Bumbo recalls 4 million baby seats after injuries

WASHINGTON, Wed Aug 15, 2012 – Bumbo International Trust is voluntarily recalling more than 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats sold in the United States and Canada after scores of injuries were reported, including skull fractures, the company and U.S. and Canadian authorities said on Wednesday.

Consumers should stop using the product until they install a free repair kit, which includes a restraint belt and a new warning sticker, and never use the Bumbo seat on an elevated surface, the South Africa-based company, as well as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, said in statements.

The recall involves about 4 million Bumbo seats in the United States and about 340,000 in Canada.

Since 2007, at least 50 U.S. incidents have been reported in which babies fell while the molded-foam seat was on a raised surface. Nineteen of the incidents included skull fractures, the company and the CPSC said.

Another 34 reports have been received of infants hurt while the one-piece seat was on a floor or an unknown elevation. Two babies suffered fractured skulls.

Five incidents have been reported in Canada, with three minor injuries, Health Canada said.

About 1 million Bumbo molded-foam seats were recalled in October 2007 in order to provide more warnings against use on raised surfaces.

The U.S. and Canadian moves come after consumer groups urged the CPSC in February to recall the seats, said Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety at the Consumer Federation of America, one of the advocacy groups.

The Bumbo seat has several warning labels on the back. Seats made since 2008 have another label on the front warning against use on raised surfaces.

GM recalls over 38,000 police Impalas in North America

DETROIT, Mon Aug 13, 2012 – General Motors Co. is recalling more than 38,000 Chevrolet Impala police cars in North America because the lower front control arms could fracture, increasing the risk of crash.

The recall, which does not affect non-police versions of the Impala, covers 36,413 cars in the United States and 1,713 in Canada, according to GM and documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It covers cars from the 2008 to 2012 model years.

GM said there had been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue.

A fracture of the control arms, which support a vehicle’s wheels, fracture, can lead to loss of control, according to NHTSA documents. Should a fracture occur, some tire “squeal” or “chirping” may be heard when turning at low speeds, according to NHTSA documents.

The problem was discovered after GM got several reports from two police fleets of front lower control arms that had fractured, according to NHTSA documents.

The recall, which entails replacing both front, lower control arms, is expected to begin on Aug. 21, according to NHTSA documents.

Ford recalls new Escape crossover over braking issue

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. is recalling some of its recently launched 2013 Escape compact sport-utility vehicles because a carpeting flaw may cause drivers to apply the brakes improperly, increasing stopping distances and the risk of crashes.
The recall affects 8,266 vehicles built between March 8 and June 7, according to papers filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ford said improperly installed carpet padding the center console trim panel may cause a driver’s foot to contact the side of the brake pedal when it moves from the accelerator to the brake.
The automaker said that on affected vehicles it will remove the carpet padding and left-side console trim panel and replace it with a new panel. The recall begins on July 23.
One of Ford’s highest-profile launches in recent years, the Escape was the company’s second-best selling vehicle. It was the sixth best-selling vehicle overall in the United States in June, with sales of 28,500. The top seller was Ford’s F-Series truck.

U.S. expands fire probe to 1.4 million Toyota vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., Mon Jun 18, 2012 – Some 1.4 million Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles are being scrutinized more closely by U.S. safety regulators looking for possible increased fire risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Monday.

The expanded probe includes the manufacturer’s best-selling Camry sedan from model years 2007 to 2009.

The probe was upgraded to an engineering analysis from a preliminary investigation, which may lead to an eventual recall. Often engineering analyses are closed without a recall.

Fires have been reported at a high rate for Toyota models built from September 2006 to August 2008 that all have the same power window master switch design, the NHTSA said on its website.

Nine injuries and 161 crashes or fires have been reported to either NHTSA or Toyota, but no deaths, NHTSA said. NHTSA reported there were another 49 warranty claims of fires or “thermal events” among the affected vehicles.

The expanded probe affects the 2007-2009 model year Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles, as well as 2008 Highlander Hybrid SUV.

In February, an investigation was opened by NHTSA into about 830,000 model year 2007 Camry and RAV4 vehicles. Monday’s action expanded that to 1,424,747 vehicles, NHTSA said.

Honda recalls about 50,000 Civic cars in U.S. for driveshaft issue

TORRANCE, Calif., Wed Jun 13, 2012 – Honda Motor Co. Ltd. said on Wednesday it will recall about 50,000 Civic small cars in the United States from the 2012 model year for a potential driveshaft assembly issue that could lead to loss of engine power.

