Rolling recalls test Polaris’ commitment to running lean
Polaris is one of those big companies in the Twin Cities that is closely identified with a set of management practices called lean, a newer term for ideas about process improvement, efficiency and quality that go back to Toyota Motor in post-World War II Japan.
Report: Hospitals failed to pass along millions in credits to Medicare
U.S. hospitals have held onto millions of dollars in warranty credits from medical manufacturers that should have been sent to Medicare, according to the latest audit of federal payments related to recalled and defective heart devices.
In a report out last week, the Medicare inspector general’s office concludes that 210 hospitals failed to report a total of $4.4 million in manufacturer warranty credits that should have been passed along to the government insurance program.
Recalls this week: comforters, power adapters, bar stools
A line of comforters are being recalled this week because of the potential presence of mold. Other recalled consumer products include digital camera power adapters and bar stools.
Here's a more detailed look:
DETAILS: Hudson comforters by UGG. They were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond stores and at www.bedbathandbeyond.com from August 2017 through October 2017.
Recall watch: Tearing chairs among pulled products
Nantucket Distributing is recalling 45,200 chairs sold with Bimini patio sets because the fabric seat can tear, posing a fall hazard to the user. The company has received six reports of the fabric tearing, including one report of a hand and back injury.
Recall watch: Boots, popcorn among pulled products
Boot tongue lining has chemical exposure risk
About 30,000 Dr. Martens Vegan boots have been recalled in the U.S. because prolonged and direct contact with the boot tongue lining can expose the wearer to the chemical benzidine. The recall involves Dr. Martens unisex Vegan 1460 eight eye boots sold in cherry red with black shoelaces in all sizes. “Made in Vietnam” and product code 14585 are printed on the tongue label with the batch code starting with “GV” and ending in Q, R or S.
Ford 1Q profit down on recalls, lower sales, but tops Street
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Costly product recalls and lower sales took a bite out of Ford's first-quarter profit.
Ford Motor Co.'s net income fell 35 percent to $1.6 billion, or 40 cents per share, in the first quarter.
The Dearborn-based automaker had warned investors and analysts to expect weaker results in the January-March period. Ford earned a record pretax profit in the first quarter of 2016.
Key events in the Takata air bag recall
Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday in U.S. federal court. The company agreed to pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for concealing a deadly defect in millions of air bags, which led to the largest product recall in U.S. history. Takata's air bags have killed at least 16 people worldwide and injured at least 180.
The following is a timeline of key events in the Takata recall.
Recall watch: Product recalled for containing milk
Product recalled for milk
A product labeled as “lactose free” is being recalled because there’s milk in it.
NSE Products, Inc. is recalling all ageLOC TR90 Protein Boost because it contains milk in the formula, which is not declared on the label. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of a serious reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to milk, there is no safety issue with this product.
Correction: Recalls This Week story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Nov. 25 about the week's consumer product recalls, The Consumer Product Safety Commission incorrectly listed a laptop battery recall. The recall of HP batteries from 2006 was mistakenly relisted while improvements were being made to the agency's website.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Recalls this week: air valves and carpet cleaners
Recalls this week include, carpet cleaners, chairs, air valves, off-road vehicles
Just in time for the run-up to Thanksgiving, about 500 cases of Heinz HomeStyle Bistro Au Jus Gravy are being recalled because some of the jars may be mislabeled as Heinz Pork Gravy and therefore not labeled as containing milk and soy.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
There have been no consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this issue to date.
Bread products recalled for possible plastic pieces
Vermont-based Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. has voluntarily recalled approximately 99,000 packages of its bread products due to the possibility that there may be clear plastic pieces in some products.
US regulators: Official recall of 1M Samsung Note 7 phones
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. safety regulators announced a formal recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 smartphone Thursday after a spate of fires led to injuries and property damage — along with a global marketing headache for the South Korean tech giant.
"Because this product presents such a serious fire hazard, I am urging all consumers ... to take advantage of this recall right away," said Elliot Kaye, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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