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Volvo Recalls 2016 XC90 – Airbag Problems

Volvo Cars of North America has issued a recall of their 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV because of a defect with the third row side curtain airbags.

This is the fifth recall this year for Volvo, and the second for the XC90. The first XC90 recall this year was also issued due to an airbag defect.

About the Volvo XC90 Recall

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety (NHTSA) Recall Report, in XC90 vehicles equipped with seven seats, the inflatable curtain air bags may not deploy correctly.

The defect arises from the fact that interior trim panel on the D-pillars could obstruct the airbags from fully inflating. This poses a risk of injury and even death for third row passengers in the event of a collision.

The recall covers 3,911 XC90s manufactured between January 27th and July 10th of 2015. The Vehicle Identification Numbers range from YV1LCA2BCG1000491 to YV4A22PK9G1020394. The recall is expected to take effect on September 14th.

So far there have been no reports of injuries, crashes, or fatalities connected with the defect.

Airbag Failure Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 523 deaths were linked to airbag non-deployments between 2001 and 2006.
  • According to their report, airbags would have benefitted at least 360 of those killed.
  • Incorrect airbag deployment occurred in 18 percent of fatal frontal collisions between 1998 and 2006.

J.M. Mattress Issues Recall – Fire Hazard

J.M. Mattress has issued a recall of roughly 240 mattresses because they do not meet the mandatory federal open flame standard for mattresses, rendering them a fire hazard.

About the Mattress Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), J.M. Mattress is recalling the mattresses because they fail to meet the Standard of Flammability of Mattress Sets.

This regulation, established in 2006, basically states that mattresses are to be able to resist ignition from an open flame, such as a candle or a match, and are to be tested by a third party.

J.M. Mattress is proactively recalling these renovated, or rebuilt, mattresses even though there have not been any incidents or injuries reported. Consumers are encouraged to contact J.M. Mattress to arrange to have the mattresses picked up, repaired, and returned free of charge.

Description of the Recalled Mattresses

  • J.M. Mattress is recalling renovated Tight Top RB Sweet Dream Mattresses.
  • They were sold in twin, full, queen, and king sizes.
  • The mattresses were ivory colored.
  • On the foot of the top side of the mattress there is a white federal tag that reads, “Manufactured By: J.M. Mattress, 4536 W. Gladys Ave. Chicago IL 60624, Model: Tight Top RB Sweet Dreams, Prototype ID: TTQRBD Sweet Dreams.”
  • The mattresses were sold at independent mattress stores in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
  • They were sold from September 2014 through December 2014, ranging in price from $50 and $500.

BFGoodrich Recalls 129,000 Defective Tires

A recall of BFGoodrich Tires has been issued for North America (i.e., U.S., Canada, and Mexico), according to PRNNewswire.com.

The tires have been reported to quickly lose air pressure, and potentially cause loss of control of the vehicle or crash.

Details of the BFGoodrich Tire Recall

The current recall affects approximately 129,000 tires, 104,000 of which were sold in the United States.

Recall releases indicate the sidewall in the bead area of the tires can rupture when put through severe conditions of use, resulting in a sudden loss of air pressure. When such an incident occurs, drivers are at an increased risk of losing control of their vehicle and crashing.

The tires were manufactured mainly for commercial light trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs, and some ¾- and one-ton pickup trucks.

Models Included in the BFGoodrich Recall

The models recalled include:

  • BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season (LT 275/70R18 125/122Q)
  • BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season 2 (LT 275/70R18 125/122R)
  • BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A (LT 275/70R18 125/122R)
  • BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A (LT 275/65R18 123/120R)
  • BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season 2 (LT 235/80R17 120/117R)
  • BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season 2 (LT 265/70R17 121/118R)
  • BFGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season 2 (LT 245/75R17 121/118R)
  • B FGoodrich Commercial T/A All-Season 2 (LT 245/70R17 119/116R)
Tire Failure Statistics
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that defective and faulty tires are responsible for roughly 8,000 auto accidents annually.
  • A report by Michelin concluded that 535 fatalities and 23,000 accidents result form tire blowouts every year.
  • Since the passage of the national Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, more than 24 million tires have been recalled for safety defects. Most notable have been:
    • Firestone’s 1978 recall of more than 7 million tires
    • Firestone’s 2000 recall of 6.5 million SUV tires
    • Goodyear’s 2014 recall of 41,000 tires

MZB Children’s Watches Recalled for Causing Skin Irritation

A nationwide recall has been issued for 1.9 million MZB children’s watches. The watches have been reported to cause skin irritation.

