Ford announced Thursday it is recalling roughly 2 million F-150 pickups, after more than 20 people in the United States and Canada have reported smoke or fire coming from the seat belts.
The company said the recall affects some Regular Cab and SuperCrew Cab trucks, from model years 2015-18, sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Ford conducted an investigation and found that front seat belt pretensioners "can generate excessive sparks when they deploy," which could start a fire in the vehicle's carpet or insulation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened its own preliminary investigation last month after receiving five complaints, NPR reports, and found that "two fires self-extinguished, while the other three vehicles were totally destroyed by the fire." Ford told U.S. securities regulators in a filing on Thursday that the recall will cost about $140 million, The Associated Press reports. Catherine Garcia
Mondelez Global, the manufacturer of Ritz Crackers products, has announced a voluntary recall of some varieties, due to concerns over salmonella.
Mondelez said the supplier of whey powder for its crackers recalled the ingredient because of the possible presence of the bacteria. The recall affects Ritz Bits Cheese, Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese, Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese, Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese, and Mixed Cookie, with expiration dates from Jan. 14, 2019 to April 13, 2019.
Salmonella can make young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems seriously ill. Mondelez said that so far, they have not received any complaints from consumers about salmonella, and the recall is out of an abundance of caution. Catherine Garcia
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is instructing owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop what they're doing and replace the Takata airbag inflators inside their cars.
"These vehicles are unsafe and need to be repaired immediately," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement on Thursday. "Folks should not drive these vehicles unless they are going straight to a dealer to have them repaired." The advisory is for 2001 and 2002 Honda Civics and Accords, 2002 and 2003 Acura TL, 2002 Honda Odyssey and CR-V, and 2003 Acura CL and Honda Pilot. The older the vehicle, the more time the inflator has spent in heat and humidity, and that makes them more likely to malfunction, The Associated Press reports.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted tests on inflators taken from older Hondas owned by people living near the Gulf Coast, and about half of them blew apart. If an inflator explodes, it spews metal fragments into the vehicle, potentially killing or injuring the driver and any passengers. To see if your car is part of the recall, visit safercar.gov and enter your vehicle identification number. Catherine Garcia
IKEA is recalling 27 million dressers and chests from its Malm series of products after three children were killed by pieces that tipped over onto them.
Because they "could be a danger," the products are no longer being sold at IKEA stores, IKEA USA President Lars Peterson told NBC News. He also urged people who already own pieces to "please take them out of the room." Last year, the company started a campaign to bring awareness to anchoring furniture, and says it sent out 300,000 anchor kits to customers. Anyone who has purchased a Malm piece is eligible for a free kit, and refunds will also be offered.
The statistics are scary: The Consumer Product Safety Commission says every 24 minutes, a child goes to the emergency room after being hit by a falling piece of furniture or TV, and every two weeks, a child dies. A Malm dresser killed 2-year-old Cullen Collas; his mother, Jackie Collas, found him in his room pinned between the dresser and his bed. The dresser was not anchored to the wall, and Collas told NBC News she "had never heard of that before." Her goal now is to "just spread the word about anchoring anything that could fall." Catherine Garcia
General Mills is recalling 10 million pounds of flour "out of an abundance of caution," due to an E. coli scare.
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State and federal officials say flour is likely the link between 38 illnesses across 20 states, NBC News reports; many of the people who became sick say they ate raw flour. In a statement, General Mills said it is working with health officials to investigate a possible E. coli 0121 contamination, and has issued a voluntary recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour, sold in Albertsons, Vons, Jewel, Shaws, Safeway, United, Randalls, and Acme stores.
E. coli 0121 is one of the few forms of the bacteria that can cause illness, and the last outbreak was in 2014, linked to clover sprouts. General Mills said that during the course of the investigation, "E. coli 0121 has not been found in any General Mills flour products or in the flour manufacturing facility, and the company has not been contacted directly by any consumer reporting confirmed illnesses related to these products." Catherine Garcia
Automakers in the United States are recalling an additional 35 to 40 million air bag inflators manufactured by Takata, the company and U.S. Transportation Department said Wednesday.
Already, 28.8 million inflators assembled by Takata have been recalled to fix a defect that can cause air bags to explode during accidents, sending shrapnel through the air. The new recalls will be prioritized by age and risk of exposure to high humidity, conditions that affect the inflators, Reuters reports. There have been 11 deaths and about 100 injuries linked to the defective parts, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Mark Rosekind said this is "the largest recall in American history." Catherine Garcia
Nestle USA is voluntarily recalling 2.98 million boxes of frozen DiGiorno pizzas, Stouffer's lasagnas, and Lean Cuisine meals over fears of glass shards in the food.
Nestle said out of an abundance of caution, four types of pizzas, five Lean Cuisine meals, two Stouffer's lasagnas, and one type of Stouffer's spinach soufflé are being recalled. Consumers have notified the company about glass pieces in some of these products, Nestle said in a press release, but no injuries have been reported. While the investigation is ongoing, the company believes the glass is related to the common ingredient of spinach in the affected products.
After finding out some of its gluten-free products may contain wheat, General Mills announced Monday a voluntary recall of about 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios.
The affected boxes were produced in Lodi, California, and shipped across the country. In a statement, Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division, explained that the "Lodi production facility lost rail service for a time and our gluten-free oat flour was being off-loaded from rail cars to trucks for delivery to our facility on the dates in question. In an isolated incident involving purely human error, wheat flour was inadvertently introduced into our gluten-free oat flour system at Lodi."
The recalled boxes of Cheerios have a "better if used by" date of July 14, 15, 16, or 17, 2016, and an "LD" plant code, and the Honey Nut Cheerios boxes have a "better if used by" date of July 12-25, 2016, and an "LD" plant code. People with wheat allergies, celiac disease, or gluten intolerance should not eat cereal from those boxes, and affected customers can call 1-800-775-8370 for a replacement or full refund. Catherine Garcia