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    Blair Expands Chenille Robe Recall After More Deaths Reported

    Blair LlC is expanding an earlier recall of women's chenille robes and other chenille products. Since announcing the recall in April 2009, Blair has received nine reports of deaths allegedly due to the originally recalled robes catching fire. Blair has received one report on one of the additional garments catching fire; no injuries have been reported.

    In April 2009, Blair recalled 162,000 chenille robes after it learned of three robes catching on fire, including one report of second degree burns. Blair then received several reports of deaths allegedly due to robes catching fire. This prompted a second news release in June 2009 to again alert consumers to the burn hazard for the chenille robes. After this re-announcement, Blair received four additional reports of deaths allegedly due to the robes catching fire.

    Three of these victims were cooking and a fourth was tending a pellet stove; three of the four victims were in their 80s and one was in her 70s. All nine reported deaths occurred prior to the April 2009 announcement of the recall.

    Blair has received one report involving one of the additional garments described below catching fire; no injuries have been reported related to these garments. Blair decided to expand the recall to include all womens chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel.

    The products recalled include Full-Length Womens Chenille Robes, Womens Chenille Jacket, Womens Chenille Lounge Jacket, Womens Chenille Top. The current recall includes about 138,000 items. Another 162,000 were recalled in April 2009.

    The recalled items were manufactured by CA-One Textile & Towel, of Karachi, Pakistan. A-One Textile & Towel manufactured all of the products recalled in April 2009. Blair is expanding its recall to all womens chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One.

    The recall involves the following items:

    Full Length Womens Chenille Robe

    The item number is identified on a label in the garments neckline.

    Description:

    One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The robe has a shaped stand collar, horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs, a full-button front with seven matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two side seam pockets.

    Label: 100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan

    Item NumberColor
    1083401Pastel pink
    1083402Mint
    1083403Light lavender
    1371801Light blue
    1371802Light purple
    1371803Indigo
    1743401Sea foam
    1743402Medium pink
    1743403Light blue
    3470311Blue
    3470312Coral
    3470313Yellow
    3927211Mint
    3927212Light blue
    3927213Light pink

    Womens Chenille Jacket

    The item number is identified on a label in the garments neckline.

    Description:

    One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The jacket has three front buttons, pointed lapels, long sleeves, and two front patch pockets.

    Label: 100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan

    Item NumberColor
    1392801Gold
    1392802Red
    1392803Navy
    1392804Hunter Green

    Womens Chenille Lounge Jacket

    The item number is identified on a label in the garments neckline.

    Description:

    One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The jacket has a shaped stand collar, and horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs, a full-button front with five matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two side seam pockets.

    Label: 100% Cotton, RN81700, Made In Pakistan

    Item NumberColor
    4526401Lavender
    4526402Aqua
    4526403Light pink

    Womens Chenille Top

    The item number is identified on a label in the garments neckline.

    Description:

    One-piece, pullover garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The top has a rounded neckline, long sleeves, a straight bottom with side vents, and ribbed binding at the neckline and cuffs.

    Label:100% Cotton, RN81700, Made In Pakistan.

    Item NumberColor
    1811201Light purple
    1811202Rose
    1811203Dusty blue
    1811204Sage green

    Sold at: Blair catalogs and Web site, and Blair stores in Warren, Pa., Grove City, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., from July, 2000, through April, 2007, at the following prices:

    • Full Length Womens Chenille Robes for about $30 to $40;
    • Womens Chenille Jacket, about $25 to $29;
    • Womens Chenille Lounge Jacket, about $20 to $23;
    • Womens Chenille Top, about $20 to $23.

    Consumers are urged to stop wearing the garments immediately. Contact Blair LLC for information on returning the products and to receive a refund or a $50 gift card for Blair merchandise.

    For more information, call Blair toll-free at (877) 392-7095 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, visit the firms Web site at www.blair.com/recall.

    The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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    Advance Fee Loan Crackdown

    For Release: August 12, 1999

    FTC and States Launch Another Crackdown on Telemarketers Offering Credit Cards and Loans That Never Arrive

    In another aggressive sweep targeting corporations and individuals that promise loans and credit cards for an advance fee, but never deliver them, the Federal Trade Commission, state Attorneys General from six states and state banking officialstoday announced the results of the latest crackdown on telemarketing companies and individuals allegedly engaging in advance fee loan scams. This sweep also includes the participation of Canadian law enforcement authorities who have taken criminal actions against Canadian advance fee loan scam operators who prey on American citizens. "OPERATION ADVANCE FEE LOAN (AFL)" - a multi-agency law enforcement sweep against telemarketers of fraudulent advance fee credit schemes - is a follow-up to two previous sweeps announced in 1996 and 1997. "Operation AFL" involves eight cases filed and/or settled by the Commission, and ten cases filed by state Attorney Generals, including three cease and desist orders issued by state banking officials.

    "Advance fee loan scams are especially appalling because they prey on the most vulnerable consumers who are in need of credit or a loan," said Jodie Bernstein, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "Working with the states and our Canadian partners, we are stopping lenders who illegally charge consumers a fee for the promise of a loan. Our message to these disreputable lenders is, we will track you down and stop your illegal practices. Our message to consumers is, don't pay for a promise - it's illegal for lenders to ask you to pay for credit before you get it."

    According to the FTC, fraudulent advance fee loan schemes prey on particularly vulnerable consumers - the unemployed, the working poor, those who have bad credit ratings, or those in immediate need of money for emergencies. Most advance fee loan telemarketers snare consumers through cold calls, or in response to advertisements in various local newspapers, on cable television, on the Internet and through direct mail. Ads promising "money to loan ... regardless of credit history" lure consumers into paying fees that range from $25 to several hundred dollars in advance of receiving "guaranteed" loans. In many instances, consumers never receive the promised loans or credit cards, and either never hear from the loan companies again or are merely sent credit card applications.

    Under the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule, which went into effect December 31, 1995, a telemarketer who guarantees consumers a loan or other form of credit, or who claims he or she can arrange such credit for a consumer, is prohibited from asking consumers to pay any money before they receive the loan or credit. The rule empowers each of the state Attorneys General to file actions in federal District Court and seek an order that applies nationwide against violators of the rule. Some of the cases announced today (see attached list) allege rule violations, others allege violations of the FTC Act or state laws that prohibit unfair or deceptive practices. These latest law enforcement actions show a continuing coordinated effort among domestic and international law enforcement agencies to combat such fraud.

    In all of the FTC cases announced today, the defendants were charged with violating the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) by misrepresenting that consumers would receive a credit card for an advance fee; by charging a fee in advance of consumers receiving the promised credit card; and in two of the cases, misrepresenting that consumers would receive a refund of their fee if they did not get the promised credit card.

    ADVANCE FEE LOAN SWEEP LAW ENFORCEMENT

    The FTC filed its actions against:

    American Consumer Membership Services, Inc., and Darryl Smith, alleging that the defendants fraudulently telemarketed, through cold calls, advance fee credit cards to low income consumers and those with credit problems. After paying a $69 fee, which was debited from their checking accounts, consumers received vouchers, coupons and other offers, and occasionally credit card applications with lists of banks to apply to for secured or unsecured credit cards, with additional application fees ranging from $20 to $79.95. Some consumers received nothing at all from the defendants after their checking accounts were debited. Few received the promised refunds.

    1263523 Ontario, Inc., doing business as Consumer Credit Services, Donald M. Davies, Lloyd Charles Prudenza and David Seymour Wells, alleging that the defendants telemarketed advance fee credit cards to consumers with poor credit histories, for an up-front fee of $159 that also was debited from their checking accounts. Consumers never received the promised credit cards. If they received anything from the company at all, it was information on how to improve their credit rating, lists of banks that market secured credit cards, and/or bundles of worthless coupons. Most of the consumers never received a refund.

