Beginning Feb 13, General Motors has recalled about 1.4 million vehicles in which the ignition switch can be jarred out of the “run” position, shutting off the car’s electrical system and causing the engine to lose power. If the vehicle subsequently crashes, the air bags will not deploy. The models involved are: all 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5; 2003-2007 Saturn Ion; 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR; 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada); 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice; 2007 Pontiac Sky.
GM mailed out letters to all owners of these vehicles on March 10, advising them to use only the key with nothing else attached to it, until the vehicles can be brought in and the switch replaced. The company advises that afterward, customers should still use only the key and key ring, with nothing else attached, as a safety precaution.
Nissan is recalling nearly one million cars because of a software fault that determines whether or not the passenger seat is occupied, and whether or not the airbag should deploy. The models affected are: 544,000 Altima sedans; 29,000 Leaf electric vehicles; 124,000 Pathfinder SUVs; 183,000 Sentra compacts; 6,700 NV200 taxis. Over 100,000 Infiniti models are also affected, including the 2013 JX35, the 2014 QX60 and the 2014 Q50 sedan.
My Sweet Love
Walmart has issued a recall of 174,000 My Sweet Love/My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care electronic baby dolls. The 16-inch doll, dressed in pink pajamas and equipped with a toy medical bag, coughs and babbles when it is “sick.” The problem is that the circuit board in the doll’s chest overheats, enough to cause burns or blisters to children’s fingers. The doll was sold at Walmart from August of 2012 through March of 2014. Customers should immediately return the dolls to any Walmart store for a full refund.