Recent Recall News – Part 2

Heaters Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
On August 14, 2015, Trane and American Standard recalled accessory heaters installed in TAM7 and TAM8 air handlers due to a potential fire hazard. The hazard states that the heaters that were installed with reverse polarity on one of the breakers can cause the heater to overheat, which could pose the fire hazard. About 3,900 units were under the recall. The accessory heaters were manufactured between November 2014 and March 2015 and installed in TAM7 and TAM8 air handlers as a primary or secondary heat source. There is an electrical risk involved; therefore, only a certified HVAC repair person should verify the model and serial numbers on the nameplate on the inside of the air handler.

As far as incidents or injuries are concerned, the firm has received 10 reports of the heaters tripping circuit breakers. This includes one report of heat-related damage to the unit. No injuries have been reported, fortunately.

To remedy the situation, consumers should immediately stop using the heater function by switching the system to cooling mode or off. They should also contact their Trane or American Standard independent dealer to schedule an inspection and replacement. The system’s air conditioning or cooling function can still be used. Trane is coming into contact with its customers directly, but you may also reach their toll-free number at 844-866-8429 from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday.

These systems were sold at Trane and American Standard independent dealers nationwide from January 2015 to April 2015 for about $120. They were manufactured in Mexico.

Soybean Sprouts Recalled Due to Health Risk
On August 3, 2015 officially, Good Seed Inc. recalled Soybean Sprouts and Mung Bean Sprouts due to a possible health risk. These packages of soybean sprouts were recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. The items were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey.

The contamination was discovered through surveillance and monitoring coordinated by the Virginia Rapid Response Team and testing by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, which revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

So what will be done about this? Individuals who purchased soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts, distributed by Good Seed Inc. should return the product to the place of sale for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at 703-392-0075 or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food Safety Program at 804-786-3520.

Recall by Nissan
On August 4, 2015, Nissan of North America recalled certain model year 2016 Nissan Maxima vehicles manufactured March 19, 2015 to June 2, 2015. In the affected vehicles, due to an improperly installed o-ring that may not have been seated correctly at the time of assembly, fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel-sending unit attaches to the fuel tank.

Why is this important and why is there a recall issued? If fuel leaks from between the fuel sending unit and the tank, it may increase the risk of a fire in the event of a crash.

To remedy the situation, many developments are being made the manufacturer has not actually yet provided a notification schedule. Owners are able to contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.