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Ill.Consumer Advisory: Five Million Unrepaired Fords, Lincolns & Mercurys Pose Serious Fire Hazard

October 7, 2008  ·  By HM&M


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging owners of certain Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and cars to take their vehicles to a local dealership for a corrective repair. According to a NHTSA press release, these vehicles contain a defective cruise control switch that could lead to a fire at any time, even while the vehicle is turned-off or unattended.

NHTSA is concerned that many owners have yet to respond to multiple safety defect recall notifications from Ford, including Chicagoland consumers. Of the 12 million vehicles involved in the recall, nearly five million have not yet been brought to Ford for repair. Consumers with questions should contact their local Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealer, or call 888-222-2751. Additional information is available at

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Chicago Cyclists Be On Alert For Electra Amsterdam Recall

Chicago cyclists should be aware of a recent recall involving Electra Amsterdam bicyles. Late last month, the CSPC announced a recall on Electra “Amsterdam” model bicycles. The alert reported there were reports that interior alignment tabs of the bicycle's chainguard can push against the chain, causing the chain to derail, posing serious risk of injury... Read More

October 7, 2008

EPA To Review Health Risk From Popular Weed Killer

The Environmental Protection Agency said recently it is “re-evaluating the health effects of a popular weed killer that has been found in drinking water supplies,” to determine if further restrictions are needed to combat health concerns (Dina Cappiello, AP for Find Law, 10/7). Atrazine, a herbicide commonly used on corn and other crops has been... Read More

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