    Modern Credit Financial Services, Inc., Matthew A. Hammack and Robert Hansel, alleging that the defendants, through cable tv ads and telemarketing, promised advance fee credit cards for $89, payable through a bank draft from their checking accounts. After making the payment, consumers received materials on credit management, a 100 percent guarantee certificate, and information about the two banks that were supposed to issue the credit cards. Additional requirements and charges were imposed if the consumer attempted to apply to the banks for the credit cards. Most consumers did not receive a credit card or a refund.

    Credit National, Inc. and Mark Wolf, doing business as Credit America, alleging that the defendants marketed "guaranteed approved" credit cards and lines of credit to consumers in print and Internet ads, as well as via direct mail, for a $28 "application fee" and invited consumers to call an "800" number. Consumers who called the number in response to the ads were sent a packet of materials containing written guarantees of unsecured credit cards regardless of past credit history, along with applications requiring the $28 fee. Consumers who responded by sending the fee received various credit card applications or nothing at all, rather than the promised credit cards.

    At the request of the FTC, the federal District Courts in three of the four cases have issued temporary restraining orders to halt the deceptive practices and freeze the defendants' assets pending trial. In American Consumer Membership Services, the FTC has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, and a hearing has been scheduled for August 27, 1999.

    The Commission also announced today that staff had obtained three default judgments against advance fee loan telemarketers in Georgia, Concepts and Ideas, Source One, Inc., and GBS Group, and reached a settlement agreement with another advance fee loan company, Franklin Credit Services, Inc..

    In an earlier proceeding, the FTC, in conjunction with the state of Arkansas, brought an action against SureCheK Systems, Inc., alleging that SureChek was engaged in a deceptive scheme to defraud consumers nationwide through the telemarketing of advance fee credit cards. In addition, the FTC brought separate actions against Bill Owen d/b/a Source One; George B. Schewe, d/b/a GBS Group; and Jarrell Andre Goolsby d/b/a Concepts & Ideas. Defendants Owen, Schewe, and Goolsby provided third-party telemarketing (Op AFL--08/12/99) services to the defendants in the SureCheK matter. These telemarketers solicited business on behalf of SureCheK, using SureCheK's name, and while under contract with and utilizing scripts provided by SureCheK, misrepresented that consumers would receive a major credit card in exchange for an advance fee with absolutely no security deposit, regardless of their past credit history. Despite paying the fee, the consumers did not receive the credit cards as promised.

    The Southeast Regional Office (located in Atlanta) of the FTC also brought an earlier action against Loan byPhone Financing, Inc., d/b/a Burlington Credit Services; Action Credit Services, Inc.; ABCO, Inc.; Beaumont Credit Services, Inc.; Budget Credit Services, Inc.; Hunter Credit Corporation; Jodi Wolin; and Laurence J. Smith, Esq. According to the FTC, the defendants sold a "debt consolidation" service, and consumers who called were led to believe that the company was offering low interest loans to enable consumers to consolidate their debts. Consumers were told that, after an initial sign-up "origination fee," the company would pay off the consumers' debts, leaving consumers with only the monthly loan payment. Contrary to the representations made during the call, the defendants did not provide a loan to the consumer, nor did they pay off the outstanding debts. In the proposed consent orders to settle the charges, the defendants would be banned from engaging in, or assisting others engaged in, any credit related services, and would be prohibited from making the representations alleged in the complaint. Under the terms of her proposed settlement, defendant Wolin, who created the scheme and formed the corporations used to further it, would pay consumer redress totaling approximately $185,000. Defendant Smith would pay $10,000 in redress over a period of 18 months.

