Some product recalls or recall notices announced recently. Details are available in most cases at www.cpsc.gov and other websites or phone numbers listed.
GM compact cars
General Motors is recalling almost 780,000 older-model compact cars in North America because a faulty ignition switch can shut off the engines without warning and cause crashes.
The company says six people have died in 22 crashes linked to the problem in Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2005 through 2007 model years, and Pontiac G5s from 2007.
A heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can move the ignition switch out of the run position, cutting off the engine and electrical power, GM said in statements and documents released Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If that happens, the front air bags may not work if there's a crash.
GM says the six fatalities occurred in five front-end crashes, all of which happened off-road and at high speeds. In each case, the ignition switch moved out of the run position, shutting off the engine and electrical power. Alcohol was involved in three of the fatalities, and in some cases the occupants weren't wearing seat belts, a spokesman said.
Dealers will replace the ignition switch for free, but the timing of the recall hasn't been finalized. Until the problem is fixed, GM is urging owners to remove nonessential items from key rings.
The Cobalt has been replaced by a newer model, while the G5 was discontinued with the Pontiac brand. All but 33,000 of the cars to be recalled are Cobalts. The Pontiac G5 is nearly identical to the Cobalt.
Child car seats
Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But the company has drawn the ire of federal safety regulators who say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants.
The recall covers 11 models made from 2009 through 2013 by Graco Children's Products of Atlanta. It's the fourth-largest child seat recall in U.S. history, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The agency warned that the problem could make it "difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire or other emergency."
NHTSA said the recall excludes seven infant models with the same buckles. Both the company and NHTSA have received complaints about stuck buckles, the agency said. There have been no reported injuries.
The safety agency wants Graco to identify the total number of seats that potentially have the defect and explain why it excluded the infant seats.
Graco said its tests found that food or beverages can make the harness buckles in the children's seats sticky and harder to use. Rear-facing infant seats aren't being recalled because infants don't get food or drinks on their seats, a spokeswoman said. Graco will send replacement buckles on request.
The company has issued cleaning tips for the buckles, and began sending replacements last summer. Graco is also sending instructions for how to replace the buckles and posting a video on its website.
Parents should check seat buckles and contact Graco for a free replacement, NHTSA said. The agency also said people should get another safety seat for their children until their Graco seat is fixed. Details: 800-345-4109; email to consumer firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toyota is recalling about 713,000 Prius cars in North America for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
In a different problem, Toyota is recalling 294,000 vehicles in North and South America for a skid-control software glitch. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
Toyota said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured March 2012 through December 2012. About 260,000 of the vehicles were sold in the U.S.
The automaker said the problem can cause stability control, antilock brakes and traction control to turn off, though standard braking will keep working.
A Utah company is recalling about 90,000 pounds of mislabeled beef jerky products that didn't list the ingredient soy lecithin, an allergen.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Prime Snax is recalling products made before Feb. 2 that were shipped around the country. The recall affects five beef jerky brands: Arizona Jacks, Desert Star, Southwest Trail, Terrell and Kettle Creek.
Prime Snax CEO Kevin Howard says the recall was voluntary and a technical labeling mistake. He says soy lecithin is used as part of a cleaning procedure in production, and regulators informed the company it should be listed on the label.
Card tables, chairs
About 73,400 Mainstays five-piece card table and chair sets, which include a black padded metal folding table and four black padded metal folding chairs. "Made by: Dongguan Shin Din Metal & Plastic Products Co." is printed on a white label on the bottom of the chairs. They were sold at Walmarts nationwide and at www.walmart.com May-November 2013.
The chairs can collapse unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard and a risk of finger injury, including finger amputation. There have been at least 10 reports of injuries, including one finger amputation and three fingertip amputations.
Details: 800-925-6278; www.walmart.com.
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