May 2021 Recalls

May 2021 Recalls

Kia is recalling over 440,000 vehicles for a second time. Certain Optima sedans from 2013 to 2015 and Sorento SUVs from 2014 to 2015 are being recalled due to the risk of engine fires. These same vehicles were already recalled in August 2020 for the same issues. Affected vehicles have been reported to have brake fluid leak into the Hydraulic Electric Control Unit, potentially causing electrical shortages that could lead to engine fires. These fires can occur even when the vehicle is not turned on, so owners have been instructed to park the vehicles outside and away from other vehicles and buildings. Owners should receive recall notifications via a letter in the mail by July 2nd. Repairs can be made at dealerships where they will install a new fuse, inspect the HECU, and replace them free of charge if needed.

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 50,868 bottles of RIOMET ER. RIOMET ER™, also referred to as metformin hydrochloride, are tablets used by people with type 2 diabetes to help control high blood sugar. However, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is recalling the product due to the presence of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) at above normal levels. NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) sometimes found in water and foods. RIOMET ER™ comes packaged in a 16oz round bottle with a 500 count of 500mg extended-release tablets. Affected products have the lot number AB06381, NDC number 10631-019-17, and the expiration date 10/2021. Patients consuming this RIOMET ER™ should continue taking their medication and contact their pharmacist, physician, or medical provider to discuss alternative options.

Certain Hydralyte tablets have been recalled due to an undisclosed danger to pregnancy. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced the recall of ten batches of Hydralyte Strawberry Kiwi Effervescent Electrolyte Tablets after Carthamus tinctorius was discovered in the product as an inactive ingredient. Carthamus tinctorius should not be consumed during pregnancy as it poses the risk of miscarriage. The product does not have the mandatory label warning, “Do not use if pregnant or likely to become pregnant” as it should have due to the inclusion of Carthamus tinctorius. Consumers are urged to stop the use of these tablets if they are pregnant or if pregnancy is a possibility. Affected batches include L9136/1, L9198/7, L9268/5, L9309/1, L0108/11, L0205/4, L0031/7, L0031/8, L0066/4, and L0311/5. The recalled products can be returned for a full refund.

Certain cat foods by Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. are being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination. Midwestern Pet Foods, also responsible for several other recalls over the past year for salmonella contamination and aflatoxin poisoning, is recalling the 5lb and 10lb bags of their Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Green Pea & Chicken Formula Dry Cat Food. Affected products either have the UPC 2363306234 or the UPC 2363300235, both with the lot code 100808006:42N811202:20. Salmonella infection in cats presents itself with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, fever, or excessive salivation. This infection is also contagious between other animals and humans. Consumers are urged to immediately stop the use of and dispose of this product. For a full refund, contact Natural Balance at 833-558-0908.

Thousands of folding chairs and bar stools sold at Walmart are being recalled. Cheyenne Products has recalled 795,000 Mainstay folding chairs and bar stools in which the weld that attaches the legs to the bottom of the seat can potentially break, posing a fall risk. These products were sold in Walmart stores nationwide and from January 2014 through April 2021. The recalled chairs and stools have padded seats upholstered in vinyl or microfiber and have a white sticker label on the bottom of the seats. These stickers include the name Cheyenne Products or Cheyenne Industries as well as the production date by month and year. For a full list of the recalled items, visit and click on Recalls. Consumers should immediately stop using recalled products and can contact Cheyenne at 833-351-1707 for a full refund.

Several products sold by IKEA are being recalled for potential burn hazards. IKEA has received reports of a total of 123 breakages and 4 injuries worldwide due to their“Heroisk” and “Talrika” plates, bowls, and mugs exhibiting rapid degradation. If these products break, they can spill hot food and drinks, potentially burning consumers. These products have been sold at IKEA since 2019 in a variety of colors. A total of 148,000 units have been recalled within the United States, including Heroisk (sold in packs of two) bowl green/yellow, mug 25cl red/yellow, plate with three compartments red/green, and side plate blue/red, Talrika (sold in packs of four) bowl white/red, deep plate green, mug 25cl red, and side plate dark blue. Consumers should return the products to IKEA for a full refund.

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