    James Michael Christensen, principal owner of Franklin Credit Services, Inc., and Amansco Credit Services, Inc., has agreed to pay $100,000 for consumer redress or disgorgement, and agreed to be permanently banned from telemarketing as part of an agreement with the FTC. Christensen and his companies purportedly offered low-interest, debt consolidation loans for a one-time fee. Instead of receiving a loan, consumers were offered a bill paying service that required them to pay an additional fee, the FTC alleged. The proposed settlement, which requires the court's approval, would prohibit Christensen from: accepting fees in advance when representing a high likelihood that a person will be receiving a loan or other extension of credit; making certain misrepresentations and non-disclosures in marketing credit and credit-related goods or services; and selling or transferring customer lists. On June 7, 1999, a default judgment was entered against corporate defendants Franklin Credit and Amansco Credit.

    U.S. military personnel and their families were targeted by the advance fee loan con artists through advertisements for these scams that appear in civilian newspapers circulated on U.S. military bases. "We are pleased to be able to work with the armed services in putting a stop to the despicable practice of targeting scams at the military community," Bernstein said.

    CANADIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY

    Under The Loan Brokers Act of Ontario, enacted in1994, the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations ("MCCR") for the Government of Ontario was authorized to bring criminal charges against unscrupulous "up front fee loan scam companies" and their owners. Within the past two years, the Investigation Unit of MCCR has worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Milton Detachment and Toronto Police Services Fraud Squad to close down over 120 of the fraudulent advance fee loan companies operating in Canada and marketing to Canadian and U.S. consumers, and to return thousands of dollars in advance fees.

    In the last three months, the following Canadian advance fee loan companies, all located in Toronto, Ontario, have been shut down by Canadian law enforcement authorities in conjunction with the Commission's sweep: Belmont Associates, Berkley Associates, Northwind Traders, Starline Traders, Globe Securities, Q.A. Marketing, and North Star Trading. Each of these companies promoted advance fee loans via telephone to American citizens exclusively, and they and their owners were charged with criminal fraud. Their cases are now pending before the Canadian courts.

    OPERATION AFL CONSUMER EDUCATION

    The FTC and the state Attorneys General, along with our education campaign partners, The American Financial Services Association Education Foundation, The National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, and The Navy Personnel Command, offer the following tips for consumers to keep in mind before responding to ads that promise easy credit, regardless of credit history:

    • Legitimate lenders never "guarantee" or say that you are likely to get a loan or a credit card before you apply, especially if you have bad credit, no credit, or a bankruptcy;

    • If you apply for a real estate loan, it is accepted and common practice for lenders to request payment for a credit report or appraisal;

    • Never give your credit card account number, bank account information, or Social Security Number over the telephone or Internet unless you are familiar with the company and know why the information is needed; and

    • If you don't have the credit offer in hand - or confirmed in writing - and you are asked to pay, don't do it. It's fraud and it's against the law.

    The Commission is also alerting commercial mail receiving agents (e.g., Mail Boxes, Etc.), often used as "mail drops" by advance fee loan scam operators, that they may be involved in a fraudulent scheme when they are asked by a mailbox holder to forward large volumes of mail to other addresses within the United States or to other countries. Additionally, the FTC is writing to more than 7500 publishers of classified ads through the country to encourage them to warn their readers that ads promising loans or extensions of credit are likely to be scams.

    The FTC's Northeast Regional Office (located in New York) coordinated this project for the FTC.

    The Commission votes to file the four complaints in the appropriate federal district court were 4-0. American Consumer Membership Services was filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, in Binghamton, NY on August 5, 1999. Consumer Credit Services was filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, in New York City on August 5, 1999. Modern Credit Financial Services, Inc. was filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, on August 5, 1999; and Credit National was filed in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division, in Los Angeles, on August 5, 1999. The settlement in the matter of Franklin Credit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale Division, on August 10, 1999. The Commission vote to file the settlement was 4-0.


    NOTE: The Commission files a complaint when it has "reason to believe" that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendants have actually violated the law. The case will be decided by the court.

