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Dream On Me Recalls Crib and Toddler Mattresses, Fire Hazard

Dream On Me has issued a recall for nearly 25,000 crib and toddler mattresses due to the mattresses failing to meet the mandatory federal flammability standard for mattresses, creating a fire hazard.

About the Dream On Me Mattress Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recall involves Dream On Me spring and foam mattresses for cribs and toddler beds sold between January and December of 2016.

Individual mattresses came in a variety of colors and patterns, and were sold at Amazon.com, Kohls.com, ToysRUs.com, Walmert.com, and Wayfair.com for $40 to $90.

Consumers should stop using the recalled mattresses immediately and contact Dream On Me for a mattress cover that will bring the mattresses up to code.

Dream On Me Mattresses Affected by the Recall

Mattress Color/Print Model Date of Manufacture Range
Évolur Sleep Ultra Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress white 849 between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

 

Évolur Sleep Deluxe Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress white 850 between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

 

Sweet Dreams 6” 88 Coil Spring Crib and Toddler Bed Mattress in Blue white with blue clouds 87 between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

 

88 Coil Inner Spring Standard Crib & Toddler Mattress

 

white 88 between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

 

Visco Pedic Innerspring Standard Mattress in Blue star

 

blue star 150V_1 between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

Convoluted Orthopedic Inner Spring Standard Crib & Toddler Mattress white print 150C between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

Firm Foam Crib and Toddler bed mattress white print 6E6WL between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

 

5″ Foam Crib & Toddler Bed Quilted Standard Mattress quilted bear print 5B5 between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

 

5” Round Foam Crib Mattress white 42R between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016.

 

5″ Thick Round Crib Mattress white 40R1 between January 1, 2016 and December 19, 2016

More than 400,000 Commercial Trucks Recalled for Brake Light Defect

More than 400,000 Freightliner and Western Star trucks have been recalled due to a defect that can result in brake lights not working.

About the Commercial Truck Recall

According to reports, Daimler Trucks North America has notified National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that, following hard brake applications, the brake pressure switch may not activate brake lights during light braking.

Brake light failures can result in an increase risk of collision which can be even more dangerous provided the size and weight of the commercial trucks.

Daimler plans to begin notifying affected truck owners January 25. Repairs will be conducted free of charge.

Vehicles Affected by the Daimler Trucks Recall

Daimler Trucks has included the following models in its recall:

  • 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia
  • 2008-2018 Western Star 4700
  • 2008-2018 Western Star 4900
  • 2008-2018 Western Star 5700
  • 2008-2018 Western Star 6900

Ravin Crossbows Recalls Arrow Nocks, Serious Injuries Reported

Ravin Crossbows has announced that it will recall 220,000 of its plastic molded clip-on arrow nocks following six reports of serious injuries.

About the Ravin Crossbows Arrow Nock Recall

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that the defective nocks may not fully engage with the bowstring causing the crossbow to fail to discharge when the trigger is pulled and can cause the crossbow to discharge while re-nocking.

Prior to the recall, Ravin Crossbows received 44 reports of the arrow nock malfunctioning resulting in 23 injuries, six of which were serious.

Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled arrow nocks immediately and contact Ravin Crossbows for a free replacement.

Description of the Recalled Arrow Nocks

The following information was provided by the CPSC:

  • The recalled nocks are made of all white plastic and are used in arrows for Ravin brand cross bows.
  • Tge units were sold as original equipment with Ravin crossbows and Ravin arrows as well as in separate packages of 12.
  • Each white nock measures about .9 inches long.
  • The recalled notches were sold seperatley at Brass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Dicks Sporting Goods, and other outdoors stores nationwide between October 2016 and November 2017 for $7 to $15.

Woman Suffers Eye Damage Due to Defective Solar Eclipse Glasses

A New York woman suffered a crescent-shaped burn to her retina accompanied by vision loss after viewing the recent solar eclipse through what turned out to be a defective pair of solar glasses.

About the Woman’s Injuries

According to People, the woman is described as being in her twenties and is now part of a case study by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Avnish Deobhakta, says the woman observed the sun for about 15 to 20 seconds through the glasses. Four hours later, she began experiencing color and vision distortions in addition to blurry vision. Affects were most notable in her left eye.

The woman also reported seeing a “central black spot” with her left eye.

