Child Safety

PRODUCT RECALLS

Product Recall Information and News 

Listed below is recent parent information on children's product recalls and infant and baby products that pose a hazard to children. This child safety information is gathered from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (8) and other reporting agencies.  

AUGUST RECALLS AND PRODUCT SAFETY NEWS

32-Inch Sharp LCD-TVs Recalled Due to Risk of Injury

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sharp Electronics Corporation, of Mahwah, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 9,000 Sharp 32-inch LCD-TVs. The TV stand's neck support can break and cause the TV to tip-over, posing a risk of injury to the consumer.

 Slow Cookers Recalled by Sensio Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Kohl's Department Stores

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, none, is voluntarily recalling about 25,000 Slow Cookers. The slow cooker's control panel can overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard.

 Magnetic Maze Boards Recalled by Lakeshore Learning Materials Due to Choking, Intestinal and Aspiration Hazards

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lakeshore Learning Materials, of Carson, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 18,500 Magnetic maze boards. The magnetic maze board’s plastic wand can separate and expose a magnet that can be a choking hazard to children. Also, if a child has more than one of these toys and the magnets detach and are swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.

 Television Wall Mounts Recalled by Milestone AV Technologies Due to Injury Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Milestone AV Technologies LLC, of Savage, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 131,000 Flat screen television wall mounts. The elbow joint components on the wall mount’s arm do not fit together properly, causing the attached television to tilt and possibly fall when the television is adjusted. This could pose an injury hazard to a consumer.

 Char-Broil Recalls Vertical Gas Smokers Due to Injury Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Char-Broil LLC, of Columbus, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 18,450 Char-Broil vertical gas smokers. When the temperature setting is in "low," the smoker's hose/valve/regulator (HVR) assembly does not allow sufficient gas to flow, causing the flame to extinguish. Gas continues to flow and build up inside the smoker. If the smoker is reignited the build-up of propane gas can cause an explosion that bursts the smoker's door open, posing an injury hazard.

 Baby Hammock Metal Stands Recalled by MamaLittleHelper Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, MamaLittleHelper LLC, of Frisco, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 6 Infant and Toddler Hammock Metal Stands. The C-shaped metal stand can break where the curved arm attaches to the leg of the metal frame, posing a fall hazard to an infant in the hammock.

 Baby Hammocks Recalled by MamaLittleHelper Due to Suffocation Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, MamaLittleHelper LLC, of Frisco, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 500 Infant and Toddler Hammocks. The side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock can cause the infant to roll and become entrapped or wedged against the hammock's fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a suffocation hazard.

 Williams-Sonoma Recalls Baby Bottle Warmers Due to Burn Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Williams-Sonoma Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 11,000 Beaba Express Steam Bottle Warmers. The bottle warmers can overheat liquids and baby food, posing a burn hazard to adults and babies.

 White Tiger Outdoor Folding Chairs Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, White Tiger Traders Co. Ltd, of Taiwan, is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 Folding wooden chairs. The wooden frame of the chairs can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

 Lan Enterprises Recalls Zooper Tango Double Strollers Due to Collapse Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lan Enterprises LLC of Hillsboro, Ore., and formerly of Beaverton, Ore., is voluntarily recalling about 3,700 double strollers. The stroller's frame latch above the front wheels can fail when the stroller hits an object, causing the stroller to unexpectedly collapse. This can result in minor scrapes, cuts and bruises.

 Brigade Hickory Handle Sledge Hammers Recalled by White Cap Construction Supply Due to Risk of Injury

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, White Cap Construction Supply Inc., of Costa Mesa, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 Hickory handle sledge hammers. The head of the sledge hammer can loosen and detach, posing a risk of impact injury to consumers.

 Electrical Wire Recalled by Cerro Wire due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Cerro Wire Inc., of Crothersville, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 rolls of THHN Electrical Wire. While the actual electrical wire has "14 gauge" printed on it, the packaging incorrectly labels the electrical wire as 12 gauge. If used as a 12 gauge wire, it can overload, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

 Powertec Recalls to Repair Leverage Gyms Due to Injury Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Powertec, of Carson, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 Leverage Gyms. Detachment of the exercise workbench from the gym system causes instability, posing a risk of injury to consumers.

 Circus World Recalls Wireless Video Baby Monitors Due to Overheating Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Circus World Displays Limited (CWD), of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada., is voluntarily recalling about 800 Levana Wireless Video Baby Monitors. Wiring in the baby monitor camera can overheat and emit smoke, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

 P. Graham Dunn Recalls Toy Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, P. Graham Dunn, of Dalton, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 500 Wooden Toy Rattles. The wooden dowels can be installed at an angle, allowing the metal rattle inside to become exposed. This poses a serious choking hazard to young children.

 Asurion Recalls Counterfeit BlackBerry®-branded Batteries Due to Burn and Fire Hazards

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Asurion, of Smyrna, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 470,000 Counterfeit BlackBerry®-branded cell phone batteries in refurbished devices. The counterfeit batteries can overheat, posing burn and fire hazards.

 Additional Reports of Fires and Low Consumer Response Rate Prompt Reannouncement of Goldstar and Comfort-Aire Dehumidifier RecallIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China, is voluntarily recalling about 98,000 dehumidifiers. The power connector for the dehumidifier's compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.CPSC Makes Recall Data Available Electronically to Businesses, 3rd Party Developers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is making its product safety information on all recalls available in an electronic data set for use by businesses and software and application developers.

 Bosch Thermotechnology Recalls Boiler Survey Kits Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bosch Thermotechnology of Londonderry, N.H., is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 Service kit for gas-fired boilers. The use of a silver-colored gas pipe adapter included in the service kit can lead to gas leakage, posing a fire or explosion hazard to consumers.

 Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. Recalls Off-Road Motorcycles Due to Injury Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 4,000 Kawasaki 2010 KLX110 Off-Road Motorcycles. A faulty housing for the ignition switch can allow water to enter and activate

the electric starter unintentionally. This poses a serious hazard of injury or death.

 Belle Vanity Benches Sold Exclusively at Tuesday Morning Stores Recalled By LaMont Limited

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, LaMont Limited, of Burlington, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling about 1,900 Belle Vanity Benches. Legs on the Belle vanity bench can detach at the weld and allow the bench to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

 Fisher-Price Recalls Little People Play 'n Go Campsite™ Due to Choking Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 96,000 in the United States (14,000 were sold in Canada) Little People Play 'n Go Campsite™. The plastic Sonya Lee figure in the play set can break at the waist, exposing small parts which pose a choking hazard to young children.

 Pottery Barn Kids Recalls to Repair Madeline Bunk Beds Due to Entrapment Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 405 Bunk Beds. The end structure of the bunk bed can pose an entrapment hazard to young children, a violation of the Safety Standard for Entrapment Hazards in Bunk Beds, 16 C.F.R. Part 1513. Children can get their necks caught in the opening between the post and the decorative molding.

 Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Solar Lighted Cantilever Umbrellas Due to Injury Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., of Union, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 7,600 Solar Lighted Cantilever Umbrellas. A plastic connector which attaches to the arm of the umbrella can break, causing the umbrella to collapse. This poses a risk of injury to the user.

 Miami Breaker Recalls Counterfeit Square D Circuit Breakers Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Miami Breaker Inc. (MBI), of Miami, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 43,600 Counterfeit "Square D" Circuit Breakers. The recalled circuit breakers labeled "Square D" or "SQD" have been determined to be counterfeit by Square D and can fail to trip when they are overloaded, posing a fire hazard to consumers.  

JULY 2010 RECALLS AND SAFETY NEWS

Husqvarna Professional Products Recalls Riding Lawn Tractors Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Husqvarna Professional Products Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 1,700 Husqvarna Riding Lawn Tractors. The fuel line on the rear-mounted fuel tank is too long and can come in contact with moving parts while the tractor is in use, posing a fire hazard.

Brine Recalls VIP Lacrosse Gloves Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Brine, a division of Warrior Sports Inc., of Warren, Mich., is voluntarily recalling Youth and Adult Brine VIP Lacrosse Gloves, about 7,000 in the United States and 30 in Canada. Screen printing ink used on the silver triad logo on the back of the glove contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny® Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards; One Infant Death Reported

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Baby Matters LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., is announcing the voluntary recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners. CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich. who died in a Nap Nanny® that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny® and the crib bumper.

CPSC Announces Pool and Spa Kids Safety Education Effort; Hundreds of pool and spa incidents since Memorial Day Weekend

Halfway through the summer swimming season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has seen news reports of more than 210 child drowning and non-fatal submersion incidents in pools and spas around the country since Memorial Day Weekend. In an effort to reduce these preventable incidents, CPSC and partners Safe Kids USA and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) joined forces today to introduce a new kids safety education program. The centerpieces of the program are a multi-part educational video and an online activity, which are part of CPSC’s national Pool Safely campaign.

Near Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman and Roller Shades by Smith+Noble

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Smith+Noble, of Corona, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1.3 million (1,160,000 roman shades and 115,000 roller shades) Roman and Roller shades. The shades pose a strangulation risk to children.

Atico International USA Recalls Bamboo Torches Due to Laceration Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 324,000 Bamboo Torches. The fuel canister that holds the wick of the torch has a sharp edge inside the lip of the opening that poses a laceration hazard when consumers try to remove the wick.

Pacifiers Recalled by Antonio Flores Due to Choking Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Antonio Flores, of San Ysidro, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 44,900 Kariño Baby Pacifiers. The pacifier fails to meet federal safety standards. The nipple can separate from the base easily, the pacifier handle is too long, the mouth guard is too small and there are no ventilation holes on the mouth guard. The pacifier could pose a choking and aspiration hazard to young children.

Baja Motorsports Recalls Mini Bikes and Go-Carts Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Baja Inc., d/b/a Baja Motorsports, of Phoenix, Ariz., is voluntarily recalling about 308,000 Baja Motorsports Mini Bikes and Go-Carts. The gas cap can leak or detach from the fuel tank on the recalled mini bikes and go-carts, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. In addition, the throttle can stick due to an improperly positioned fuel line and throttle cable, posing a sudden acceleration hazard to consumers.

Child’s Death Prompts Recall to Repair Portable Playard Tent by Tots in Mind Due to Strangulation Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Tots in Mind Inc., of Salem, N.H., is announcing the voluntary recall today of about 20,000 (and 85 in Canada) Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kits. Clips that attach the tent to the top of the playard can break or be removed by a child. A child can lift the tent and become entrapped at the neck between the rigid playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent, posing a strangulation hazard.

Pottery Barn Kids Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 82,000 Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs. The cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop side incidents also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

CPSC Proposes New Rules for Full-Size and Non-Full-Size Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (5 to 0) today to approve proposed new mandatory standards to address the hazards posed by full-size and non-full-size cribs.

Muddy Outdoors Recalls Climbing Sticks Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Muddy Outdoors, of Camdenton, Mo., is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,550 2009 Muddy Outdoors tree climbing sticks. Bolts that secure the cam locks to the frame of these climbing sticks that retains the rope around the tree can break, allowing the cam locks to detach from the frame. This causes the retaining rope to detach and the climbing stick to release from the tree, posing a fall hazard to the user.

Snow Blowers Recalled by The Toro Company Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 38,000 (35,700 in the United States and 2,300 in Canada) Power Clear 180 Single Stage Snow Blowers. Exposure to ethanol in gasoline can cause the carburetor needle to become corroded. A corroded needle can stick in the open position and allow fuel to leak from the carburetor, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Wire Feed Welders Recalled by Star Asia USA Due to Burn Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Star Asia USA, LLC d.b.a Titan, of Kent, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 9,000 Wire feed welders. The wire welder's torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without this feature, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Tween Brands Recalls Children's Metal Jewelry Due to High Levels of Cadmium

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Tween Brands Inc., of New Albany, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 137,000 Metal Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings. The children's metal jewelry contains high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by children and can cause adverse health effects.

Seattle Bike Supply Recalls Bicycles and Framesets Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Seattle Bike Supply, of Kent, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 330 Redline Conquest Cyclocross Bicycles and Framesets. The bicycle fork's legs can separate from the fork crown and cause the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard and risk of injury.

All Terrain Vehicles Recalled by American Suzuki Motor Corp. Due to Loss of Control Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Suzuki Motor Corp., of Brea, California; Montgomery Motors, Ltd., of Honolulu, Hawaii; Suzuki del Caribe Inc., of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, are voluntarily recalling about 1,355 Suzuki QuadSport ATVs. The flame arrester screen can become detached from its mounting ring, preventing the throttle valve from returning to the idle position when the throttle lever is released and causing the rider to lose control of the ATV. This poses a serious hazard of injury or death.

PDi Communications Recalls Televisions Installed in Healthcare Facilities Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, PDi Communications Inc., of Springboro, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 2,700 Television Sets. A capacitor on the television's power supply board can fail, posing a fire hazard.

Recall to Repair: Whitco Company LP Stadium Light Poles Can Fall Over, Posing Risk of Serious Injury and Death

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Whitco Company LP, of Fort Worth, Texas (which is out of business), is voluntarily recalling more than 2,500 Whitco Company LP poles 70 feet tall or higher. The poles can fracture or crack and fall over, posing a risk of serious injury or death to patrons and bystanders from being hit or crushed. The poles range from 1 to 4 tons increasing the risk of death if the pole falls toward a crowded stadium or onto a building.

CPSC Urges Parents and Caregivers to Consider Safety Before Opening Windows

Opening windows in your home to enjoy the warmer temperatures may seem harmless, but windows have proven to be sources of injury and death for young children. In recent weeks, several children have fallen from windows and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data indicates that on average, about eight deaths occur yearly to children five years or younger while an estimated 3,300 children five and younger are treated each year in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Hospitalization was required for about 34 percent of these children after falling from a window.

Campus Cruisers Recalls Bicycles Due to Front Fork Failure

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Campus Cruisers LLC, of Boulder, Colo., is voluntarily recalling about 100 Eastside Fix Bicycle Forks. The bicycle’s front fork can crack or break, causing a sudden loss of steering control and posing a fall hazard to bicyclists.

Marley Engineered Products Recalls Baseboard Heaters Sold at Grainger Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Marley Engineered Products LLC, of Bennettsville, S.C., is voluntarily recalling about 30 Dayton Electric Baseboard Heaters. The baseboard heaters are labeled for 240 or 208 volt use. However, some of the heaters have an internal heater built for a maximum of 120 volts. If the heater is connected to a 240 or 208 volt electrical circuit as directed, the unit could catch fire.

Daiso Recalls Children’s Coin Purses and Jewelry Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Daiso California LLC of Hayward, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 190 Children’s Coin Purses and Jewelry Sets. The surface paint on the zippers of the coin purses and the clasps on the jewelry contain high levels of lead.

Tekkeon Inc. Recalls MyPower ALL Plus External Laptop Batteries Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tekkeon Inc. of Tustin, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 500 External laptop batteries. The battery cell can short-circuit and overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

New Pool and Spa Messages Available in Advance of July 4th Holiday

Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) debuts a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about their Pool Safely campaign (www.poolsafely.gov) illustrating how simple steps saves lives at pools and spas.

