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Recalls: BMW vehicles, Dodge trucks, dual-wattage travel converter kits, more

BMW vehicles

Company: BMW of North America LLC.

Quantity: 504,545.

Why? The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time, which could lead to electrical power to the vehicle, causing it to stall.

What models? 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles; 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons; and 2009-2011 Z4.

Where sold? Dealers.

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

Kellogg's Special K Red Berries

Company: Kellogg's.

Quantity: 282,000 boxes.

Why? The boxes might contain fragments of glass.

What models? Special K Red Berries packages in 11.2-ounce packages, UPC code 3800059923; 22.4-ounce packages, UPC code 3800078356; and 37-ounce packages, UPC code 3800020940.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call Kellogg's toll-free at 1-800-962-1413.

Chrysler vehicles

Company: Chrysler Group LLC.

Quantity: 278,222.

Why? A defect may allow the rear axle pinion nut to loosen, causing the axle to lock and leading to a potential loss of vehicle control.

What models? 2009-2012 Ram 1500, 2009-2011 Dodge Dakota, 2009 Chrysler Aspen and 2009 Dodge Durango trucks.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Chrysler toll-free at 1-800-247-9753.

BMW SAV vehicles

Company: BMW of North America LLC.

Quantity: 30,265.

Why? The brake vacuum pump may leak a small amount of lubricating oil into the hose. The contamination could result in a loss of power assist braking.

What models? 2007-2010 X5 SAV vehicles with an 8-cylinder engine.

Where sold? Dealers.

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

Dual-wattage travel converter kits

Company: Samsonite LLC.

Quantity: 20,000.

Why? The converter can overheat if a load in excess of 50 watts is applied to the converter while in the 50-watt setting. This poses a fire and burn hazard.

What models? Samsonite dual-wattage travel converter kits used to make standard U.S. and Canadian appliances usable abroad.

Where sold? Retail stores and at the Samsonite online store from January 2011-December 2012.

What to do? Call Samsonite toll-free at 1-800-382-7259, email recall@samsonite.com or visit www.samsonite.com/recall.

Stuffed animals with flashlights

Company: Purr-Fection by MJC Inc.

Quantity: 7,200.

Why? LED flashlight wires can protrude through the stuffed toy, posing a laceration hazard.

What models? Baby Moose, model 3127FS; Baby Butter Cream Bear, 1229FS; Baby Smoky Black Bear, 1231FS; Baby Deer, 3136FS; and Baby Derby Elephant, 1927FS.

Where sold? Cabelas.com from September-November 2012.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-800-359-0254 or visit www.purr-fection.com.

Task*It 1-Up folding step stool

Company: Cramer LLC.

Quantity: 6,500.

Why? The folding step stool can crack or break and collapse, posing a fall hazard.

What models? Gray, plastic Task*It 1-Up folding step stools.

Where sold? Office supply stores such as Staples and online at Amazon.com from January-December 2012.

What to do? Call Cramer toll-free at 1-800-366-6700 or visit www.cramerinc.com.

John Deere Gator utility vehicles

Company: Deere & Co.

Quantity: 4,700.

Why? The oil filter can leak, posing a fire hazard.

What models? John Deere Gator RSX850i Base, Sport and Trail model recreational utility vehicles. The serial number range for Base is 1M0850TB++M010009 through 1M0850TB++M010778; for Sport 1M0850TS++M010001 through 1M0850TS++M012077; and for Trail 1M0850TT++M010001 through 1M0850TT++M012867.

Where sold? John Deere dealers from August 2012-January 2013.

What to do? Call Deere toll-free at 1-800-537-8233 or visit www.johndeere.com.

Dodge Viper

Company: Chrysler Group LLC.

Quantity: 3,660.

Why? A component in the airbag control module may fail, causing the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners to deploy inadvertently while the vehicle is being operated.

What models? 2003-2004 Dodge Viper.

Where sold? Dealers.

What to do? Call Chrysler toll-free at 1-800-247-9753.

Decoty taco seasoning

Company: DeCoty Coffee Co.

Quantity: Undisclosed.

Why? It contains an undeclared ingredient, soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of a life-threatening or serious allergic reaction if they consume these items.

What models? DeCoty taco seasonings in 1.25-pound and 5.75-pound plastic spice containers with resealable lids. The item code numbers are 71400 and 71410 with lot numbers from 010111 through 021313.

Where sold? Online at www.decoty.com.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-800-588-8001.

Instinct chicken formula for pets

Company: Nature's Variety.

Quantity: One batch.

Why? Pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could cause a potential choking risk to pets.

What models? Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula in various sizes with a best-by date of 10/04/13 and one of these UPC codes: 7 69949 60137 1, 7 69949 70137 8, 7 69949 60127 2 and 7 69949 70127 9.

Where sold? Various stores.

What to do? Call the company toll-free at 1-888-519-7387.

Recalls: BMW vehicles, Dodge trucks, dual-wattage travel converter kits, more 02/22/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:08pm]

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