It's been a record year for the automotive industry in the United States. Auto makers have recalled more vehicles in the U.S. than ever before. General Motors recalled 25 million vehicles in 2004, but experts say overall vehicle quality is improving. When more features are added, the chance for recall increases.
This month, Daimler Chrysler is recalling its Dodge Durango and Dakota trucks. An investigation reveals that the upper ball joint in the wheel can separate, causing the suspension to collapse and the wheel to come completely off.
Meanwhile, Ford has issued a worldwide recall for nearly a half million Escape sport utility vehicles. The recall affects 2002, 2003 and 2004 models. The accelerator can stick causing the engine to race. Auto makers will notify owners of the repair instructions.
Moving on to some recalls around the house. Proctor and Gamble is recalling its popular Sweep and Vac Battery Operation vacuum cleaner by Swiffer. When the vacuum cleaner is left in the on position, the rotor can lock up and cause the unit to overheat. UPC numbers included in this recall are 37000 to 46522 and 37000 to 02553. To receive a refund, call 1-800-487-5915. No other Swiffer products are recalled. For more information, ( click here ).
Childrens Pajama Set
You might want to check the pajama set your children are wearing bed. JC Penney is recalling the Okie Dokie Alligator Football Pajama Set. The heat-sealed patches on the front of the garment can detach, posing a choking hazard. The pajamas were sold in infant sizes 12 to 24 months and toddler sizes 2T to 5T from June to September of 2004 for $22. Consumers should return the pajamas to JC Penney for a refund. For more information call toll free (888) 333-6063 or( click here ).
Finally, working out those stomach muscles could be dangerous. Fitness Quest is recalling its Ab Lounge machines. Several users have had crushed their fingers to the point of amputation. If you own one of these machines, do not use it. Call Fitness Quest at 1-800-321-9236 for a repair kit or ( click here ).
To view a complete list of products recalled this month and for additional information, ( click here ).