Ford recall & crib recall

February 29, 2008 5:53:48 AM PST
Thousands of cribs are being taken off store shelves; plus, the government is urging millions of Ford owners to take action immediately.

The government issued a series of recalls because some Ford vehicles have faulty cruise control switches and could catch fire. The last recall was back in August but since then NHTSA has received about 60 complaints of engine fires. The agency also said so far, switches on only about half the 9-point-6-million recalled vehicles have been disconnected.

The recall affects a long list of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. Parts to fix the vehicles won't be available for passenger cars until next month and truck owners will have to wait until June. But you still need to take your vehicle to a Ford dealer as soon as possible to have the cruise control switch disconnected. That will eliminate the risk of fire. (READ MORE)

Click the links below for more on the Ford recall:
Ford Motor Company
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling about 24-thousand cribs. They include the Majestic Curved Top and Flat Top Cribs, Essex Cribs, Brighton/Sussex Cribs and Captiva Cribs.

They were all imported by Munire Furniture and fail to meet the federal safety standards for cribs. The four support brackets on the mattress support spring are too long and present a fall hazard. The brackets prevent the spring from lowering to the full 26-inch minimum height in its lowest position, allowing children inside to crawl over the railing.

And another warning for parents, the CPSC is reminding families not to put pillows, soft bedding, or stuffed animals in cribs. The reason, 241 children died between 2002 and 2004 from suffocating. Most of them suffocated on pillows or soft bedding. Experts say use the "less is more" idea when it comes to your crib.

The CPSC also reminds parents to always place babies on their backs.

For more information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission click the links below:
Crib Recall
Crib Safety


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