JUNE 2010 PRODUCT RECALLS AND SAFETY NEWS
 
Felt Bicycles Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Felt Bicycles, of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,100 2009 Felt model B12, B16 and S32 road bicycles. The bicycle’s fork steer tube can break, causing the rider to lose control, fall and suffer injuries.Violation of Federal Flammability Standard Prompts Christy Recall of Women’s Robes Sold Exclusively at BloomingdalesIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Christy, of Charlotte, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 8,600 Women’s Bathrobes. The bathrobes fail to meet the federal flammability standard for clothing textiles and pose a risk of burn injury.Southern Technologies Recalls Drill Presses Due to Shock HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Southern Technologies of Mundelein, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 500 Powertec Drill Presses. Wires in the motor housing can be pinched, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer.Children’s Jewelry Recalled by SmileMakers Due to High Levels of CadmiumIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, SmileMakers Inc., of Spartanburg, S.C., is voluntarily recalling about 66,200 Children’s Happy Charm Bracelets and 2,200 Children’s Football Rings. The metal substrate in the jewelry contains high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.Aqua Lung America Recalls Apeks WTX Power Inflators Due to Drowning HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Aqua Lung America of Vista, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,380 (in the U.S.) and 530 (in Canada) Power Inflators. The oral inflator button is not properly bonded to the oral stem and can fall off during use, posing a leak of the buoyancy compensator contents. This poses a drowning hazard.Ski Boot Sole Pads with Steel Inserts and All-Terrain Ski Boots configured with them Recalled by Salomon USA Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Salomon USA of Ogden, Utah, is voluntarily recalling about 175 pairs of “Quest Touring Pads” about 83 pairs of “Quest Pro Pebax” and “Quest Pro” ski boots. The toe portion of the boot pad may unexpectedly release from the touring-style ski binding on a ski, posing a fall or injury hazard to the user.Sony Recalls VAIO Laptop Computers Due to Burn HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 233,000 Notebook computers. The computers can overheat, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.Radio Systems Corporation Recalls Power Adapters Sold with PetSafe® Heated Wellness Sleepers Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Radio Systems Corporation of, Knoxville, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 20,000 Power Adapters for heated pet beds. When the metal connector is removed from the bed, it can cause arcing between the coil spring and the connector, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.Thousands of Injuries with Sparklers, Firecrackers, and Aerials; CPSC Urges Consumers To Put Safety In Play During the Fourth of JulyThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants consumers to put safety in play if fireworks are part of your Fourth of July celebrations. A new CPSC study indicates that in 2009 there were two deaths and nearly 9,000 emergency room visits for injuries resulting from fireworks related incidents. Most fireworks injuries occurred to consumers younger than 20 and resulted in the loss of a limb in many cases.Super Lightning Rocket Fireworks Recalled by Big Fireworks Due to Risk of BurnIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Big Fireworks, of Lansing, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 4,700 Super Lightning Rockets. The rockets are overloaded with pyrotechnic composition, violating the federal regulatory standard for this product. This could result in a greater than expected explosion, posing a risk of burns and bodily harm to nearby consumers.Scope® Original Mint Mouthwash Recalled by Procter & Gamble Due to Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure RequirementIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, The Procter & Gamble Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 35,000 bottles of Scope® Original Mint Mouthwash, 1 Liter Size. The mouthwash contains ethyl alcohol and certain bottles have malfunctioning child-resistant closures. Ethyl alcohol is toxic and can cause serious injury or death if ingested by children.Youth Tiara Recalled by Wilton Industries Due to Lead Exposure HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Wilton Industries Inc. of Woodridge, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 7,300 children's tiaras. The tiara contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.Simmons Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Simmons Juvenile Products, of New London, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 50,000 Simmons drop-side cribs. The cribs’ drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.Bexco Recalls to Repair Million Dollar Baby, Baby Mod and Da Vinci Brand Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bexco Enterprises, Inc., d.b.a. Million Dollar Baby, of Montebello, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 156,000 Drop-Side cribs sold under the brand names Million Dollar Baby, Baby Mod and Da Vinci. The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.LaJobi Recalls to Repair Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 306,000 Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI Drop-Side Cribs. The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.Jardine Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Jardine Enterprise Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan, is voluntarily recalling about 130,000 Jardine drop-side cribs. The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.Evenflo Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Evenflo Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 750,000 Jenny Lind cribs. The cribs’ drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.Delta Recalls to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Delta Enterprise, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 747,000 drop-side cribs and all fixed and drop-side cribs using wooden stabilizer bars. The cribs’ drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear. In addition, the wooden stabilizer bars on some Delta drop-side and fixed-side cribs can be installed upside down, which puts extra stress on the crib and can cause the mattress platform to collapse, creating a gap in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and posing a risk of strangulation or suffocation.Child Craft Drop-Side Cribs Recalled Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Child Craft Industries, Inc. is voluntarily recalling an unknown number of Child Craft brand drop-side cribs. The drop-side hardware can fail, causing the drop-side to detach from the crib or fall to the dropped position. When the drop side detaches, even partially, it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. Drop side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age related wear and tear. Additionally, when drop-side hardware fails and/or disengages, an infant or toddler can be injured by falling out of the crib.CPSC Announces Recall to Repair Child Craft Brand Stationary-Side Cribs with Dowel Due to Entrapment and Strangulation HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Child Craft Industries, Inc. is voluntarily recalling between 40,000 and 50,000 Child Craft brand "Crib 'N' Double Bed" full size stationary-side cribs with dowel. The cribs’ stationary side can be assembled upside-down but still appear to be assembled correctly. If assembled upside-down, the crib side contains a hazardous five-inch gap at the top of the crib. Infants or toddlers can become entrapped in this gap, which can lead to entrapment, strangulation or other injuries.Seven Manufacturers Announce Recalls to Repair Cribs to Address Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), with the cooperation of seven firms, is announcing voluntary recalls of more than two million cribs to address drop-side hazards and other hazards that affect the safety of young children. The recalling firms are providing consumers with free repair kits to immobilize the drop sides or other remedies. Do not attempt to fix these cribs with homemade remedies..Baby Walkers Recalled by Suntech Enterprises Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Suntech Enterprises Inc., of Commerce, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 8,400 Baby Walkers. The recalled walkers can fit through a standard doorway and fail to have sufficient stair-fall protection to prevent falls down stairs. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.Target Recalls Children’s Belts Due to Violation of Lead Paint StandardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Target Corp. of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 105,150 boys’ and girls’ belts. The belt buckles contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.Regal Lager Recalls Infant Carriers Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 2,700 in the United States (and 400 in Canada) CYBEX 2.GO Infant Carriers. A shoulder strap slider buckle can break, posing a fall hazard to babies.Infant Apparel Recalled by Kiwi Industries Due to Choking HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Holtrop & McIndoo LLC dba Kiwi Industries, of Albuquerque, N.M., is voluntarily recalling about 450 Infant bodysuits and rompers. Snaps on the bodysuits and rompers can detach from the garment, posing a choking hazard to young children.Comverge Recalls Communication Module Inside TXU Energy Thermostats Due to Risk of Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Comverge Inc. of Norcross, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 6,300 Programmable thermostat communication module. The communication module in the thermostat can overheat, posing a risk of fire hazard.CPSC Announces International Initiative for Strong Safety Standards on Window CoveringsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) have joined together to call for strong and comprehensive international safety standards on window coverings from manufacturers and standards organizations. Entertainment Centers Recalled by American Signature Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Signature Inc., of Columbus, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 Entertainment Centers. The recalled entertainment centers' shelves can detach and fall onto consumers when the entertainment centers are moved.Crate and Barrel Recalls Succulent Plant-Shaped Candles in a Pot Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Crate and Barrel, a division of Euromarket Designs Inc., of Northbrook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 5,490 Succulent plant-shaped decorative candles in a pot (about 5400 in the U.S., 90 in Canada). The wax in this candle melts quickly inside and overflows outside the pot and can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard to consumers.Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds by ChicologyIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Chicology of Ontario, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,200 Roll-up blinds. Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.Dritz™ Electric Scissors Recalled by Prym Due to Fire and Burn HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Prym Consumer USA, of Spartanburg, S.C., is voluntarily recalling about 12,000 Dritz Cut™ Electric Scissors. The electric scissors can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.IKEA Recalls Roller Blinds, all Roman Blinds and all Roll-Up Blinds Due to Risk of StrangulationIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 3,360,000 Roller, Roman, and Roll-Up blinds. The blinds pose a strangulation risk to children.Rhino Toys Inc. Recalls Bead Toy Due to Choking HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rhino Toys Inc., of Santa Cruz, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 5,500 Beado handheld bead play toys. The toys' plastic wires can detach from the hubs due to insufficient adhesive, allowing the beads to slide off. The loose beads pose a choking hazard to young children.GE Recalls Front Load Washers Due to Fire and Shock HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, GE Appliances & Lighting, of Louisville, Ky., is voluntarily recalling about 181,000 GE Front-Load Washing Machines. A wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers.Bayside Furnishings Recalls to Repair Youth Beds Sold at Costco Due to Entrapment HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bayside Furnishings (a division of Whalen), of San Diego, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 "Pirates of the Caribbean" Twin Trundle Beds. The headboard has a storage bin that poses an entrapment hazard to young children.McDonald’s Recalls Movie Themed Drinking Glasses Due to Potential Cadmium RiskIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, McDonald’s Corp., Oakbrook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 12 million “Shrek Forever After 3D” Collectable Drinking Glasses. The designs on the glasses contain cadmium. Long term exposure to cadmium can cause adverse health effects.Violation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard Prompts Recall of Mattresses by IKEAIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 1,900 IKEA Sultan Heidal spring mattresses. The mattresses fail to meet the federal mandatory open flame standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard to consumers.Maytag Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Maytag Corp. of Newton, Iowa or Maytag Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers. An electrical failure in the dishwasher’s heating element can pose a serious fire hazard.One Step Ahead Recalls Children’s Stacking Toys Due to Choking and Aspiration HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, One Step Ahead, of Lake Bluff, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 2,700 Animal Crackers Giant Stacking Toys. The fabric covering the stacking ring’s center pole can come apart at the seam exposing the foam material inside. The foam material poses choking and aspiration hazards to young children.Infant Death Prompts Recall of Ring Slings Made by Sprout Stuff Due to Suffocation RiskThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Sprout Stuff, of Austin, Texas, is announcing the recall of about 40 Sprout Stuff infant ring slings. CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using these slings due to a risk of suffocation to infants.VOX Amplification Recalls Amplifier Carrying Cases Due to Risk of InjuryIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, VOX Amplification, of Melville, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 4,200 Night Train Amplifier Carrying Cases. The clasp on the shoulder strap is defective and can fail, allowing the amplifier to fall and pose a risk of injury to consumers.BRP Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, BRP US Inc., of Sturtevant, Wisconsin, is voluntarily recalling about 37 BRP Ski-Doo® Snowmobiles. Friction between the fuel hose and the electronic control unit can cause the fuel hose to wear and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.

 

MAY 2010 PRODUCT SAFETY AND RECALL INFO

 

