Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Today's Recalls

A surprising number of recalls hit the wires today.  They include:

J & J Tylenol 8 hour capsules (50 count)-MarketWatch

Tylenol's quality implosion is chronicled in two posts on this blog (here and here).  Other recalls involved automobiles manufactured by Chrysler and Volvo.  ABC News reported:

Chrysler's recall affects about 26,000 cars and pickup trucks that have power steering hoses that can develop leaks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website that steering fluid hoses can separate at the crimped end and leak fluid on the engine, potentially causing a fire.

The recall affects some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Charger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups.

The Volvo recall affects nearly 10,000 vehicles to fix front air bag systems that may not deploy in a crash.

The recall includes certain S80 sedans and XC70 crossover vehicles from the 2010-2011 model year and model year 2010 V70 wagons.

Children's toys were not exempt from the recall list.  Virginia Pilot reported:

Dollar Tree Inc. has recalled about 275,000 children’s flashlights because they can overheat and potentially burn users, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Dollar Tree, based in Chesapeake, voluntarily pulled the projector flashlights that depict the characters Wolverine, Spider-Man and Iron Man 2. They are about 6.5 inches long and were sold at Dollar Tree stores and its sister chains Dollar Bills, Dollar Tree $1 Stop and Deals since August.

The flashlight batteries and/or bulb can overheat, causing a potential fire hazard or burns, according to the commission.

The hazardous flashlights were made in China.  Even infant strollers were recalled:

Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after getting reports that four infants died in those strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says babies who aren't strapped in properly can slide through the opening between the stroller tray and bottom of the seat.

The reports are at least five years old, according to CNN Money:

The CPSC said the recall applies to Quattro and MetroLite strollers, which caused four infant deaths from strangulation. Deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005.
Food made the list:

The Pictsweet Company announced a voluntary recall of certain codes of store brand products containing frozen Green Peas after it learned some packages may contain glass fragments.

The Tennessee based company said in a statement on the FDA website, the product “may cause injury” if ingested.

Products distributed only to Kroger stores in the Southeast United States and Walmart stores throughout the United States were subject to the recall.

The company could not say how many packages are involved in the recall.

Also recalled, BMW motorcycles and luxury vehicles sold in China.  Even children's overalls and play toys were recalled.

Buyer beware is here and not going away anytime soon.  Leaders don't remember the name of the world's foremost quality guru, much less his teachings.

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