If you own one of the autos in this week's recall list--2013 Chevy Malibus; 2013 Lexus GS 350s; and 2007/2008 Acura TLs -- make sure you get the dealer remedy before you hit the highways and byways to avoid crash risks. And in the kitchen this week, you'll want steer clear of Kitchen Selectives Blenders if you have one. Select Brands recalled more than 4,000 of the 6-speed blenders because they pose a laceration hazard. Also take a pass on Shitake-Ya Gourmet Shitake Slices by L.A. Link, which were recalled because of chemical contamination.
In auto safety:
Ease up on the brake if you own this 2013 Chevy Malibu: GM recalled 4,304 2013 Chevrolet Malibus manufactured from October 24, 2011 through March 31, 2012 because a hard brake may cause the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) to reset itself that can potentially cause the roof rail airbag to deploy unintentionally. GM will notify owners beginning on June 1, 2012, and dealers will reprogram the SDM.
Driving a 2013 Lexus GS 350 may have you wondering how you turned the wheel one way and ended up some where else. Toyota recalled nearly 700 of these high-end vehicles manufactured from December 12, 2011 through February 7, 2012 because their steering control systems may become off center, causing the driver to turn in an unexpected direction, posing a crash risk. Toyota will notify owners beginning in early June, and Lexus dealers will update the system free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.
And leaking power steering fluid, which poses an under hood fire hazard, caused Honda to recall 52, 615 2007-2008 Acura TL vehicles. Honda will notify owners beginning on or about June 15, 2012, and dealers will install a new heat resistant power steering hose, free of charge. Owners may contact Honda Customer Service at (800) 999-1009.
In kitchen and food safety:
Using the Kitchen Selectives 6-speed blender might have you thinking you've had one too many frozen margaritas. Select Brands recalled 4,069 Kitchen Selectives 6-speed Blenders, model BL-15, because the plastic pitcher can separate from the blade assembly while in use, exposing the rotating blades and posing a laceration hazard to users. No injuries have been reported. The blenders were sold at Midwest retail stores Pamida and Sutherlands from June 2009 to April 2012. Consumers can return the blenders to the place of purchase for a full refund or may contact Select Brands Customer Service at (866) 663-4500 for additional information.
L.A. Link, also known as Huntington Beach, recalled Shitake-Ya Gourmet Shitake Slices, with a "SELL BY date" of 04/16/2013 because the mushrooms may be contaminated with the chemicals carbendazim, fluoranthene, and pyrene, which are not approved on dried mushrooms. The shitake product was sold exclusively at Costco Wholesale locations in California, Oregon, and Washington. Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund, or may email L.A. Link (Huntington Beach) Corporation at email@example.com or by phone at (562) 802-0366.
Finally, Honeyville Honey Farms issued a nationwide recall on Honeyville Honey Barbecue Sauce because of undeclared anchovy, an allergen for some people.