CPSC Warns Memorial Day Weekend Among the Deadliest Holidays for ATV RidersThe Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riders to take precautions to stay safe this holiday weekend and riding season. For the 4-day period surrounding the 2009 Memorial Day holiday, CPSC is aware of 27 fatalities, with two under the age of 16, averaging almost seven deaths a day.Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets Recalled by Maxfield and Oberton Due to Violation of Federal Toy StandardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Maxfield and Oberton LLC, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 175,000 Buckyballs® High Powered Magnets Sets. The high powered magnets sets were labeled "Ages 13+" and do not meet the mandatory toy standard F963-08 (effective August 17, 2009) which requires that such powerful magnets are not sold for children under 14. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.Children's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Lollytogs Due to Strangulation and Entanglement HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lollytogs Ltd., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 23,000 Rim Rocka Boys' Hooded Jackets and Pelle Pelle Girls' Hooded Jackets. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood and the vests have a drawstring through the waist which can pose strangulation and entanglement hazards to young children.Cost Plus Inc. Recalls Tea Glasses Due to Risk of Lead ExposureIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 Moroccan tea glasses. The Moroccan tea glasses contain excessive levels of lead in the exterior coloring. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.Hoover Recalls Upright Vacuum Cleaners Due to Fire and Shock HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hoover Inc., of Glenwillow, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 108,000 Hoover® WindTunnel T-Series™ Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaners with Cord Rewind Feature. The power cord is not properly routed or securely seated in the cord rewind assembly allowing the power cord to be pulled loose. This poses fire and shock hazards.CPSC Issues Final Mandatory Rule on Infant Baby WalkersThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (5-0) to issue a final mandatory rule under section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for infant walkers.S. Rothschild & Co. Recalls Girls' Coats with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, S. Rothschild & Company Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 13,500 girls' coats. Drawstrings on the detachable cape can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.Basketball-Shaped Chair and Ottoman Sets Recalled by Colleen Karis Designs Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold at HomeGoods StoresIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Colleen Karis Designs LLC, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 380 All-Star Basketball Chair and Ottoman Sets. Surface paints on the lettering on both sides of the basketball chair could contain excessive levels of lead which is a violation of the federal lead paint standard.Boys' Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Hind Fashions Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat FactoryIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hind Fashions, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 200 boys' Hooded Jackets. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.CPSC Identifies Manufacturers of Problem Drywall Made in ChinaThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is releasing today the names of the drywall manufacturers whose drywall emitted high levels of hydrogen sulfide in testing conducted for the agency by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). There is a strong association between hydrogen sulfide and metal corrosion.Cummins Power Generation Recalls Portable Generators Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Cummins Power Generation, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 550 portable generators. Fuel can leak through the carburetor during normal usage, posing a fire hazard to consumers.Chairs Recalled by Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corporation Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corp., of Lake Forest, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 750 of the 830B and 830D Voltaire Swivel Chairs. The chair frame can separate from the seating section of the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers.Utility Snow Sled Hitch Recalled by Pelican International Due to Injury HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Pelican International, of Quebec, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 250 utility sled tow hitches. The screw(s) in the hitch can become loose and fall off due to vibrations when items are being towed, allowing the sled and hitch to detach from the towing vehicle. This poses an injury hazard to the user and bystanders.CPSC Launches National Campaign to Change the Way People Think and Act about Pool and Spa SafetyThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today kicks-off the Pool Safely campaign (www.poolsafely.gov), a first-of-its-kind national public education effort to reduce child drownings and non-fatal submersions, and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. At a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex today, Olympic swimmers Jason Lezak and Janet Evans joined Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the CPSC; U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); and Nancy Baker, mother of Virginia Graeme Baker, to officially launch Pool Safely and release the CPSC's annual submersion and entrapment reports.HP Expands Recall of Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 54,000 (70,000 units were previously recalled in May 2009) Lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.Chocolate Soup Recalls Children’s Hooded Sweatshirt Sets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Chocolate Soup, of Raytown, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 70 Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood that can pose a strangulation hazard to children.Target Recalls Storage Trunks Due to Strangulation HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 350,000 Woven Storage Trunks. The lid of the trunk can drop suddenly when released, posing a strangulation hazard to small children opening or reaching into the trunks.Walmart Recalls General Electric® Coffee Makers Due to Fire HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 900,000 General Electric®-branded 12-cup digital coffee makers. The coffee maker can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Bath SeatsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal safety standard for infant bath seats. The vote on the final rule was 5-0.The federal standard for infant bath seats is the first mandatory standard issued by CPSC as required under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for a range of infant and toddler durable products.Primal Vantage Expands Recall of Plastic Tree Steps Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Primal Vantage Co., Inc., of Randolph, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 17,800 Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Steps. The plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard to the user.Children's Giraffe Blanket Recalled by Rashti & Rashti Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target StoresIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rashti & Rashti, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 44,000 Giraffe Security Blankets. The balls on top of the giraffe's horns can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.Mall of America Recalls Plush Toy Due to Choking HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, MOA Entertainment Co. LLC, of Bloomington, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 1200 (11 sold) Sandy the Squirrel Plush Toys. Young children can remove and ingest the squirrel's nose, which poses a choking hazard.Children's Deaths Prompt Recall of Toy Dart Gun Sets Sold Exclusively at Family Dollar StoresThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in cooperation with Family Dollar Stores Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., is announcing the voluntary recall of 1.8 million toy dart gun sets, due to an aspiration hazard. CPSC and Family Dollar have received reports of two asphyxiation deaths involving a 9-year-old boy in Chicago, Ill. and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee, Wis.Children's Sweatshirts Recalled by Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A. Due to Violation of Federal Flammability StandardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A. Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling Tommy Hilfiger Sweatshirts, about 400 in the U.S., and 1,300 in Canada. The sweatshirts fail to meet federal flammability standards for wearing apparel, posing a risk of burn hazard to consumers.Junk Food Clothing Co. Recalls Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Junk Food Clothing Co., of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 Children's hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings. The hooded sweatshirts have a drawstring at the neck which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.The Children's Place Recalls Denim Shorts Due to Choking Hazard; Metal Snaps Could DetachIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, The Children's Place Services Company LLC, of Secaucus, NJ, is voluntarily recalling about 29,000 Denim Cargo Shorts. The denim shorts' metal snaps could detach from the shorts, posing a choking hazard.Niner Bikes Recalls Bicycle Frame Due to Crash HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Niner Bikes of North Hollywood, California, is voluntarily recalling about 750 Bicycle frame. A welding deficiency can cause the bicycle frames to crack along the welds of the front triangle of the bicycle. This can cause the rider to lose control and crash.Rome Snowboards Recalls Bindings Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Rome Snowboards Co., of Waterbury, Vt., is voluntarily recalling about 2,900 (in the United States) and 220 (in Canada) Snowboard Boot Bindings. The snowboard binding’s base plate can break at cold temperatures, posing a fall hazard to snowboarders.Step2® Recalls to Repair Riding Toys Due to Risk of InjuryIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Step2 Company, of Streetsboro, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 2.5 million Push Around and Whisper Ride Buggies. A pin attaching to the yellow knob on the handle of the buggy can loosen, causing the handle to detach from the buggy. This poses a serious risk of injury to young children.Remote-Controlled Helicopters Recalled by Imagine Nation Books Due to Fire and Burn HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Imagine Nation Books Ltd./Books Are Fun, of Boulder, Colo., is voluntarily recalling 46,000 “Fly Dragonfly” (also called “Queen Bee”) Remote-Controlled Helicopters. The rechargeable battery inside the helicopters can overheat, igniting the helicopter and posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.Claire's Recalls Children's Metal Charm Bracelets Due to High Levels of CadmiumIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Claire's Boutiques Inc., of Hoffman Estates, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 19,000 "Best Friends" Charm Bracelet Sets. The heart lock charms attached to the bracelets contain high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by children and can cause adverse health effects.CPSC Announces State Grants On Pool and Spa Safety Now AvailableThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act's (P&SSAct) State Grant program is now accepting applications for funding from eligible states. The P&SSAct intends to enhance the safety of pools and spas by reducing child drownings and suction entrapment incidents and educating the public on the importance of safety devices and constant supervision of children in and around water. CPSC is the lead agency in implementing and enforcing the Act, which was signed into law in December 2007.CPSC Issues Warning on Drop-Side Cribs; 32 Fatalities in Drop-Side Cribs in Last 9 YearsAs part of its commitment to ensure safe sleep for young children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is once again warning parents and caregivers about deadly hazards with drop-side cribs. In the last five years, CPSC has announced 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards created by the drop side.Girls’ Vests with Drawstrings Recalled by MIM-PI USA Due to Strangulation HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, MIM-PI USA LLC, of Orlando, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 80 Girls’ hooded sleeveless vests. The garments have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.Conair Recalls BabylissPro Compact Hair Dryers Due to Laceration HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Conair Corp., East Windsor, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 291,000 Compact hair dryers. The spinning fan within the hair dryer can break apart, striking the hair dryer’s plastic shell. This causes the plastic to shatter, creating a laceration hazard.C&T International/Sorelle Recalls Cribs Due to Strangulation and Suffocation HazardsIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, C&T International/Sorelle, of East Rutherford, New Jersey, is voluntarily recalling about 170,000 Drop-Side Cribs. The cribs’ drop-side hardware can disengage from the tracks, causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side partially detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. Complete detachment of the drop sides can lead to falls from the crib. In addition, slats can detach from the sides of the cribs. Infants and toddlers can then become entrapped, strangle or fall out of the crib.Bicycles Recalled by Nirve Sports Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nirve Sports Ltd., of Huntington Beach, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 725 Chopper-style bicycles. The bicycle stem on the handlebars can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious fall and injury.Roberta Roller Rabbit Recalls Children’s Kimono Robes, Lounge and Slumber Short Sets Due To Violation of Federal Flammability StandardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Roberta Roller Rabbit by Roberta Freymann, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 9,200 Roberta Roller Rabbit Children’s Kimono Robe, Lounge Sets and Slumber Short Sets. The recalled sleepwear fails to meet the federal children’s sleepwear flammability standard, posing a burn hazard to children.Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,350 2010 26” Epic and 26” Era Bicycles. The shock absorber mount can break and the shock absorber can make contact with the wheel spokes, posing a fall hazard to the rider.Klean Kanteen Recalls Water Bottle Spouts Due to Choking HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Klean Kanteen Inc., of Chico, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1.2 million (in the United States) and 102,000 (in Canada) Sport Cap 2.0 water bottle spouts. The firm has received six reports of incidents of the water bottle spouts breaking or cracking in children’s mouths as they were drinking from the bottles. No injuries have been reported.Blair Recalls to Repair Roman Shades Due to Risk of StrangulationIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 5,600 Roman Shades. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.JD Fine & Company Recalls Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation HazardIn cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, JD Fine & Company, of Concord, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,700 Children's Hooded Velour Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The hooded sweatshirts have a drawstring at the neck which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. 

 

 

April 2010 Recalls and Product Safety News bulletGap Recalls Baby Swimsuits Due to Strangulation Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Gap Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,500 (in the U.S.) and about 480 (in Canada) Baby swimsuits. The swimsuits have halter straps that were manufactured too short causing the plastic ring located at the neck of the swimsuit to press against the child’s throat and obstruct the airway. This poses a strangulation hazard to the child.
bulletSportime Recalls Sports Balls Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sportime, of Norcross, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 TechnoSkin Foam Balls and Sportime TechStitched Soccer Balls. Surface paints on the sports balls contain excessive levels of lead which is a violation of the federal lead paint standard.
bulletGraco®-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Recalled Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 217,000 Graco®-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi. The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.
bulletSimplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the recall of all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. This recall includes fixed-side and drop-side cribs. These cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers.
bulletGogo Sports Recalls Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Gogo Sports Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,400 Children’s hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood that can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletJo-Ann Stores to Pay $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Jo-Ann Stores Inc., of Hudson, Ohio, has agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty for allegedly importing and selling children’s products that violated the federal lead paint ban.
bulletDiscount School Supply Recalls Double Egg Shakers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Discount School Supply, of Monterey, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 Double Egg Shakers. Surface paint on the red eggs contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletStep2® Recalls Basic Rhythms Drum™ Toys Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, The Step2 Company LLC, of Streetsboro, OH, is voluntarily recalling about 21,000 Step2® Basic Rhythms Drums™. The plastic clips used to attach the drumsticks to the drum can break. The small broken pieces present a choking to young children.
bulletChildren's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Polar Bear Gift Shop Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Polar Bear Gift Shop, of Anchorage, Alaska, is voluntarily recalling about 300 Children's hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletTrendset Originals LLC Recalls Girls’ Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation and Entanglement Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Trendset Originals LLC, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 2,400 of the Marci & Me brand, and an unknown number of the Shampoo brand, of Girls’ Hooded Jackets. The hooded jackets have a drawstring through the hood that can pose a strangulation hazard to children. The sweater jackets have a drawstring through the waist that can pose an entanglement hazard to children.
bulletChildren's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by GJC International of Florida Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, GJC International of Florida Inc., of Plantation, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 3,200 Children's Hooded Sweatshirts. The children's jackets have drawstrings through the hood which pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletLe Hing Inc. Announces Recall of Baby Walkers Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Le Hing Inc., of South El Monte, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 200 Baby Walkers. The walkers can fit through a standard doorway and are not designed to stop at the edge of a step. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed.
bulletDeux par Deux Minimome Recalls Children's Snowsuits and Coats with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Deux par Deux Minimome Inc. located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 4,500 Children's Snowsuits and Coats. The snowsuits and coats have drawstrings through the hood that can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletChildren's Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by 5 Star Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5 Star Apparel LLC, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 11,500 Mecca Children’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings. The jackets have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
bulletCivia Cycles Recalls Bicycle Forks Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Civia Cycles, of Bloomington, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 800 Hyland Bicycles and Carbon Bicycle Forks. The bicycle fork can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the consumer.
bulletHammary Furniture Recalls Chests and Tables Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Hammary Furniture Co., of Lenoir, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 Decorative Wood Chests and Tables. The surface coating paint on the furniture could contain excessive levels of lead in violation of the federal lead paint standard.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds by Oriental Furniture
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Oriental Furniture of Cambridge, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 25,000 Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds. For Roman Shades, strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. For Roll-Up Blinds, strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.
bulletGund Recalls to Replace Baby Books Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Gund, of Edison, N.J., is voluntarily recalling Gund Baby Paperboard Books, about 15,100 in the United States and 865 in Canada. The foam used to fill the book binding can detach, posing a choking/aspiration hazard to infants and young children.
bulletAgio International Recalls Outdoor Gas Fire Columns Sold Exclusively at Costco Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Agio International Co. of Hong Kong., is voluntarily recalling about 5,800 Patio Glow Outdoor Gas Fire Columns. Gas can leak from connections in the column, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletBauer Recalls Children's Hockey Sticks Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Bauer Hockey Inc., of Greenland, N.H., is voluntarily recalling Youth and Junior Hockey Sticks, Shafts, and Blades, about 67,000 in the United States and 60,000 in Canada. Paint and decals on the sticks, shafts and blades contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletChrome Shelving Recalled by King Long Metal Due to Injury Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Costco
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, King Long Metal Industrial Company, Ltd., of Trumbull, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 6,800 Six Tier Chrome Shelving Unit. Shelving unit casters can break at the stem causing the unit to collapse or fall, posing an injury hazard.
bulletCrate and Barrel Recalls Glass Water Bottles Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Crate and Barrel, a division of Euromarket Designs Inc., of Northbrook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling glass water bottles, about 42,000 in the United States and 2,200 in Canada. The glass beverage bottles can shatter when the consumer is removing or inserting the stopper, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. 

March 2010 Product Recalls and Product Safety News

 

bulletEvenflo Recalls Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Evenflo Co. Inc. of Miamisburg, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 150,000 (in the United States) and 33,000 (in Canada) Evenflo Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gates. The slats on the gate can break or detach, posing a fall hazard to children.
bulletChildren’s Educational Kits Recalled by Carolina Biology Supply Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Carolina Biological Supply Co., of Burlington, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 Carolina Function Generator Kits. The yellow lids in the kits contain excessive levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletGirls’ Hooded Sweaters with Drawstrings Recalled by Children’s Apparel Network Due Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Children’s Apparel Network, Ltd. of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 9,700 Girls’ Hooded Sweaters with Drawstrings. The hooded sweaters have a drawstring at the neck which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletGirls’ Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Bubblegum USA Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bubblegum USA, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 900 Girls’ Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletGirls’ Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Liberty Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Liberty Apparel Company, Inc., New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 Jewel Girls’ Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletInfantino Recalls to Replace SlingRider Baby Slings; Three Infant Deaths Reported
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Infantino LLC, of San Diego, Calif. are announcing a free replacement program for the Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings. One million of these infant slings are being recalled in the United States and 15,000 are being recalled in Canada. CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using these slings for infants younger than four months of age due to a risk of suffocation and contact Infantino for a free replacement product.
bulletPainted Wooden Beads Intended for Children's Crafts Recalled By S&S Worldwide Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, S&S Worldwide Inc., of Colchester, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 bags of Flower and Insect Painted Wooden Beads. The paint on the children's wooden beads contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletSimpson Dura-Vent Recalls Fireplace Dampers Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Simpson Dura-Vent Company Inc., of Vacaville, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 500 DuraTech Anchor Plates with Damper and DuraChimney II Anchor Plates with Damper. When the consumer attempts to open/close the damper, it can become stuck in its current position. In addition, some of the dampers were assembled backwards and are set to the closed position when the consumer attempts to open the damper. Both pose risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer.
bulletVentus Bicycle Aerobars Recalled by 3T Cycling Srl Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, BikeMine, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Quality Bicycle Parts, of Bloomington, Minn.; Security Bicycle Accessories, of Hempstead, N.Y.; and Bicycle Technologies International, Ltd. (BTI), of Santa Fe, N.M., are voluntarily recalling about 325 Ventus Ltd™ and Ventus Team™ Bicycle Aerobars. The two rubber hand grips on the aerobars (handle bars) can loosen or slip off during use, posing a fall or injury hazard to the rider.
bulletDo It Best Recalls Bicycle Bells Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Do It Best Corp., of Fort Wayne, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 Bicycle Bells. The red paint on the bicycle bells contains excessive lead levels, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletLumetique Recalls Botanika Candles Due to Fire and Laceration Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Lumetique Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,000 DayNa Decker Botanika Candles. The candle flame can unexpectedly flare up and the glass container can crack, posing fire, burn and laceration hazards to consumers.
bulletGraco Recalls Harmony™ High Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Graco Children's Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 1.2 million Graco Harmony™ High Chairs. The screws holding the front legs of the high chair can loosen and fall out and/or the plastic bracket on the rear legs can crack causing the high chair to become unstable and tip over unexpectedly. This poses a fall hazard to children.
bulletHaselson International Trading Recalls Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Haselson International Trading Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 23,000 Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.

