It's not been a good month for the 2013 Ford Fusion, which received one recall last week and another this week. And it's been a bad week for baby products: More than 8,000 City Versa Strollers were recalled because they pose a fall hazard. Dream On Me issued two recalls, for 50,000 bath seats that pose a drowning hazard, and 900 children's bedrails that pose a suffocation hazard. In a move to protect infants, the CPSC filed suit against Nap Nanny for what it says is an ongoing defect in its products that put infants at risk of death.
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In the second recall in as many weeks, Ford recalled more than 19,000 2013 Fusion vehicles manufactured from February 3, 2012 through October 20, 2012. The projector coating on the low-beam headlamp can become hazy through operation, over time, reducing its brightness and decreasing driver visibility. Ford will notify owners beginning in December 2012, and dealers will replace the headlamp assembly. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at (866) 436-7332.
BMW issued two recalls this week:
In both recalls, BMW will notify owners beginning in January 2013, and dealers fix the affected issues, free of charge. Owners may contact BMW at (800) 525-7417 or email BMW.
Mercedes-Benz recalled eight 2011-2012 models, nearly 6,000 vehicles, because the fuel filter flange may crack, posing a fire hazard if leaking fuel comes into contact with an ignition source. The firm recalled its S400, S550, S550 4Matic, S63 AMG, C300, C300 4Matic, E350, GLK350, GLK350 4Matic, CL550 4Matic, and CL63 AMG vehicles manufactured from April 18, 2011 through July 12, 2011. Mercedes-Benz will notify owners beginning in January 2013 and dealers will replace the fuel filter, free of charge. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at (800) 367-6372.
Baby product recalls
Baby Jogger recalled 8,400 City Versa Strollers manufactured between May 15 and August 20, 2012. The frame can fail to lock in place and collapse while in use, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller. The company has received six such failure reports, though no injuries. The recalled strollers were sold at buybuy Baby and other juvenile product stores nationwide and online at buybuybaby.com, albeebaby.com, diapers.com and other online retailers from July 2012 through October 2012. For a free replacement frame, consumers should contact Baby Jogger at (877) 506-2213, visit the manufacturer's website and click on "Recall Information" at the bottom of the page, or email.
Dream on Me issued two recalls:
For both these recalls, consumers may contact Dream On Me at (877) 201-4317 or online and click on Recalls for more information.
And in other children's product news, the Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a motion to sue Baby Matters, LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., the manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners over infant deaths and what the CPSC says is an ongoing defect in its product designs. Nap Nanny Generation One recliners were recalled in July 2010, but the CPSC says the Generation Two models, for which consumers were given a coupon to replace their recalled version, are equally defective and have resulted in the death of four infants, and nearly 70 incidents of children falling out of the recliner.
Other consumer product recalls
Three products sold exclusively at Home Depot stores and online were recalled this week:
Grandin Road recalled 2,200 metal chairs from the catalog's Alsace Furniture Collection for posing a fall hazard. Grandin Road has received eight reports of the chairs' back legs bending when the consumer leans back, including three reports of minor injuries. The chairs were sold through the Grandin Road catalog and online from September 2011 to February 2012. Grandin Road is contacting its customers directly. Owners may also contact Grandin Road at (888) 298-4651 for instructions on how to receive a full refund in the form of a merchandise credit.
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