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Recalls: Calcium vitamin D3 softgels; Ford, Mini and Chrysler vehicles; more

Calcium vitamin D3 softgels

Company: Rexall Inc.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? The bottles actually contain a tablet product, Triple Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin and MSM tablets. Glucosamine is derived from the shells of certain crustaceans. Because the product may contain trace quantities of undeclared shellfish, people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shellfish run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

What models? Rexall calcium 1200 mg plus 1000IU vitamin 3D, 60 softgels with product number 45211, UPC code 3 01220 45211 3, expiration date 08/15 and lot number 387651-04.

Where sold? Dollar General stores.

What to do? Return it to Dollar General for a full refund or call Rexall toll-free at 1-888-534-6370.

Ford Escape

Company: Ford Motor Co.

Quantity: 244,350.

Why? The braking system's master cylinder's reservoir cap could leak oil and corrode some wiring, potentially leading to a fire.

What models? 2001-2002 Ford Escape.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Ford toll-free at 1-866-436-7332.

Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey

Company: Ford Motor Co.

Quantity: 205,896.

Why? The torque converter output shaft may fail, resulting in a loss of power.

What models? 2004-2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Ford toll-free at 1-866-436-7332.

Mini Cooper vehicles

Company: BMW of North America LLC.

Quantity: 88,911.

Why? The electric auxiliary water pump may malfunction and overheat, causing the circuit board to smolder and potentially leading to a fire.

What models? 2007-2010 Mini Cooper S, 2008-2011 Mini Cooper S Clubman, 2009-2011 Mini Cooper S convertible, 2011 Mini Cooper S Countryman, 2009-2011 Mini JCW, 2009 Mini JCW Clubman and the 2010-2011 Mini JCW convertible.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call BMW toll-free at 1-866-275-6464.

Chariot bicycle trailers and kits

Company: Thule Child Transport Systems Ltd.

Quantity: 44,000 bicycle trailers and 70,000 bicycle trailer conversion kits.

Why? The bicycle trailer's hitch mechanisms can crack and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle.

What models? Recalled Chariot bicycle trailers and bicycle trailer conversion kits have serial numbers from 1205-xxxx to 0710-xxxx located the left side on the frame. Recalled conversion kits have hitch arms that attach the carrier to the bicycle with model number 20100503 printed on a label attached to the aluminum tube next to the warning label. Older conversion kits without a label, but with a release push button located where the hitch arm inserts into the carrier, are also being recalled.

Where sold? Specialty bicycle stores and on websites from December 2005-August 2010.

What to do? Call Chariot Carriers toll-free at 1-800-262-8651 or visit

Big Lots five-light floor lamps

Company: Big Lots.

Quantity: 43,700.

Why? The wiring for the lamp's light sockets can become exposed, posing a risk of electric shock. And use of the recommended standard 40-watt light bulbs can generate excessive heat, which can melt the double plastic shades over the bulbs.

What models? Classic Quarters five-light floor lamps. The lamps stand about 5 feet tall and have a gunmetal or chrome colored metal pole and five adjustable lights mounted on flexible metal tubes at the top. Dark plastic or multi-colored double plastic shades cover each of the five lights. Recalled lamps use standard incandescent or CFL bulbs and have labels marked with the model number G-1843-5 affixed to the underside of the lamp base. These lamps can be further identified by SKU numbers 612007239, 612007829 or 612008982 at the beginning of the instructions.

Where sold? Big Lots from April 2010-November 2011.

What to do? Call Big Lots toll-free at 1-866-244-5687 or visit

Honeywell portable electric heaters

Company: Kaz USA Inc.

Quantity: 19,000.

Why? The heater's internal housing, including the fan, heating element and circuitry, can detach, posing a burn hazard.

What models? Honeywell Surround Select Series portable electric heaters with model numbers HZ-420, HZ-430 and HZ-440 and five-digit date codes that have 11 as the last two digits.

Where sold? Best Buy and Walmart from July-December 2011.

What to do? Call Kaz toll-free at 1-800-370-8137 or visit

Rip Roarin' crab soup

Company: Blount Fine Foods.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? The product may contain undeclared milk, wheat and crab allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, wheat or crab run the risk of suffering serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

What models? Rip Roarin' crab soup in the 16-ounce retail cup, product code 71116, lot 1202117D and a use or freeze-by date of 2/10/2012.

Where sold? Whole Foods stores.

What to do? Call Blount toll-free at 1-800-274-2526 or visit

Tea lights in Carruth Collection sets

Company: DD Traders Inc.

Quantity: 5,480.

Why? The tea light can burn with an excessive flame height, posing a fire hazard.

What models? Carruth Candleholder Collection sets with the following models and stock numbers: Butterfly, 17708; Smile, 17709; Sun, 17710; Roots of Love, 17711; Sunflower, 17712; Hummingbird, 17713; Bunny, 17714; Friendship, 17715.

Where sold? Home decorating and gift stores from January 2010-November 2011.

What to do? Call Demdaco toll-free at 1-888-336-3226 or visit

Pine Ridge sauces

Company: Herbadashery LLC.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? The products contain undeclared anchovies in the Worcestershire sauce used in production. People who have allergies to anchovies run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

What models? Pine Ridge BBQ and Dipping Sauce and Pine Ridge Jalapeño BBQ and Dipping Sauce come in 18-ounce or 34-ounce glass bottles and plastic gallon bottles. Products are coded by lot # 10111 through 90111 on the bottom of each bottle.

Where sold? Through retail internet sales and in retail stores from Jan. 1-Sept. 1, 2011.

What to do? Call the company at 1-307-265-0036.

Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger

Company: Chrysler Group LLC.

Quantity: 303.

Why? The tire pressure monitoring system does not notify the driver at the required time when the tire pressure is below recommendations. Underinflated tires have the potential to lead to a crash.

What models? 2012 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Chrysler toll-free at 1-800-853-1403.

Recalls: Calcium vitamin D3 softgels; Ford, Mini and Chrysler vehicles; more 01/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:05pm]
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