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Published February 19, 2012, 12:00 AM

Savvy Consumer: Freezer gel packs, some Kia Optimas recalled for safety

The following products and vehicles were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By: Good Housekeeping Reports, INFORUM

The following products and vehicles were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Unless otherwise indicated, discontinue use of the products immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about the products, call the manufacturer or CPSC’s toll-free hotline, (800) 638-2772. Only some cars or trucks recalled are affected. Contact a dealer for your model to see if it is included in the recall. The dealer will tell you what to do.

Product/vehicle problem

Expandable Insulated Lunch Box with Freezer Gel Pack, sold at Costco Wholesale Clubs, Leon Korol and Cost U Less stores between May 2007 and September 2008 for about $10.

Ethylene glycol can leak out of damaged freezer gel packs and pose a poisoning hazard if ingested by children or adults. The lunch box of the recalled set has the code 1-61731-99-57 printed on one of the two white labels that are sewn under the white fastener inside the main compartment. Consumers may return the lunch box set to Costco for a full refund or may receive a $5 cash refund for the gel pack only by contacting California Innovations.

KIA Optima 2006-’08

KIA Rondo 2007-’08

Kia Motors America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2006-2008 Kia Optima vehicles manufactured from Sept. 29, 2005 through Jan. 29, 2008, and model year 2007 and 2008 Kia Rondo vehicles manufactured from Sept. 13, 2006, through March 21, 2008. The clock spring contact side air bag supplemental restrain system may become damaged through usage overtime. If the clock spring contact assembly becomes damaged, the driver’s air bag electrical circuit will experience a high-resistance condition, potentially causing the air bag not to deploy.

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