Total Recall: Porsches, Martha Stewart Casserole Dishes, More

With companies announcing a seemingly constant stream of new recalls, it can be a challenge for consumers to keep track of the latest products and food getting pulled off the shelves. To make life easier, DailyFinance will now collect them all in one place for you to check each week.

This is Total Recall.

That's What You Get for Having Fancy Electronic Rotating Seat Belts

An alert for the high rollers: On Friday, Porsche announced a recall of numerous model year cars because of a possible seat belt problem. Potentially affected vehicles include the 2012 911 Carrera, 2012 Boxster S and Boxster Spyder, 2011 911 Speedster, and 2012 Cayman.

Porsche's announcement explains that the mounting holes in the seat belt anchor plate might be too small; if so, the anchor plate could be unable to rotate about the fastening bolt, leaving the occupant insufficiently restrained in the event of a collision. Dealers will inspect anchor plates and fastening screws, and replace seat belts if necessary. For a full list of affected models, click here.

Some Consumers Unlucky to Be Martha Stewart Living

Also on Thursday, the CPSC announced that Macy's (M) would voluntarily recall 960,000 Martha Stewart Collection™ casserole dishes because of a laceration and burn hazard. Apparently, the enamel coating on the cast iron casseroles can crack or break during use, potentially causing the enamel to crack and fly off as a projectile. Two consumers have reported such harrowing incidents, although fortunately no one was injured in either.

The offending dishes come in 7, 5.5, and 2.75 quart sizes, and with exterior finishes of red, cobalt blue, sand, green, blue, white, mustard, brown and teal. They were sold at Macy's stores nationwide, and on, between June 2007 and June 2011 for $25 to $170. Like the Office Depot chairs, the casseroles were made in China (although the latter sound actually quite dangerous).

Customers are advised to return their dishes to Macy's for a full refund. The department store can be telephoned toll-free at (888) 257-5949.

Chair Bites Man

On Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada announced that Office Depot (ODP) will recall 34,000 desk chairs due to a "pinch hazard," discovered after one (1) man got his finger caught in an opening in the chair's tilt mechanism. The products in question, Realspace™ PRO 3000 Series Custom Fit desk chairs, were made in China by Huichang Furniture Co. Ltd. between March 2009 and May 2011; the manufacture date is printed in year/month/day format on a label affixed to the underside of the seat.

Consumers can contact Office Depot's recall hotline to request a complimentary repair kit which will cover the tilt mechanism's offending opening. The telephone number is (855) 259-5093. Photographs and more identifying details of the chairs can be found here.

Phil&teds Bogus Recall

In significantly more horrifying chair-related recall news, New Zealand-based stroller and baby paraphernalia manufacturer phil&teds recalled 54,000 clip-on chairs whose missing or worn vice clamp pads allowed them in some cases to detach from tabletops, potentially falling to the ground or crushing children's fingers. The CPSC issued a product safety alert about the Metoo Clip-on Chair on May 6, but phil&teds refused to cooperate in a nationwide recall on the agency's terms. The company finally came around by Wednesday.

Nineteen reports of chair-failure have been received, including five injuries ("crushed, lacerated, pinched or amputated" fingers). All Metoo Clip-on Chairs are implicated except those with black plastic spacers between the cross bar and the clamps. Consumers who purchased the chairs, which have been sold in stores and online since May 2006 for around $50, should stop using them and contact phil&teds for a free repair kit with instructions. Do this also if you received from the company a pair of rubber boots as a repair kit the first time you complained, which apparently happened to some people.

Consumers with questions -- such as "why did you initially refuse to cooperate in this recall when children's fingers were at stake, and why did you at first send a pair of rubber boots in lieu of a repair kit?" -- can call phil&teds USA at (855) 652-9019.

Because of Winn-Dixie, Individuals With Celiac Disease May Be at Risk

Also on Wednesday, southern grocer Winn-Dixie Stores (WINN) voluntarily recalled its "Winn-Dixie Choco Charm Chocolate Drink," sold at its in-store dairy departments, "because the product may be mislabeled and may contain the undeclared allergen of wheat," according to the Food and Drug Administration. The drink was sold in a one gallon clear plastic bottle with a yellow top, at Winn-Dixie and SaveRite stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

No reports of illness have been received. Wheat-protein can cause a moderate-acute allergic reaction in sensitive people; those who suffer from full-blown celiac disease can in some cases die from ingesting gluten.

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oh no, you mean i'll have to drive ford pinto to pick up my rosie o'donnell tupperware..bummer

August 22 2011 at 6:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Since Obama has been endorsed by the Communist Party, his thugs.........I mean followers should be called Obamunists................................... They should recall Martha Stewart.

August 21 2011 at 11:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I use my Martha Stewert ast iron enamel casseroles all the time. So far, only the neighbors have been seriously injured by flying shrapnel but we always thought it was drug runners from Mexico and their AK-47s spraying lead at anything that moved in Tucson. Who knew that Martha would be going back to prison for killing folks with her cooking pots?

August 21 2011 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why would anybody buy anything that Martha Stewart sells. We purchased a frying pan that had a rubberized grip of sort. After 2 years that grip became loose and the pan flipped when lifted. After countless emails & pictures, the good for nothing, useless bimbo in there customer service area wanted more. The pictures clearly id'd the product but see won't except that fact that it was manufactured (of course) in China. What crap. What would happen if KMart collapses? Bye, Bye Martha.

August 21 2011 at 6:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I like my casserole dish. Didn't realize I've have to duck schrapnal to use it, though.

August 21 2011 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Martha Stewart is a bit@#...not only did the woman commit insideer trading, BUT, can't even have her products made in america, she has them made in china, and WE wonder why we have to keep borrowing money from china, its cause there is no tax revanue being generated here. and to many out of work.....screw that bitch, if she really cared about the people that buy her products, and they do, she would have things made in the usa so that more would have jobs...i abhor rich people that care more about the profit line than the welfare line...i will never buy anything of hers. do you know how many people she could put to work in the USA??? with all the product lines she has....LOTS!!!! SCREW HER AND THE HRSE SHE RODE IN ON

August 21 2011 at 3:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Brian Moss

Why Vietnam?????? This is why America is having problems... Sir, bring the ideas and work back to America!!!!

August 21 2011 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


August 21 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

steward should still be in jail i wouldnt buy anything that she has to do with but everyone knows how she got out early

August 21 2011 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Martha doesn't even really cook on set either.. she has a crew of people behind the scenes that make her look good ...haven't watched her in years and I refuse to purchase anything with her name on it.. she should give credit to the people that are really "Martha Stewart"; instead from articles I have read in the past, she treats them like crap..that's not a "Good Thing" !.

August 21 2011 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply