BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.
The problem affects the 2005-08 models of the Mini Cooper and Cooper S. BMW says the air bag may not work properly because of a flam that might prevent the mat detection system from sensing a passenger sitting in the front seat.
BMW said it has been notified of one minor injury linked to the defect. BMW will replace the detection mat in the affected models for free. The recall begins May 1.
Details: 888-327-4236 or www.safercar.gov.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 58,833 older cars and SUVs with manual transmissions. The recall covers 2006 Jeep Liberty and Wrangler SUVs and Dodge Viper cars produced between Feb. 15, 2005, and Sept. 14, 2006. Of those, 43,874 were sold in the U.S.
FCA says a switch wire can break and cause the vehicles not to start. The vehicles may also move unintentionally if drivers don’t follow the company’s recommended procedures for starting the car. Drivers are supposed to engage the parking brake, shift to neutral and depress the clutch before turning the key. The company says it is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the defect.
Customers will be notified and dealers will repair the vehicles for free.
Some Husky Securelock vertical bike hooks used with a Husky Trackwall garage storage system are recalled. The 3-by-3.5-inch black metal plate is mounted to the grooves in the Trackwall and the tire attached to a hook protruding from the plate. The Trackwall has “Husky”printed on the lower left corner. The hook holds up to a 35-pound bike. They were sold at Home Depot April 2011 to March 2015. The hooks can unexpectedly detach, allowing the bike to fall and posing an injury risk. Details: 800-833-8851 or www.homedepot.com.
Homelite 12-amp electric blower vacuums have model numbers UT42120, UT42120A and UT42121. Model numbers are on the left side of the red motor housing. The vacuums are red and black.
“Homelite BlowerVac 2 Speed Powerful 220 MPH” is on the side of the housing and on the black blower tube. They were sold at Home Depot and Direct Tools Factory Outlets stores and online at www.homedepot.com from January 2010-March 2015. The vacuum can overheat, spark and catch fire. Details: 800-597-9624 or www.homelite.com.
Toro’s 2015 22-inch walk-behind power mower has a red base, a black motor and handle, and a white bag attached for clippings. A black plate on the front of the mower says “Toro Recycler 22.” Model number 20337 and a serial number are on a decal at the rear of the machine. Recalled mowers have serial numbers ranging from 315000101 to 315000983. They were sold at hardware, lawn and garden stores nationwide in February and March 2015.
The mowers were assembled with an incorrect blade driver and blade combination, which can cause the blade to break, resulting in an injury hazard.