    NOTE: A consent decree, such as in the Franklin Credit matter, is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the defendant of a law violation. Consent decrees have the force of law when signed by the judge.

    Copies of the news release are available from the FTC's web site at http://www.ftc.gov and copies of the consumer education materials, as well as the complaints, are also available from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-FTC-HELP (202-382-4357); TDD for the hearing impaired 202-326-2502. To find out the latest news as it is announced, call the FTC NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710.

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Office of Public Affairs
    202-326-2180

    American Consumer Membership Services
    Consumer Credit Services 
    (FTC File No. 992 3031; Civil Action No. 99 CV 1206 -- American Consumer Membership)
    (FTC File No. 992 3036; Civil Action No. 99 CV 8679 -- Consumer Credit Services)

    Rhonda McLean or Robin E. Eichen or Carole Paynter
    Northeast Regional Office
    One Bowling Green, Suite 318
    New York, New York 10004
    212-607-2811

    Modern Credit Financial Service
    (FTC File No. 992 3218; Civil Action No. 3-99 CV 1756-G -- Modern Credit Financial Services)

    Thomas Carter or Gary Kennedy
    Southwest Regional Office
    1999 Bryan Street, Suite 2150
    Dallas, Texas 75201
    214-979-9350 or 214-979-9379

    Credit National
    (FTC File No. 992 3223; Civil Action No. 99 CV 07989 -- Credit National)

    Thomas Syta or Bret Smart
    Western Regional Office
    10877 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
    Los Angeles, California 90024
    310-824-4324 or 310-824-4366

    Franklin Credit
    (FTC File No. 982 3550 Civil Action No. 98 CV 7375-G -- Franklin Credit)

    Andrea Foster or Ronald Laitsch
    Southeastern Regional Office
    Suite 5M35, Midrise Bldg., 60 Forsyth Street, S.W.
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303
    (404) 656-1356 or (404) 656-1358
    CANADIAN CONTACTS:
    Helen Czerniak or Dermot Jennings
    Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations
    250 Yonge Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M5B 2N5
    (416) 326-8623 or (416) 326-8625

    (Operation AFL)

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    June 2000 Auto Recalls

    Ford Motor Company

    Models:

    Ford Crown Victoria Years: 1996-2000
    Mercury Grand Marquis Years: 1996-2000
    Lincoln Town Car Years: 1996-2000

    Number Involved:  3,500

    Noncompliance:  The replacement seat belt assemblies that were installed in certain 1996-2000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Cars between Jan. 1 and June 13, 2000, fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies." The equipment involved is Service Stock Seat Belt Assemblies, Model Nos. H 9977, H 9979, T 9063, and T 9217, built by TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Inc. (TRW) and manufactured from June 1, 1998 through May 21, 2000. These seat belt assemblies were installed as warranty or service replacement equipment on these vehicles. Because of a problem with the seat belt retractor, in the event of a collision, these seat belts may not adequately restrain an occupant, increasing the risk of injury.

    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the Service Seat Belt Assemblies that were installed from Jan. 1 through June 13, 2000. The manufacturer reported that owner notification would begin during late July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V157001/002/Ford Recall No. 00S15]


    Ford Motor Company

    Models: Ford Windstar Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  3,000

    Dates of Manufacture:  April 2000

    Defect:  Certain minivans may have incorrect fuel line end forms that result in a lower than specified pull apart force for the installed fuel line connection.

    Remedy:  Dealers will install a fuel line clip on the fuel supply and return line connections at the rear of the chassis fuel line bundle. The manufacturer reported that owner notification began July 10, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V164/Ford Recall No. 00S11]


    Ford Motor Company

    Models:

    Ford Windstar Years: 1996-1998
    Ford F150 Years: 1997-1998
    Ford Explorer Years: 1997-1998
    Ford Expedition Years: 1997-1998
    Lincoln Navigator Year: 1998

    Number Involved:  20,637

    Noncompliance:  Certain previously leased minivans, light pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles originally built for sale in Canada meet Canadian requirements for daytime running lights, but not the photometric requirements of FMVSS No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." According to Ford, the vehicles were imported into the U.S. erroneously between March 1999 and April 1, 2000, because the running lights were believed to meet U.S. specifications.