About the Children’s Watch Recall

The watches were recalled due to the fact that the case-back of the watch can detach, causing the interior to be susceptible to water. This poses the threats of skin irritation, redness, rashes, or chemical burns, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Consumers should contact MZB immediately and keep away from children.

So far, 11 cases of skin irritation or chemical burns have been reported, and six of the cases have called for medical attention.

Description of the Recalled Watches

All information provided by the CPSC:

  • The recall includes 303 variations of the “Light Up” watches, identified by the style number.
  • Consumers can find the complete list of the serial numbers listed on the firm’s website: http://www.regcen.com.
  • The watches were made available in pink, pink with white snowflakes, green, blue, and navy blue with flexible plastic wristbands.
  • “MZB” and the identification number can be found on the case-back of the watches.
  • The models were sold at Kmart, Kohl’s, Walmart, and other vendors from October 2012 through June 2015 nationwide for $5 to $20.

Firearms Manufacturer Taurus Recalls Pistol

Taurus Holdings Inc. of Florida has issued a voluntary recall of about 1 million pistols after a lawsuit was filed that alleges that some of the handguns had safety defects.

About the Safety Defect and Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit against Taurus Holdings Inc. claims that nine handgun models had defects including one that caused a pistol to inadvertently fire when dropped.

According to AL.com, there were safety defects in the nine models that caused them to fire when pulling the trigger despite the safety being in the “on” or “safe” position. Other handguns inadvertently fired when dropped or bumped.

The alleged defects are attributed to the lack of “trigger safety blade” within the semi-automatic pistols. However, Taurus has denied there were any defects in those handgun models even though they issued a voluntary recall.

The company and the plaintiff’s attorney are currently working on a settlement that caps the total cash payments at $30 million.

Injury Reports

  • The lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit is Chris Carter, a sheriff’s deputy in Scott County Iowa who had a PT140 Millennium PRO pistol that fell from his holster, hitting the ground and discharging a bullet that struck a nearby unoccupied vehicle.
  • Adam Maroney, an Etowah County man, had his holstered handgun fall out and fire when it hit the ground. A bullet struck him in the upper thigh and ended up in his left lung.  Maroney was awarded a $1.25 million verdict by a jury
  • Birmingham law firm Morris, Haynes, Hornsby & Wheeles has handled more than a half-dozen lawsuits about the alleged Taurus defects.

Description of Defective Firearms and Lawsuit

All the information below provided by the AL.com:

  • The recall affects customers who bought the following models sold between 1997 and 2013.The handguns have been sold throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
  • The recall affects the models PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138-Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640; and PT-24/7.
  • Since 2013 the nine models are no longer manufactured and distributed in the United States.
  • Claims will be handled by a Third Party Claims Administrator (TPA). Taurus Companies will provide notice through digital and print outlets

3 Fort Lauderdale Residents Injured in Firework Accidents

Over the Fourth of July weekend, there were three separate reports of people injured by firework accidents in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Inside Look on the Three Accidents

On July 5, a 5-year-old girl suffered second-degree burns from a firework accident.  According to the Sun Sentinel, she was transported to a local hospital with no further information provided.

In another accident on that Sunday, a man of 32 years endured burns to his face and chest, shrapnel injuries to the chest, and explosion related injuries to his hand, according to Mike Jachles at Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. The man had to be transported from Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes to Broward Health Medical Center by a rescue crew.  He underwent surgery later that evening and remains unidentified.

The last report was about a 24-year-old man in Margate, Florida. A firework exploded in the man’s hand and he lost his left hand in the accident. The man was found by Fort Lauderdale emergency crews lying on the ground, bleeding and in shock. There was no further information available on this unidentified man.

These three cases are currently being investigated by state and county fire marshals. Jachles from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue commented, “Safe and sane fireworks do not exist.”

Additional Injuries and Damage

On the preceding Friday, a man from Cooper City was admitted into a hospital from suffering an eye injury when a bottle rocket exploded. The unexpected firework explosion inflicted burns on the man’s face as well.

On June 25th, a large and professional firework was set off in a West Park apartment building. Thirty windows and several fire doors were destroyed.

Sparklers are actually dangerous as well, with increasing temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and can inflict dangerous burns and grass fires even after they are no longer ignited.

Pontiac Vibe Hatchbacks Added to General Motors’ Takata Recall

243,000 compact hatchbacks in Canada and the United States have been recalled due to the explosive Takata air bags.

Details About the Pontiac Vibe Recall

According to Fox Business, on June 19th, Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks were added to General Motors’ massive recall of vehicles equipped with Takata air bags. The air bags recall is brought on by reports of air bags deploying with too much force, rupturing, and ejecting sharp metal fragments.