The Japanese automaker said it will inspect and, if needed, replace the driver’s side driveshaft that may not have been properly assembled, which could lead to the engine no longer propelling the vehicle in any gear.

The car also could roll away if the parking brake has not been set, Honda said.

No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue, Honda said.

Mailed notification of the recall will begin in late June, Honda said.

GM recalls 4,300 Malibu Eco cars in U.S. for airbag issue

DETROIT, Thu May 24, 2012 – General Motors Co. said on Thursday it is recalling 4,304 Chevrolet Malibu Eco cars sold in the United States to reprogram a module that controls airbag deployments.

The U.S. automaker said in what it described as rare cases under extremely aggressive turning, the roof rail airbags in some 2013 model year Malibu Ecos might inflate. It also said in another scenario it described as rarer that the airbags and safety belt pretensioners might not deploy.

GM said no crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

GM said it discovered the problem during a development test in which one of the cars was performing extreme maneuvers. It said letters will be mailed to car owners on June 1 with instructions to have the reprogramming done at no cost at a dealer.

Acura recalls over 56,000 cars in North America

TORRANCE, Calif., Thu May 17, 2012 – Honda Motor Co. Ltd.’s Acura brand is recalling 56,881 TL sedans from model years 2007 and 2008 in North America to replace a power steering hose that could leak over time and potentially cause a fire.

The recall affects 52,615 TL sedans in the U.S. and another 4,266 in Canada, the Japanese automaker said.

Acura said the hose may deteriorate and leak over time. Leaking fluid could lead to a loss of power steering assistance or could cause smoke and fire, the Japanese automaker said.

Acura said no crashes, injuries or fires have been reported related to the issue.

The company said owners will be notified of the recall by mail, beginning in mid-June. Customers also can see whether their car is affected by the recall at www.recalls.acura.com or www.acura.ca/recalls.

Chrysler recalls 127,350 Dodge Chargers, Chrysler 300s for electrical, braking problems

DETROIT, Mon May 7, 2012 – Chrysler Group is recalling some 127,350 current model Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles in the United States and Canada due to potential problems in electrical stability control and anti-lock braking systems, the company and U.S. safety regulators said.

Chrysler, majority owned by Fiat SpA , said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or fires due to the issue.

The recall affects cars from the 2011-2012 model years and produced through December 20, 2011, according to a company filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A fuse in the power distribution center in the vehicles may overheat and cause loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash, the filing said.

Chrysler will fix the issue without charge. Recall notices will go out this month.

The problem first surfaced in testing of a vehicle used as a police car in Michigan, and Chrysler then checked for the same issue with consumer-driven cars, the filing said.

The maker of the affected system is Global Automotive Systems, which is part of Dura Automotive Systems based in Rochester Hills, Mich., near Detroit, the filing said.

The recall affects an estimated 119,072 cars in the United States and 8,274 in Canada.

Honda recalls 554,000 SUVs over headlights

TORRANCE, Calif., Fri Mar 30, 2012 – Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is recalling about 554,000 sport utility vehicles in the United States to inspect for faulty wiring in headlights.

Honda said in a statement that the recall affects CR-V SUVs from model years 2002 to 2004 and Pilot SUVs from model year 2003. The Japanese automaker will inspect and replace parts of the headlight wiring system that could fail, causing the low-beam headlights not to work and increase the risk of crash.

No injuries or crashes have been reported relating to the issue, Honda said.

Letters will be mailed to affected owners in late April, but consumers can see if their vehicles require repairs by going to www.recalls.honda.com or calling (800) 999-1009.

GM recalls more than 6,000 vans, SUVs in the U.S. over steering

DETROIT, Mon Mar 26, 2012 – General Motors Co. is recalling 6,159 big vans and sport-utility vehicles in the United States for possible loss of steering.

The U.S. automaker is recalling certain 2012 model-year Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, and Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL SUVs because the gear shaft could fracture, which could lead to a loss of steering and increased risk of an accident, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM said the issue was discovered by the supplier during the testing of steering gear units and testing suggested a failure would not occur until at least five months after the most severe use. The automaker said there were no known crashes, injuries or complaints related to the recall.

GM said its dealers will inspect the steering gear shaft and replace it if necessary. Letters to owners will be sent April 4.

Porsche is recalling 1,232 2012 model-year 911 Carrera S coupes in the United States as interference between a coolant line and fuel line may cause the latter to become disconnected, according to documents filed with NHTSA. A fuel leak could lead to vehicle stalling or a possible fire, according to NHTSA documents.

Porsche said in documents filed with NHTSA that it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Porsche will replace the fuel line and the recall is expected to begin in April, NHTSA said.