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This week's recalls

Gree dehumidifiers

Company: Gree Electric Appliances.

Quantity: 2.5 million.

Why? The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire.

What models? The 20-, 25-, 30-, 40-, 45-, 50-, 65- and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. Recalled model numbers and date codes can be found at www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Gree-Reannounces-Dehumidifier-Recall.

Where sold? AAFES, HH Gregg, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowe's, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart and other stores and in Canada, and at Amazon.com and Ebay.com from January 2005-August 2013.

What to do? Call Gree toll-free at 1-866-853-2802 or visit www.greeusa.com.

GM vehicles

Company: General Motors LLC.

Quantity: 2.4 million.

Why? In the Enclave, Traverse, Acadia and Outlook, the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the front outboard seating positions may fatigue and separate over time. In the Malibu and Pontiac G6, a shift cable could wear out and the driver may not be able to select a different gear, remove the key from the ignition or place the transmission in park. In the Escalade and Escalade ESV, a faulty weld could result in partial deployment of the front passenger air bag in a crash. And in the Silverado and Sierra, retention clips attaching the generator fuse block to the vehicle body can become loose and lead to a fire.

What models? 2009-2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and 2009-2010 Saturn Outlook vehicles (1.3 million); 2004-2008 Chevrolet Malibu and 2005-2008 Pontiac G6 sedans (1.1 million); 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESVs (1,402); and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups (58).

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call, toll-free, Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Buick at 1-800-521-7300, GMC at 1-800-462-8782, Saturn at 1-800-553-6000 and Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006.

Cottage cheese products

Company: Kraft Foods Group.

Quantity: 1.2 million cases.

Why? Some ingredients used in these products were not stored properly and could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness.

What models? Knudsen Cottage Cheese, Breakstone's Cottage Cheese, Simply Kraft Cottage Cheese and Daily Chef Cottage Cheese products. For more details, please see www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm397901.htm.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call Kraft toll-free at 1-800-396-6307.

Ground beef products

Company: Wolverine Packing Co.

Quantity: 1.8 million pounds.

Why? The products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after exposure.

What models? Various ground beef products. For the full list, please see www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/3a3ed84a-f07f-4cb5-b321-b07ddba9d650/recall-030-2014-products.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-800-521-1390.

Pork, poultry products

Company: Transatlantic Foods Inc.

Quantity: 671,000 pounds.

Why? The products used labels with false no antibiotic claims or did not receive the full benefit of inspection.

What models? Various pork products. For the full lists, please see www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/FSIS-Content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/rnr-029-2014 and www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/FSIS-Content/internet/main/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-028-2014-release.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company at (212) 330-8285, extension 1003.

Nest alarms

Company: Nest Labs Inc.

Quantity: 440,000.

Why? Activity near the product during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the Nest Wave feature is enabled.

What models? All Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms.

Where sold? Best Buy, Home Depot and other retailers and at nest.com, amazon.com, bestbuy.com and homedepot.com from November 2013-April 3.

What to do? Call Nest Labs toll-free at 1-800-249-4280 or visit www.nest.com.

Toyota vehicles

Company: Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Quantity: 430,500.

Why? Sienna minivans' spare tire carrier under the vehicle can be corroded, and the tire can fall off. The Highlander and Highlander hybrid SUVs may not properly calculate the size of the front passenger when determining whether to enable the air bag. The Lexus GS 350 sedans' brakes could activate without warning.

What models? 2004-2011 Sienna minivans (370,000), 2014 Highlander and Highlander hybrid SUVs (50,000), and 2013 Lexus GS 350 sedans (10,500).

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Toyota toll-free at 1-800-331-4331.

Adult portable bed handles

Company: Bed Handles Inc.

Quantity: 113,000.

Why? When attached to an adult's bed without the use of safety retention straps, the handle can shift out of place, creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.

What models? The Original Bedside Assistant (BA10W), the Travel Handles (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1).

Where sold? Home health care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores and in home and health care catalogs from January 1994-December 2007.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-800-725-6903 or visit http://bedhandles.com/recall.html.

Girls' leggings

Company: H&M Hennes & Mauritz L.P.

Quantity: 65,000.

Why? A metal part on the belt can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

What models? Girls' leggings with order numbers 345180, 400690, 400691, 441760, 441761, 441762, 446960, 446961, 446962, 446963, 446965 and 978210.

Where sold? H&M stores and at HM.com from August 2012-April.

What to do? Call H&M toll-free at 1-855-466-7467, email [email protected] or visit www.hm.com.

Power strips

Company: Legrand Wiremold.

Quantity: 46,000.

Why? The internal electrical connections of the power strips are substandard, posing risks of overheating and fire.

What models? All Wiremold and Plugmold under-cabinet power and lighting strips with part number PX1001 and UPC number 0 86698 00125 3.

Where sold? Ace Hardware, Home Depot, True Value Hardware and other hardware stores and at Amazon.com from February 2011-April.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-855-692-4620 or visit www.legrand.us.

Felt Easter baskets

Company: Nantucket Distributing Co. LLC.

Quantity: 24,200.

Why? Decorative beads on the felt Easter baskets can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

What models? Felt Easter baskets with model number ct12011 and SKU number 30173064.

Where sold? Christmas Tree Shops, andThat! and Christmas Tree Shops andThat! stores from February 2013-March.

What to do? Call Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at 1-888-287-3232 or visit www.christmastreeshops.com.

Hummus, dip products

Company: Lansal Inc. (Hot Mama's Foods)

Quantity: 14,860 pounds.

Why? The products may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

What models? Target Archer Farms hummus, garlic and pepper, and Trader Joe's edamame hummus. For the full list, please see www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm398106.htm.

Where sold? Target, Trader Joe's stores.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-877-550-0694.

Exmark riding mowers

Company: Exmark Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Quantity: 5,300.

Why? The riding mower's steering assembly can fail and cause riders to lose steering.

What models? 2009-2010 Exmark Quest ZRT mid-mount riding mowers, model numbers QST20BE422, QST22BE482 and QST24BE522.

Where sold? Hardware, lawn and garden, rental equipment stores and others from April 2009-October 2010.

What to do? Call Exmark toll-free at 1-800-667-5296 or visit www.exmark.com.

BMW motorcycles

Company: BMW of North America LLC.

Quantity: 1,420.

Why? Pressure inside the transmission may cause the transmission output seal to be pushed out of place and leak onto the rear tire, increasing the risk of a crash.

What models? 2013 R 1200 GS motorcycles.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call BMW toll-free at 1-800-525-7417.

Upholstered benches

Company: StyleCraft.

Quantity: 700.

Why? The benches can crack and break while in use.

What models? StyleCraft Home Collection stretcher benches sold in espresso with linen cloth, part number SF1918AMM.

Where sold? HomeGoods stores and at www.homegoods.com from July-October 2013.

What to do? Call StyleCraft toll-free at 1-855-766-1880 or email [email protected]

BMC bicycles

Company: BMC.

Quantity: 160.

Why? The bicycle forks can crack or break above the brake mount, posing a fall hazard.

What models? 2012-2013 Alpenchallenge, Urbanchallenge and Masschallenge bicycles equipped with full carbon Aprebic bike forks model ACC-A704DN50B.

Where sold? Authorized BMC bicycle dealers from December 2011-June 2013.

What to do? Call BMC toll-free at 1-800-819-4262, visit www.bmc-racing.com or email [email protected]

This week's recalls 05/23/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014 7:34pm]
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