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Recalls of the week: Maseratis, Subarus, garden tools, and packaged food

Manufacturing defects and foreign objects strike again, affecting M&M potato shells and St-Hubert brand pork ribs.
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Chris Bateman, May 17, 2013 11:02:29 AM

High-end sports car maker Maserati is warning of corrosion problems on the rear suspension of around 330 of its vehicles. The tie rods on the Maserati GranTurismo, Alfa Romeo 8C, and Maserati Quattroporte made between 2005 and 2008 could rust and suddenly fail, possibly causing loss of control. Dealers will remedy the issue for free.

A frightening problem with 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback models is also prompting an urgent recall. The Japanese auto maker says the steering column on 401 Canadian cars may have been assembled incorrectly, creating a risk of the vehicle going out of control. Dealers will correct the problem free of charge.

M & M Meat Shops is warning customers that packages of its Stuffed Potato Shells could contain pieces of metal. 390g packs containing the code 0283 sold Canada-wide should be returned immediately for a full refund.

Also in food, St-Hubert brand pork back ribs are being pulled from shelves because there may be bone fragments among the meat. The 680g packs were sold in Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces, and are labeled as “fully cooked and seasoned.”

Lumberjacks beware: 14,000 Vector Pro brand hatchets have a manufacturing defect that could cause the chopping blade to detach during use and pose a serious injury risk. There have been no reports of any accidents, but it goes with out saying the 38-centimetre wood tools should probably be turned in for a replacement.

Still in the yard, Toro Z Master riding mowers are under scrutiny over a potentially serious fire risk. The idler pulley on “2000 Series” models may rub against the fuel tank and cause a fire. So far there have been six reported cases in the US, but no injuries. Around 60 of the mowers were sold in Canada, starting in January 2012.

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