains a pink metal note bar on the glockenspiel may contain excessive levels of lead in the paint, violating the federal lead paint standard. If the paint is scraped off and ingested lead can cause adverse health effects. This musical instrument had eight metals bars with multiple colors mounted on a wooden base shaped like a monkey. The bars are individually attached to the base with one screw at each end. The second bar from the top is pink, 3.5 inches long and has a “B” stamped on it. This specific bar can be replaced by the company. The tracking number is HS0178410914. If you have questions, you may reach this company at (800) 283-4676, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm CST.
  • Head USA is recalling their ski and snowboard helmets due to a head injury hazard. These ski and snowboard helmets do not comply with the impact requirements of safety standards for helmets, posing a risk of head injury. This recall involves six models of HEAD ski and snowboard helmets: Agent, Alia, Andor, Arise, Arosa and Avril. They were sold in sizes M/L and XL/XXL in black, blue, green, white and yellow, with straps in a variety of colors. HEAD, the model name, size and “Production Code DEC 2014” are printed on stickers that can be found by lifting the lining above the right earpiece. There have been no injuries reports and consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact the company to receive a free replacement. You may reach this company at (800) 874-3235, Monday through Friday 9am to 7pm.
  • Wedgwood is recalling their decorative baby rattles recalled by WWRD due to a choking hazard. Wedgwood Peter Rabbit decorative baby rattles have ball bearings inside each of the sides and can be released, posing a choking hazard to young children. The silver-plated giftware is shaped like a baby rattle but is intended to be used as decoration only. It measures about 4 ½ inches long and 2 inches wide. A Peter Rabbit figure and “hop hop hop” underneath are embossed on one end cap and “hop little rabbit” over the Peter Rabbit figure is embossed on the other end cap. The firm has received two reports of ball bearings releasing from the decorative giftware baby rattle. Consumers should immediately stop using the decorative rattles and take them away from young children. You may reach this company at (877) 892-9973, Monday through Friday at any time.

Motor Vehicles:

  • Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2015 C300 and C400 4matic sedans manufactured January 27, 2014, to December 1, 2014. Due to an error in the electric power steering control unit software, the affected vehicles may have a loss of electric power steering assist. If vehicles experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required, especially at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the power steering software free of charge. The recall is currently being situated. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at (800) 367-6372.
  • Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 ford F-150 SuperCrew trucks manufactured January 22, 2015, to March 17, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with driver or front passenger seat belt anchorage assemblies whose pretensioner cable was not properly crimped. As a result, the seat belts may not properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies” and 2010, “Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages.” An occupant that is not properly restrained is at an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and/or front passenger side seat belt retractor(s) and pretensioner(s), free of charge. The recall is expected to being this week. Owners may contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332.
  • Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2015 Genesis vehicles manufactured March 2, 2014, to February 9, 2015, and equipped with Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 tires installed as original equipment. The affected tires may develop cracks in the tire sidewall, resulting in a loss of air. Tires sidewall cracks could cause a rupture during use, resulting in a rapid air loss and loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the factory tires with tires of another brand, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on February 19. 2016. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at (855) 671-3059 [7]


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[1] https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm485126.htm
[2] https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm485048.htm
[3] https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Wedgwood-Decorative-Baby-Rattles-Recalled-by-WWRD/
[4] https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/KHS-America-Recalls-Childrens-Musical-Instrument/
[5] https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Head-USA-Recalls-Ski-and-Snowboard-Helmets/
[6] https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Wedgwood-Decorative-Baby-Rattles-Recalled-by-WWRD/
[7] https://cbs6albany.com/news/auto-matters/automotive-recalls-recap-biggest-recalls-come-from-fiat-chrysler-hyundai-mazda