Recall Roundup: October 2018

As the lights go down, you sit at the edge of your seat and watch the horror movie’s protagonist creep slowly through a dark house. She’s heading toward the kitchen pantry, where something seems to be lurking behind the door. With her eyes wide in terror, she reaches out a shaking hand to open the door and see what awaits her.

But it’s not a serial killer, a ghost, or a ghoulish monster. It’s . . . a recalled bag of tortilla chips!

If this was the plot of a real movie, you might be shaking your head in disappointment.  However, it’s true that product recalls pose a very real danger—more real than zombies, ghosts, and other Halloween horrors. In 2010, the year of the most recent statistics from the United States Consumer Safety Commission, an estimated 35,900 deaths and 38,573,000 injuries were associated with a consumer product. When a product is defective or dangerous, it can lead to an array of complications, from accidental allergic reactions to choking hazards to a lack of protection during an accident.

Welcome to the October 2018 Recall Roundup!

But don’t be afraid—with our October 2018 edition of Recall Roundup, we’re here to see you though this month’s list of product recalls.

Tricks or Treats?

While October is all about Halloween frights, food also plays a big role! From chocolates to warm soups as the weather begins to cool down, there are so many sweet and savory things to enjoy throughout the month. But before you prepare your next Halloween treat, check your kitchen for these recently recalled items:

The biggest food recall of October 2018 concerns products from McCain Foods, a large company that supplies products to popular chains like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Kroger, Target, Walmart, and Harris Teeter. Any fire-roasted, caramelized, or sautéed frozen fruits or vegetables manufactured at their California plant could be contaminated with listeria or salmonella, two foodborne infections that can be serious for children, elderly people, or people with compromised immune systems. Thankfully, there have been no reports of illnesses in association with the products, but McCain Foods did the responsible thing and issued recalls for nearly 4 million pounds of their products.

Scary Dangers on the Road

Vehicle recalls are another particularly spooky issue. In the car, you are relying on features like airbags and brakes to keep you safe in the event of an accident caused by an irresponsible driver. When someone goes wrong with your car, motorcycle, or other vehicle, it can lead to dangers for even the most responsible drivers.

Some of the brands that issue vehicle recalls this month include:

Around the House

Finally, household items played a role in October 2018’s recalls. While they might not seem as bad as a creepy doll or a haunted painting, you should still watch out for these products:

This Halloween, don’t forget to check your home, car, and kitchen while looking for ghosts and zombies! A slasher film or a haunted house might lead to temporary fear, but an injury or illness from a defective product can leading to lasting complications.

Happy Halloween!


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