February Recalls

Nissan, the automotive manufacturer, recalls over 750,000 Rouge SUV models.  The native Japanese vehicle commonly sold in North America and around the world is being recalled due to serious safety concerns. The hazard comes from corrosion of electrical connectors in the under-dash harness of the vehicle. The corrosion in the electrical system leaves various safety risks for drivers, passengers, and others on the road. Due to the faulty connection and protection of the wire, it can lead to failure in any of the aspects that are powered by electricity in the car. Warning lights can mislead drivers, going on and off causing a major hazard. The corroded electricity system can cause the car battery to completely drain while any moisture or further damage to the cords can increase the risk of a fire.  Currently, Nissan is establishing their next steps in remedying this major hazard. Letters are projected to be sent out to owners by March 2, 2022, to address the hazard and provide information on the recall process. They plan to reach out via mail once the solution has been solidified. Owners are encouraged to reach out to Nissan with any questions or concerns regarding the recall at 1-800-867-7669 using the recall number, R21B9. Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit for more information.

Family Dollar recalls 38,300 Beach loungers due to the risk of injury.  As of January 26, 2022, the “Outdoor by Design” beach lounger is being recalled from Family Dollar Stores due to the unexpected tendency to collapse while in use. Injuries can occur if fingers or skin get stuck in the metal folding joints of the chair. The product is made in China and imported by Midwood Brands LLC of North Carolina, an affiliate of the Family Dollar Brand. The products recall number is 22-061, sold at Family Dollar stores and www.familydollar.com from January 2019 to September 2021 at a retail price of $25. Although no one has reported injuries from the lounger at this time, Family Dollar is urging customers to stop using the recalled product and return it to a Family Dollar location for a full refund. Family Dollar is also encouraging customers to follow steps to make the lounger unusable, then to take a picture of the deconstructed lounger and send it in virtually for a refund.

Empowered Diagnostics COVID – 19 tests are being recalled by the FDA.  As of January 28, 2022, the FDA warns consumers to stop using the “Empowered Diagnostics CovClear COVID -19 Rapid Antigen Test” and “Immuno Pass COVID -19 Neutralizing Antibody Rapid Test,” as they could be producing false test results. This is extremely problematic in maintaining the spread of COVID- 19. The recall comes from the FDA’s discovery of false authorization standards by Empowered Diagnostics. The diagnostic company labeled their test kits as FDA approved, but according to the FDA, there was no approval on their end. If you are someone who has recently tested with one or both kits it’s important to get a retest at your local medical center to verify your Covid- 19 status. The FDA is working closely with Empowered Diagnostics to resolve these issues. The FDA will continue to update the public with new information.

Geri-Care Pharmaceuticals Recalls 800 units of over-the-counter Acetaminophen medication. The Brooklyn-based pharmaceutical company recalls pain relief products due to the lack of child resistance safety standards incorporated in the product packaging. The official recall was established on January 26, 2022, with 800 bottles encouraged to be replaced or refunded. The 500mg “Extra Strength” tablets come in a 1,000 count and without the child resistance, there is a major risk of poisoning if swallowed by small children. The recalled product is sold on various online outlets, including amazon.com, retailing between $2 and $10. Geri-Care plans to remedy this by advising customers to immediately store recalled packaging in a safe place out of reach of children and dispose of the product as soon as you can for a full refund.

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