Kia Motors recalls nearly 87,000 Forte sedans in U.S. due to fire risk

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26
Jan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kia Motors is recalling 86,880 Forte sedans in the United States because a cooling fan resistor may overheat and melt, increasing the risk of a fire, according to documents filed by U.S. auto safety regulators.

The recall involves certain model year 2014 Forte compact sedans and is expected to begin on Feb. 24, according to documents on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Dealers will replace the cooling fan resistor and multifuse unit in the recalled cars, and owners of vehicles with a 1.8 liter engine will also have the engine control unit software updated, the documents said.

The South Korean automaker reported several incidents of engine fires that could be linked to the resistor but no accidents or injuries, the documents said.

A Kia Motors representative was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Olympus Recalls Digital Audio Recorders Due to Burn Hazard

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2
Jan

DS5500%20FrontLARGEThe recalled recorders can overheat when charging, posing a burn hazard to consumers and property. This recall involves Olympus digital audio recorders with model number DS-5500.

The recorders are black, measure about 4.5 inches tall by 1.9 inches wide by .67 inches thick.  “Olympus” and “Digital Voice Recorder DS-5500” are printed on the front of the recorder.  The recorder has three smart buttons, slide switches, edit functions, 2 GB of memory, an external SD card slot and a 1.7 inch LCD display on the front.

Olympus has received three reports of the recorders overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported. Consumers should stop using the recorders immediately and contact Olympus, or the retailer where the recorder was purchased, to receive a full refund, free repair or a free replacement recorder.

Olympic Mountain Products Recalls Tealight Wax Warmers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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31
Dec

Warmer_TealightRound_GreenDSC_0100LARGEThe tealights in the warmers can burn with an erratic or high flame, posing fire and burn hazards. This recall involves ceramic tealight warmer sets that include four tealight candles, four sets of scented wax cubes for melting, and a ceramic warmer with a metal stand and a glass dish to hold the wax cubes.

The ceramic tealight warmers are white with a green glass dish or brown with an orange glass dish for the wax cubes. “Essenza” is printed on the front of the packaging and Costco item number #852473 is printed on the sides of the packaging. Olympic Mountain Products has received 22 reports of tealights with erratic or high flames, including two minor burn injuries to consumers and one incident resulting in minor property damage.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tealight wax warmer sets and return them to Costco for a full refund. Costco is contacting its customers directly.

Bob-Cat Recalls Zero Turn Mowers Due to Crash Hazard

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30
Dec

CRZ%20Mower%20-%20800%20pixelsThe steering control arm component can break under normal use, causing driver to lose control and crash. The CRZ and XRZ model riding mowers have a chassis with an adjustable10-gauge green steel mower deck. The frame, fuel tank, engine compartment and side discharge chute are made of black metal and plastic components.

It has four black wheels, two user-operated lever-arm controls and a gray adjustable high-back seat. The mowers range in size from 76 inches to 79 inches long and 45 inches high. The words “Bob Cat” appear in red lettering on the front of the mower and on top of the mower deck, and in a red and white designed logo on the sides of the mower. The words “TufDeck” and “Professional Cut” appear in white lettering on the front face of the mower deck. The recall mowers are:

CRZ 48-inch model number 942699 serial numbers 94260000070-94260001236
CZR 52-inch model number 942601 serial numbers 94260100070-94260101722
CZR 61-inch model number 942602 serial numbers 94260200070-94260200545
XRZ 48-inch model number 942610 serial numbers 94261000070-94261000390
XRZ 52-inch model number 942611 serial numbers 94261100070-94261100709
XRZ 61-inch model number 942612 serial numbers 94261200070-94261200342

The plate containing the serial and model number is located under the seat on the frame cross-member. Mower should be returned to the dealer where purchased for free repair with a newly designed control arm component. Consumers who completed the warranty registration card were contacted directly by Schiller Grounds Care, Inc, with instructions for obtaining the repair.

Keurig Recalls MINI Plus Brewing Systems Due to Burn Hazard

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28
Dec

KeurigCoffeemaker800Water can overheat during brewing, spray out and burn consumers.

This recall involves Keurig® MINI Plus Brewing System with model number K10 (previously identified as model number B31). Recalled brewers have an identification number starting with “31” followed by a range of numbers printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the brewer. They are single-serve, hot beverage brewers and were sold in 13 different colors with silver trim. Colors include black, red, white, cobalt blue, aqua blue, purple, platinum, emerald, yellow, orchid, bayberry, mauve and poinciana. The recalled brewers measure about 11 inches tall, have a “Brew” button, three cup size brewing options (6 oz., 8 oz. and 10 oz.), and a removable drip tray. The water tank is located on top of the unit towards the back. K10 is marked on the packaging. Recalled units were produced between December 2009 and July 2014 and can be identified by the serial number printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the brewer:

Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System Serial Number Ranges
31.0001.0000001 through 31.0001.0010328
31.0002.0000001 through 31.0002.0081312
31.0003.0000001 through 31.0003.0010328
31.0004.0000001 through 31.0004.0263772
31.0014.0000001 through 31.0014.0001250
31.0015.0000001 through 31.0015.0001250
31.1000.0000001 through 31.1000.0015984
31.1002.0000001 through 31.1002.0002664
31.2001.0000001 through 31.2001.0174310
31.2002.0000001 through 31.2002.0745280
31.2004.0000001 through 31.2004.1156585
31.2015.0000001 through 31.2015.0081287
31.2017.0000001 through 31.2017.0047310
31.2019.0000001 through 31.2019.0117035
31.2020.0000001 through 31.2020.0019028
31.2021.0000001 through 31.2021.0076016
31.2022.0000001 through 31.2022.0022444
31.2030.0000001 through 31.2030.0032028
31.2033.0000001 through 31.2033.0018685
31.2034.0000001 through 31.2034.0016074
31.2035.0000001 through 31.2035.0013366
31.3000.0000340 through 31.3000.1524059
31.3001.0000001 through 31.3001.0021252
31.3001.0000001 through 31.3001.0021252
31.3002.0000001 through 31.3002.0510030
31.3004.0000001 through 31.3004.0016532

Consumers should contact Keurig for a free repair. While waiting for a free repair, consumers can contact Keurig about steps to avoid a burn injury.

James Trading Group Recalls Croker Kids Fleece Panel Hoodie Due to Strangulation Hazard

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27
Dec

Hoodie800The sweatshirts have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Drawstrings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, hand rails, school bus doors or other moving objects, posing a significant strangulation and/or entanglement hazard to children.

In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

This recall involves James Trading Group’s Croker Kids brand Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) licensed fleece hoodies. The hoodie has a full zippered front and 3-tone color panels of green, white and blue, with GAA embroidery on the left and right chest and on the hood. The word Ireland is printed on the back across the shoulders. The fabric is 75% cotton and 25% polyester. They were sold in kids sizes “2YR” through “12YR” shown on a hang tag and on the tag sewn into the neck. Model number GA2002 is on a hang tag.

Consumers should immediately take the jackets away from children and remove the drawstring from the jacket to eliminate the hazard or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Comfort Research Recalls Vinyl Bean Bag Chairs Due to Risk of Entrapment, Suffocation

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26
Dec

ultraloungblack800The zippers on the bean bag chairs can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, become entrapped, suffocate or choke on the bean bag chair’s foam beads. This recall involves vinyl polystyrene-filled bean bag chairs with a single zipper on the exterior cover. The round vinyl bean bag chairs measure 88 and 98 inches in diameter.

Colors and patterns included in the recall are black, hot pink, lime, purple, royal blue, ruby red, and baseball, basketball, football and soccer ball. A tag sewn into bean bag chair’s cover seam reads “Made By Comfort Research” and “100% Polystyrene.”

Consumers should immediately take the recalled bean bag chairs from children and check them for zippers that can be opened. Consumers can contact Comfort Research for instructions to permanently disable the zipper.

BRP Recalls Ski-Doo and Can-Am Kids’ Hoodies Due to Strangulation Hazard

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25
Dec

286485_90_FT_LARGEThe hoodies have a drawstring around the neck area which poses a strangulation hazard to children. Drawstrings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, hand rails, school bus doors or other moving objects, posing a significant strangulation and/or entanglement hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear.

In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

This recall involves 14 styles of Ski-Doo or Can-Am kids’ hooded sweatshirts for boys and girls. They were sold in kids’ sizes 2 through 12. The hoodies are cotton/polyester blend.  There is a drawstring in the hood of the garment.  Colors include raspberry, yellow, heather, charcoal gray and black. “Ski Doo” or “Can-Am” is printed on the front. Recalled style numbers include: 286485, 453215, 453265, 453320, 453321, 453375, 453376, 453464, 453618, 453658, 453660, 453661, 453707 and 453708. The style numbers indicating the different graphic treatments are printed on the white care label that is sewn into the neck and side of the garment.

Consumers should immediately take the hoodie away from kids and remove the drawstring from the sweatshirt to eliminate the hazard or return it to an authorized BRP dealer for a full refund.

Kiddie Korral Recalls Girls Hoodies with Ponies Due to Strangulation Hazard

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24
Dec

Hooded-SweatshirtA drawstring through the hood of the hoodies can pose a strangulation hazard to children. Drawstrings can become entangled or caught on playground slides, hand rails, school- bus doors or other moving objects, posing a significant strangulation and/or entanglement hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear.

In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

This recall involves Kiddie Korral girl’s pink hooded sweatshirts with red ponies and a drawstring through the hood. The zippered front hoodies have two front pockets, are made of 100% polyester and were sold in sizes 2 through 12.  A label sewn into the garment’s neck seam reads “Kiddie Korral” and a label sewn into the side seam has RN#117026 and style number 327.

Consumers should immediately take the hoodies from children and remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can return the hoodies to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Yamaha Recalls YZ250 Competition Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Risk of Injury, Death

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23
Dec

YamahaYZ250FFLLARGEThe engine can lock up during operation, causing a rider to lose control of the vehicle and crash, resulting in injuries and death.

This recall involves model year 2015 Yamaha competition off-road motorcycles with model numbers YZ250FFL and YZ250FFW. The recalled motorcycles are blue and white, and white and red. The model number is on left and right side of the fuel tank cowling. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is stamped on the frame near the steering stem. The letter F in the 10th position of the VIN number indicates that the unit was made in the 2015 model year.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled motorcycles and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. Yamaha is contacting all registered owners directly.