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7 million candles recalled for fire risk

More than 7 million candles are being recalled because of concerns the cup holding the candle could melt or catch fire. Get the full story »

Ford F150 recall greatly expanded

Ford Motor Co. and U.S. safety regulators have agreed to a greatly expanded recall of the best-selling vehicle in North America, the Ford F-150 pickup truck, the regulators said on Thursday. Get the full story »

Chevy Cruze recalled for steering wheel inspection

General Motors Co. is recalling about 2,100 2011 Chevrolet Cruze small cars to inspect for an improperly fastened steering wheel after discovering one vehicle with the defect. Get the full story »

Blue Bird recalls 3,900 school buses over fire hazard

School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Body Co. is recalling about 3,900 large school buses for a potential fire hazard. Get the full story »

U.S. probes steering complaints on Dodge pickups

U.S. safety investigators have launched a new review of steering complaints in Dodge Ram pickup trucks that could result in a bigger recall of that vehicle, documents showed on Friday. Get the full story »

Ford resisting push to expand F-150 recall

From the Detroit News | Ford Motor Co. and federal regulators remain in talks over whether the automaker should expand a recall of F-150 pickups over dozens of reports that air bags have deployed without warning. Get the full story »

CPSC: Not safe to walk on water in balls

A child using a water ball. (Image via

The government warned consumers Thursday that water walking balls, a recreational activity that has gained popularity in recent years, is unsafe and could lead to suffocation or drowning.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it is “urging consumers to stop participating” in the activity adding that the commission “does not know of any safe way to use this product.” Get the full story »

Honk if you want to stop your 2011 Jetta

A 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. (Courtesy Volkswagen/MCT)

Volkswagen of America is recalling about 71,000 2011 Jetta sedans for a wiring problem that could cause the car to turn off when the horn is used.

Under certain rare circumstances using the horn could cause a short circuit that would, in turn, cause an electronic part called a converter box to disconnect from the car’s power supply, a VW spokeswoman said. Get the full story »

4.8 million box fans recalled for fire risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall Thursday of about 4.8 million box fans made by Pennsylvania-based Lasko Products Inc. The commission says an electrical failure in the fan’s motor can pose a fire hazard. Get the full story »

Tires on Ford F-250s, F-350s being recalled

Continental AG’s North American unit is recalling about 391,000 tires, most of which were put on new Ford Motor Co F-250 and F-350 heavy duty pickup trucks, U.S. regulators said on Friday.

About 330,000 were put on the new trucks, and some were sold as replacements, Continental said of the tires made in Mexico from May 2007 to September 2008.

CEO of beleaguered J&J still got $29M in 2010

After a year in which Johnson & Johnson’s product quality control was deemed such a shambles that the U.S. government will oversee some plants, the board had praise for Chief Executive William Weldon and awarded him almost $29 million in overall compensation.

The once golden reputation of the diversified health care giant was tarnished by seemingly endless recalls of widely used consumer products as well as recalls of medical devices and products from other units in 2010. Get the full story »

Lean Cuisine meals recalled for plastics inside

More than 10,000 pounds of Lean Cuisine frozen spaghetti and meatball dishes have been recalled because of the possible presence of foreign materials, the Department of Agriculture said late on Monday.

FDA to oversee 3 troubled McNeil plants

Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil division, beset by an unstemmed tide of consumer product recalls, said Thursday that it had finalized a consent decree that would put three of its manufacturing facilities under supervision of U.S. health authorities.

McNeil said in a statement it had finalized the terms of a consent decree with the Food and Drug Administration for its facilities in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, and Fort Washington and Lancaster, Pa. Get the full story »

Johnson & Johnson recalls insulin cartridges

Johnson & Johnson, which has been beset by a seemingly endless stream of product recalls, has recalled five lots of potentially leaky insulin pump cartridges that could lead to serious health problems and death.

It also has been warned by the Food and Drug Administration over manufacturing concerns for heart devices made at its Cordis unit’s San German, Puerto Rico facility. Get the full story »

Toyota, Chrysler, Honda in latest recalls

Toyota Motor Corp. will recall about 22,000 vehicles because a tire-pressure monitoring system might fail to notify drivers of a flat or deflated tire. The recall affects Toyota Sequoia, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Tacoma and Tundra vehicles from 2008-2011.

Toyota has recalled more than 13 million vehicles since September 2009 in the U.S., including one recall of more than 2 million vehicles to correct problems with floor mats and other issues that could cause unintended acceleration.

Meanwhile, Chrysler Group will recall about 20,000 Jeep Wranglers from model years 2010 and 2011 to tighten the fasteners that attach the axles to the chassis. Federal safety regulators said the loose fasteners could lead to a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

And American Honda Motor Co. will recall about 37,000 Civic hybrids from 2006-2007 to replace a voltage converter that can cause the engine to stall and prevent the car from being restarted.