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Bolt EV Batteries Recalled After Five Confirmed Fires

Recently, the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration) announced they are conducting an investigation into Chevrolet Bolt batteries, due to a potential fire hazard while charging. The recall according to Chevrolet is primarily for years 2017 through 2018, however, some of the MY2019 Bolt EVs are also included.

Philips Hue Recall: Outdoor Lights May Pose Electrocution Risk

The lighting company behind Philips Hue is recalling the power supply units associated with several of its outdoor lights and fixtures. The recall was issued for certain 40 Watt outdoor power units made prior to October of 2019. The company discovered that water leakage may cause the units to short-circuit, which could pose a shock risk if the units were touched in wet conditions. Power units supplied with the following Philips Hue lights are subject to the recall: Lily and Lily XL spotlights, Calla and Calla Large pedestal lights, Econic pedestal lights, and Impress pedestal lights.

Ford Issues Recall for Explorers

Ford has issued a recall of Explorer SUVs spanning the model years 2013-2017. Ford issued the recall for 350,000 Explorers in the U.S. and 25,200 in Canada. The recall is related to the rear suspension toe link. A toe link provides more weight on the rear tires, so they stay firmly on the ground. The part can fracture and increase the risk of a crash and serious injuries or death.

Peloton Recalls Bike Pedals Due to Laceration Hazard

Peloton issued a recall on the pedals for about 27,000 of its exercise bikes due to a laceration hazard. The in-home fitness company announced the recall on its PR70P clip-in bike pedals in cooperation with the US Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Exploding Takata Airbag Inflator Kills Another Driver

Yet another person has been killed by a defective airbag inflator, bringing the worldwide death toll to 26, with over 240 others who have been seriously injured by these devices. Since 2014, nearly 50 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States alone, with recalls affecting nearly every vehicle manufacturer, including the Detroit Three, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Daimler, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi.

Peloton Recalls 27,000 Bikes Equipped with Defective Clip-In Pedals

Last Thursday, Peloton Interactive, Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of out-of-warranty clip-in pedals that can break unexpectedly when in use, causing a laceration hazard which may result in injury. In total, the recall affects approximately 27,000 Peloton bikes equipped with PR70P Clip-In Pedals. PR70P pedals are the first generation of pedals and were fitted on Peloton bikes sold between July 2013 and May 2016. The Peloton logo and the word "PELOTON" are molded into the pedal body. An orange Peloton symbol and white lettering spelling "PELOTON" are printed on the top of the cleat binding. If the pedals have the word "PELOTON" written in white without the orange Peloton logo, they are not subject to the recall.

Report Flags Amazon's Own Products as Fire Hazards

A recent report found a number of products sold on Amazon.com, from the AmazonBasics product line, have been reported as safety risks by customers. This includes products that may be fire hazards.

Navien Sued Over Deaths Caused by Carbon Monoxide from its Tankless Water Heater

The estate of a family who died of carbon-monoxide poisoning in May 2019 recently filed suit against Navien Inc., the manufacturer of the NPE-240A tankless water heater that had been installed in the family's home just six months earlier.

Deadly San Antonio 18-Wheeler Crash Believed to Be Caused by Failing Brakes

A thirty-one-year-old man died in San Antonio, Texas on September 15, 2020 after an 18-wheeler failed to stop at an access road intersection, plowing into the young man's Honda Civic and propelling it into oncoming traffic. The 18-wheeler driver later told investigators his brakes failed.

Lawmakers Demand Amazon Product Brand Recalls

Last week Senators Richard Blumenthal, Robert Mendez, and Ed Markey sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos relating to reports that Amazon has ignored consumer safety complaints. Specifically, the letter from the lawmakers points out that there are recent allegations that AmazonBasics products have potentially been linked to fires, explosions, smoking, melting, and other harms to consumers and their property.

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