    Remedy:  Dealers will be advised to deactivate the running light function and to complete any outstanding safety recalls on these vehicles. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was expected to begin July 21, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V168/Ford Recall No. 00S14]


    Ford Motor Company

    Models: Ford F Super Duty Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  8,100

    Dates of Manufacture:  November 1999 - April 2000

    Defect:  Certain vehicles built on a stripped motor home chassis may have a missing or partially installed brake pedal to master cylinder pushrod retaining clip. If the clip is missing or falls out, the pushrod could disconnect from the brake pedal, resulting in the operator being unable to apply the brakes and increasing the risk of a crash.

    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the retaining clip installation. Missing or partially installed clips will be properly installed. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began July 10, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V170/Ford Recall No. 00S12]


    General Motors Corporation

    Models: Chevrolet S10 Years: 1997-1998

    Number Involved:  306

    Dates of Manufacture:  April 1997 - March 1998

    Defect:  On certain electric pickup trucks, a condition exists in which the fuel-fired heater fill pipe ground strap contacts the rear passenger side brake pipe. This could wear off the corrosion protection of the brake pipe, leading to premature corrosion and eventual loss of brake pipe integrity and partial brake failure.

    Remedy:  Dealers will relocate the ground strap attachment, inspect the brake pipe for wear, and replace the brake pipe if necessary. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began during June 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Oldsmobile at 1-800-442-6537 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V159/GM Recall No. 00050]


    General Motors Corporation

    Models:

    Buick Century Year: 2000
    Buick Regal Year: 2000
    Chevrolet Lumina Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  248

    Dates of Manufacture:  May 2000

    Noncompliance:  Certain passenger vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 301, "Fuel System Integrity." The clamp that secures the flexible fuel fill hose to the metal fill tube may be loose and could separate, causing fuel leakage. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the likelihood of fire.

    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect the fuel hose fill neck clamp and, if necessary, reposition and tighten the clamp. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began June 28, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V160/GM Recall No. 00056]


    Toyota Motor Company

    Models:

    Toyota Avalon Year: 2000
    Toyota Camry Year: 2000
    Toyota Solara Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  541

    Dates of Manufacture:  March - April 2000

    Defect:  On certain passenger vehicles, due to improper heat treatment, the rear axle may not have adequate strength in some areas. The rear axle shafts could fail or break after extended use of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Remedy:  Dealers will inspect and replace the rear axle hub assemblies. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V154]


    Triumph Motorcycles

    Models: Triumph TT600 Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  763

    Dates of Manufacture:  December 1999 - May 2000 

    Defect:   On certain motorcycles, the clutch housing bolts become loose and could break. Bolt remnants can migrate to the alternator and lead to engine damage. This could lead to a loss of control of the motorcycle.

    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the housing bolts. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Triumph at 1-770-631-9500.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V158]


    MEDIUM/HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES AND MOTOR HOMES

    Blue Bird Body Company

    Models:

    Blue Bird All American Years: 1997-2000
    Blue Bird TC2000 Years: 1997-2000
    Blue Bird LTC 40 Years: 1997-2000
    Blue Bird Q-Bus Years: 1997-2000
    Blue Bird Commercial Years: 1997-2000

    Number Involved:  9,687

    Dates of Manufacture:  October 1997 - May 2000

    Defect:   On certain school and transit buses equipped with Bendix air brakes, Bendix changed the internal design of the QR1C relay valve by adding a hole in the internal diaphragm. When the hole in the diaphragm aligns with the hole in the valve body, the brake application time increases. Under certain conditions, such as when the vehicle is parked on an incline, when the driver activates the parking brake but removes his or her foot from the treadle valve, the bus could roll before the parking brake is fully engaged.

