Archive for October, 2013

Shimano American Recalls Disc Brake Calipers Due to Collision Hazard

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Shimano American has collaborated with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce a recall on September 19, 2013 for Disc Brake Calipers.

In accordance to the safety notice, the calipers on the disc brakes can fail, posing a collision hazard.

About 6,600 Disc Brakes were distributed in the United States, and 704 in Canada. Bicycles were sold at bicycle specialty stores and dealers nationwide from February 2012 through May 2013. To date, there have been no reported injuries or collisions due to recalled product.

This recall includes all Shimano BR-CX75 aftermarket disc brake calipers and BR-R515 disc brake calipers installed on road and cyclocross bicycles sold by other manufacturers including BMC, Giant, Ibis, Raleigh, Shinola, Specialized and Volagi. “Shimano,” “China” and the model number are embossed on the outside of the brake caliper. Both models have either black or silver finishes. Consumers should immediately stop using the bicycles with recalled Shimano brakes and contact a Shimano authorized dealer to receive a free installation and replacement of the calipers. Call Shimano American at (800) 353-4719.

McNeil Recalls Concentrated MOTRIN Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor Due to Drowning Hazard

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in accordance with McNeil Consumer Healthcare, announced on September 6, 2013 a voluntary recall of Concentrated MOTRIN Infants’ Drops Original Berry Flavor ½ fluid ounce bottles.

According to the safety notice, after releasing three lots of this type of Motrin into the market, tiny plastic particles (approximately 1 mm in size) were identified in a different product lot during manufacturing. It was determined that the particles originated in a shipment from a third party supplier of ibuprofen, the active ingredient in Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops. This affected product line was not released to the market. Out of an abundance of caution, McNeil is voluntarily recalling the three lots of Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops.

It is reported that about 200,000 bottles of Concentrated MOTRIN® Infants’ Drops were distributed in the United States. The UPC code of bottles is 300450524157. McNeil is asking retailers to remove the effected lots from store shelves, and is asking consumers to stop using and dispose of any product they may have that is included in this recall.

McNeil has worked with the third party to ensure that corrective measures are currently in place and are effective. The potential for adverse medical events related to the reason for this recall is not likely. Concentrated Infants’ MOTRIN® Drops Dye-Free Berry Flavor 1 fl. oz. is not included in this recall. Children’s or Adult MOTRIN® products are not included in this recall.

Vitamix Recalls 64-Ounce Low Profile Blender Container Due to Laceration Hazard

Friday, October 18th, 2013

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Vitamix, issued a recall on August 28, 2013 for 64-Ounce Low Profile Blender Containers. Consumers should stop using recalled product immediately.

Directly from the CPSC safety notice, the blade can break, creating a laceration hazard to consumers. To date, Vitamix has received 18 reports of blades breaking. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Vitamix 64-ounce Low-Profile Containers with blade part number 103208 A and blade date codes 03-12 (March 2012) through 07-13 (July 2013). The blade part number and date code are laser etched onto the top of the blade at the bottom of the container. The clear, plastic, 64-ounce container with black plastic handle and lid was sold with Vitamix blender models 7500, Professional Series 300, Professional Series 750 and individually.

It is reported that about 165,000 blenders were sold in the United States and an additional 4,300 were sold in Canada. The recalled product was sold at major retailers nationwide and online at from April 2013 to August 2013. Consumers should stop using the recalled container immediately and contact Vitamix for instructions on how to send back the container (without the lid or any accessories) to the firm for a free repair.

BMW Recalls Certain Model Year 2009-2010 X5 xDrive25d Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard

Monday, October 14th, 2013

BMW of North America announced a safety recall on August 7, 2013 for certain model year 2009-2010 X5 xDrive35d vehicles equipped with a diesel engine.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the model’s fuel filter heater, which warms up the diesel fuel at low outside temperatures, can experience an electrical overload condition that may cause it to become permanently activated. This means the fuel filter heater could remain activated even when the ignition is off, which could lead to a dead battery. It could also lead to overheating, possibly resulting in a fire.

About 1,540 vehicles were sold nationwide. These models were manufactured from June 13, 2009 through November 9, 2009.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel filter heater, free of charge. The safety recall began in September 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at (800)-525-7417.