Federal Government Recalls Ford Taurus, Bunk Beds, and More

Federal agencies have recalled several items in the last week due to safety concerns, including:

2010-2014 Ford Taurus

Ford Motor Company has recalled 2010-2014 Ford Taurus vehicles sold or registered in New Jersey and manufactured between November 24, 2008, and February 28, 2014. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle’s license plate lamp can experience an electro-chemical reaction and corrosion when exposed to water and road salt, which increases the risk of fire.

The recall affects approximately 183,425 vehicles, and it is also effective in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Owners of affected vehicles can receive a free replacement of the license plate lamp, beginning July 25, 2014. Contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673 (recall #14S08) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more information.

Mission Archery MXB Crossbow

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 9,500 Mission Archery crossbows sold between May 2013 and April 2014. The crossbow reportedly fires unexpectedly without pulling the trigger, according to three reports received by Mission Archery.

Models affected are the MXB 320, MXB Dagger, MXB 400, and MXB 360, sold in black, lost camo AT, white camo, and pink camo. They were sold individually or part of a package, which included a quiver, black scope, three bolts, and a rope cocking aid, and the crossbows are between 29 and 35 inches long.

If you have an affected crossbow, stop using it immediately and take it back to a Mission Archery dealer or contact the company for free repair (including shipping).

Lea Covington and Hannah Collection Bunk Beds With Bookshelf

Lea Industries has recalled the Lea Covington and Hannah Collection style bunk beds, sold in twin over twin or full over full sizes. If assembled incorrectly, one space exceeds the 1.88 inches allowed by product standards, creating an entrapment risk for children.

The recall affects about 500 bunk beds sets, sold in cherry and white finishes at FurnitureLand South, other furniture outlets, and Hayneedle.com between September 2011 and March 2014. Click here for serial numbers and more information. If affected, contact Lea Industries to see if the bed is assembled correctly by calling (888) 770-7116 or visiting leafurniture.com. A professional can raise the bottom bunk and install new brackets on the bookcase, minimizing risk of entrapment.

Michelin Tires

Michelin North America, Inc. recalled 1.2 million Michelin tires due to risk of tread separation, possibly resulting in loss of vehicle control and increased risk of crash. The recall affects tires on certain Ford vehicles and replacement equipment on certain brand commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small RVs, and large pickup trucks.

The affected inventory was manufactured between January 10, 2010, and June 23, 2012, and includes Michelin LTX M/S tires, size LT225/75R16 115/112R LRE.

Michelin dealers will replace the recalled tires free of charge. Call 1-800-231-5893 to speak with Michelin Consumer Care.