    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the diaphragms with holes with solid diaphragms for the QR1C valves. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during early July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Blue Bird at 1-912-825-2021.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V162/Blue Bird Recall No. R00DX]


    Coachmen Industries, Inc.

    Models: Shasta Class C Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  117

    Dates of Manufacture:  January - June 2000 

    Defect:  On certain motor homes constructed on Chevrolet chassis, the routing of the main battery feed wiring from the coach battery to the distribution panel of the motor home allows it to come in contact with the exhaust manifold of the vehicle. Over time, the heat of the manifold degrades the shielding of the wire, exposing the wire to the metal manifold. The coach battery is not the engine battery. The coach battery provides service to the motor home's 12V appliances. This condition could create an electrical short, and if the short does not cause the fuse to blow, could result in a fire.

    Remedy:  Dealers will re-route the wiring and add an additional clamp to permanently secure the wiring in this new position safely away from the exhaust manifold. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during July/August 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Coachmen at 1-219-825-5821.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V167]


    Jayco, Incorporated

    Models: Jayco JB Kiwi Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  760

    Dates of Manufacture:  August 1999 - June 2000

    Defect:   On certain 23 foot travel trailers, all of the liquid storage tanks are located behind the axle, so that when the tanks are full or other materials are improperly loaded, the trailer hitch weight is reduced. The vehicle becomes difficult to tow at speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour.

    Remedy:  Dealers will add additional weight to the A-frame of the travel trailer, revise the federal axle weight labels and towing instructions, and replace the tires with higher capacity tires to accommodate the added weight. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification would begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Jayco at 1-877-825-4782.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V169/Jayco Recall No. 00-1-31]


    Nissan Diesel America, Inc.

    Models:

    Nissan Diesel UD1200 Years: 1999-2000
    Nissan Diesel UD1400 Years: 1999-2000

    Number Involved:  3,058

    Dates of Manufacture:  March 1998 - March 2000

    Defect:   On certain medium duty trucks, the steering gear box is mounted to the frame using a combination of two mounting bolts with nuts and two mounting studs. The two mounting bolts thread into mounting nuts that are welded to the inside of the frame. During the vehicle manufacturing process, residual welding material from the welding of an adjacent bracket for the ABS relay can accumulate in the two steering gear mounting nuts. If this occurs, the steering gear box mounting bolts will have inadequate clamping force, which can cause fatigue failure of the mounting bolts and studs. This could cause a loss of steering with little or no prior warning.

    Remedy:  Dealers will remove and inspect the two mounting bolts for thread damage. New mounting bolts will be installed. If damage to the bolt threads is evident, new nuts will also be installed. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification would begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan Diesel at 1-972-756-5500.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V156]


    PACCAR, Inc.

    Models: Peterbilt 387 Year: 2000

    Number Involved:  111

    Defect:   On certain heavy duty trucks, the steer axle mudflaps and/or mudflap stiffeners can rub a hole in the forward surface of the undercab fuel tank, causing a hole in the fuel tank. This can result in fuel leakage and increase the risk of fire if an ignition source is present.

    Remedy:  Dealers will provide replacement mudflap assemblies smaller than the original assemblies to owners and the fuel tank will be checked for abrasion and replaced if damaged. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification would begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Peterbilt at 1-940-591-4171.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V161/Peterbilt Recall No. 500E]


    Safari Motor Coaches, Inc.

    Models:

    Beaver Patriot Years: 1999-2000
    Beaver Monterey Years: 1999-2000
    Beaver Contessa Years: 1999-2000
    Safari Continental Years: 1999-2000
    Safari Serengetti Years: 1999-2000
    Safari Zanzibar Years: 1999-2000
    Harney Renegade Years: 1999-2000

    Number Involved:  691

    Dates of Manufacture:  July 1998 - November 1999 

    Defect:   On certain motor homes built on Magnum chassis and equipped with ABS systems, the anti-lock brake modulator fails to regulate hydraulic pressure to the appropriate wheel, causing the modulator to react improperly. Failure of the anti-lock braking system could cause a loss of control of the vehicle in certain braking situations.