bulletInfant Deaths Prompt CPSC Warning About Sling Carriers for Babies
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months of age. In researching incident reports from the past 20 years, CPSC identified and is investigating at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age.
bulletCPSC Issues Warning on Children’s Winter and Holiday-Themed Charm Bracelets with High Levels of Cadmium
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers about Children’s Metal Charm Bracelets imported by Buy-Rite Designs, of Freehold, N.J. (no longer in business.) The bracelets contain high levels of cadmium. Laboratory analysis determined that in certain tests, over 20,000 micrograms of cadmium were released from the snowman alone. Cadmium can be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletByer California Recalls Girls’ Jackets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Byer California DBA Amy Byer, Philly, of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 600 Girls’ Cargo Pocket Jackets. The drawstrings on the neck and waist of the jacket can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children.
bulletGirl’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Regaliti Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Regaliti Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling 3,600 Girl’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
bulletTelebrands Recalls Scarves with Microwaveable Heat Packs Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, Telebrands Corp., of Fairfield, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 98,500 (in the United States) and about 1,500 (in Canada) Therma Scarf scarves. The heat packs can overheat when heated in a microwave oven, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletBoys’ Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Brand Evolution Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Brand Evolution, of Philadelphia, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 2800 Locks All Over Boys’ Hoodies, All Over Skaters Boy’s Hoodies and Rock Mask Boy’s Hoodies. The hoodies have drawstrings through the hoods that pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletGerber Legendary Blades Recalls Machetes Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore., a division of Fiskars Brands Inc., of Madison, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 149,000 Gator Machetes and 6,000 Gator Machetes Jr. The saw side of the machete can stick in wood during use, and if the user's hand slips off the handle and slides forward across the machete blade, this poses a laceration hazard.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by Ethan Allen
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ethan Allen Global Inc., of Danbury, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 163,000 Roman Shades. Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Also, strangulation can occur when a child's neck become entangled on the free-standing loop.
bulletLELE & Company Recalls Children’s Hooded Sweatshirt Sets with Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, LELE & Company Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,700 Children’s hooded sweatshirt sets with drawstrings. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
bulletChildren’s Bracelets Recalled by Chandigarh Fashion Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Chandigarh Fashion Inc., of Flushing, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 1,200 Children’s Bangles. The surface coating on the bracelets contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletBoys’ Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Ten West Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold at Burlington Coat Factory
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ten West Apparel, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 75 Boys’ Hooded Jackets. The children’s jackets have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletDaiso To Pay $2 Million Civil Penalty for Violations of Federal Safety Laws and Must Stop Importing Children's Products and Toys Into U.S.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Daiso Holding USA Inc., Daiso Seattle LLC, of Seattle, Wash. and Daiso California LLC, of Hayward, Calif. have agreed to pay a $2.05 million civil penalty and stop importing children's products and toys into the United States. Due to alleged violations of federal safety laws, the company must now demonstrate to the Commission that it has sufficient knowledge of and is in compliance with CPSC safety standards and testing requirements.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds by Meijer
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Meijer, of Grand Rapids, Mich., is voluntarily recalling 240,000 Innovations and "At Home with Meijer" Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds. Roll-up Blinds-Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material. Roman Shades-Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by Lutron Electronics
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lutron Electronics Co. Inc., of Coopersburg, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 43,000 Lutron Shading Solutions Roman Shades. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Also, in manual Roman shades, strangulations can also occur if the shade's looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or to the floor and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop.
bulletChildren's Fork and Spoon Sets Recalled by Peachtree Playthings Due to Choking Hazard; Sold at Dollar Tree and Deals
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peachtree Playthings, of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 127,000 Scooby Doo, Tweety and Batman Fork and Spoon Sets. The middle two prongs of the plastic fork can detach, posing a choking hazard to childrenp.

 

 

February 2010 Child Related Recalls and Product Safety News


 

bulletSportime Recalls Children’s Floor Hockey Sets Due to Lead Paint Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sportime, of Norcross, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 580 BigBox Hockey Sets. The surface coating on the boards, which are assembled together to form the floor hockey playing-field, contain excessive levels of lead violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletBristol Model and Martha Stewart Collection® Enameled Steel Tea Kettles Recalled Due to Burn Hazard 
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Copco, a division of Wilton Industries Inc., of Woodridge, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 132,000 Copco and Wild Leaf Tea Co. Bristol model and Martha Stewart Collection® Enameled Steel Tea Kettles. The handle on the tea kettle can come loose, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.
bulletMotor Controllers for Submersible Pump Systems Recalled by Franklin Electric Due to Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Franklin Electric Co., of Bluffton, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 38,000 Pumptec Electric Motor Controllers for Submersible Pump Systems. The product label can lose adhesion, exposing the circuitry. This could pose a shock hazard to consumers.
bulletChildren's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Baycreek Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Baycreek Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 1,900 Hooded Sweatshirts. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996 CPSC, issued guidelines (which were incorporated in to an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
bulletChildren’s Hooded Jackets Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory Recalled by Franshaw Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Franshaw Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 2,400 Children’s Hooded Jackets. The jackets have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996 CPSC, issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
bulletGirls’ Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled by Weeplay Kids Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Weeplay Kids LLC, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 11,800 Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The sweatshirts have drawstrings through the hood which poses a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
bulletBobens Trading Recalls Girls’ Hooded Sweatshirts With Drawstrings Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bobens Trading Co. Inc., of Hicksville, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 3,900 Girl’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The hooded zip sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996 CPSC, issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments such as sweatshirts and jackets.
bulletKikkerland Design Recalls Foldable Step Stools Sold By QVC Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kikkerland Design Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Easy-Fold and Easy-Store Step Stools. The step stools can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bulletAllreds Design Recalls Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Allreds Design (doing business as Hidden Hollow Beads), of Fort Duchesne, Utah, is voluntarily recalling about 900 Allreds Design Baby Bracelets and Pacifier Clips. The recalled bracelets and pacifier clip clasps contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletPull Toys Recalled by Manhattan Group LLC Due to Choking and Aspiration Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Manhattan Group LLC, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 2,400 (in the United States) and 400 (in Canada) Pull-A-Long Friends Toucan™, Pull-A-Long Friends Alligator™, and Pull-A-Long Friends Sharky™ pull toys. The toy has wooden components that can break or come loose, posing a choking/aspiration hazard to young children.
bulletBritax Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Fingertip Amputations and Lacerations
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Britax Child Safety, Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 (in the United States) and 900 (in Canada) Britax “Blink” Umbrella Strollers. The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.
bulletTiny Love Recalls Wind Chime Toys Due to Puncture and Laceration Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Tiny Love Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 600,000 (in the United States) and 200,000 (in Canada) Wind Chime Toys. The wind chime toy can be pulled apart exposing sharp metal rods, posing puncture and laceration hazards to the baby.
bulletInnovage LLC Recalls Discovery Kids Lamps Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Innovage LLC, of Foothill Ranch, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 360,000 Discovery Kids™ Animated Marine and Safari Lamps. A defect in the lamp’s printed circuit board can cause an electrical short, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletGeneration 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” Drop Side Crib Brands Recalled; Three Infant Deaths Reported
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the recall of all Generation 2 Worldwide and “ChildESIGNS” drop side cribs (over 500,000 estimated). The crib’s plastic hardware can break which can cause the drop side of the crib to detach from a corner of the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped. When a child is entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress, it creates a risk of suffocation or strangulation. In addition, the crib’s mattress support can detach from the crib frame, creating a hazardous space in which an infant or toddler could become entrapped and suffocate or strangle.
bulletDollar General Recalls Toy Guns Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dollar General, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 9,600 Special Forces and Police SWAT Toy Gun Sets. The orange tips located at the end of the toy guns’ barrels, which are designed to distinguish them from real guns, can easily be removed from the barrels, posing a choking hazard to children.
bulletChildren’s Toy Jewelry Sets Recalled by Playmates Toys; Charms Violate the Total Lead Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Playmates Toys, of Costa Mesa, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 252,000 Tiny Tink and Friends Children’s Toy Jewelry Sets. A cylindrical metal connector on a charm can contain levels of total lead in excess of 300 ppm, which is prohibited under federal law.
bulletChildren’s Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by GTM Sportswear Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), GTM Sportswear Inc., of Manhattan, Kan., is voluntarily recalling about 210,000 Children’s Jackets with Drawstrings. The children’s jackets have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
bulletChildren’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by New Mode Sportswear Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), New Mode Sportswear, of Garden Grove, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 7,200 21 Pro USA Children’s Pullovers and Hoodies. The children’s sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
bulletChildren’s Greeting Cards with Bracelets Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), about 174,000 Papyrus Brand Greeting Cards with bracelets are being voluntarily recalled (imported by Schurman Fine Papers, of Fairfield, Calif.). The surface paint coating on the bracelets sold with greeting cards contain excessive levels of lead violating the federal lead paint standard.

 

January 2010 Product Recalls and Product Safety News

 

bulletFAF Inc. Recalls Children's Necklaces Sold Exclusively at Walmart Stores Due to High Levels of Cadmium
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), FAF Inc., of Greenville, R.I., is voluntarily recalling about 55,000 Children's Metal Necklaces. The recalled necklaces contain high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletSummit Treestands Recalls Hunting Tree Stand Brackets Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Summit Treestands LLC, of Decatur, Ala., is voluntarily recalling about 6,800 Talon Hunting Hang-on Tree Stands and Brackets/Straps. The tree stand can unexpectedly detach from the tree when the brackets fail, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bulletRechargeable Batteries Used with Touch Panels for Audio/Visual Systems Recalled by AMX Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), AMX, of Richardson, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 8,600 Rechargeable Batteries sold with MVP 5000 Series Wireless Touch Panels. A defect in the battery can cause the battery pack to overheat and rupture. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletStarbucks Recalls Glass Water Bottles Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Starbucks Coffee Company, of Seattle, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 11,000 (in the United States) and 1,200 (in Canada) Glass Water Bottles. The glass water bottle and/or its stopper can shatter when the consumer is removing or inserting the stopper, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
bulletZippo Recalls Candle Lighters Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Zippo Manufacturing Company, of Bradford, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 17,500 Zippo Slatkin & Co. Candle Lighters. Lighters can produce an excessive flame when adjusted to maximum flame setting, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
bulletYamaha Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Loss of Steering Control
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,500 2009 Model Year FX10 Snowmobiles. A bolt in the right front A arm can loosen in the suspension/steering system, resulting in the sudden loss of steering control. This poses a risk of injury or death to riders.
bulletRegal Lager Announces Recall to Repair CYBEX Strollers; Risk of Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Regal Lager Inc., of Kennesaw, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 1,100 (in the United States) and 90 (in Canada) CYBEX Strollers. The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.
bulletLiebherr Recalls Built-In Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Door Can Detach
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Liebherr-Canada Ltd of Ontario, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 2,700 Liebherr Built-In 24-Inch Wide Single Door Refrigerators. The refrigerator’s door can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
bulletRadioShack Recalls Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RadioShack Corp., of Fort Worth, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 6,000 Danbar Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters. The battery housing under the helicopter canopy can overheat while charging, posing a fire hazard.
bulletHorse Toy Figures Recalled by Blip Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Blip Toys, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 Nature Wonders HD Pinto Horse Toy Figures. The surface paint coating on the horse contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletBoy's Three-Piece Santa Sets Recalled by Macy’s Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Macy’s Merchandising Group, Inc, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 9,600 First Impressions Boy’s Three-Piece Santa Set. Loose buttons on the suit’s jacket may easily detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bulletBSH Home Appliances Corp. Expands Recall of Thermador® Built-In Ovens Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BSH Home Appliances Corp., of Huntington Beach, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 37,000 Thermador® Built-In Ovens (42,000 built-in ovens were previously recalled in June 2007). The ovens can have gaps in the insulation where overheating can occur and when used in the self-cleaning mode it can cause nearby cabinets to catch fire. This poses a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletLysol Steam Cleaning Mop Recalled by Conair Corp. Due to Burn and Laceration Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Conair Corp., of Stamford, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 162,000 Lysol Steam Cleaning Mops. Hot water mixed with Lysol can forcefully spurt out and rupture the housing unit, posing a burn hazard and a laceration hazard to consumers from the broken housing unit.
bulletJohnson Health Tech North America Recalls Horizon Fitness and LIVESTRONG™ Fitness Elliptical Trainers Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Johnson Health Tech North America Inc., of Cottage Grove, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 18,000 Horizon Fitness and LIVESTRONG™ Fitness Elliptical Trainers. The foot pedal can become disengaged, posing a fall hazard.
bulletConnector Kits Used with Sonitrol Access Control Modules Recalled; Failure Could Lead to Entrapment in an Emergency
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 6,500 Connector kits used with electronic door lock control modules (distributed by Stanley Convergent Security Solutions Inc., U.S. Division Headquarters, of Naperville, Ill.) are being recalled. The pin connector can fail and prevent a door from being unlocked from the inside, posing an entrapment hazard to consumers. This failure can lead to the inability to vacate a location in an emergency.
bulletLifetime Brands Recalls Fruit and Vegetable Choppers Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold at Sam’s Club
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lifetime Brands Inc., of Garden City, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 6,000 Pedrini® Pro Chop™ Professional Multipurpose Choppers. Pieces of the chopper’s metal blades can break off during use and fall into food being prepared in the chopper, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
bulletGraco Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 1.5 million Graco’s Passage™, Alano™ and Spree™ Strollers and Travel Systems. The hinges on the stroller’s canopy pose a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is opening or closing the canopy.
bulletDorel Asia Recalls To Replace Cribs; Pose Strangulation and Suffocation Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados, is voluntarily recalling about 635,000 Dorel Asia cribs. The drop side hardware can fail causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. In addition, the recalled cribs can pose a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard when a slat is damaged. This can occur while the crib is in use, in storage, being put together, taken apart or reassembled; or during shipping and handling.
bulletRifle Crossbow Recalled by Master Cutlery; Crossbow Can Discharge Unexpectedly
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Master Cutlery, of Secaucus, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 300 Eagle 5 Rifle Crossbows. The trigger mechanism becomes loose after 30 shots. When the safety mechanism is moved to the fire position, the crossbow will automatically discharge on its own.
bulletDrop Side Cribs Recalled by Caramia Furniture Due to Fall and Entrapment Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Caramia Furniture, of Ontario, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 Diana Cribs. The slats on the cribs drop-side can detach from the top and bottom rails, posing fall and entrapment hazards to the child.
bulletPier 1 Imports Recalls Glitter Tea Lights Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Pier 1 Imports (U.S.), Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 37,000 (in the United States) and 3,000 (in Canada) Silver and Gold Glitter Tea Lights. The flame from the tea lights can ignite the glitter on the candle, posing a fire hazard.
bulletPier 1 Imports Recalls Santa Tea Light Holders Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Pier 1 Imports (U.S.), Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 61,500 (in the United States) and 5,500 (in Canada) Ceramic Santa Tea Light Holders. The flame from tea lights can ignite these tea light holders, posing a fire hazard.
bulletMooreCo Recalls Ergonomic Office Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MooreCo Inc., dba Balt & Best-Rite Manufacturing, of Temple, Texas., is voluntarily recalling about 700 Spine Align and Posture Perfect Ergonomic Office Chairs. The legs of the chair can break, posing fall hazard to the user.
bulletViolation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard Prompts Recall of Mattress Sets by Mattress World
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mattress World, of Dallas, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 750 Mattress Sets. The mattress sets fail to meet the mandatory federal open flame standard and pose a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletRockler Companies Recalls LED Light Kits Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rockler Companies Inc., of Medina, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 2,200 LED light kits. Defective wiring in the light kits can cause the battery pack to overheat and explode, posing a risk of burn and fire hazards to consumers.
bulletBicycles and Framesets Recalled By Seattle Bike Supply Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Seattle Bike Supply, of Kent, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 350 2010 Redline Conquest Pro Bicycles and Framesets. The bicycle’s fork legs can separate from the fork crown and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious injury if the rider falls.
bulletLenmar Enterprises Recalls Rechargeable Batteries Sold for Cordless Phones Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lenmar Enterprises, of Camarillo, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,400 Rechargeable Batteries for Cordless Phones. The rechargeable batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletCPSC Approves Final Rule on Guidelines for Mandatory Recall Notices
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved a new rule setting guidelines and requirements for information in mandatory recall notices. A mandatory recall can be ordered by the Commission or a U.S. District Court.
bulletChildren’s “Big Rex and Friends” Cloth Books Recalled Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), St. Martin’s Press LLC, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 204,000 "Big Rex and Friends" Cloth Books. A red plastic dot sewn in the book contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletHome Improvement Books Recalled by Oxmoor House Due to Faulty Wiring Instructions; Shock or Fire Hazard to Consumers
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Oxmoor House, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala., is voluntarily recalling about 951,000 Home Improvement Books. The books contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire hazard to consumers.
bulletAcer Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Acer America Corporation, of San Jose, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 22,000 Acer Aspire-series Notebook Computers. An internal microphone wire under the palm rest can short circuit and overheat. This poses a potential burn hazard to consumers.
bulletGas Cans Recalled by No-Spill; Containers Can Leak and Create Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), No-Spill LLC, of Lenexa, Kan., is voluntarily recalling about 7,500 No-Spill 5-gallon Gasoline Cans. The gas containers can leak fuel at the black plastic collar where the spout connects to the can, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
bulletPrimal Vantage Recalls Plastic Tree Steps Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Primal Vantage Co., Inc., of Randolph, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 16,000 Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step. Primal Vantage has received five complaints of step breakage, including two reports of consumers being bruised and cut.
bulletAmmonia Recalled by OnLine Packaging Due to Chemical Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OnLine Packaging Inc., of Plover, Wis., is voluntarily recalling 75 bottles of Food Club Supreme Clean Clear Ammonia. The bottle, which is labeled as containing ammonia, actually contains household bleach. The mislabeling of the bottles can pose a chemical hazard to consumers. If bleach is accidentally mixed with ammonia or acid, irritating or toxic gases could be produced.
bulletSagittarius Sporting Goods Recalls Gas Grills Sold at Lowe’s Stores Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sagittarius Sporting Goods, of China, is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 Master Forge Five-Burner Gas Grills. The flexible rubber hose on the LP gas tank can come into contact with burner box, causing the hose to melt and rupture when the grill is lit. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletJide Trading Recalls Toy Military Figure Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jide Trading, Inc., of Commerce, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 2100 Military toy figures. The surface paint on the toy contains excessive levels of lead violating the federal lead paint standard. 

