On May 1, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products by Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ontario. This recall was precipitated by 23 reports of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes (an indicator of potential liver injury), to liver damage requiring liver transplant. The FDA has been notified of one death due to liver failure in an individual taking Hydroxycut. Other health problems reported include cardiovascular disorders and rhabdomyolysis (a type of muscle damage) that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.
Hydroxycut products are dietary supplements that are marketed for weight-loss, as fat burners, as energy-enhancers, as low carb diet aids, and for water loss under the Iovate and MuscleTech brand names. The list of products recalled by Iovate currently includes:
- Hydroxycut Regular Rapid Release Caplets
- Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Rapid Release Caplets
- Hydroxycut Hardcore Liquid Caplets
- Hydroxycut Max Liquid Caplets
- Hydroxycut Regular Drink Packets
- Hydroxycut Caffeine-Free Drink Packets
- Hydroxycut Hardcore Drink Packets (Ignition Stix)
- Hydroxycut Max Drink Packets
- Hydroxycut Liquid Shots
- Hydroxycut Hardcore RTDs (Ready-to-Drink)
- Hydroxycut Max Aqua Shed
- Hydroxycut 24
- Hydroxycut Carb Control
- Hydroxycut Natural
The recall announcement stated that consumers who have any of the products involved in the recall should to stop using them and should return them to the place of purchase. The FDA has not yet determined which exact ingredients, dosages, or other factors may be associated with risks related to these Hydroxycut products. The products contain a variety of ingredients and herbal extracts. Additional information about this recall can be found at www.fda.gov.
In July, 2009, Kumho Tire USA began recalling 36,292 Kumho Mohave A/T light truck all terrain tires in the following sizes: LT225/75R16, LT245/75R16, and LT265/75R16. Kumho states that the reason for the recall is that these tires cause difficulties with the vehicle’s handling performance when operated under loaded conditions or when changing lanes. This condition could result in the vehicle swaying and could possibly result in a crash. Kumho will replace the tires free of charge.
Bridgestone/Firestone is back in the news with another tire recall that began June 29, 2009. The recall will include 127,183 FR380 size P235/75R15 tires that were manufactured without sufficient tread base gauge. According to the recall announcement, continued use of the recalled tires could lead to vibration and groove cracking, and extended use could result in tread distortion or tread separation and loss of vehicle control. Bridgestone/Firestone has agreed to replace the affected tires free of charge, as well as to mount and balance the replacement tires at no expense to the owner.
On September 29, 2009, Toyota announced the recall of several models of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in connection with 2000 documented incidents of unintended acceleration that resulted in as many as 19 deaths. Models covered by the recall include 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camrys, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalons, 2005-2010 Tacomas, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundras, 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350s 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250s and 2006-2010 IS 350s.
On October 26, 2009 Ford Motor Company recalled 4.5 million vehicles to repair cruise control deactivation switches. A cruise control deactivation switch is designed to turn off the cruise control in response to the driver applying pressure to the brakes. The switch, which is designed to remain powered regardless of whether the vehicle ignition is on or off, is located in close proximity to the brake fluid reservoir. There is a very thin membrane that separates the flammable brake fluid from the electrical components inside the switch.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that a series of gas grills sold exclusively at Lowe’s store have been recalled due to dangerous burn and fire hazards caused by faulty burners in a variety of unit models. The voluntary recall is for more than 663,000 units of the Perfect Flame SLG Series Gas Grills in stores located in the U.S., as well as 1,700 units in Lowe’s stores located in Canada. The SLG gas grills were sold in the U.S. between September 2005 and May 2009 and varied in price from $200 to $550
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of Grand World Incorporated’s line of baby pacifiers known as Bobby Chupete. More than 640,000 of the pacifiers were voluntarily recalled and the CPSC urges any consumers who have purchased the products to cease using them immediately for potential choking hazards.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that RockHard Laboratories has voluntarily recalled its dietary supplement “RockHard Weekend” throughout the nation because of the possible presence of the drug sulfoaildenfil. The active drug is not listed on the RockHard Weekend ingredients, however it is a variation of the drug Sildenfil, which is used to prevent erectile dysfunction. When combined with certain other prescription medications, sulfoaildenfil can lower blood pressure to critical levels, greatly endangering the unsuspecting user.
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