Recalls happen every day, many unbeknownst to consumers. Unless a major problem exists with the product, many people have no clue that the products they use have the potential to malfunction. Most recalls are precautionary; however, some carry potentially serious risks. Below are the top seven major recalls every consumer should know about.

Kidde Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

Kidde has recalled their dual-sensor smoke alarms due to the potential for the alarm to malfunction. According to the manufacturer, a yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the sensors and prohibit the alarm’s ability to detect smoke. This poses a risk to consumers as the alarm may not alert them to a fire in their home.

The affected products are: Model PI2010 with Date Code 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13, which are DC/battery powered; and Model PI9010 with Date Code 2016 Sep. 10 through 2017 Oct. 13, which are AC/hardwired. Consumers should replace the affected smoke alarms immediately. For further information, call Kiddie at 833-551-7739 or visit them online at www.kidde.com.

Dr. Brown’s Lovey Pacifier and Teether Holder

Dr. Brown’s has recalled their Lovey pacifier and teether holders due to the potential of a choking hazard. The snap can detach from the pacifier’s ribbon, creating a choking hazard for young children. Consumers should take the recalled holders away from young children immediately.

The holders were sold in eight styles: giraffe, zebra, turtle, reindeer, frog, spring bunny, deer, and bunny. Only holders with the following lot codes are included in this recall: RICH0615; RICH0715; RICH0815; RICH1215; RICH0516; RICH0616; RICH0716; RICH1116; RICH1016; RICH0916; RICH1216; RICH0317; RICH0417; RICH0517; RICH0617; RICH0717; RICH0817; RICH0917. The lot codes are printed on the tag attached to the holder.  Consumers can confirm lot codes included in the recall at www.drbrownsbaby.com/recall-lovey.

InSinkErator’s SinkTop Switch Accessory for Garbage Disposals

InSinkErator has recalled their single outlet SinkTop switches. Water can get into the power module, posing a fire hazard. The air activated switch mounts to the sink or countertop and is an alternative to the traditional wall switch for a garbage disposal. The model numbers are 76703, STS-SOSN, 78251 and 74300, and can be found on the back of the power module.  InSinkErator is written on the front of the power module. The switches were sold with a chrome, white, or satin nickel button/bezel as an accessory for garbage disposals.  Garbage disposals activated by a wall switch are not affected by this recall.

The switches were sold between 2005-2017 at a variety of stores. Consumers should stop using the recalled switches and contact InSinkErator for a free SinkTop switch replacement.

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co.’s Vuse Vibe Power Units

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has recalled all Vuse Vibe power units. Consumers have reported that the batteries can malfunction and cause the units to overheat and create a fire risk. These power units are used to charge Vuse brand electronic cigarettes.

This voluntary recall consists of 2.6 million power units. Consumers have been advised to stop using the product or charging the power unit and contact the company for a refund. More information can be found at www.vusevapor.com/viberecall.

Vuse Solo and Vuse Ciro, which use different battery components, are not included in the recall.

Audi’s Coolant Pumps

Audi is recalling approximately 1.2 million cars and SUV’s worldwide because the electric coolant pumps can overheat and possibly cause a fire. The overheating is caused when the pumps become blocked with cooling system debris or moisture in the pump. This causes an electrical short.

The recall covers the 2013 to 2016 A4, the 2013 to 2017 A5, the 2012 to 2015 A6, and the Q5 SUV from 2013 to 2017. All have 2-liter turbocharged engines. Last year, the same vehicles were recalled for a software update.

According to a spokeswoman, the redesigned parts won’t be ready until November, but dealers will install a new version of the current pump until the redesigned ones are available. Recall letters are slated to be sent out on or before June 11, 2018.

Takata’s Airbags

Vehicles made by nineteen different automakers have been recalled due to faulty frontal airbags. Takata has been involved in what the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has deemed, “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.”

These airbags contain a faulty inflator, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force, shooting metal shards into the vehicle. To date, these faulty inflators have resulted in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Earlier this year, Takata filed for bankruptcy and sold their remaining U.S. assets. The process for settlement payments in this type of situation are still being established by the NHTSA. As part of the bankruptcy settlement, Takata’s new owners, Key Safety Systems, agreed to continue manufacturing replacement inflators indefinitely.

The NHTSA has predicted that recalls will continue into December of 2019. Consumers are encouraged to regularly check the Takata airbag recall list and have affected vehicles serviced as soon as possible. More information, including recalled vehicles, can be found online at the NHTSA website.

UGG’s Comforters

Better known for their sheepskin boots, UGG recently released a bedding line made of the same material. However, thousands of comforters have been recalled due to the potential of mold inside.

The affected comforters were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond between August 2017 and October 2017. The available colors are: garnet, navy, gray, and oatmeal, and the sizes are: twin, full/queen, and king.

The mold growth could lead to respiratory or other infections for people with chronic health problems or impaired immune systems. According to a textile analyst, it’s possible that the mold came from the manufacturing or packaging process.

Consumers affected by the recall can contact Bed Bath & Beyond.

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