US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls

US News & World Report: US Rolls Out Free App for Alerts on Vehicle Recalls. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was scheduled to roll out the free app for both Android and Apple phones on Thursday. Owners key in or scan their 17-digit vehicle identification number, and the app will search the agency’s database for recalls. If there is one, the app will send an alert, the agency says. People also can add child seats, trailers and tires, and the app will check those for recalls.”

CNET: Google is replacing Home devices bricked by firmware update

CNET: Google is replacing Home devices bricked by firmware update. “Google has said it’ll replace any of its Home smart speakers that have stopped working after a firmware update, as reported earlier Thursday by 9to5Google. It comes after customers complained online about their Google Home devices being bricked following a recent automatic update, the report said.”

SGS: SGS Launches New Product Recalls Online Platform

This launched in late July but I missed it. From SGS (Standard Global Services): SGS Launches New Product Recalls Online Platform. “The platform, which launches on July 12, generates a searchable database of all unsafe product notifications compiled by official surveillance authorities operating in the European Union (RAPEX and RASFF) and United States (CPSC and FDA); with data from Australia and Canada to be incorporated into the site later this year.”

CNET: Amazon lists thousands of banned and unsafe items for sale, investigation says

CNET: Amazon lists thousands of banned and unsafe items for sale, investigation says. “More than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon by third-party sellers have deceptive labeling or have been banned or declared unsafe by federal regulators, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal published Friday. Nearly half these items were listed as shipping from an Amazon warehouse, said the Journal, and some were promoted as ‘Amazon’s choice.'”

The Register: Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled

The Register: Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled. “Health implant maker MedTronic is recalling some of its insulin pumps following the discovery of security vulnerabilities in the equipment that can be exploited over the air to hijack them.”

Yubico YubiKey lets you be me: Security blunder sparks recall of govt-friendly auth tokens (The Register)

The Register: Yubico YubiKey lets you be me: Security blunder sparks recall of govt-friendly auth tokens. “The vendor said the firmware in the FIPS Series of YubiKey widgets, aimed mainly at US government use, were prone to a reduced-randomness condition that could make their cryptographic operations easier to crack in some cases, particularly when the USB-based token is first powered up.”

PC World: HP recalls 78,500 more laptop batteries because of fire concerns

PC World: HP recalls 78,500 more laptop batteries because of fire concerns. “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall on Tuesday, but noted that the recall expansion was previously announced independently on January 17 by HP, and delayed due to the government furlough. It’s considered an expansion of the previous HP battery recall of January, 2018, which affected 50,000 batteries.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The International Medical Device Database grows as ICIJ adds two more countries

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: The International Medical Device Database grows as ICIJ adds two more countries. “Patients and healthcare professionals can now search more than 76,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices relating to medical devices. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today adds two new countries – France and Brazil – to the first-ever global database of medical devices.”

PR Newswire: New Auto Recall Search Tool Launches to Enhance Outreach and Notification to Vehicle Owners (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Auto Recall Search Tool Launches to Enhance Outreach and Notification to Vehicle Owners (PRESS RELEASE). “Automakers today announced the launch of a new tool aimed at increasing consumer participation in auto recalls by allowing approved commercial and governmental entities, including state departments of motor vehicles, state vehicle registrars, state vehicle inspection programs, motor vehicle insurers, auto finance companies, motor vehicle dealers, vehicle fleet managers, automotive parts recyclers and vehicle auction companies, to search for open recalls for thousands of autos at once, free of charge. “

FDA: FDA to Expedite Release of Recall Information

FDA: FDA to Expedite Release of Recall Information. “FDA has decided that the public would benefit by having recall information about FDA-regulated products as soon as possible, even though further evaluation remains to be done. Moving forward, FDA will include ‘not-yet-classified’ recalls of human drugs, foods, and veterinary products in the weekly Enforcement Report, even while classification work is still ongoing. As an example of how this will work, FDA recently posted a ‘not-yet-classified’ recall of a certain lot of animal feed that contained monensin, which can be toxic to cattle at certain levels and could result in cardiovascular illness or death to cattle.”

Engadget: HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating issues

Engadget: HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating issues. “If you’ve got an HP notebook or mobile workstation computer, you’ll want to check out the latest battery recall from the company. Lithium-ion batteries for affected HP laptops were shipped between December 2015 and December 2017. There have been eight reports of the battery packs overheating, melting or charring, three of which include reports of $4,500 in property damage and one report of a first degree burn to a hand.”

Ubergizmo: Honda To Use Targeted Facebook Videos To Encourage Repairs

Ubergizmo: Honda To Use Targeted Facebook Videos To Encourage Repairs. “As you might have heard, a couple of years ago there was an issue with the Takata airbags installed in certain brands of cars, such as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, in which they were forced to recall vehicles that have been outfitted with the airbags. Now clearly with such a dangerous defect, customers should send their vehicles in to get it looked at right away, right? Perhaps some customers have been too busy, or maybe some believe that it will never happen to them, but regardless what the reason is, there’s a good chance that there are still quite a few vehicles out there that have yet to be recalled/fixed, but Honda has a solution: the company has recently announced that they plan to use Facebook’s targeted videos to try and seek out Honda owners to encourage them to take their vehicles in for a repair.”

Harvard Business Review: What 100,000 Tweets About the Volkswagen Scandal Tell Us About Angry Customers

Harvard Business Review: What 100,000 Tweets About the Volkswagen Scandal Tell Us About Angry Customers. “We examined more than 100,000 tweets to analyze how the public sentiment changed over time after the breakout of the scandal. Our approach to capturing themes in the evolving scandal involved sampling a few date windows; therefore, we did not examine data for every single day. The following periods were selected: September 29, 2015–October 7, 2015; October 18, 2015–October 27, 2015; January 1, 2016–January 7, 2016; and January 17, 2016–January 25, 2016. These periods align with some of the events relating to the scandal, and also represent periods during and following the scandal. We explored the daily tweets from these periods by considering all possible events that might have affected the public sentiment over Volkswagen. Entire sets of tweets including the word “Volkswagen” were in our initial data set. We made several observations about how the scandal unfolded in the public conversation…”