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Recall of the Week: Ferrari

Giving the phrase “these cars are hot” a whole new meaning, Ferrari is recalling its new 458 Italia model after several vehicles were reported to have burst into flames.

The luxury supercar is being recalled in order to make modifications to the wheelhouse assembly.

Which begs the question: “Did your car just spontaneously burst into flame?”

“Why, yes, it did.”

“Rough day.”

“Yep.”

“In rare instances the heat shield could become deformed, bringing it too close to the exhaust system and igniting,” a Ferrari spokesperson said.

Ferrari is recalling all its 458 Italia vehicles after five fires were reported in California, Switzerland, China and France.

Deliveries of the car in the U.S. began this summer. It has a 4.5-liter 8-cylinder engine, 7-speed automatic transmission, 570 horsepower and has a base price around $230,000.

Ferrari said the company is asking owners of the cars produced before July 2010 to bring them in to have the glue replaced with mechanical fasteners.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a statement saying Ferrari’s Italian headquarters had told its North American division about the recall. NHTSA warned that if the adhesive ignites it could “render the vehicle inoperable and possibly result in a crash.”

The NHTSA statement said 303 vehicles are being recalled, and owners could be eligible for reimbursement for if they spent money on repairs related to the problem before the recall was announced.

I’m sure all of those car owners read this blog.

Recall of the Week: Eggs

Did you download your recall app?

A salmonella outbreak linked to eggs in four states and possibly more launched a recall which health officials on Wednesday dramatically expanded to 380 million eggs.

Initially, 228 million eggs were recalled, the equivalent of 19 million dozen-egg cartons. But that number was increased to nearly 32 million dozen-egg cartons.

Minnesota, a state with some of the best food-borne illness investigators in the country, has tied at least seven salmonella illnesses to the eggs.

Other states have seen a jump in reports of the type of salmonella. For example, California has reported 266 illnesses since June and believes many are related to the eggs. Colorado saw 28 cases in June and July, about four times the usual number. Spikes or clusters of suspicious cases have also been reported in Arizona, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

he Food and Drug Administration also is investigating.

Much of the investigation so far has been centered on restaurants in California, Colorado, Minnesota and North Carolina. They are not necessarily breakfast places — it’s possible some got sick from eating a salad dressing that had a raw egg in it, or eating soup with an undercooked egg dropped in, Braden said.

In North Carolina, a cluster of about 80 illnesses in April were linked to meringue-containing chocolate pie and banana pudding served at a Durham barbecue restaurant, health officials said.

Eggs from Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa, were linked to illnesses in the four states. The eggs were distributed around the country and packaged under the names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemp. It wasn’t immediately clear when the eggs were produced and distributed.

Visit Food Safety.gov to see if you are at risk.

Recall of the Week: New Mobile App tracks recalls

While I didn’t start off wanting to have a recall of the week, there has been a recall on some product or other over the past few months.

Having trouble keeping track?

Now, the FDA has teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create a mobile app that lets users track product recalls.

Find the app on the US government website. You get a press release and  a picture of the tainted product. Right now, the app is limited to Android users, but they are developing one for iPhone and Blackberry smartphones.

Recall of the week

The recall this week is 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs due to possible under-processing.

Campbell's: Spaghettios W/Meatballs Soup, 26.25 oz

Campbell Soup Co. issued the recall on SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, 14.75 ounce cans with use by dates between June 2010 and December 2011. This includes “SpaghettiOs with Meatballs,” “SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs” and “SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars).”

These products have a plant code “EST4K”. Customers should return them for exchange or refund. Campbell discovered the problem during a routine inspection of their warehouse.

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