December 2009 Recalls and Product Safety News 

 

bulletDorel Juvenile Group Recalls Play Yards with Bassinets Due to Suffocation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 213,000 Safety 1st Disney Care Center™ Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards. The one piece metal bars supporting the floorboard of the bassinet attachment can come out of the fabric sleeves and create an uneven sleeping surface, posing a risk of suffocation or positional asphyxiation.
bulletDehumidifiers Recalled by LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LG Electronics Tianjin Appliance Co., of China, is voluntarily recalling about 98,000 Portable Dehumidifiers. The power connector for the dehumidifier’s compressor can short circuit, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
bulletWooden Toys Recalled by Kendamaspot Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kendamaspot LLC, of Redmond, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 300 Wooden Skill Ball Toys. The surface paint coating on the ball contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletRC2 Corp. to Pay $1.25 Million Civil Penalty: Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway Toys Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban
As part of its commitment to protecting the safety of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill. has agreed to pay a $1.25 million civil penalty for allegedly violating the federal lead paint ban. The penalty settlement, which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that RC2 Corp. and one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries Learning Curve Brands Inc., knowingly (as defined by the Consumer Product Safety Act) imported and sold various Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway toys with paints or other surface coatings that contained lead levels above legal limits.
bulletCPSC Approves Final Rule on Registration Requirements For Durable Infant or Toddler Products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on December 16, 2009 unanimously approved (5-0) a new rule requiring manufacturers of durable infant or toddler products to establish and maintain a registration card program.
bulletScuba Regulators Recalled by Cressi Due to Risk of Drowning
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cressi-sub USA, of Westwood, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 200 Cressi Ellipse Black MC5 Regulators. Partial obstruction of the High Pressure (HP) port can produce an inaccurate reading on the pressure gauge, resulting in a slow descent of the needle in the pressure gauge. The inaccurate reading on the gauge poses a drowning hazard to divers.
bulletUtility Knife Recalled by Dollar Tree Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 204,000 Tool Bench Utility Knives. The utility knife’s blade can slide past the blade support during use, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
bulletVerandah Patio Fireplaces Recalled by W.S. Badcock Corp. Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), W.S. Badcock Corp., of Mulberry, Fla, is voluntarily recalling about 1,250 Vintage Verandah Patio Fireplaces. A paint used to finish the exterior shell may catch fire, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletCPSC Urges Caution with Heating as Winter Weather Arrives; Carbon Monoxide Deaths on the Rise
As families look for ways to save money in tough economic times, there is an increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings and fire deaths associated with the use of alternative heating and power sources. The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to check all home heating systems from fireplaces to furnaces, including any back-up power systems.
bulletIKEA Recalls LEOPARD Highchairs Due to Fall and Choking Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 600 LEOPARD Highchairs. The snap locks used to secure the seat to the frame can break and allow the seat and child to drop through the frame, posing a fall hazard to young children. Detached snap locks can pose a choking hazard to young children.
bullet5.11 Tactical® Knives Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 19,000 promotional folding knives (imported by 5.11 Tactical®, of Modesto, Calif., and manufactured by Spanlink International Corp.). The knife can fail to lock into its open position, posing a cutting hazard to consumers.
bulletTemperature and Pressure Relief Valves for Large Water Heaters Recalled by Watts Regulator Due to Rupture and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Watts Regulator Co., of North Andover, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 900 One-inch 140X-9 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves. The relief valve can fail to reduce pressure and avert failure or rupture of the water heater tank and associated valves, posing rupture and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletDiving Equipment Recalled by Dive Rite Due to Drowning Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lamartek Inc., dba Dive Rite of, Lake City, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 16,000 Dive Rite Wings. The over pressure valve springs in the diving equipment could rust and fail allowing the buoyancy compensator devices to leak, posing a drowning hazard to divers.
bulletPolaris Industries Recalls Certain ATVs Due to Crash Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 8,500 2009-2010 Polaris All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). The front suspension ball joint stem can separate from the steering knuckle and cause the rider to lose steering control, posing a risk of injury or death to riders.
bulletVicks Dayquil Cold & Flu Liquicaps Recalled by Procter & Gamble Due To Failure to Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirement
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Procter & Gamble Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 700,000 packages of Vicks Dayquil Cold & Flu 24-Count Bonus Pack Liquicaps. The cold and flu medicine contains acetaminophen and is not in child-resistant packaging and lacks the statement, “This Package for Households Without Young Children,” as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. This medicine could cause serious health problems or death to a child if several of the capsules are swallowed.
bulletFall Hazard Prompts NHTSA, CPSC and Dorel Juvenile Group to Announce Recall of Infant Car Seat/Carriers
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 447,000 Dorel Infant Car Seat/Carriers. When used as an infant carrier, the child restraint handle to the seat can loosen and come off, posing a fall hazard to infants.
bulletCPSC Extends the Stay of Enforcement on Testing and Certification Requirements for Many Children’s Products; New Flexibility Granted on Component Parts Testing Policy for Lead
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously (5-0) to extend a stay of enforcement on testing and certification of many regulated children’s products. While enforcement of specific CPSC testing requirements has been stayed, the products must still comply with all applicable rules and bans.
bulletHome Depot Recalls Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Home Depot, of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 Hampton Bay Dehumidifiers. An internal component can fail causing the dehumidifier to overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
bulletCO2 Bicycle Tire Inflators Sold at Walmart Recalled by Todson Inc. Due to Risk of Injury
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Todson Inc., of North Attleboro, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 CO2 bicycle tire inflators. The pressurized cartridge containing carbon dioxide (CO2) can forcefully separate from the pump head, posing a risk of injury to the consumer.
bulletChildren’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Jason Evans Associates Due to Strangulation Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jason Evans Associates, LLC, of Hewlett, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 18,300 Boys Fleece & Flannel Zip Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The hooded zip sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletChild’s Asphyxiation Death Prompts Recall of Toy Dart Gun Play Set by OKK Trading
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OKK Trading Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 22,000 “Action Team” Toy Dart Gun Sets. If a child places the soft, pliable plastic dart in his/her mouth, he/she is likely to choke/aspirate the dart into her/her throat impairing the child’s ability to breathe. If the dart is not immediately removed, brain damage or death can occur.
bulletChristmas Tree Toppers Recalled by Precious Moments Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Precious Moments Inc. of Carthage, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 4,300 Precious Moments Angel Tree Toppers. Undersized wiring can cause the tree topper’s switch assembly to overheat and melt posing a fire hazard.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Restoration Hardware Baby & Child, of Corte Madera, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 4,600 Roman Shades with Black-out Lining. Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Faux Wood Blinds by American Vintage Group
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Vintage Group LLC, of Houston, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 1,100 Faux Wood Blinds. Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the cords of the pull cord above the breakaway device and the device fails to breakaway.
bulletCPSC Announces Voluntary Recalls to Repair Millions of Roman Shades and Roll Up Blinds by Multiple Firms
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing that multiple firms are recalling millions of units of Window coverings, including Roman shades and roll-up blinds. These window coverings present a serious risk of strangulation to young children.
bulletTimberland Recalls Children’s Boots Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Timberland Company, of Stratham, N.H., is voluntarily recalling about 21,000 pairs of Classic Scuffproof Boots. The logo stamped onto the children’s boot’s insoles contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletNear Strangulation of Children Prompts Recall of Roman Shades by Louis Hornick & Co. Sold at Ross Stores
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Louis Hornick & Co. Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 6,300 (364,000 previously recalled in October 2009) Newport Energy Solution Roman Shades. Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman Shades by Draper Inc.
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Draper Inc., of Spiceland, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 1,800 Roman Shades. These shades have an exposed operating cord and exposed inner cords on the back of the shade. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. In addition, these shades have a continuous looped bead chain that when not attached to the wall or floor, hangs loosely by the shade, posing a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletWindow Covering Safety Council Recalls to Repair All Roman and Roll-Up Blinds Due to Risk of Strangulation
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are announcing today a voluntary recall to repair all Roman shades and roll-up blinds to prevent the risk of strangulation to young children. This recall involves millions of Roman and roll-up blinds. About five million Roman shades and about three million roll-up blinds are sold each year.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall of Roman Shades; Sold Exclusively at West Elm
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), West Elm of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 42,000 Jute/Poly Roman Shades. Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
bulletNear Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roman and Roller Shades Sold at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBTeens
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, and PBteen division of Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 305,000 Roman shades and 45,000 roller shades (about 85,000 Roman shades were recalled on August 26, 2009). Roman Shades: Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the shade or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Roller Shades: Strangulation can occur if the shade’s looped cord is not attached to the wall with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Matchstick Roll-Up Shades by International Merchandise; Sold Exclusively at Big Lots
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), International Merchandise of Columbus, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 355,000 Deluxe Matchstick Roll-up Shades. Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material. Also, children can become entangled in the looped pull cord.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds by Lotus & Windoware: Sold Exclusively at Ace Hardware and Big Lots
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lotus & Windoware Inc., of Memphis, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 250,000 ¼” Oval Roll-up Blinds. Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.
bulletStrangulation Death of a Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades by All Strong Industry
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), All Strong Industry (USA) Inc., of Ontario, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 290,000 Roman Shades. Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair Roll-Up Blinds and Roman Shades by Walmart
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Walmart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 1.1 million (600,000 roll-up blinds and 500,000 Roman shades) Roll-up Blinds and Roman Shades. Roll-Up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material. Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
bulletNear Strangulations of Child Prompts Recall to Repair Roman Shades and Roll-Up Blinds by JCPenney
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), J. C. Penney Purchasing Corp. of Plano, Texas, is voluntarily recalling more than 2.2 million Roman shades and about 340 roll-up blinds. Roman Shades: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. Roll-Up Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.
bulletRisk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair of Roman Shades by Airtex Designs Group; Sold Exclusively by The Land of Nod
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Airtex Design Group Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 Roman Shades “Weren’t Built in a Day”. Strangulation can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.
bulletTen Tips to Keep Your Holiday Home Fire and Injury Free: Fires Lead the List of Hazards Related to Holiday Decorating
As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to make safety a factor in holiday decorating. Whether it is careful candle placement or checking the warning label on the holiday lights, simple safety steps can go a long way in preventing fires and injuries this year.
bulletJCPenney Recalls Cooks Outdoor BBQ Grills Due to Fire Hazard 
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), JCPenney Purchasing Corp., of Plano, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 5,600 Cooks Outdoor® BBQ Grills. The drip pan on the grill does not allow for adequate drainage, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
bulletChildren’s Pajama Sets Recalled by Little Miss Matched Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Little Miss Matched Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 Little Miss Matched Girls Pajama Sets (in the United States and about 288 in Canada). The sleepwear fails to meet the federal children’s sleepwear flammability standard posing a risk of burn injury to children.
bulletMTD Recalls Log Splitters Due to Amputation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), MTD Products Inc, of Cleveland, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 26,000 Log Splitters (in the United States and 2,100 in Canada). The control handle of the log splitter could fail to automatically return to the neutral position as it should and could fail to stop the splitting wedge from moving forward, posing a risk of amputation to consumers’ hands and fingers.
bulletToy Trucks Recalled by Variety Wholesalers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Variety Wholesalers Inc., of Henderson, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 700 Super Rigs Play Sets. The toy truck’s surface coating contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletOSRAM SYLVANIA Recalls Portable Nightlights Due to Electric Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OSRAM SYLVANIA Products Inc., of Danvers, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 26,000 LED Rocketship PalPODzzz™ Portable Nightlights. The bottom plastic cover on the recharging base of the portable nightlight can break, exposing internal electrical components. This poses an electric shock hazard to consumers.
bulletChildren’s Plush Books Recalled by Simon & Schuster Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Simon & Schuster Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 142,000 Monday the Bullfrog Plush Books. The plastic eye on the frog can detach, which may pose a choking hazard to young children.
bulletGoodman Company Reannounces Recall of Air Conditioner/Heat Pump Units Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Goodman Company, LP, of Houston, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 30,000 (also previously recalled in August 2008) Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump (PTACs) Units. The power cords on the PTACs can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard.
bulletEvenflo Recalls Cake Toys on Children’s Activity Centers Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), Evenflo Co. Inc., of Miamisburg, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 66,000 (in the United States) and 13,660 (in Canada) Evenflo ExerSaucer® 1-2-3 Tea for Me™ Activity Learning Centers. The candle flame attached to the top of the cake toy can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bulletInfant Suffocation Deaths Prompt Recall of Amby Baby Motion Beds/Hammocks
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Amby Baby USA, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 Amby Baby Motion Beds. The side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock can cause the infant to roll and become entrapped or wedged against the hammock’s fabric and/or mattress pad, resulting in a suffocation hazard.
bulletSnap Beads Recalled By Edushape Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Edushape Ltd., of Deer Park, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 40 Snap Bead units. The tip of the snap bead peg may break off under repetitive pressure, posing a choking hazard to small children.
bulletExcelligence Learning Corp. to Pay $25,000 Civil Penalty Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Excelligence Learning Corp, of Monterey, Calif. DBA Discount School Supply has agreed to pay a $25,000 civil penalty for allegedly violating the federal lead paint ban. The penalty settlement has been provisionally accepted by the Commission.
bulletChildren’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by NTD Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), NTD Apparel, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 1,200 “Hello Kitty” Zip Up Hoodie Sweatshirts. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletChildren’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Sunsations Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sunsations Inc, of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 12,000 Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletBlenders Recalled by Haier America Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Haier America Trading, L.L.C., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 53,800 Blenders. The blade assemblies of the blenders may come apart or break, posing a laceration risk.
bulletCPSC, LaJobi Reannounce 2001 Recall of Cribs Due to Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards; Concern that Cribs Could Now Be At Second Hand or Thrift Stores
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., is reannouncing the voluntary recall of about 400 “Molly” and “Betsy” Cribs. The cribs have cut-outs in the end panels that can allow young children to get their heads entrapped, which can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers.
bulletBRP Recalls All Terrain Vehicles Due to Loss of Steering Control
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BRP U.S. Inc., of Sturtevant, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 2,400 Model Year 2010 Can-Am® ATVs. The dynamic power steering can fail, resulting in the sudden loss of steering control. This poses a risk of injury or death to riders.

 

November 2009 Child Related Recalls and Product Safety News


Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Allura Imports Due to Strangulation Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Allura Imports Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 3,700 Girl’s Hooded Sweatshirts. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to young children.
Team Work Trading Expands Recall of Children’s Metal Pendants Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
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In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Team Work Trading, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 (an additional 1,500 pendants were previously recalled in September 2009) Children’s Metal Pendants. The recalled children’s pendants contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletElectrolux ICON® and Kenmore PRO® Gas Ranges Recalled Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Electrolux Home Products Inc., of Augusta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 900 Electrolux ICON and Kenmore Pro 30” Gas Ranges. An incorrect part allows more fuel to pass to the range’s oven than can be burned efficiently, causing incomplete combustion and the release of carbon monoxide. This poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to consumers.
Boy’s Warm-up Sets Recalled by Fashion Options Due to Strangulation Hazard
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In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fashion Options is voluntarily recalling about 5,400 Boy’s Velour Warm-up Sets (manufactured by KT Group Inc., of New York, N.Y.). The sweatshirts have drawstrings through the hoods, posing a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (which were incorporated in to an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
bulletInfant Entrapment and Suffocation Prompts Stork Craft to Recall More Than 2.1 Million Drop-Side Cribs 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., of British Columbia, Canada, today announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including about 147,000 Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. The recall involves approximately 1,213,000 units distributed in the United States and 968,000 units distributed in Canada. The cribs’ drop-side plastic hardware can break, deform, or parts can become missing. In addition, the drop-side can be installed upside-down, which can result in broken or disengaged plastic parts. All of these problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners. When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. The bodies of infants and toddlers can become entrapped in the space which can lead to suffocation. Complete detachment of drop-sides can lead to falls from the crib.
Salomon USA Recallsbullet Ski Bindings Due to Unexpected Release, Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Salomon USA, of Ogden, Utah, is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 Alpine Ski Bindings. The toe component of the ski bindings could fail to fully secure the ski boot to the ski binding, causing the binding to release unexpectedly. This could cause the skier to lose control or fall and suffer injuries.
Stainless Steel Cobulletokware Recalled by Cost Plus World Market Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cost Plus Inc., of Oakland, CA, is voluntarily recalling about 300 sets of Stainless Steel Cookware. The handles on the cookware can break, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
bulletFire and Burn Hazards Prompt Recall of Gas Grills Sold at Lowe’s Stores
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), L G Sourcing, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 663,000 (in the United States) and about 1,700 (in Canada) Perfect Flame SLG Series Gas Grills. The burners can deteriorate causing irregular flames and the lids of some models can catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to the consumer.
bulletGorilla Inc. Recalls EXO-Tech Safety Harness Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gorilla Inc., of Flushing, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 90 EXO-Tech Safety Harnesses. The webbing of the waist belt on the safety harness is not routed through the lineman’s loop located on the front of the harness near waist level. Since the loops are not properly anchored to the harness webbing but are attached only through stitching not intended to restrain a user during a fall, they that can pull away from the harness when force is applied, leaving the user unrestrained.
Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets Recalled by Century 21 Promotions, Inc. Due to Strangulatibulleton Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Century 21 Promotions, of Seattle, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 17,000 Youth Hooded Sweatshirts and Jackets. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
Grand World Recbulletalls “Bobby Chupete” Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Grand World Inc., of Maspeth, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 641,000 “Bobby Chupete” Pacifiers. The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards. The pacifier mouth guard is too small, posing a choking hazard to infants and toddlers.
Baby Hammobulletcks Recalled by Three Sisters Toys Due to Fall and Strangulation Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Three Sisters Toys Inc., Neptune Beach, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 20 Yayita Baby Hammocks. The hammock can flip over, posing a serious fall hazard and strangulation hazard to infants who become entrapped in the seat’s restraint straps while upside down.
bulletTown Hall on Toy Safety”: CPSC Talks to Parents About New Rules Aimed at Making Toys Safer
At a Town Hall meeting held in New York City, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum was joined by parents and consumers to talk toy safety. The discussion centered around new federal safety rules that are in place for toys that will give American consumers greater confidence when they go shopping this holiday season. So far in calendar year 2009, CPSC has had 38 toy recalls, which is down from 162 in 2008 and 148 in 2007. For 2008, the Commission has reports of 19 toy-related deaths and about 172,700 hospital emergency room treated toy-related injuries to children under 15.
bulletBicycles Recalled by Easton Sports; Stem Failure Poses Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Easton Sports, of Scotts Valley, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,400 Bicycles with EA30 Stems. The bicycle stem can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious injury if the rider falls.
bulletBackpack Blowers Recalled by Homelite Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C., is voluntarily recalling about 85,000 Homelite Backpack Blowers. The fuel tank can leak gasoline, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Treestands Recalledbullet by Gander Mountain Company Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gander Mountain Company, of St. Paul, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Hang-On Fixed Position Treestands. The clasp may open unexpectedly if the strap is fastened incorrectly, causing the treestand and user to fall to the ground.
bulletGehl Foods Recalls Nacho Cheese and Chili Sauce Dispensers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gehl Foods Inc., of Germantown, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about one 115,000 Gehl’s HOT TOP2 Nacho Cheese and Chili Sauce Dispensers. The dispenser’s fan blade can come into contact with the heater coil, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
bulletPower Adapters Used with IBM RDX Back Up Disk Hard Drives Recalled Due to Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 90 Power Adapters with IBM RDX Back Up Hard Disk Drives (distributed by IBM, of Research Triangle Park, N.C. and manufactured by Hon-Kwang Electric (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., of Guang-Dong, China) are being recalled. A plastic weld on the power adapters can fail and allow two parts to separate, exposing live electrical contacts. This poses a shock hazard to consumers.
bulletMaclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Maclaren USA, Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about one million Maclaren Strollers. The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.
bulletChildren’s Art Easels Recalled by MacPherson’s Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MacPherson’s, of Emeryville, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 Young Artist Easels. The chalkboard surface coating contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Samsung™ Over-the-Range Microwbulletaves Recalled Due to Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Samsung Electronics America Inc., of Ridgefield Park, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 43,000 Samsung Over-the-Range Microwave Ovens. If an installation bolt comes in contact with an electrical component inside the unit and the microwave is plugged into an ungrounded outlet, it could create a shock hazard.
bulletThe Life is Good Company Travel Mugs Recalled Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Life is Good Company is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 Fall 2009 Newbury Travel Mugs. The travel mugs can become excessively hot to the touch when filled with hot liquids, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Adventure Plabulletysets Recall to Repair Backyard Swing Sets Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Adventure Playsets, of Amarillo, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 275,000 (in the United States) and 6,800 (in Canada) Adventure Playsets Wooden Play Sets. The plastic coated lumber on the horizontal ladder (monkey bar/swing beam) can weaken over time due to rotting of the whitewood (spruce, pine and fir species), resulting in a fall hazard.

 

October 2009 Child Related Recalls and Product Safety News

Flatware Recalled by Cambridge Silversmiths Due to Choking Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cambridge Silversmiths Ltd. Inc., of Fairfield, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Fiesta Masquerade and Home Olympic Flatware Sets. The plastic decorative inserts on the flatware’s handles can detach during dishwashing, posing a choking hazard to children. 

Haunted House Screen Candle Holders Recalled by Coyne’s & Co. Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Yankee Candle

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Coyne’s & Company, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 7,800 Haunted House Screen Tea Light Holders. The window panes on the screen can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Electra Bicycle Company Expands Recall of Bicycles with Front Trays or Baskets; Trays and Baskets Can Come Loose and Pose Fall Hazard to Riders

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Electra Bicycle Co., of Vista, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,400 2009 Model Electra Bicycles with Front Trays or Baskets. The front tray or basket on the bicycles can come loose and contact the front tire, posing a fall hazard to riders.

Moser Enterprises Recalls Schwalbe Brand Bicycle Tires Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Moser Enterprises, of Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 5,000 Schwalbe Ultremo R Bicycle Tires. The tire layers could separate causing the inner tube to rupture, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

CPSC Warns of In-Home Drowning Dangers with Bathtubs, Bath Seats, Buckets

The end of outdoor swimming and pool season doesn’t mean the end of drowning dangers for young children. After pools, more children drown in bathtubs than in any other product in and around the home.

Wooden Toys Recalled by Daiso Due to Choking Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Daiso California LLC, of Burlingame, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 430 Wooden Toys. The toys have small parts that can break and detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Daiso Recalls Children’s Toys, Purses and Pen Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint and Phthalate Limits

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Daiso California LLC, of Burlingame, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 130 Children’s Toys, Purses and Pen Cases. The surface paint on the balancing toys and zippers of the purses and pen cases contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint ban. The inflatable baseball bat toys contain excessive levels of DEHP, violating the federal phthalate standard.

Target to Pay $600,000 Civil Penalty: Toys Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban

As part of its commitment to protecting the safety of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn. has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty for allegedly violating the federal lead paint ban on toys.

September 2009 Recalls and Product Safety News  

Clarks® Children’s Shoes Recalled by C & J Clark America Due to Choking Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), C & J Clark America Inc., d/b/a the Clarks Companies N.A., of Newton, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 Children’s Shoes. Molded rubber pieces on the sole of the recalled shoes can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants and young children.

 

Furnaces Recalled by Northwest Manufacturing Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Northwest Manufacturing Inc., of Red Lake Falls, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 600 WoodMaster AFS 900 Outdoor Furnaces. The temperature gauge can fail and cause fire in the fuel storage hopper, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

 

Garlic Press/Slicers Recalled by Trudeau Corporation Due to Laceration Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trudeau Corporation, of Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 22,000 Trudeau Garlic Duo Slicers. The garlic duo’s slicer blades can break during use, posing a laceration hazard to users.

 

Bicycle Chains and Chain Connector Links Recalled by SRAM Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SRAM LLC, of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 10 Speed SRAM Bicycle Chains with PowerLock connector links. The recalled PowerLock connector links, used on bicycle chains, are brittle and can crack, allowing the chain to separate from the bicycle and posing a fall hazard to the rider.

 

Kohl’s Department Stores Agrees to Pay $425,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children’s Sweatshirts

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Kohl’s Department Stores Inc., of Menomonee Falls, Wis. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $425,000. The penalty settlement (pdf), which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Kohl’s Department Stores knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children’s hooded sweatshirts it sold had drawstrings at the neck.

Hill Sportswear Agrees To Pay $100,000 Civil Penalty For Failing To Report Drawstrings In Children’s Sweatshirts

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Hill Sportswear Inc., of Paramount, Calif. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $100,000. The penalty settlement, which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Hill Sportswear knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children’s hooded sweatshirts it manufactured and sold had drawstrings at the neck.

Bandsaws Recalled by Grizzly Industrial Due to Shock Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Grizzly Industrial, of Bellingham, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 500 Bandsaws. Some of the recalled bandsaws do not have a grounding wire installed, which poses an electric shock hazard to consumers.

O’Neill Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by La Jolla Sport Due to Strangulation Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jolla Sport USA Inc., of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 Children’s Hooded Fleece Sweatshirts. The recalled sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants Recalled by Team Work Trading Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Team Work Trading, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,400 Children’s Animal Masks and Pendants. The recalled children’s animal masks and pendants contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects. 