Upon traveling to the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, doctors used adaptive optics to see detailed images of the cells that make up the photoreceptor layer of the retina. This layer is responsible for converting light to electrical energy which the brain then interprets.

The doctors found that the eclipse had burned a crescent shape into the woman’s retina. Six weeks after the eclipse, her symptoms continued to persist.

Dr. Deobhakta says that this case is evidence that more need to be done to warn consumers about the dangers of defective solar glasses.

Finding the Right Solar Eclipse Glasses

The AAS Solar Eclipse Task Force has created a list of reputable glasses vendors as to make sure that people stay safe and don’t damage their eyesight while viewing a solar eclipse.

Viewers are always advised to check their glasses before looking at an eclipse to make sure that there aren’t any scratches or other defects. Doing so ensures that no harmful rays penetrate your eyes and cause vision issues.

 

Ford Recalls 177,000 F-150 and Explorers for Faulty Seats

Ford has issued a recall for more than 177,000 2016 F-150 pickups and Explorers because a bolt in the powered front seats can fail and fall out, leaving the seats inadequately secured and creating a significant safety hazard.

About the Ford Seat Recall

According to Consumer Reports, the recall states that the missing bolt can allow the powered seats to shift more than they normally would in the event of a crash.

Ford says any increased seat movement in a crash increases the risk of injury and potentially death.

Dealers will inspect the bolt to see whether it meets torque requirements. If the requirements are met, the bolt will be removed and cleaned and a new threadlock will be added before the bolt is reinstalled. If the toque inspection is failed, additional repairs will be needed.

Vehicles Affected by the Ford Seat Recall

The following vehicles are included in Ford’s powered seat recall:

  • 2016 Ford F-150 vehicles built at the Dearborn (Mich.) Assembly Plant or the Kansas City (Mo.) Assembly Plant from Jan. 22, 2016, to April 19, 2016
  • 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Jan. 22, 2016, to April 19, 2016

FDA Recalls Kroger Baby Water for Mold, Potential Asthma Attacks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a major recall of Kroger’s Comforts For Baby purified water with added fluoride due to presence of Talaromyces penicillium, a mold that can result in significant adverse reactions and health consequences.

About the Kroger Baby Water Recall

According to Fortune, allergic reactions to Talaromyces penicillium mold and mold spores are similar to hay fever. Symptoms may include sneezing, red eyes, skin rashes, and throat irritation, even in children who are not allergic.

Children who are allergic, however, may also suffer asthma attacks while infants with weakened immune symptoms could develop “serious health consequences.”

The FDA warns that the mold is not visible the naked eye, so contaminated bottles of the baby water may still appear clear and clean. As such, the FDA urges all consumers who have purchased recalled bottles of water to return the product to its place of purchase for a refund.

Details of the Recalled Kroger Baby Water

Fortune reports that the recall affects gallon bottles of Comforts For Baby purified water with sell-by dates between April 26, 2018 and October 10, 2018.

Kroger store brands include:

  • Food 4 Less
  • Jay C
  • Jay C Food Plus
  • Kroger
  • Kroger Marketplace
  • Owen’s
  • Payless Super Market
  • Ruler

BMW Issues Stop-Sale Order, Recall on All I3 EVs in U.S.

BMW has announced a stop-sale order and recall for all i3 electric vehicle sold in the United States after the vehicles failed a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rigid-barrier crash test.

Details of the Crash Test Failure and Resulting Recall

According to Car and Driver, the i3 failed to pass a NHTSA rigid-barrier crash test for 5th percentile women who are in the driver’s seat and not wearing seatbelts. 5th percentile women are considered those weighing between 100 and 110 pounds and standing roughly five feet tall.

The crash test is conducted at 20 to 25 mph and involves crashing a vehicle head-on into a flat, solid wall. NHTSA noted that the driver seat occupant would sustain loads marginally above the required limit and that the results were inconsistent with BMW’s testing.

Full crash test ratings for the BMW i3 have not yet been released

BMW Working on Resolution

BMW has announced that a remedy is forthcoming, but has not commented on what that fix may be.

BMW i3 owners can expect to be notified of the recall beginning in December and the stop-ale order was issued last week.

BMW advises consumers that it is safe to drive the i3s as long as a seatbelt is used.

