Although most consumer products are tested for safety, no process is perfect.  Unsafe products can and do make their way to market all the time.  When these defective products are discovered, a recall is often issued.  This week’s recalls are – Sabrett Hotdogs which could cause oral injury, Honda Accord battery defect that could trigger engine smoke or fire, and an update on Takata Air Bags.

 

Sabrett Hotdogs

Check your package before you fire up the grill this week, Marathon Enterprises, Inc. has issued a recall of more than 7.1 million pounds of beef and pork hot dogs as well as sausages and salami. The announcement comes after customers reported small pieces of bone and cartilage in their products.

  • The affected batch contained products from Sabrett, Papaya King, 1906 Premium, Western Beef and Stew Leonard’s with use-by or sell-by dates between June 19 and October 6.
  • The recall also affects hot dogs and salami that have been distributed to restaurants and food services under the Sabrett, Nathan’s Private Label and Katz’s Delicatessen label. You can find a full list of affected products here.
  • The most popular brand, Sabrett, is sold in arenas, concert venues and convention centers across the country. It is also known for being sold by street vendors in Manhattan, all the way to the Los Angeles Zoo.
  • One minor oral injury has been reported as a result of this recall. Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and to return them to their place of purchase.

What To Do:

If you have questions about this recall, you may contact John Terminello, who works in Consumer Relations for Sabrett, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:15pm EST at 1-800-SABRETT / 1-800-722-7388.

 

Honda Accord

The Japanese firm – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it would recall nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles, after receiving multiple reports of the cars’ battery sensors causing fires in the engine.  The sensors, which notify drivers when there is a problem with the battery, may not be “sufficiently sealed” against moisture, the company said. This could trigger engine smoke or fire.

  • The recall covers 1.15 million cars in the U.S. from the 2013 through 2016 model-year.
  • Honda said it will start notifying Accord owners affected by the latest battery recall by the end of this month.
  • The company will repair vehicles for free and notify owners when they can visit their local dealerships.
  • After manufacturing enough parts to replace all the vehicles, every owner will get the permanent fix. It was not immediately clear how long that would take.
  • There are four reports of engine fires to the defect, however, there are no reported injuries related to these incidents.

What To Do:

Owners can check if their car is included in the recall by visiting http://owners.honda.com/service-maintenance/recalls or by calling 1-888-234-2138.

 

Takata Air Bags

As a follow up to our previous blog, here is an update on the latest with the Japanese auto parts manufacturer, Takata Corporation :

Long hobbled by lawsuits and recall costs over its faulty air bags, Takata filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and in the U.S. in June of this year.  Takata is on the hook for billions of dollars to banks and automakers, which have been covering the replacement costs of tens of millions of the recalled air bag inflators.

The company plans to sell the rest of its operations to the rival U.S. auto parts supplier, Key Safety Systems, for $1.59 billion.  Automakers will be able to recover some costs from Takata’s remaining assets, but “experts say the companies still must fund a significant portion of the recalls themselves,” reports The Associated Press.

It’s the largest safety recall in automotive history.  Worldwide, 100 million inflators have been recalled, 69 million of them in the U.S., affecting 42 million vehicles by 19 different automakers, according to the wire service.  Takata’s air bag inflators are blamed for rupturing and spewing dangerous debris into a vehicle’s cabin and so far, the defective air bags were linked to at least 16 deaths, including 11 in the U.S.

What To Do:

Check whether your car needs a recall by inputting the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into NHTSA’s lookup tool. You can find your VIN on either a driver’s doorjamb sticker, or by checking at the driver’s side bottom of your windshield. If you don’t have your VIN, you can check your make, model, and year to see recall information and explanations by mechanics at CR.org/carrecalls.

 

Have a serious injury and need legal advice? Contact Howard Blau.

 

Please Be Sure to Read the Following References:

“ALERT: Sabrett Hot Dogs Recalled After Customers Find Bones Inside.” Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 18 July 2017 from http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/news/a45130/hot-dog-recall/

“Honda recalls more than a million cars over battery fires.” CNN Money. Retrieved 18 July 2017 from http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/14/news/companies/honda-recall-accord-vehicles-battery-fire/index.html

“Overwhelmed By Air Bag Troubles, Takata Files for Bankruptcy Protection.” The Two-Way. Retrieved 18 July 2017 from http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/25/534350777/overwhelmed-by-air-bag-troubles-takata-files-for-bankruptcy-protection

“8 Key Questions About Takata Bankruptcy and Ongoing Airbag Recall.” Consumer Reports. Retrieved 18 July 2017 from http://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/8-key-questions-takata-bankruptcy-ongoing-airbag-recall/