OfficeMax Recalls Office Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OfficeMax Inc., of Naperville, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 216,000 Office Max Task Chairs. The back and the base post of the chair can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Wal-Mart Announces Recall Expansion of Durabrand DVD Players Due to Fire Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 4.2 million Durabrand DVD Players (1.5 million were previously recalled). The DVD player’s circuit board can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

 

   August 2009 Recalls and Product Safety News

bulletCloth Books Recalled by Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sterling Publishing Co. Inc, of New York, New York, is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 eebee’s “Have a Ball” Adventures Cloth Books. A string attaching a ball to the book can become entangled in the basketball hoop element, posing a strangulation hazard to young children.
bulletTwo Additional Infant Deaths Prompt Re-announcement of Simplicity “Close-Sleeper/Bedside Sleeper” Bassinets
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is once again urging all parents and caregivers to immediately stop using convertible "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa. CPSC has learned of two additional infant deaths since the August 2008 safety alert and recall announcements that notified consumers of two infants who had strangled in their Simplicity bassinets. To date, CPSC is aware of four infants who have died in the close-sleeper bassinets.
bulletWeight Watchers Recalls Plush Hungry Figures and Magnets Due to Puncture Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Weight Watchers Intl., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 420,000 (25,000 in Canada) Hungry Figures and Hungry Magnets. Sewing needles have been found in the stuffing of the Hungry Figures, posing a puncture hazard to consumers.
bulletPensi Ceiling Fans Recalled by The Modern Fan Co. Due to Fall and Injury Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Modern Fan Co. Inc., of Ashland, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Pensi Fans. The internal coupler that connects the down rod assembly to the motor can break and cause the fan to fall from the ceiling, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
bulletDVD Players Recalled by Wal-Mart Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 1.5 Million Durabrand DVD Players. The DVD players can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletCPSC Announces the Swearing In of Two New Commissioners
Robert S. Adler and Anne Northup were sworn in this week as Commissioners of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Mr. Adler and Mrs. Northup were nominated by President Barack Obama on May 5 and July 30, 2009, respectively. Both were confirmed by the Senate on August 7, 2009. Mr. Adler’s term expires in October 2014 and Mrs. Northup’s term expires in October 2011. Mr. Adler and Mrs. Northup will join Commissioner Nancy Nord, Commissioner Thomas Moore and Chairman Inez Tenenbaum at the Commission.
bulletBicycles Recalled by Nirve Sports; Stem Failure Poses Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nirve Sports Ltd., of Huntington Beach, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 120 Cannibal Bicycles. The bicycle stem can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of serious injury if the rider falls.
bulletFelt Bicycles Recalls Cyclocross Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Felt Bicycles, of Irving, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 2007/2008 Felt F1X Cyclocross Bicycles. The bicycle’s fork steerer tube can break, causing the rider to lose control and fall, posing a risk of injury.
bulletAmplifiers Recalled by Krell Industries Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Krell Industries LLC, of Orange, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 Amplifiers. The amplifiers were designed to operate at a temperature warm to the touch. However, a component input device can fail and cause the amplifiers to overheat, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers.
bulletRidgid Table Saws Sold Exclusively at Home Depot Recalled by One World Technologies Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), One World Technologies Inc., of Anderson, S.C., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 Ridgid 10-inch Table Saws. The table saw’s arbor shaft can fail when used with a stacked blade set (commonly known as a “stacked dado set”), which is used to cut grooves. The stacked blade set can be ejected from the saw, posing a potential laceration hazard to consumers.
bulletBurley Design Recalls Child Trailers Due to Risk of Injury
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Burley Design LLC, of Eugene, Ore., is voluntarily recalling about 2,700 2009 d’lite ST and Solo ST Child Trailers. The axle assembly’s internal sleeve can loosen, causing one wheel to separate from the trailer. This poses a risk of injury to the child occupant or bike rider.
bulletBlack & Decker Coffeemakers Recalled By Applica Consumer Products Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Applica Consumer Products Inc., of Miramar, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 9,800 Black & Decker® Thermal Coffeemakers. The coffeemakers can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
bulletRemote Switches Recalled by Woodstock International Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Woodstock International, of Bellingham, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 450 Shop Fox Dust Collection Remote Switches. An incorrectly sized wire inside the remote switch can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletTGH International Trading to Pay $31,500 for Violating Federal Safety Law
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that TGH International Trading Inc. (TGH), of Los Angeles, Calif., has agreed to pay a $31,500 civil penalty to settle allegations that the company knowingly imported and sold toys that did not meet the requirements of the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. The penalty has been provisionally accepted by the Commission.
bulletCPSC to Enforce New CPSIA Requirements for Children’s Products Effective August 14
On August 14, 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) will take effect that are aimed at making children’s products safer and increasing consumer confidence in the marketplace. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is educating domestic and overseas manufacturers, importers, and distributors of children’s products and other consumer goods of these important new safety requirements.
bulletHomelite, Husky and Black Max Generators Recalled Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Home Depot and Sam’s Club Stores
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C., is voluntarily recalling about 51,750 Homelite, Husky and Black Max Brand Generators. The fuel gauge can leak excessive amounts of gasoline, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletLittle Tikes™ Recalls Children’s Toy Workshop Sets and Trucks Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Little Tikes, of Hudson, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 1.6 Million Little Tikes™ Workshops Sets and Trucks. The recalled workshop sets and trucks have oversized, plastic toy nails that can pose a choking hazard to young children.
bulletExercise Units Recalled by Nautilus Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nautilus Inc., of Vancouver, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 400 Nautilus F3 Chin Dip Stationary Exercise Units. The footpads on the unit can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bulletWii™ Battery Recharge Stations Recalled by Griffin International Due to Burn and Fire Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Griffin International Cos., Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 220,000 lone Essentials and React Wii™ 4-Dock Battery Recharge Stations. The battery pack can overheat, posing a burn or fire hazard to the consumer.
bulletTarget Recalls Circo Booster Seats Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Target, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 43,000 Circo Booster Seats. The booster seat restraint buckle can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured.
bulletJump ‘n Jive Doorway Jumpers Recalled by Graco Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 2,400 Jump ‘n Jive™ Doorway Jumpers. The recalled doorway jumpers include detachable toys that are attached to the jumper straps with strips of hook and loop fabric. The strips of fabric are not permanently attached to the toys and can become detached during use, posing a choking hazard.
bulletDorel Juvenile Group Expands Recall of Safety 1st Stair Gates Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dorel Juvenile Group USA, of Columbus, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 31,500 (100,000 units were previously recalled in February 2009) Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates. The hinges that hold the stair gate in place can break, posing a fall hazard to children if the gate is placed at the top of the stairs.
bulletCPSC Launches Resale Round-up Campaign to Keep Dangerous Recalled Products Out of Resale Stores and Off the Internet 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced its Top Ten list of recalled children’s products as part of the agency’s “Resale Round-up” campaign. CPSC’s goal is to protect consumers by getting dangerous recalled products out of resale stores and off the Internet. Re-selling recalled products is a violation of federal law.
bulletWagner Spray Tech and Techtronic Industries Agree To Pay $800,000 Civil Penalty for Delay in Reporting Overheating Battery Chargers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Wagner Spray Tech Corp., of Plymouth, Minn. and Techtronic Industries Co. LTD, of Hong Kong, including its wholly-owned subsidiary Techtronic Industries North America Inc., of Anderson, S.C., have agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty. The penalty settles a federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota alleging that Wagner and Techtronic failed to timely report to CPSC as required by federal law the overheating of certain defective cordless power drill battery chargers. These chargers were distributed under the Wagner brand name and manufactured by Techtronic. The products were reportedly involved in several incidents that resulted in property damage.
bulletRoss Stores Agrees To Pay $500,000 Civil Penalty For Failing To Report Drawstrings In Children’s Outerwear
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Ross Stores Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $500,000. The penalty settlement, which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Ross knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that children's hooded sweatshirts it sold had drawstrings at the neck.
bulletOff-Roading With Safety: CPSC Reminder To Yamaha Rhino Riders To Stay Safe This Summer
As side-by-side recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) continue to gain in popularity, so does the number of reports to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission of injuries and deaths involving these vehicles. Even though ROVs have a roll cage and seat belts, CPSC urges all riders and passengers to remain vigilant about safety before hitting the trails and while off-roading.
bulletPaper Towel Dispensers Recalled By Global Plastics Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Global Plastics Ltd., of City of Industry, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 14,000 Bay West & Hillyard Hybrid Wave N Cut Paper Towel Dispensers. The dispenser’s electric board can overheat posing a fire hazard.
bulletSpalding In-Ground Basketball Hoops Recalled By Russell Brands Due to Impact Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Russell Brands LLC, of Alexander City, Ala., is voluntarily recalling about 1,700 Spalding In-Ground Basketball Hoops. The bolts at the base can fail, causing the unit to fall. This poses a risk of serious injury to consumers.
bulletIncreasing Injuries Prompt Black & Decker to Reannounce Recall of Trimmers/Edgers Due to Laceration and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 200,000 Black & Decker GH1000 Grasshog XP String Trimmer/Edgers. The trimmer/edger’s spool, spool cap and pieces of trimmer string can come loose during use and become airborne projectiles, posing a serious laceration hazard to the user, as well as bystanders. The trimmer/edgers can also overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
bulletRoss Stores Recalls Plant Stands; Marble Top Can Detach and Fall on Consumers
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ross Stores Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,800 Marble Top Plant Stands. The marble top of the plant stand can detach from the base and fall onto consumers, posing a risk of injury.
bulletPolaris Recalls Ranger Side-by-Side Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,800 2009 Polaris Ranger “Crew” and “6x6” Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicles. An electrical short can lead to overheating in the rear tail light wiring harnesses, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletBaby Hammocks Recalled by Kaplan Early Learning Due to Fall and Strangulation Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kaplan Early Learning Company, of Lewisville, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 200 La Siesta Yayita Baby Hammocks. The hammock can flip over, posing a serious fall hazard and strangulation hazard to infants who become entrapped in the seat’s restraint straps while upside down.
bulletBaby Hammocks Recalled by Nova Natural Toys & Crafts Due to Fall and Strangulation Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nova Natural Toys & Crafts LLC, of Williston, Vt., is voluntarily recalling about 265 Yayita Baby Hammocks. The hammock can flip over, posing a serious fall hazard and strangulation hazard to infants who become entrapped in the seat’s restraint straps while upside down. 

July 2009 Recalls and Product Safety News


bulletAqua-Leisure Industries Recalls Inflatable Baby Floats Due to Drowning Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Aqua-Leisure Industries, of Avon, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 4 million Inflatable Baby Floats. The leg straps in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning.
bulletSimplicity Drop Side Cribs Recalled by Retailers Due to Risk of Death from Suffocation
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), retailers are voluntarily recalling about 400,000 Simplicity Drop Side Cribs. The crib’s plastic hardware can break or deform, causing the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped which can lead to suffocation.
bulletIntermatic Recalls In-Wall Timers Due to Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Intermatic Inc., of Spring Grove, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 240,000 Intermatic Model ST01 and EI600 In-wall Electronic Timers. When consumers trying to replace the timer’s battery place a metal object through the battery tray slot, the object can reach internal metal contacts, posing a shock hazard to consumers.
bulletLamps Recalled by LTD Commodities LLC, ABC Distributing and the Lakeside Collection Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LTD Commodities LLC; ABC Distributing of Bannockburn, Ill., and Lakeside Collection, all of Bannockburn, Ill., are voluntarily recalling about 25,800 Ionic Salt Lamps. The lamps overheat causing the vinyl coating on the cord to burst and melt, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletPolaris Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Loss of Control Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 800 2009 Polaris Assault model Snowmobiles. Bolts on the rear suspension can break causing the rail tip to become dislodged and interfere with the snowmobile’s track. This can cause the track to lock up and the rider to lose control of the snowmobile, posing a risk of injury.
bulletTabletop Rope Cutters Recalled by MarineTech Products Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), MarineTech Products Inc., of White Bear Lake, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 450 Tabletop Rope Cutters. The recalled rope cutters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. 

 

June 2009 Recalls and Product Safety News

 

bulletCPSC Announces Drop in Fireworks-Related Injuries; Consumers Still Urged To Celebrate Safe This July 4th
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new Chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, urged families today to put safety first during the Fourth of July holiday and celebrate with caution when it comes to fireworks. The latest report (PDF) from CPSC indicates that there were reports of seven fireworks-related deaths and an estimated 7,000 hospital emergency room treated injuries in 2008. In 2007, CPSC had reports of eleven deaths and an estimated 9,800 injuries.
bulletBig Muddy Motor Sports Recalls Generators Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Big Muddy Sports, of Perryville, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 450 PowerPlus Generators. The 220-volt receptacle can fail to produce power correctly and cause power surges that can damage appliances. This poses a risk of fire and possible injury to consumers.
bulletDEWALT Recalls Framing Nailers Due to Serious Injury Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), DEWALT Industrial Tool Co., of Towson, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 9,000 DEWALT D51825 and D51850 Framing Nailers. The bump action trigger on the framing nailers could have been incorrectly assembled during production, which would allow the nailer to eject a fastener unexpectedly or cause the trigger lock-off not to function. This can pose a serious injury hazard to the user or bystander.
bulletViolation of Federal Mattress Flammability Standard Prompts Recall by Loyal Bedding of Mattress Sets
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Loyal Bedding Inc., of Miami, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 2,700 Loyal Bedding Mattress Sets (Mattresses and Mattresses with Foundations). The mattresses sets fail to meet the mandatory federal open flame standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bulletOKK Trading To Pay $665,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban and Other Child Safety Rules
As part of its commitment to protecting the safety of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that OKK Trading, of Commerce, Calif., has agreed to pay a $665,000 civil penalty for failing to comply with a 30-year old ban on lead paint on toys, as well as violating other federal child safety standards.
bulletCrane Plumbing Recalls Bath Tubs With A Whirlpool Due to Entrapment and Drowning Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Crane Plumbing LLC, of Dallas, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 5,500 Crane Bath Tubs With A Whirlpool. The drain covers in the tubs can entangle a bather’s hair in the openings, causing the bather’s head to be held under water, which can result in drowning.
bulletApplica Consumer Products Inc. Recalls Black & Decker® Spacemaker™ Coffeemakers Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Applica Consumer Products Inc., of Miramar, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 584,000 Black & Decker® brand Spacemaker™ Coffeemakers. The brew basket can shift out of alignment allowing hot water to overflow. This poses a scalding and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletDiving Wings With Defective Inner Bladders Recalled by Poseidon Due to Drowning Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Poseidon West, of West Lake Village, Calif., Poseidon Central, of Conroe, Texas, and American Divers Division, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., are voluntarily recalling about 300 Besea W50 Diving Wings with Poseidon Inner Bladders. The inner bladder located inside the diving wing can break, causing the wing to fail to operate as a floating/buoyancy device. This poses a drowning hazard to divers.
bulletLoaded Boards Recalls Orangatang Skateboard Wheels; Blow-outs Pose Risk of Injury to Riders
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Loaded Boards Inc., of Beverly Hills, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,200 sets of Orangatang Skateboard Wheels. The recalled skateboard wheel’s core can shear and blow-out causing the wheel to separate from the skateboard truck’s axle and bearings. This poses a risk of serious injury to riders.
bulletSmartSpark Energy Systems Recalls Battery Equalizers Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SmartSpark Energy Systems Inc., of Champaign, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 800 BattEQ Battery Equalizers. The recalled equalizers can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletBody Boards Recalled by JGR Copa Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), JGR Copa LLC, of Hollywood, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 900 18” Kick Body Boards. The green surface coating of the screened logo “Big Lizard™ body boards” on the underside of the body board contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bulletChildren’s Necklace and Bracelet Sets Recalled by D&D Distributing-Wholesale Due To Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), D&D Distributing-Wholesale Inc., of Tacoma, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 29,000 “Chelsea’s” Necklace and Bracelet Sets. Small parts can detach from the necklace and bracelet when the elastic string break, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bulletMacy’s Recalls Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Macy’s Merchandising Group Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 33,000 Epic Threads and Greendog Hooded Sweatshirts. The sweatshirts have a drawstring sewn at the base of the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletCampbell Hausfeld Recalls Air Compressors Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Wal-Mart
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Campbell Hausfeld, of Harrison, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 16,000 Campbell Hausfeld Air Compressors. The compressor’s thermal overload, which shuts the unit off when it overheats, can fail. This can lead to overheating, melting of parts and a risk of fire.
bulletLaceration Hazard Prompts Recall by Starbucks of Coffee Grinders; Made by Tsann Kuen
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Starbucks Coffee Co., of Seattle, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 530,000 Starbucks Barista® Blade Grinders and Seattle’s Best Coffee® Blade Grinders. The grinder can fail to turn off or can turn on unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
bulletWagner Spray Tech Recalls Heat Guns Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wagner Spray Tech Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 300,000 Heat Guns. An electrical component failure inside the heat guns can cause them to continue to produce heat after the power switch is turned off. This can melt the heat gun’s plastic exterior, causing a burn if the heat gun is touched and ignite nearby combustibles, posing fire and burn hazards.
bulletViking Range Corporation Recalls Built-In Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Doors Can Detach
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Viking Range Co., of Greenwood, Miss., is voluntarily recalling about 45,000 Viking Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezers and Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers. The refrigerator’s doors can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
bulletW.P. Appliances Inc. Recalls Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven/Toasters
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), W.P. Appliances is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven/Toasters. The toaster oven can remain “on” after the toast pops up, posing a fire hazard.
bulletSix Reported Deaths Prompt Urgent Re-announcement of Blair Recall of Women’s Chenille Robes
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., is voluntarily re-announcing the recall of about 162,000 full length Chenille Robes. Some robes fail to meet federal flammability requirements and present a risk of serious burns to consumers if they are exposed to an open flame.
bulletChildren’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Winterbee Due To Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Winterbee Inc. d.b.a. Speedy, of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 80,000 Speedy Children's Hooded Zipper Jackets and Kids Hooded Pullover Jackets. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletLaJobi Recalls Babi Italia Pinehurst and Bonavita Hudson Drop Side Cribs; Risk of Entrapment and Suffocation
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 2,900 Bonavita “Hudson” and Babi Italia “Pinehurst” Drop Side Cribs. The lower spring pins on the footboard and headboard can pop out of the tracks located on the drop side causing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, it creates a hazardous gap between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become entrapped and suffocate or fall from cribs.
bulletLaJobi Recalls Bonavita “Cabana” Drop Side Cribs Due To Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 Bonavita “Cabana” Drop Side Cribs. The wooden crib slats can detach or break creating a gap, which can pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers.
bulletMattel, Fisher-Price to Pay $2.3 Million Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban; Penalty is highest ever for CPSC regulated product violations
As part of its commitment to protecting the safety of children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y. have agreed to pay a $2.3 million civil penalty for violating the federal lead paint ban.
bulletChildren’s Loungewear Recalled by Warm Biscuit Bedding Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Warm Biscuit Bedding Co., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 9,500 Children’s Loungewear Garments. The loungewear garments fail to meet children’s sleepwear federal flammability standards which require sleepwear, including loungewear, to be either snug-fitting or flame resistant.
bulletOutdoor Playset Gliders Recalled by Backyard Play Systems Due to Fall Hazard; Repair Kit Provided
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Backyard Play Systems LLC, of Monroe, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 1800 Outdoor Playset Gliders. The retaining rings used to secure the gliders to the playset can become loose or detached, posing a fall hazard to children.
bulletHair Dryers Recalled by Vintage International Due to Electrocution Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Vintage International Inc., of Hacienda Heights, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,300 National and Sanyo Hand-Held Hair Dryers. The hair dryers are not equipped with an immersion protection device to prevent electrocution if the hair dryer falls into water. Immersion protection devices, which prevent electrocution, are required by industry safety standards for all electric hand-held hair dryers.
bulletBicycles Recalled by REI Due to Fork Failure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), of Kent, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 260 2005 Novara Trionfo Bicycles. The fork can separate from the steerer tube which can cause the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard.
bulletBugaboo Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Brake Failure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bugaboo North America Inc., of Hermosa Beach, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 22,500 Bugaboo Bee Strollers. One or both sides of the brakes can fail, causing a stroller to unexpectedly roll away on an incline. This can pose a risk of injury to the child occupant.

