Recall Recap: 5 Recalls to Watch Out For
A number of important recalls were announced recently, and additional details about prior recalls have been revealed. These recalls are recapped below.
1. Drager Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 Ventilators
About: Drager Medical has expanded a prior recall on medical equipment Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 and included the PS500. The PS500 is an optional power supply sold to be used with these devices. The recall includes 2,501 units across the U.S
Additional Details: The ventilators were also used in hospitals during patient transport and the Babylog VN500 were used to provide breathing support for premature babies. After these products were recalled, Drager Medical updated the software to prolong the battery life of the ventilators, but these did not solve the problem. If ventilators shut down without a warning, this can result in patient injury or death. The FDA has reported this as a Class 1 recall, which is the most serious.
2. Toyota Takata Airbag
About: Toyota has pulled an additional 198,000 vehicles this week. They have added the 2008 Toyota Corolla, 2008 Toyota Matrix (also known as Toyota Corolla Matrix), and the 2008-2010 Lexsus SC430 to its list of recalled models due to the Takata airbags.
Additional Details: This is the latest update in the Takata airbag recall that has been linked to 10 fatalities. Vehicles with the recalled Takata front passenger airbag pose a risk of rupturing when deployed in a crash.
3. Evenflo Car Seats
About: Approximately 56,000 Evenflo car seats have been recalled due to a safety concern. The Transitions 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats manufactured before January 29, 2016 gave children access the central front adjuster when used in the forward-facing harnessed booster mode. This could loosen the harness on the car seat.
Additional Details: Customers with this recalled product are eligible to receive a free remedy kit from Evenflo to restrict the child’s access adjuster. Evenflo states the transition car seats can still be used safely when used in the high-back belt-positioning booster mode or the no-backbelt-positioning booster mode.
4. 9410L Flashlight and 9419 Replacement Battery Packs
About: Pelican Products recalled approximately 3,800 units of the 9410L flashlight and 150 units of the 9419 replacement battery packs. The battery packs in the flashlight can overheat and pose a potential fire hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled flashlights and battery packs. Pelican is offering a free installation of new battery packs or replacement of battery packs sold separately.
Additional Details: Pelican has received 2 reports of overheating battery packs, but no injuries have been reported. The recalled products were available in sports and specialty stores in the Unites states and online at Amazon.
5. Maytag Blue Cheese
About: Maytag Dairy Farms has recalled its blue cheese wedges, wheels, and crumbles due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, and Schnuck Markets have pulled these items from their shelves.
Additional Details: No illnesses have been reported. Consumers who have purchased these products should immediately throw it out and can receive a full refund with an available receipt.