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Recalls of the week: Angelcare baby monitors recalled after deaths, plus Chevrolet Malibu, Volkswagen Tiguan and Jetta

Angelcare monitors pose strangulation risk, Volkswagen SUVs suffer lighting issue, and Chevrolet Malibu recalled for heated seats, climate control.
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Chris Bateman, November 22, 2013 1:54:20 PM

A line of baby monitors is being recalled in Canada after two deaths were reported in the U.S. The Canadian-made Angelcare brand movement and sound baby monitors have a pad that fits under the mattress and connects to a base station via a 3.4 metre cord. In the cases of the baby deaths, which occurred in 2004 and 2011, the infants pulled the cord into their crib. The company is offering free kits to make the units safer.

Volkswagen is recalling more than 16,000 Canadian SUVs because of a fault that could cause the exterior lights to suddenly fail. The 2009-2011 Tiguan models may be fitted with a fuse that could overheat and damage electronics vital to the car’s lighting. The company says its dealers will install replacement fuses for free, if necessary.

Volkswagen is also recalling 318 Jetta hybrids because of a gearbox problem that could result in loss of traction power while driving.

Feeling hot in your Chevrolet Malibu? It may not be the heated seats. The auto maker is recalling 13 Canadian vehicles because wiring connected to the adjustable seat motor could fray and catch fire. It’s more likely the seat motor will simply stop working, however. Dealers will inspect the wiring and change it if necessary.

More trouble for Malibu drivers. The 2014 models may also have defective heating and cooling controls that may make it harder to de-fog the windshield. The electric climate control module has been singled out as the culprit and dealers will reprogram the unit for free, if necessary.

Loblaws says it’s recalling packs of Suraj brand garlic powder over a possible salmonella contamination. The 400g re-sealable bags, sold at Loblaws and No Frills nationwide, have a UPC code “0 57197 37238 0.” There have been no reported illnesses as a result of cooking with the powder.

110,000 electric oil heaters sold at Canadian Tire could pose a fire risk, the manufacturer says. The Garrison 1000W, made by Midea International, have been seen overheating, damaging vital internal components and increasing the risk of an electrical fire. The units were sold between Sept. 1 2010 and Sept. 1 2013 only.

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