 

 

May 2009 Recalls and Product Safety News



bulletSamsung Recalls to Upgrade Certain Cell Phones; Could Fail to Reach Emergency 911 in a No-Service Area
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Samsung Telecommunications America, of Richardson, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 160,000 Samsung “Jitterbug” Cell Phones. The recalled cell phones that are in a no-service area and display an “out of range, try again later” message could fail to connect to emergency 911.
bulletCPSC Announces New Report on Child Drownings and Near-drownings in Pools and Spas; Federal Pool and Spa Safety Act Aims to Make Pools and Spas Safer
A new report released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides updated figures on child drowning deaths and injuries in pools and spas. CPSC’s latest data reveals that nearly 300 children younger than 5 drown in pools and spas each year, and about 3,000 suffer pool or spa-related injuries requiring attention at hospital emergency rooms.
bulletRoss Stores Recalls Benches Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ross Stores Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 225 39” St. Anne Acacia Benches. The bench frame can collapse when weight is placed on it, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bulletBunn-O-Matic Recalls Single Cup Tea/Coffeemakers Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bunn-O-Matic Corp., of Springfield, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 35,600 Bunn® Single Cup Pod Brewers. The pod drawer of the pod brewer can open unexpectedly during a brew cycle, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
bulletGirl’s Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled by Ely and Walker Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ely and Walker, of Lebanon, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 580 Cumberland Outfitters Girl’s Hooded Sweatshirts. The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletCannondale Recalls Bicycles; JD Forks Can Lose Alignment, Posing Crash Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cannondale Bicycle Corp., of Bethel, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 Bicycles with JD suspension forks. The recalled bicycle’s fork can lose alignment causing the front wheel to turn unexpectedly. This can cause the rider to lose control of the bicycle and crash.
bulletTrek Recalls Bicycles; JD Forks Can Lose Alignment, Posing Crash Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trek Bicycle Corp., of Waterloo, Wisc., is voluntarily recalling about 16,000 Bicycles with JD suspension forks. The recalled bicycle’s fork can lose alignment causing the front wheel to turn unexpectedly. This can cause the rider to lose control of the bicycle and crash.
bulletNorco Recalls Bicycle Frames Due to Crash Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Norco Performance Bikes, of British Columbia, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 3,600 Norco Bicycle Frames. The bicycle frame can crack and separate, causing a rider to fall from the bicycle and suffer injuries.
bulletDigital Clamp Meters Recalled by Fluke Due to Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fluke Corp., of Everett, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 52,000 Fluke Digital Clamp Meters. The meters can fail to give an appropriate voltage reading, resulting in the operator falsely believing the electrical power is off, posing a shock, electrocution, or thermal burn hazard.
bulletHP Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 70,000 lithium-Ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers. The recalled lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bulletFolding Toy Beach Chairs Recalled by Build-A-Bear Workshop Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, of St. Louis, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 260,000 chairs (in the United States) and 9,700 in Canada Folding Toy Beach Chair for Stuffed Animals. This toy chair legs can bruise, pinch or cut fingers if caught while folding.
bulletEddie Bauer Play Yards with Rocking Bassinets Recalled by Dorel Juvenile Group Due to Suffocation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 71,000 (in the United States) and about 5,600 in Canada Eddie Bauer Soothe & Sway Play Yards. The play yard's rocking bassinet attachment can tilt even when secured by straps in the non-rocking mode or can stay tilted without returning to a level sleeping surface while in the rocking mode, causing an infant to roll to the corner or side of the bassinet. The infant can then become wedged in the corner or pressed against the side or bottom of the bassinet, posing a risk of suffocation or positional asphyxiation.
bulletGothic Cabinet Craft Recalls Bunk Beds Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gothic Cabinet Craft Inc., of Maspeth, N. Y., is voluntarily recalling about 1,500 Twin, Twin Extra-Large, and Twin Over Full Bunk Beds. The bunk beds do not have sufficient headboards, footboards, or guardrails and have gaps between parts of the upper bunk that could allow a child’s body to pass through but not a child’s head. These bunk beds pose a fall, entrapment, and strangulation hazard to children and violate the spacing requirements of the federal bunk bed safety standard.
bulletComposite Decks Recalled by Louisiana-Pacific; Decks Can Deteriorate and Break, Posing Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Louisiana-Pacific (LP) Corp., of Nashville, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 48 million linear feet of Composite Decking. The recalled decking can prematurely deteriorate and unexpectedly break. Consumers can fall through broken decking and suffer serious injuries.
bulletEngine Block and Battery Heaters Used on Polaris Snowmobiles Recalled Due to Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 530 2009 Widetrak Snowmobiles and Engine Block and Battery Heaters. The insulation of the electrical cord for the engine and battery heaters can fail during cold temperatures, posing an electric shock hazard to consumers.
bulletFushin USA Recalls Youth Model ATVs Due to Risk of Injury to Young Riders
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fushin USA LLC, of Dallas, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 650 Fushin ATVs. These ATVs lack front brakes, a tire pressure gauge, and padding to cover the sharp edges on the handlebar assembly, which could pose a risk of injury to young riders.
bulletBrowning and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Recall Knife Sheaths Due to Defect
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Browning, of Morgan, Utah and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, of Missoula, Mont., are voluntarily recalling about 10,000 Skinner Knife Sheaths. The knife can cut through the sheath because there is no blade guard in the sheath. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.
bulletThe Acting Chairman Announces New, Modern Facility For Consumer Product Testing and Evaluation; Advanced Safety Testing To Be Performed By Scientists and Engineers
The Acting Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a lease has been signed to expand and modernize the agency’s testing facilities. The new facility, located off the “I-270 Technology Corridor” in Rockville, Md., will enhance CPSC’s efforts to protect the public from dangerous consumer products and brings scientists and engineers together in one testing facility.
bulletLumetique Recalls Botanika Candles Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Southern California Candle Co. Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 DayNa Decker 16 ounce Botanika Candles. The glass can break during use, posing a fire hazard.
bulletDahon and REI Novara Folding Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dahon California Inc., of Duarte, Calif. and Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), of Kent, Wash., are voluntarily recalling about 11,500 2008 model year Dahon and REI Novara Folding Bicycles. The hinge on the handlepost can crack, posing a fall hazard.
bulletChildren’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Jason Evans Associates Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jason Evans Assoc. LLC, of Hewlett, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Children’s Hooded Jackets. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bulletOff-Road Motorcycles Recalled by KTM North America Due to Front Fork Failure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), KTM North America Inc., of Amherst, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 550 Off-Road Motorcycles. The front fork inner tube on the off-road motorcycles can crack and separate from the fork axle, posing a risk of injury or death to the operator.
bulletCommercial Freezers Used in Grocery Stores Recalled By Unilever Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Unilever, dba Good Humor Breyers United States, of Trumbull, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 960 Fricon Upright Freezers. The controller of the freezer is incompatible with the unit and can overheat and melt the relay, posing a fire hazard.
bulletRichard Abraham Herder KG Recalls Torque Wrenches Due to Risk of Injury
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Richard Abraham Herder KG, of Solingen, Germany, is voluntarily recalling about 670 Torcofix/Torcoflex and Mountz Torque Wrenches. The internal spring mechanism on the wrench can fail or break, allowing bolts or screws to break or become unscrewed, posing a risk of injury to the user or bystander.
bulletChildren’s Jewelry Craft Kits Recalled by Action Products International Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, Action Products International Inc., of Ocala, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 2,900 (in the United States) and 36 (in Canada) Abalone and Venetian Carnevale Necklace Craft Kits. The lobster clasps in both craft kits contain high levels of lead. The Abalone Necklace’s pendant also contains high levels of lead. Lead can be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bulletWagner Spray Tech Recalls Paint Sprayers Due to Electrical Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wagner Spray Tech Corp., of Plymouth, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 35,000 Wagner Paint Sprayers. The on-off switch can be dislodged from the casing, resulting in exposure of electrical connections. This can pose an electrical shock hazard to the consumer.
bulletAmbler Mountain Works Recalls Children's Knitted Hats Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ambler Mountain Works, of Canmore, Alberta, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 370 Erwin Beanie and Poseidon Beanie Children’s Knitted Hats. The eyeballs on the Erwin Beanie and the octopus legs on the Poseidon Beanie can come loose, posing a potential choking hazard.

 

4-09  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Evenflo Co., announced Thursday a voluntary recall of about 643,000 Envision high chairs and expanded a recall of 90,000 Majestic model high chairs. Both models of high chairs were recalled due to risks from falls and choking hazards.  

TOYS
bulletState Farm® Recalls Good Neigh Bears® Due to Choking Hazard
bulletPure Fishing Recalls Children’s Fishing Games Due to Violation of Ban on Lead in Paint
bulletInfantino Recalls Infant Toys Due to Choking Hazard
bulletVarious Toys Recalled by CBB Group Due to Choking Hazard and Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletOld Navy Recalls Stuffed Toys; Button Eyes Can Detach and Pose a Choking Hazard to Young Children
bulletDisney Store Recalls Toy Tool Sets Due to Choking Hazard
bulletGolfer’s Billiard Games Recalled by Dick's Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletDDI Inc. Recalls Toy Construction Play Sets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletJAKKS Pacific® Recalls Spa Factory™ Aromatherapy Kits Due to Explosion and Projectile Hazards
bulletInfantino Expands Recall of Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard
bulletToy Xylophones Recalled by The Land of Nod Due to Choking Hazard
bulletTDI International Recalls Toy Cars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletWoodstock Percussion Inc. Recalls Toy Drums Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletXtreme Toy Zone Recalls Toy Dinosaurs Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletOKK Trading Recalls Toy Army Figures Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletDoll Clothing Sets Recalled by Manhattan Group Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletImagiPLAY Recalls Bead Maze Toys Due to Laceration Hazard
bulletTarget Recalls Dive Sticks Due to Impalement Hazard
bulletSwim ‘N Score Dive Sticks Recalled by Modell’s Due to Risk of Impalement Injury to Children
bulletJA-RU Recalls Toy Trains Due To Choking Hazard
bulletOKK Trading Recalls Toy TVs Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletToy Xylophones Recalled by King Import Warehouse Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletWooden Toys Recalled by Earth Friendly Due To Choking Hazards
bulletHalloween Figurines Recalled by Coyne’s & Company for Lead Hazard
bulletRage Wireless Guitars Used with Popular Video Gaming System Recalled Due to Chemical Burn Risk
bulletToy Boats Recalled Due to Burn Hazard
bulletHasbro Inc. Recalls to Repair Nerf Blasters; Child’s Skin Can Get Caught in Plunger of the Toy
bulletToy Boats Recalled by Buzz’s Boatyard Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletToy Police Cars Recalled by TCB Imports Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletWood Abacus Recalled by LTD Commodities LLC Due to Choking Hazard
bulletRemote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Recalled by Protocol Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
bulletWooden Infant Toys Recalled by Habermaass Corp. Due to Choking Hazard
bulletHobbico Inc. Recalls Batteries Used In Radio-Controlled Helicopters Due to Fire Hazard
bulletFisher-Price Recalls Learning Pots and Pans™ Toys Due to Choking Hazard
bulletWooden Toys Recalled by Earthentree Due To Choking and Strangulation Hazards
bulletChildren’s Stuffed Toys Recalled By Daiso Due to Choking Hazard
bulletKids II Recalls Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard
bulletRemote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Recalled by Innovage Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
bulletRedcat Racing Recalls Remote Controlled Toy Vehicles Due to Remote Control Defect
bulletWestminster Inc. Recalls Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Due to Risk of Fire
bulleteStyle Recalls Mini Chef Toy Kitchens Due to Choking and Tip-Over Hazards
bulletRemote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Sold Exclusively in Walgreens Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards by TWIE
bulletKids Station Toys Recalls Little Tikes Toy Cell Phones Due to Choking Hazard
bulletFloppy Friends Horse Toys Recalled by Toy Investments Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
bulletDisney Store Recalls Tinker Bell Wands Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
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West Music Recalls Shaker Guiro Instruments Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard 
 

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