 

 

IKEA Updates Recall Linked to String of Child Deaths

IKEA relaunched its recall of 29 million chests and dressers Thursday. The recalled chests and dressers have been linked to eight child deaths and multiple injuries.

About the Defective IKEA Chests and Dressers

According to ABC News, defective IKEA furniture has been linked to eight deaths over the past 28 years. The latest death occurred in May when an IKEA MALM dresser tipped over and fatally crushed a California toddler. The death raised concerns about how effectively the recall was being communicated to consumers as the recall was first initiated in June 2016.

The CEO says the company has adopted an “extensive communication” campaign utilizing social media, television, print ads, and its website. He added that the company had emailed 13 million consumers about the recall two months ago.

While the defect can be resolved with a free wall-mounting kit, the company is also offering full refunds for anyone who no longer wants the chests and dressers, provided the furniture is covered by the recall.

Dressers and Chests Included in the IKEA Recall

The recall currently affects 29 million dressers and chests in IKEA’s MALM furniture series. The following IKEA dresser and chest models were included in the voluntary recall:

  • MALM 3
    • Sale Dates: 10/2002 to 6/2016
    • Measurements: 31½” x 18⅞” x 30¾”
  • MALM 4
    • Sale Dates: 6/2002 to 6/2016
    • Measurements: 31½” x 18⅞” x 39½”
  • MALM 5
    • Sale Dates: 10/2002 to 4/2006
    • Measurements: 15⅞” x 19” x 49¼“
  • MALM 6
    • Sale Dates: 6/2002 to 6/2016
    • Measurements: 31½” x 18⅞” x 48⅜”

Center for Auto Safety Pushes for Recall of Pacifica Minivans

The Center for Auto Safety is pushing federal regulators to investigate a dangerous defect in Chrysler Pacifica minivans which is causing the vehicles to suddenly shut off while on the road. So far, Fiat Chrysler has declined to recall the vehicles.

About the Chrysler Pacifica Vehicle Stalls

According to the New York Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received more than 50 consumer complaints from Pacifica owners saying their vehicles lost power and stalled while on the road. Despite these reports, however, Fiat Chrysler has not issued a voluntary recall for the vehicles.

While Fiat Chrysler admits that it is aware of the complaints, the automaker states that it has not found information pointing to a specific, widespread, or consistent problem and that dealers inspecting affected vehicles have been unable to replicate the issue.

The automaker added that there is no indication that the function of airbags or seatbelt tension was compromised during the stalls, despite reports of lost electrical power affecting things like power steering.

156,000 Pacifica minivans have been sold since the vehicles were introduced in 2016. It is unclear how many are affected by the stalling issue.

Reports Come After a Series of Fiat Chrysler Recall Controversies

The Center for Auto Safety’s petition to NHTSA is especially significant considering it comes on the heels of two recent controversies involving Fiat Chrysler’s handling of recalls and recalled vehicles.

In 2015, NHTSA ruled that Fiat Chrysler had failed to promptly notify vehicle owners of recalls and delayed initiating repairs of defective models in 23 recalls covering roughly 11 million vehicles. The automaker was fined $105 million.

Fiat Chrysler was the subject of national headlines again last year when actor Anton Yelchin was killed by his Jeep Grand Cherokee which rolled backward down his driveway and crushed him. The vehicle was part of a recall related to defective electronic gearshifts, but it had not been repaired prior to the fatal accident. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Yelchin’s family.

 

 

 

Honda Recalls 900,000 Odyssey Minivans for Seat Defect, Injuries Reported

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans after receiving 46 reports of injuries caused by an issue that causes second-row seats to tip forward.

About the Honda Odyssey Minivan Recall

According to the New York Times, the recall was announced Saturday and is meant to address problems with the adjustable seats locking into place. In a statement by Honda, the automaker said it will try to educate owners on how to properly latch the seats until it can develop a full repair.

Honda warns that if a second-row seat is not properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat, the set can tip forward during moderate to heavy breaking resulting in an increased risk of injury to the occupant.

So far, Honda has posted an instructional seat to assist affected owners and plans to add an instruction video.

Vehicle Affected by the Honda Odyssey Recall

Honda states that the recall affects 2011 to 2017 model year Odyssey minivans.

Of the 900,000 vehicles recalled, 800,000 were sold in the United States.

Affected owners can expect to receive recall notifications beginning in late December.

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