2 recalls and new auto safety database

September 10, 2008

The first recall involves a popular bakery product from the Wegmans grocery store chain.

The retailer is recalling all of its in-store made bagels and bagel products, like pizzas, sold from the bakery between August 24th and September 9th of this year.

Pieces of metal from a spring in a mixer may have gotten into the dough causing a possible choking hazard.

The recall does not include Wegmans' packaged bagels in the dairy or frozen food departments.

You can return to the product for a full refund. For more information, call 1-800-WEGMANS (934-6267).

About 78-thousand Protocol remote-controlled mini helicopters have been recalled. The rechargeable battery inside can overheat and cause a risk of fire or burns.

The affected model number starts with 1442. The toys were sold nationwide from October 2007 to December 2007.

For a replacement, call Protocol at 1-800-261-1193.

Want to know more about your car or the car you're thinking about buying? A new public database unveiled by the government should help.

You can now look up the number of alleged deaths, injuries, warranty claims, and cases of property damage involving passenger vehicles.

The so-called early warning data was released Wednesday following a ruling by a federal appeals court in July that barred the government from withholding key data reported by manufacturers.

Automakers are required to provide the government certain information thanks to a law Congress passed in 2000 after the massive recall of Firestone Tires. The law was designed to help the government detect potential trends in car accidents more quickly.

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