Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on March 9, 2011 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-newHONDA CIVICS About 36,656 model year 2006-2007 Honda Civic hybrid vehicles. There is a potential for the voltage converter that relays power from the integrated motor assist (IMA) system to the vehicle's electrical components to fail. This failure will cause the headlights to turn off, the engine to stall, and prevent the vehicle from being restarted, increasing the risk of a crash.
IF YOU OWN ONE Bring it to the dealer, who will replace the voltage converter free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before March 18, 2011. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009, and select option 4.

CHRYSLER JEEP WRANGLERS About 20,459 model year 2010-2011 Jeep Wrangler vehicles manufactured from July 12, 2010, through Sept. 10, 2010. Some vehicles may experience a degradation of fastener torque for various front and rear axle attachments to the chassis module. This could result in noise, or ultimately, degradation in steering and handling characteristics, which could lead to loss of directional control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to the dealer, who will re-torque all 19 fasteners to the maximum residual torque values. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2011. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

RATTLES About 14,000 OBall Links & Mini Rattles sold at Toys R Us and other specialty toy stores nationwide from April 2010 through December 2010 for about $8. The hard plastic C-links on both ends of the rattles' soft plastic chain can break, posing a choking hazard to young children. Rhino Toys has received one report of a broken C-link. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Rhino Toys at 888-250-9969or go to to receive a full refund.

COFFEE MAKERS About 94,000  FÖRSTÅ coffee/tea makers sold IKEA stores nationwide from January 2010 through December 2010. Pressure from the metal pot holder against the coffee/tea maker can cause the glass to break unexpectedly, posing burn and laceration hazards. IKEA has received one report in the U.S. of a glass coffee/tea maker breaking. No injury was reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Take it back to any IKEA store for a full refund. Call 888-966-4532 or go to for more information.

PEANUT BUTTER Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread distributed to retail outlets in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The product may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No other Skippy products are affected by this recall. To date, no illnesses related to this issue have been reported.
The affected product, which is packaged in 16.3 oz plastic jars, is as follows:
UPCs: 048001006812 and 048001006782 (located on the side of the jar’s label below the bar code.) Best-If-Used-By Dates: MAY1612LR1, MAY1712LR1, MAY1812LR1, MAY1912LR1, MAY2012LR1 and MAY2112LR1 (Stamped on the lid of the jar.)
IF YOU OWN SOME Discard the product immediately and call 800-453-3432 for a replacement coupon. 

REFRIGERATORS About 5,702 Liebherr Built-In 30-Inch wide-bottom freezer refrigerators sold by appliance and specialty retailers nationwide from February 2004 through January 2011 for between $4,400 and $5,000. The refrigerator's door can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers. Liebherr has received ten reports of doors detaching. No injuries reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Liebherr immediately at 877-337-2653 or go to to schedule a free in-home repair.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.


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Robin Melen

Robin Melen

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