January 22, 2010 |
Toyota Motor Corp. launched a major new recall Thursday, saying a mechanical problem could cause the gas pedals to stick and cause unwanted acceleration in 2.3 million of its vehicles, including recent models of its popular Camry and Corolla sedans. Most of the vehicles targeted by the new recall were also included in a separate recall of 4.3 million vehicles late last year involving floor mats that could jam the accelerator pedal open. In issuing its latest recall, Toyota has for the first time acknowledged that a mechanical problem could cause its vehicles to accelerate out of control.
November 10, 2007 |
Seven more U.S. children were sickened after ingesting Chinese-made toy beads that were recalled earlier this week because of a toxic chemical coating, the government said Friday. The reports of the sickened children, six of whom were hospitalized, came from at least five states: Texas, Delaware, New Hampshire, Illinois and Utah, according to a spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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May 5, 2000 |
The family of a toddler who suffocated on a promotional Pokemon toy from Burger King filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Los Angeles on Thursday against the fast-food chain, the toy maker and a safety-testing company. The suit, brought by the child's mother, Jill Ann Alto, seeks unspecified damages for Kira Alexis Murphy's death Dec. 11. Two weeks later and after the near-death of another child in Kansas, Burger King recalled more than 25 million Pokeballs.
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April 2, 2007 |
For generations, bottled mineral water from the town of Jermuk has been a kind of national tonic in Armenia, proudly sipped like a fine chardonnay in California or taken for its perceived medicinal value, like chicken soup. As the Armenian population here has grown, demand for the water has grown with it.
November 26, 2009 |
The largest recall in Toyota Motor Corp. history will probably put a serious dent in the Japanese automaker's pocketbook. But the hit to Toyota's image could prove even more damaging. The company's reputation as a builder of reliable, trouble-free vehicles has been tarnished by a series of quality problems, including the recall of more than 4 million Toyota and Lexus cars and light trucks to fix a defect that could cause runaway acceleration. On Wednesday, Toyota unveiled an elaborate plan to fix the problem that ultimately could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
June 12, 2009 |
The deaths of six people prompted federal safety officials and clothing retailer Blair to reissue a recall Thursday of 162,000 full-length chenille robes because the garments don't meet federal flammability requirements and can catch fire if they are exposed to an open flame. Blair of Warren, Pa., and the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the women's chenille robes in April because of the fire hazard.
May 23, 2001 |
Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that its recall of 13 million Firestone tires on its SUVs and pickup trucks will cost the company $3 billion and force it to idle three plants to free tires to use as replacements. The $3-billion cost before taxes will translate into a one-time $2.1-billion charge after taxes in the second quarter. The company said the charge will reduce 2001 earnings to $1.25 to $1.35 per share, compared with analysts' estimates of $2.60.
June 1, 2000 |
Kids II is recalling about 99,000 bouncer seats because the removable semicircular toy bar attached to the seat can suddenly release and injure babies, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The bouncer seats for babies and toddlers were sold in general merchandise and juvenile specialty stores in the U.S. from October 1997 through April 2000. Kids II, a privately held company based in Alpharetta, Ga.
March 3, 2000 |
In one of the auto industry's more embarrassing recalls, General Motors Corp. on Thursday urged owners of its original EV1 electric cars to garage their vehicles and wait for tow trucks to pick them up, owing to a potential fire hazard. GM, the world's largest auto maker, left little hope that the pioneering electric cars will ever be fixed. For now, owners will be offered rebates or special deals on other GM vehicles.
March 22, 2000 |
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the popular diabetes pill Rezulin--a drug that won "fast-track" government approval but was linked to scores of liver failures and deaths--will be withdrawn promptly from the U.S. market. Compared to alternative diabetes treatments, "continued use of Rezulin now poses an unacceptable risk to patients," said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's drug evaluation center.