If you own any of the products described below, you and your family could be at serious risk for injuries. This month’s recalls included reports of electric shock and burns from handheld HomeMedics massagers, a potential fall hazard from Combi strollers, and risk of oil leakage in some Toyota Tacoma vehicles.

HoMedics Handheld Massagers

HoMedics has recieved 140 reports of exposed wires, sparks, smoking, and some shooting flames coming from the massagers. There have been 15 reports of burn injuries to consumer’s fingers and other parts of the body.

Massagers Affected by the Recall:

This recall affects three different models of handheld massagers:

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All manufacturing dates for all three of these models are included in the recall.

About 400,000 units were sold nationwide at retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Rite-Aid, and Walmart between August 2013 and February 2017.

What To Do If You Own One:

Customers should immediately stop using any of these recalled massagers and contact HoMedics to recieve a refund in the form of a credit for any replacement product. You may call HoMedics toll-free at 888-803-0509 or visit their website for more information.

 

Combi Stroller and Car Seat Combos

Combi is recalling a product it calls The Combi Shuttle Travel System. When used together, the car seat can disengage from the stroller, posing a fall risk for infants. Consumer reports conducted a tip-over test on the stroller and found this risk. You can see a video of their test here.

Strollers Affected by the Recall:

This recall affects strollers with model numbers 6100027 and 6100100. The model number is printed on the label on the base of the car seat and on the stroller’s leg.

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About 1,000 units were sold online at Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com, Target.com, and other online retailers between June 2015 and September 2016.

What To Do If You Own One:

Consumers should stop using the recalled strollers with the car seats and contact Combi for a free repair, which consists of adding straps to secure the car seat to the stroller. Consumers can continue to use the strollers and car seats separately.

You can call Combi USA toll-free at 844-332-6730 or visit their website for more information.

 

Toyota Tacoma

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A few weeks ago, Toyota announced that it would be recalling certain Model Year 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma vehicles due to potential oil leakage. The leaking oil could lead to dangerous problems with the car over time, including loss of control of the vehicle’s steering. This recall involves nearly 228,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Affected vehicles have rear differentials that may leak oil. If the vehicle is used in this condition, over time the rear differential could be damaged, which can result in noise and reduced propulsion. In some cases, the rear differential could seize, resulting in loss of control of the vehicle’s steering.

Vehicles Affected by the Recall:

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All known owners of the recalled vehicles will receive a notification by mail starting in the middle of June. That being said, if you own a 2016 or 2017 Toyota Tacoma, you should contact your dealer immediately to check.

What To Do If You Own One:

Contact your Toyota dealer or call Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota dealers will check the rear differential for oil leakage. If there are no leaks found, all fasteners will be re-tightened. If leakage is found, the rear differential carrier gasket will be replaced with a new one, and new fasteners will be installed. If rear differential components are damaged, the rear differential carrier assembly will be replaced with a new one.

These remedies will be at no cost to customers.

 

For more information on any of these recalls, please refer to the references listed below.

 

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

 

Please Be Sure to Read the Following References:

“Combi USA Recalls Stroller and Car Seat Combos Due to Fall Hazard.” United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017 from https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/Combi-USA-Recalls-Stroller-and-Car-Seat-Combos

“Combi USA Recalls Stroller and Car Seat Travel System for Fall Hazard.” Consumer Reports. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017 from http://www.consumerreports.org/combi/combi-usa-recalls-travel-system/

“HoMedics Recalls Handheld Massagers Due to Electric Shock and Burn Hazards.” Good Housekeeping. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017 from http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/news/a44015/homedics-handheld-massagers-recalled/

“HoMedics Recalls Massagers Due to Electric Shock and Burn Hazards.” United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017 from https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/HoMedics-Recalls-Massagers-Due-to-Electric-Shock-and-Burn-Hazards

“Toyota Recalls Certain Tacoma Vehicles.” Toyota USA Newsroom. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017 from http://corporatenews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+recalls+certain+tacoma+vehicles.htm

“Toyota recalls quarter-million Tacoma pickups over oil leaks.” USA Today. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017 from https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/04/27/toyota-tacoma-recall/100980084/