November's Recall Round-Up - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/26/02

November's Recall Round-Up

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Drivers need to "focus" on this recall. Ford motor company is recalling nearly 600,000 of its 2000 and 2001 Focus cars. There may be a bolt in the front suspension assembly that can become loose and cause the ball and joint to separate. Two accidents are thought to be caused because of this problem. Focus vehicles with Zetec engines also have problems with the battery cable. The placement of the battery cable could result in smoke, wire melting and under hood fires. Ford will be contacting you if your vehicle is affected by this recall.

If you prefer to skate, inside of drive, listen up. Gen-X sports is recalling the "Rage S-S-D" and Skate Attack S-S-D ramps. The ramps can crack causing users to fall and injure themselves. Discount and sports stores nationwide sold these ramps for between $30 and $40 from March 2002 through September 2002.

Check out this recall before you cut down that Christmas tree. Tool maker Stihl is recalling thousands of chain saws. The MS-170 and MS-180 models can leak fuel causing a fire and burn injury. For a list of specific serial numbers, contact Stihl at 1-800-610-6677 .

Beware of those seen on TV only products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has fined the makers of the "Weed Wizard" $885,000. CPSC officials say US Home and Garden Incorporated failed to inform the public about "serious safety hazards" associated with the trimmer. A 3-year-old Alabama girl was killed when the chain link cutter flew off during use. There were also 19 other cases of reported injury. The product was eventually recalled in May 2000.

Target is recalling thousands of men's sweatshirts. The hooded zip-ups are sold under the "Physical Science" brand name. The sweatshirts are heather gray and have "P-87" embroidered on the left chest. When exposed to flames, the fleece inside the sweatshirts could catch fire. You can return the sweatshirt to Target for a full refund or call 1-800-440-0680 .

For the complete list of everything recalled this month or more information on any of these recalls, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website by ( clicking here).

For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.

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