Archive for January, 2015

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

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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.