Auto manufacturers topped the list of recalls this week, with BMW recalling nearly 3,000 vehicles for potential fire hazard, and GM recalling some 50,000 Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia vehicles for wiper blades that may become inoperative. And you might want to check your vehicle for tires from Cooper, Del-Nat, and PT. Multistrada. In other news, Harry & David recalled its Premium Kansas City Style Barbecue Almonds because of undeclared peanuts.
In auto safety
BMW recalled some 3,000 vehicles, 2011 BMW 5-Series and 5-Series Gran Turismo, and 2012 6-Series, 7-Series, X5 SAV, and X6 SAV vehicles because the circuit board for the electric auxiliary water pump can overheat, which could lead to a vehicle fire. BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the auxiliary water pump, free of charge, with the safety recall beginning in April. Owners may contact BMW at (800) 525-7417.
GM recalled 2011-2012 Buick Enclaves, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia, 50,001 vehicles, currently registered in 29 cold-weather states, because snow and ice buildup can cause the wiper blades to become inoperative, creating poor visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will fix the wiper blades, free of charge, with the safety recall expected to begin on or about April 16, 2012.
In tire safety
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company recalled 1,084 Discoverer H/T / LT245/75R16 tires manufactured from February 12, 2012 through March 10, 2012. Inaccurate tire labeling could lead to overload or under inflation, increasing the risk of a crash. Cooper has begun notifying owners, and dealers will replace the noncompliant tires, free of charge. Owners may contact Cooper at (800) 854-6288.
PT. Multistrada Arah Sarana recalled more than 36,000 Achilles and Radar light truck tires because they may experience blistering on their sidewall or tread separation that may cause sudden loss of air, increasing the risk of a crash. PT. Multistrada Arah Sarana will notify owners beginning sometime in April, and replace the noncompliant tires free of charge. Owners may contact the company's customer hotline at (800) 944-8414.
For the same reason as PT. Multistrada, Del-Nat Tire Corporation recalled more than 2,600 Chaparral/ Radial XT / P235/75R15 tires. The recalled tires were produced from September 2008 through December 2009. Del-Nat has already begun to notify owners and replace the tires, free of charge. Owners may contact Del-Nat's consumer relations department at (901) 775-8125.
For replacement tires, consult our reviews of the best car and truck tires.
In food safety
Harry and David is voluntarily recalling approximately 205 2 oz. bags of Harry & David Premium Kansas City Style Barbeque almonds, because the bags may contain peanuts, an undeclared ingredient. The recalled almonds have a Best By date of 9/28/12 and were sold in at Harry and David stores in California, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon and Virginia.
Mission Foods announced a voluntary recall of taco dinner kits, distributed by Kroger, Hannaford, Winn-Dixie and Food Lion stores nationwide, because of an undeclared milk allergen. Food Lion previously issued its own recall of the taco kits which was covered in last week's recall recap.