Fiat Chrysler is recalling near- ly 94,000 SUVs because the air- conditioning lines are too close to the exhaust manifold and could catch fire. The company looked into the problem after U.S. regulators got two complaints about smoke and fire in certain 2015 Jeep Cherokees.
Fiat Chrysler said it doesn’t know of any related injuries or crashes. Dealers will replace the lines if needed. Customers who lose air conditioning or see a dashboard warning light should contact dealers.
The company also announced that it’s recalling more than 86,000 Ram pickups because the rear axle shafts could break and cause a wheel to separate. Most of the 2015 and 2016 Rams are still at dealers.
The problem was discovered in a company investigation that found the axle shafts weren’t properly heat treated. They can wear and overheat, causing the trucks’ anti-lock brake warning light to come on. Fiat Chrysler says it knows of no injuries caused by the problem.
Dealers will inspect and replace the axle shafts if needed.
BMW’s Mini brand is recalling more than 86,000 cars because the power steering could fail.
The recall covers the Mini Cooper and Cooper S models from 2002 to 2005. BMW says in documents that the power steering can fail because of manufacturing or other issues. If that happens, manual steering remains but it would take greater effort to steer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the cars in 2010 after getting 339 complaints including five minor crashes and three fires involving melted wires.
BMW at first extended steering warranties, but last month the agency sought a recall. BMW agreed but said the problem wasn’t an unreasonable safety risk. Dealers will replace parts if needed starting in December. MINI said that owners will be notified by letter when they can take cars to dealerships. Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.
The Starbrights Dragon is covered in a blue furry fabric with silver satin tummy, feet pads, wings and horns. The horns light up and the toy makes a musical sound when the hand is squeezed. The stuffed animal is about 17 inches high. The tracking label ending with 9333 or 9334 can be found on the label sewn on the back of the leg. They were sold at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and at www.buildabear.com April-August 2015.
The seam of the stuffed animal can open, allowing the stuffing material to be exposed, a choking hazard for young children.
“Nursery Rhyme Play” brand children’s five-pocket, 100 percent denim pants. Only pants with style number 4122186 or 4122185 printed on a white label sewn into the lower left inside seam are included in the recall. Manufacture date codes 0415 or 0515 are also on the label. They were sold at Belk stores and online June-September 2015. The zipper pull can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Details: www.Belk.com and click on Customer Service tab.
This recall involves Krud Kutter Decal & Adhesive Remover and Krud Kutter Ultra Power Specialty Adhesive Remover sold at Home Depot and other paint/hardware stores and at krudkutter.com October 2014 to September 2015. The decal adhesive remover came in a clear plastic 8-ounce bottle with a purple flip-top. The front of the bottle has a yellow and purple label. Recalled products numbers: PU08, UP08, UP16 and UP32. The packaging is not child-resistant as required and the labeling does not warn of the hazard. The remover contains petroleum distillates, which pose aspiration and poisoning hazards if swallowed.
Details: 800-908-4050 or www.krudkutter.com.
United States Stove Co.’s HomComfort 2400 24K BTU Pellet Heater/Stoves are steel and polycarbonate products. They are gray and are used as a window-mounted heating appliance. Serial numbers in the recall are 0451-4420, 5681-5890 and 6301-6310. The name and serial number are on the unit faceplate. They were sold at Northern Tool and other home heating retailers and at www.HomeDepot.com, www.Lowes. com and www.NorthernTool .com from April 2010-March 2012. The internal fire box baffle can degrade, overheat and pose a fire hazard. Details: 844-211-6025; www.usstove.com.
Honda is recalling more than 300,000 Accord midsize cars because side air bags can inflate if a door is slammed too hard. The recall covers Accords from the 2008 and 2009 model years. Honda says the side impact sensor can activate the side curtain and side seat air bags if there’s a nonvehicle impact to the lower body or a door is shut with extreme force. The ignition has to be on for the problem to happen. Nineteen people have filed injury claims with Honda because of the problem.
The company says dealers will update software. Customers will get recall notices in the mail starting in mid-December.