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The Problem: Certain M-Class SUVs may have been built with faulty brake switches that may prevent drivers from deactivating the cruise control by means of a light tap on the brake pedal (greater pressure, along with using the cancel or off buttons, will still deactivate the system). Drivers may experience a delay in slowing a vehicle, which may subsequently increase the chance of an accident (To date, Mercedes-Benz reports no accidents or injuries attributed to this issue).
The Fix: Dealers will replace the defective switch on the affected vehicles free of charge. Mercedes will begin contacting customers in the coming months. Customers seeking further information can contact the manufacturer by calling 1-800-367-6372.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 136,751 M-Class SUVs manufactured between August 1999 and July 2002, along with ML55 AMG vehicles built between August 1999 and June 2004.
2008 – 2011 Dodge, Freightliner, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500
The problem: Seat belts found on optional bench seats available for the passenger compartment may not meet minimum code set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Belts on the affected bench seats may not lock as required, and the assembly loop does not appear to meet minimum force requirements. No injuries have been reported as a result of the defective belts.
The fix: Dealers will inspect and replace defective seat belts free of charge, and begin notifying customers in May. Customers seeking further information regarding the recall can reach the manufacturer by calling 843-695-5000.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 3437 vehicles manufactured between October 2007 and February 2011 were built with the optional bench seat, and are subject to this recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Infant Bed-Side Sleepers and Pampers Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers.About 76,000 sleepers were sold and around 29,000 pacifiers.
The sleepers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us and other retail stores nationwide from September 1997 through December 2001. The pacifiers were sold nation wide from April 2010 through February 2011.
The hazard from the sleepers come from the fabric liner. When it is not used or is not securely attached, infants can fall from the raised mattress into the loose fabric at the bottom of the bed-side sleeper or can become entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the sleeper, posing risks of suffocation.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bed-side sleepers and visit www.armsreach.com/instructions to view and download assembly instructions and to make sure that the product is properly configured.
If you want more information on this product, call the manufacturer, Arm’s Reach at (800) 954_9353.
To know if you have a recalled pacifier, look at the color. They come in yellow, pink or blue colors and are made of silicone. Only “Stage 1” pacifiers are recalled. “Stage 1” and “Ortho” or “Bulb” are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and “Pampers” molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package.
The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard to young children.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from infants.
For additional information, contact Key Baby toll-free at (800) 447-1224 anytime, or visit the company’s web site at www.key-baby.com.