BY Associated Press
Monday, August 06, 2012
8/06/12 at 3:42 AM
Several recalls that may affect parents were announced last week. They include the popular family SUV, the Toyota RAV4.
Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 778,000 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. to fix a suspension problem that could cause crashes.
The company says if rear suspension nuts aren't tightened properly after a wheel alignment, the arms can rust and separate from the vehicle.
Toyota reported nine crashes and three minor injuries from the problem.
RAV4s from the 2006 to 2011 model years are covered by the recall. The Lexus sedans are from 2010 only.
Toyota says it's developing a plan to fix the problem and will notify owners by mail when it's time to take them to dealers for a free repair.
In the meantime, the company says drivers should contact their dealers if they hear an abnormal sound in the rear of the vehicle.
Recalled were Kenmore Dehumidifiers manufactured by LG Electronics and were sold exclusively at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide and Sears.com and Kmart.com from 2003 to 2009.
The 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers have a Kenmore logo on the front top of the unit. They have fan and humidity controls on their top front panels and some models include remote controls. They come with front-loading water buckets. The model number can be found on the right side of the interior of the unit once the bucket has been removed.
The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
The firm has received 107 reports of incidents, with more than $7 million in property damage and three reports of smoke inhalation injuries. About 795,000 were recalled.
Contact the Recall Fulfillment Center at 855-400-4641 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Green Toy Mini Vehicles manufactured by Green Toys Inc. of Mill Valley, Calif.; sold at mass merchandisers, grocery stores and independent toy and specialty stores nationwide and online from April to June 2012. All of the toy cars are made of plastic and came in yellow, green, red, white and blue. The toy cars were manufactured in the United States.
The wheels and hubcaps on the toy cars can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
There have been no reports of injuries.
Contact Green Toys at 888-973-3421 Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., or visit the firm's website at www.greentoys.com/recall.