As ever, Recall Informer is dedicated to bringing you the most important recall news of the week. Today, we’re covering a fresh melon recall, even more issues for Hyundai, and a potentially deadly ceiling fan defect.
Fruit lovers of America, beware! This has been a very bad year for produce recalls–and the hits just keep coming. Even as Country Fresh and Walmart hustle to remove fresh-cut fruit that could be tainted with listeria, there’s this. Eagle Produce announced a recall of cantaloupes over a potential salmonella contamination.
The cantaloupes were sold both as whole fruits and pre-sliced in trays or bowls. So far, this recall only pertains to Meijer grocery stores in Michigan. The melon is labeled “Kandy Brand” from Eagle Produce LLC.
However, if you can’t find a label and you bought cantaloupe in Michigan, proceed with caution. All mixed fruit bowls and trays that contain cantaloupe are also included in this recall.
In 2011, fresh cantaloupe was the source of the nation’s deadliest foodborne illness outbreak. That time, listeria was the culprit. Although salmonella is a comparatively milder pathogen, it can still be harmful or deadly to those with compromised immune systems, children, and the elderly.
South Korean automaker Hyundai has a serious problem. Hyundai and subsidiary Kia have recalled hundreds of thousands of vehicles due to fire risk. And that’s not a hypothetical–at least two people have burned to death after their Kia Souls caught on fire.
The most recent recall is for the Hyundai Kona Electric. 25,000 of the crossovers are part of this most recent manufacturing problem from Hyundai. According to Car and Driver, the issue’s cause is currently unknown. It seems to be related to the electric battery, possibly a short circuit.
The automaker described the recall as “a proactive response to a suspected defective production of high-voltage batteries used in the vehicles, which may have contributed to the reported fires.”
The cause of the previous recalls was likely a faulty anti-lock brake control module. This component could short out if water leaked inside the case. The vehicles could then catch fire even when parked and turned off.
Finally, we have Harbor Breeze, Lowe’s “house brand” of mid-priced ceiling fans. Almost 280,000 of the Kingsbury model fans are part of a safety recall. It turns out that the central glass globe could randomly fall off.
The manufacturer stated that they received 76 reports of the globe falling. In 4 of those cases, someone was injured by broken glass. The fans are older models, manufacture red between 2010 and 2018.
Lowe’s isn’t offering a refund; instead, the manufacturer will send an owner’s manual and light kit label to help you check your own fan. The light globe will only fall if the fan is installed incorrectly–but it seems like that’s a pretty common problem.
HKC-US can be reached at 877-239-7267 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Customers can also email at HKCRecall@hkcus.com or go online at www.hkcfans.com for more information.