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Recall News Alert: Honda Vehicles

Posted by on August 11, 2010

The New York Times is reporting that Honda is recalling an additional 384,000 models of 2003-04 Accords, Civics and Elements. This current recall comes on the heels of two previous recalls for the same problem, except the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating whether the previous recalls covered all defected vehicles.

The problem revolves around the shift interlock system malfunctioning, allowing someone to turn the car off and take out the key without the vehicle being in Park, giving it the ability to roll away. There have been 17 crashes reported due to the defect, although no injuries have been reported.

Previous recalls occurred in 2003 and 2005, and involved various Honda models dating all the way back to 1997. With the three recalls combined, around 1.4 million vehicles have been affected. However this is also the second recall in little over a year, as in July of 2009, 440,000 vehicles were recalled for an air bag defect that was originally reported in 2008, but at the time led to a recall of only 3,900 vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating whether Honda is issuing their recalls in a timely manner as well as covering all defected vehicles. The investigation could lead to penalties for Honda if it is determined that they are not doing so.

Not only is this recent string of recalls for the automaker rearing its head into one of the 10 Worst Product Recalls of All Time, the company’s suppliers would benefit from having Dynamics NAV to help them efficiently track their inventory at all stages of the product life cycle.

Recall News Alert: Perdue Farms Chicken Nuggets

Posted by on July 21, 2010

Source: Wal-Mart

CNN is reporting that over 90,000 lbs. of chicken nuggets are being recalled by Perdue Farms after it was discovered that the nuggets may contain pieces of plastic. The nuggets in question are sold by Wal-Mart under the Great Value brand.

No injuries have been reported; however, the company received complaints from consumers which led to the recall. You can check the Perdue Farms website for more information about the recall, including the case and package codes for the recalled items.

Although this probably won’t be considered one of the ten most disastrous product recalls of all time, it will nonetheless, be a blow to Perdue Farms as well as Wal-Mart. The companies must repair their damaged reputations after failing to deliver quality products and losing their customers’ trust.

For more on how to stay ahead in the food & beverage industry, check out eFood, our  custom Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP solution for food processors.

Apple Recall a No-Go, Steve Jobs Announces Refund Option and Free Case

Posted by on July 19, 2010

PC World is reporting that Apple Inc. will be offering all of its iPhone 4 customers a free case or refund option as a means to quell the recent firestorm pertaining to the phone’s ongoing problems.

Steve Jobs Apple iPhone Announcment

Steve Jobs at Friday's Press Conference

During a press conference this morning, CEO Steve Jobs announced that until they could find a permanent fix, they would do their best to satisfy their customers while also taking into account the upcoming launch of the phone in other countries around the world.

This comes on the heels of speculation that there would be a mass recall of the smart phone, which to date has sold over 3 million units. However, the speculation lost ground after the Wall Street Journal reported that the recall wasn’t going to happen.

The article also discussed whether engineers and other higher ups in the company knew about the problem before the phone was launched in late June. During the conference, Jobs was quick to point out that the problem was reported to them only 22 days ago.

The problem involves holding the iPhone in a certain way that causes it to lose signal strength and in some cases drop calls. Customers and tech industry personnel have voiced their complaints, and just recently even government officials have expressed their concerns.  Charles E. Schumer, a senator from New York, recently sent Steve Jobs a letter asking him to seek out a solution.

Although a recall is no longer imminent, they happen often and can do major damage to a brand.  Rest assured that should a recall occur, Dynamics NAV will help reduce recall time from hours to minutes, so that you and your customers can get back to business as usual.

News Alert: McDonald’s Shrek Glass Recall

Posted by on June 4, 2010

Cadmium, a carcinogen has been found on McDonald’s Shrek glasses. The fast food giant voluntarily recalled 12 million of the US-made, movie-themed collectibles.  The Shrek glass recall also raises concerns about cadmium contamination in imported children’s jewelry.

Research shows that long-term exposure to cadmium, which is used to create reds and yellows in paint, can cause adverse health affects, including softening of the bones and severe kidney problems.  According to an article by the Huffington Post, CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said “A very small amount of cadmium can come to the surface of the glass, and in order to be as protective as possible of children, CPSC and McDonald’s worked together on this recall.”

Manufacturers of all kinds, not just glassware producers, can prevent a recall of this magnitude by closely tracking their materials sources with an ERP system such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Recall News Alert: Romaine Lettuce Recall 2010

Posted by on May 13, 2010

At least 23 people have now fallen ill from an uncommon strain of E.Coli in the  romaine lettuce recall.

Some fear the outbreak may get worse before it gets better; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports cases in four states: Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, and New York.  Authorities are investigating a farm near Yuma, Arizona, as the suspected source of the tainted lettuce.  The recalled lettuce was sold to wholesalers, food service outlets, in-store salad bars and delis; consumers are now being warned to stay away from “grab and go” salads sold at salad bars and delis.

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