B.O.B. expanded a recall of its jogging strollers, this time because of a choking hazard. Sony recalled 1.6 million flat panels televisions because they may spontaneously combust. Volkswagen issued recalls on one Audi and several VW models, totaling more than 168,000 automobiles for leaking fuel lines. And 2011-2012 Corvettes were recalled for failing to meet Federal safety standards. Find out more below.
Expanded B.O.B. stroller recall
B.O.B. Trailers expanded its February recall of single and double jogging strollers to 411,700 units because the B.O.B. canopy logo patch can detach, posing a choking hazard. The strollers were originally recalled because the canopy drawstring can pose a strangulation hazard. In that recall, 11 models were affected.
The latest recalled strollers include B.O.B. Ironman and Stroller Stride models sold between November 1998 and October 2011 at REI, Babies R Us, on Amazon.com, and at other children's products and sporting goods stores nationwide. B.O.B. recommends consumers remove both the drawstring and logo patches before continued use. For additional information, or to order a canopy retrofit kit, contact B.O.B. Trailers at (855) 242-2245 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website
The B.O.B. Ironman stroller is rated a top pick among jogging strollers. See the full report for additional jogging stroller recommendations.
Flat panels in flames
Sony Corp recalled 1.6 million Bravia flat-panel television sets sold worldwide since 2007 because a faulty backlight system may overheat the sets, causing them to melt or catch fire. Eleven such incidents have been reported in Japan since 2008, though no injuries. No incidents have been reported in the United States or Europe. Sony won't offer refunds on the TVs, according to a spokesperson quoted in a Bloomberg Businessweek article. The company says it will offer a free inspection and will repair the sets if a faulty component is found, says a Time magazine report, which includes the model numbers affected. The affected models are all 40-inch sets. The worldwide recall was issued in Tokyo and, as of this posting, the U.S. recall had yet to be announced.
In auto news
Volkswagen of America is recalling several makes and models because of a problem in the fuel line which could lead to fuel leakage, posing a fire hazard. The recalled autos include certain model 2009-2012 Jettas and Jetta Sportswagens; model year 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf vehicles; and 2010-2012 Audi A3 vehicles, that are equipped with a 2.0L TDI common rail diesel engine/clean diesel engine. See the recall link for specific production dates. Volkswagen will fix the fuel injector line free of charge. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 800-822-8987.
General Motors recalled 5,755 Chevrolet Corvette Coupes for failing to meet Federal motor vehicle safety standards regarding door locks and retention components. The vehicle's rear hatch hinge could separate during a crash. GM will replace the hinges free of charge. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438.
What Should You Do?
If you own any of these products, check the product code against the specific product codes found on the manufacturer's recall press release, which we have linked to above for each individual recall. For details on these and other recalls, including product recall press releases, how to obtain a refund or manufacturer's recommendations to obtain a fix for your product's problem, the U.S. government maintains an online recall clearinghouse at Recalls.gov for six of its agencies that issue recalls.
For any recalled product, the CPSC recommends consumers stop using it right away. And remember, it's illegal to knowingly resell or attempt to resell any recalled product.