General Motors has recalled all Pontiac Vibes made from 2003 to 2007, effectively covering all vehicles that may have the faulty air bag.

The Pontiac Vibe was designed by Toyota and made in a jointly owned factory in California. It mirrors the design of the Toyota Matrix, which was one of the vehicles that were recalled earlier due to the Takata airbags as well.

Overview Takata Airbag Recall

The Takata airbag inflators are hazardous due to their ability to blow apart a metal canister in the vehicle. Shrapnel is sent flying into the passenger compartment because of the explosion.

Takata Corp. of Japan announced in May that they would be doubling the size of the air bag inflator recall to 33.8 million, which has officially made it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

There have been eight reported deaths and over a 100 injuries in relation to the Takata airbag so far.

Allergan Warned by the FDA for Illegal Marketing

Last month, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Allergan about marketing the Seri surgical scaffold in the U.S. without receiving FDA marketing approval or clearance.

About the FDA Warning

According to MassDevice, the FDA has reviewed Allergan’s Seri website and found that it was marketing the Seri scaffold for breast surgery applications.

This reportedly is a significant difference from the Seri scaffold’s actual intended use, and more-so Allergan lacks the approval or clearance of the FDA to market the product in such a way.

In the warning letter the FDA states that the implicated use for breast surgery on Allergan’s website was invalid and not the scaffold’s intended use.

Why Allergan’s Claim is Not Approved

Allergan claimed that the use of the Seri scaffold is to “use as a transitory scaffold for soft tissue support and repair to reinforce deficiencies where weakness or voids exist that require the addition of material to obtain the desired surgical outcome,” according to the FDA’s warning letter.

Overall, this indicates that the scaffold could be used for general soft tissue reconstruction and tissue reinforcement in plastic or reconstructive surgery.

Currently surgical mesh has not been cleared or approved by the FDA for the use of reconstructive or plastic breast surgeries; therefore the Seri scaffold cannot be marketed for use in such surgeries.

John Wood Oil-Fired Hot Water Heaters Recall

As of June 2, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and A.O. Smith Corp. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin have issued a voluntary recall on John Wood oil-fired water heaters due to a fire hazard.

About the John Wood Water Heater Recall

The heaters have been recalled because they can be misaligned, causing the exterior to be heated rather than the water. This can cause combustible items near the heater to catch fire.

These heaters were sold by John Wood sales representatives, including plumbers and other consumers.

Consumers are urged to immediately turn off water heater and contact A.O. Smith for a free water heater inspection and replacement.

Description of the Recalled Water Heaters

Information below was provided by the US CPSC:

  • The recall involves John Wood 50 and 70 gallon oil-fired water heaters.
  • The 50 gallon water heaters have model number JW517 and serial numbers 1349A021678 through 1503A016643; the 70 gallon water heaters have model number JW717 and serial numbers 1421M001517 through 436M000040.
  • The water heaters are grey with ‘John Wood’ printed in white and blue near the top.
  • The serial numbers, size, and model number are located near the top of the heater on a rating plate.
  • These tanks were manufactured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and sold for $1,500-$2,500.

Viking Range Recalls Gas Ranges

Viking Range is issuing a recall of over 52,000 units within the United States and 8,300 units in Canada.

About the Viking Range Gas Ranges

According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in coordination with Health Canada have found that the ovens do turn themselves on and can cause injury and property damage.

The CPSC recommends that consumers call Viking Range to schedule a free in home repair to your unit; and in the time before it get fixed contact Viking Range for more information on preventing injuries.

These ovens were sold in both the United States and Canada at ABT, Ferguson, Morrison, Pacific Sales, PC Richard & Son and other stores nationwide.

Description of Recalled Viking Ranges

  • Recalled unties were sold between July 2007 and June 2014 for between $4,000 and $13,000.
  • Model numbers affected by the recall are:
    • VGIC306
    • VGIC308
    • VGIC366
    • VGIC368
    • VGIC486
    • VGIC488
    • VGIC530
    • VGIC536
    • VGCC530 (serial numbers 040108-010313)
    • VGCC536 (serial numbers 110108-010913)
    • VGCC548 (serial numbers 020109-010913)
    • VGCC560 (serial numbers 050111-010313)
    • VGSC530 (serial numbers 063008-063014)
    • VGSC536 (serial numbers 113008-063014)
    • VGSC548 (serial numbers 030109-063014)
  • To locate your model and serial numbers they can be found in one of three places:
    • On the Bottom of the control panel above the door.
    • On the front of the cavity below the control panel.
    • Inside the left side panel under the burner bowl.
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