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Expanding a recall dating back to 2008, Japanese automobile airbag manufacturer Takata Corp is doubling the number of recalls for its potentially lethal product in the U.S. from 16.6 million to approximately 34 million vehicles (about one in seven of the over 250 million vehicles on American roads), which makes it the largest such recall in American history.  The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in conjunction with Takata state that the recall affects passenger- and driver-side airbag inflators that are installed... Read more...
If you’re reading this on a Lenovo IdeaPad, you might want to unplug that power cord and take a look at it. Lenovo launched a voluntary recall of power cords for its IdeaPad laptops today, citing the potential for “overheating, sparking, melting and burning.” Look for "LS-15" on the cord to identify Lenovo's recalled AC adapter cord. The recall affects IdeaPads in the B, G, S, U, V, and Z families, but only models that were built between February 2011 and December 2011 (and were sold between February 2011 and June 2012). Figuring out whether you have one of the recalled cords is easy: put the end... Read more...
Japan-based Takata Corporation isn't eligible for the Consumerist's Worst Company in America designation, as voted on by its readers, but that hasn't stopped the company from making all the wrong moves. Just a few weeks ago, the company stood accused of destroying test records that showed design flaws in its airbags, and now it's ignored the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's deadline to expand the recall of airbags that might be fatally flawed. The NHTSA gave Takata until midnight to comply with its order for a nationwide recall, which the company let pass. Takata asserts that it... Read more...
Things aren't looking so good for Takata Corporation, the Japanese maker of automobile air bags serving about 20 percent the market. A recently discovered (and potentially deadly) defect in the design of certain air bags dating back to at least 2008 has already resulted in the recall of millions of vehicles,and now the company faces a lawsuit accusing it of covering up evidence that it knew about the defect for the past decade. The faulty air bags are believed to be responsible for at least four deaths. At issue is a bad part that can cause the air bags to deploy with too much force, which then... Read more...
Vizio is voluntarily recalling around 245,000 E-Series 39-inch and 42-inch LED-backlit televisions due to a defect in the stand assembly. If left unfixed, the defective stand could potentially fail and cause the television to tip over unexpectedly, which would not be a happy sight after plunking down a chunk of change for a flat screen TV. It also poses a risk of impact injury to anyone who happens to be around the television, especially small children and babies wandering around the area. At present, Vizio has received over 50 reports of its recalled televisions tipping over, though no injuries... Read more...
While this one's a little off the beaten path of the stories we typically cover, we wanted to give our readers who might own an older Nissan vehicle a heads up about an expanded recall related to complaints about defective air bags. Nissan widened its net of recalled vehicles to include an additional 226,000 automobiles, which brings the total number of affected automobiles to 664,628 so far. Straight to the point, Nissan has recalled its Infiniti I32 (2002-2003), Infiniti FX35 (2003), Infiniti FX45 (2003), Infiniti QX42 (2002-2003), Maxima (2002-2003), Pathfinder (2002-2003), and Sentra (2002-2004).... Read more...
Good news for iPhone 5 users who have been struggling with a finicky sleep/wake button. Apple has acknowledged the issue and set up a special website where you can request a free repair. According to Apple, the issue affects a small percentage of iPhone 5 models in which the sleep/wake mechanism may stop working altogether or work intermittently. If you're experiencing the issue, head over to the support page and input your phone's serial number to see if you qualify, as apparently Apple knows exactly which batch(es) of iPhone 5 models exhibit the issue. You should also be aware that if there's... Read more...
Shortly after Sony had to recall its very last Viao Fit notebook due to a potential battery issue, Nokia has today issued a product advisory notice of its own. The notice impacts the  European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and UK are strongly advised to suspend use of the charger until further notice. Also, consumers who purchased the Lumia 2520 travel charger accessory in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, UK and the US are strongly advised... Read more...
Battery issues aren't as common as they once were, but every so often, there's still a model that pops up as being a potential threat to human safety. Slight exaggerations aside, Sony has just announced that some 26,000 of its newest Vaio machines posed a fire risk. The batteries are built by Panasonic, and Sony believes that they could "overheat and catch fire." Because of that, Sony's requesting that users of its Vaio Fit 11A laptop stop computing on them as soon as possible. Presently, Sony has only received three reports of overheating batteries, but here's the kicker: they've caused "partial... Read more...
Lenovo, the world's largest supplier of PCs, has issued a voluntary recall for battery packs that shipped with several versions of its popular ThinkPad laptop line, as well as certain Edge Series notebooks. The reason for the recall is because the affected battery packs could overheat, thereby posing a fire hazard. Lenovo's received two reports of overheating batteries so far, neither of which resulted in any injuries. According to Lenovo, potentially affected batteries were made for ThinkPad laptops that shipped around the world between October 2010 and April 2011. The reason the recall isn't... Read more...
There are reports in several corners of the Web claiming EVGA is recalling, or partially recalling, its GeForce GTX 670 Superclock graphics card, and while it's true the videocard maker discovered a problem with some early run silicon, EVGA Product Manager Jacob Freeman released a statement clarifying the issue. "Thank you for your patience over this weekend. We have an update on this issue now," Freeman explains. " We have isolated this problem to an early batch of GTX 670 Superclock cards that were not properly screened during QA/QC procedure. We have already been working with our partners to... Read more...
Don't you just hate it when you're trying to update your Facebook status on your all-in-one (AIO) PC when suddenly it burst into flames? You've never had that happen, you say? And you don't know anyone else who has experienced that either? Fair enough, though Lenovo isn't taking any chances and has decided to voluntarily recall 160,000 ThinkCentre M70z and M90z AIO desktop PCs sold between May 2010 and January 2012. "Lenovo has determined that due to a failure of the power supply in the affected all-in-one PCs, the system can overheat posing a fire hazard. Lenovo has received two customer reports... Read more...
After discovering that some of the 1TB hard drives used in some iMac systems could fail under certain conditions, Apple has started a replacement program. The replacement program affects 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems that were sold between May 2011 and July 2011. For users who are affected by this recall, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the drive without cost to the user. Apple is in the process of contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process. If you think your system might be included in this replacement... Read more...
Well, at least one thing has been made clear: anyone with faulty Sandy Bridge gear won't be left out to dry. Intel has already set aside a billion dollars or so to complete the needed return/repair processor, and just about every major PC maker on the planet has issued a public statement letting customers know that they are in good hands. Many power users snapped up Sandy Bridge motherboards right away, only to soon learn that there may be a few quirks related to connectivity. Now, Acer Group is following suit by announcing that the company is "fully aware of the issue and is taking all necessary... Read more...
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