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Ford to replace brake hoses

May 25, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 655,000 F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT large pickup trucks worldwide to replace a brake hose that can come loose. The recall affects 2005 and 2006 models with 5.4-liter, three-valve engines, the Dearborn, Mich.-based company said in a letter posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm. The rubber vacuum hose may swell and detach from a fitting, reducing braking power, the agency said.

* About 84,000 children's storage bins sold at Lowe's Cos. stores from March 2007 to February 2008 are being recalled because paint on the bins could contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. The bins, which sold for about $6 each, are wooden with scalloped edges and were sold in pastel green or pink. Item number No. 226782 (pastel green storage bin) or No. 226781 (pink storage bin) appears on the bottom of the storage bin item. For more details, call importer LG Sourcing, a Lowe's subsidiary, at (866) 493-6563, or go to www.lowes.com or www.cpsc.gov.

* About 74,000 Lil' Snugglers children's blankets, manufactured in China by Douglas Co., are being recalled because the blanket's satin edge can come loose, putting children at risk of strangling. The blankets were sold by specialty stores around the country between April 2005 and December 2007. For more information, call importer Douglas Co. at (800) 992-9002, or go to www.douglastoys.com or www.cpsc.gov.

* About 14,000 sun-shaped candle holders, manufactured in China and imported by Home Depot Inc., are being recalled because sunlight traveling through the glass decoration can cause nearby objects to catch fire. The candle holders were sold at Home Depot stores in the southern and western regions of the country between January and March 2008. For more details, call (866) 403-5504, or go to www.homedepot.com or www.cpsc.gov.

* About 4,800 Broil King gas grills made in Canada by Onward Manufacturing Co. are being recalled because the bottom of the burner-containing cook box can melt or crack if a grease fire occurs. This poses a burn and fire hazard, but no injuries have been reported. The grills were sold around the country between February 2006 and April 2008. For more information, call (866) 434-7455, or go to www.broilkingbbq.com or www.cpsc.gov.

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