RECALLS DaimlerChrysler vehicles

The makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are recalling 1.6 million 1993-1998 model-year vehicles after complaints the vehicle may move even after the gear shift is in park.

At least 59 injuries have been blamed on the problem, DaimlerChrysler AG spokeswoman Angela Spencer Ford said Thursday.

She said there had been at least 200 complaints.

The automaker said no defect was found during an investigation, but it will install an additional system in the floor shifter mechanism.

Owners will receive recall notices by mail.


DaimlerChrysler is also recalling 316,148 Jeep Wranglers because the parking brake can self-release and allow the vehicle to roll away.

DaimlerChrysler says the problem has caused 83 accidents and four injuries. The recall involves the 1990 through 1995 model years.

The automaker also is recalling 268,740 Dodge Ram pickups because an alternator wire can loosen and cause a fire. Two fires have been reported to federal investigators, but DaimlerChrysler spokeswoman Angela Spencer Ford said there were no accidents or injuries.

Ford vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 640,975 cars because a problem in the engine cooling system can start a fire under the hood.

The recall involves the 1995 Mustang, Taurus and Mercury Sable.

Ford spokesman Mike Vaughn said eight fires have been reported because the engine cooling fan motor bearings may be too tight and can overheat the engine.

Children's book


Disney Press is recalling about 5,180 children's books because they come with a counting toy that contains five plastic beads capable of coming loose and posing a choking hazard.

No injuries have been reported.

The recalled Zowie's 123 book is a 12-page white board book that measures 6.5-inches by 6.5-inches, with a yellow plastic abacus-like toy attached to the back.

The book is based on the Rolie, Polie, Olie television series and depicts the Zowie character on its cover. The book has the ISBN code number 078683307-6 on the back in the bottom corner.

Bookstores had sold the recalled books since last month at about $7 each.

The safety commission said consumers should take the books away from young children and return the books to Disney Press for a full refund. For information on returning the book, contact the company toll-free at 1-866-203-8070.

Baby clothing

OshKosh B'Gosh Inc. is recalling about 21,800 garments for baby girls because fabric flowers on the clothing can detach and potentially pose a choking hazard.


The Oshkosh, Wis., company has received one report of a 6-month-old child who began to choke on a detached flower, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday. The flower was removed from the child's throat without injury.

The recall includes two separate garments sold as sets. One garment is a lavender velour jumpsuit with a floral printed rib knit top. The other is a lavender French terry and velour top with printed rib knit bottom. Both garments have felt fabric flowers on the front bodice.

Only jumpsuits with style numbers 516-8240 and 516-8340 and top and bottom sets with style numbers 516-8241 and 516-8341 are included in the recall. A label sewn on the inside neck of the garments reads "Baby OshKosh B'Gosh" and "Made in Malaysia."

OshKosh B'Gosh and department stores sold these garments from August through December last year for about $38 and in sizes O-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months.

The government said parents should stop using the clothes immediately and return them to OshKosh B'Gosh for refunds. For return instructions, consumers can contact OshKosh B'Gosh toll-free at 1-800-282-4674 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.


ConAgra Products is recalling 386,000 pounds of canned ravioli because the labels do not declare that the product contains soy protein, a common allergen.

The product being recalled is 15-ounce cans of "Chef BOYARDEE 99% fat Free CHEESE Ravioli in Tomato Sauce." The cans contain 15 ounces of beef ravioli. The bottom of each can bears the establishment code "794" and the code "J17101 RF."

The ravioli cans were sold nationwide.

People with questions can call ConAgra at 1-800-414-2500.

Chicken products

A Wisconsin food company increased its recall of chicken products from 6,000 pounds to more than 80,000 pounds because undercooked meat may have been sold under another of its brands.

The new product being recalled is "Fully Cooked DICED Chicken Breast Meat WITH RIB MEAT," the Agriculture Department said Friday. Each box bears the case code "10967" and the establishment number "P-161" in the USDA mark of inspection.

The USDA had announced the recall Thursday of "CHIK N ZIPS, Grilled FULLY Cooked Skinless Boneless, Chicken Breast FILLET STRIPS." Each of those boxes bears the case code "5211," a nine-digit date code beginning with the numbers "3471" and the establishment number "P-161" in the USDA mark of inspection.

The manufacturer of both products, Brakebrush Brothers Inc., based in Westfield, Wis., discovered the problem after a customer called to complain.

Both products were produced Dec. 13. The Chik N Zips were distributed nationwide, and the diced chicken breast with rib meat was distributed to a food service distributor in New Jersey.

Customers with questions can call Brakebrush Brothers at 1-608-296-2121.

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