All Chevy Cruzes Recalled Due to Engine Fire Risk

Yikes. Every single Chevrolet Cruze made from the first production through May 31, 2012  is being recalled by General Motors Co., due to reports of engine fires and explosion risk.  Apparently, liquids are getting trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire can start and spread.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in March opened a preliminary investigation into the Cruze after there were two reports of engine fires that destroyed the vehicles.

GM is sending letters to customers to notify them of the recall and  remind them to make sure, after an oil change, that proper cleanup of excess fluids is conducted.  Inspection for the possible missing welds that causes the fluid leaks will take a minutes, says GM, and the repair will take about three hours.  Modifying the engine shield will take about 30 minutes in a Chevrolet dealership service department and will be free.

So if you have a Cruze, do not delay – take it to the Chevy dealership and have them check it out to make sure it is safe to continue driving.

$600 Bowflex Dumbbell Weights Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of about 17,000 Bowflex® SelectTech® 1090 Dumbbells because of an injury hazard. Apparently, the weight selector dial is defective, and can cause the weight plates to fall if the dumbells are lifted from their cradle.  There have been at least 16 reports of the failure of the weight selector dial, and three injuries to the user’s foot or leg.

The Bowflex Dumbbells were available at Nautilus.com and other online retailers from May 2011 through August 2011 for about $600.

And yes, they were made in China.

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New Recall of Infant Formula from China Due to Mercury Poisoning

Another day, another toxic product manufactured by China.

China’s biggest milk producer Yili Industrial Group has recalled its baby formula due to high levels of mercury.   According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, high levels of mercury can cause poisoning and damage the brain and kidneys.

This is the second major contamination affecting China-produced infant formula, the worst of which happened in 2008 when melamine-laced formula sickened nearly 300,000 infants and killed 6.

The pollution could have been from coal-fired plants or additives caused by fish, contaminated packaging, or the whey powder that Chinese milk processors import.

There have been other contaminations.  In December,  products by a certain Chinese manufacturer were destroyed after they were found to contain aflatoxin, which can cause severe liver damage. The Beijing Food Safety Administration identified 10 infractions of food safety dating as far back as November 2011, including two at a Wal-Mart store in Beijing in March.

Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to bring claims against manufacturers physically located in China for manufacturing toxic products, mostly because the Chinese court system does not recognize U.S. judgments and because the Chinese legal system is itself extremely limited in the avenues for recovery it provides injured parties. Due to these impediments, many U.S. citizens, families, and children suffer injury or property damage due to products or foods manufactured in China every year.

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