Archive for August, 2013

Home Depot Recalls Portable Fan Heaters

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Home Depot announced a recall on their Soleil Portable Fan Heaters of approximately 107,000 units due to report of the fans melting. Home Depot had been selling the fans in retail from September 2012-May 2013.

Anyone who has purchased one is being warned to stop using the product. The Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that the product “can melt, deform, and catch fire during use.”

Home Depot has received reports of 464 of their units melting. However, no injuries or property damage have been reported.

Consumers who have this product in their homes should call Home Depot or visit their website to receive their full refund.

Sears Recalls Kenmore Dehumidifiers Due to Fire Hazard

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Sears announced total recall of 795,000 units of their Kenmore Dehumidifiers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that the product “can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.”

The product was previously recalled voluntarily in August 2012. Since then, Sears has received seven additional incident reports of shorting and fire. In one incident a consumer’s foot was severely burned and in three other incidents, fires resulted in more than $300,000 in property damage.

Consumers who have this product in their homes should immediately turn off and unplug the dehumidifier and contact the Recall Fulfillment Center of Sears to receive a gift card of varying amounts based on the capacity and year of the product.

Nissan Recalls Vehicles for Steering Wheel Malfunctions

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Nissan Motor Corporation announced a voluntary recall on May 31,2013 for over 851,000 vehicles worldwide. The models being recalled include the Cube and Micra compact car that were made in Britain and Japan between 2002 and 2006.

It’s been reported that the steering wheel bolt was not properly tightened, so the steering wheels could potentially stop functioning.

No accidents, injuries, or deaths have been reported as a result of this problem.

Owners of these vehicles should take their vehicles to their Nissan dealership. Dealerships will either tighten the bolt or replace the steering wheel with a new one. Nissan representatives say the repair should take about 40 minutes.

Honda Recalls 2007-2008 Fit Models For the Second Time

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Honda announced a voluntary second recall on June 28, 2013 for 686,000 vehicles worldwide. Of these vehicles, 143,000 Honda Fit subcompacts from the 2007-2008 models are being recalled in the U.S. due to fire risk.

The initial recall was in 2010, for problems with a case around the electrical switch in the drivers’ side door. Their attempt to fix the issue was not adequate.

After long term testing, the tape that was used to fix this problem has been shown to bunch up and allow water leaks.

Honda reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that there have been four claims and no reports of injuries or crashes related to this issue.

It is recommended that owners take their vehicles to Honda dealerships immediately. Damaged switches will be replaced at no charge. If the switch is not damaged, owners will be asked to come back at a later date for replacement (which will most likely be in the fall).

Until the vehicle is inspected, it should not be parked inside structures because if it overheats there is a chance of smoke, melting, short-circuiting and fire even while the engine is off.