    Remedy:  Dealers will install a wiring harness update, which properly routes the electrical signal from the ECU to the modulator. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began July 13, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Safari/Beaver/Harney at 1-800-344-6332.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00V173/SMC Recall No. SAB00-104]


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    Accuride Corporation

    Models: Accuride Wheel Rim

    Number Involved:  5,719

    Dates of Manufacture:  January - March 2000

    Defect:   Certain 22.5 x 8.25 15 tubeless demountable rims, Part No. 32051, contain an incomplete weld in the mounting ring. Under certain circumstances, this could develop into a crack on the mounting ring. Over time, the crack could propagate, resulting in mounting ring failure and causing the rim to separate from the vehicle. Loss of vehicle control could occur.

    Remedy:  Accuride will inspect and replace the defective or suspect wheel rims. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification would begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Accuride Customer Service at 1-812-962-5027.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00E029]


    Britax Child Safety, Inc.

    Models: Britax Roundabout

    Number Involved:  9,922

    Dates of Manufacture:  January - March 1999

    Noncompliance:   On certain child restraints, the shells may have been improperly molded and could allow higher head excursions than allowed by FMVSS No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." An insufficient parting line bond in the area of the harness adjuster attachment may lead to adjuster movement under crash loads that could allow a child's head to move further than the permitted limits. In a crash, additional head movement could allow a child's head to strike something in the vehicle and lead to injury.

    Remedy:  Consumers with the affected seats are being instructed to contact Britax in order to receive a free repair kit. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification would begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Britax at 1-888-427-4829.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00E034]


    Norcold Inc.

    Models:

    Norcold N621
    Norcold N641
    Norcold N821
    Norcold N841

    Number Involved:  40,376

    Dates of Manufacture:  May - November 1999

    Defect:  Certain combination gas/electric absorption refrigerators for use in recreational vehicles can experience a cooling system leak through fatigue failure of the cooling unit from the elevated heat during operation in the AC electric mode. Extended operation of a leaking cooling unit in the AC electric mode can result in a fire.

    Remedy:  Dealers will replace the AC heating element to correct the defect. The dealers will also inspect the refrigerators for coolant leaks and replace the cooling unit if a leak is detected. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during July 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Norcold at 1-800-767-9101.

    [NHTSA Recall No. 00E031]

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      Redcat Remote-Controlled Toy Racers Recalled

      July 1, 2008
      Redcat Racing is recalling about 1,400 remote-controlled toy racers. The remote control unit can lose its signal, causing the toy vehicle to lose control, posing a risk of injury to the user or bystanders.

      Redcat Racing has received about 15 reports of remote control malfunctions. There have been no injuries reported.

      The recalled remote controls were included in the remote cars as shown below. These cars were sold in a variety of colors. The model name and numbers are located on the body of the vehicle or on the retail packaging:

      ModelDescriptionModel Number
      Hurricane XP (1/8 Road Buggy)Green/FlameHURRICANEXP-GF
      Orange/BlackHURRICANEXP-OB
      Orange/FlameHURRICANEXP-OF
      Yellow/FlameHURRICANEXP-YF
      Hurricane XP Pro(1/8 Road Buggy)Green/Flame-Blue AluminumHURRICANPRO-GF
      Silver-Blue AluminumHURRICANPRO-SB
      Yellow/Flame-Blue AluminumHURRICANPRO-YF
      Avalanche XP (1/8 Off Road Truck)Blue/YellowAVALANCHEXP-94087-BY
      Red/GreenAVALANCHEXP-94087-RG
      RedAVALANCHEXP-94087-R
      Monsoon XP (1/8 Off Road Truggy)Blue/YellowMONSOONXP-94085-BY
      Red/White/BlueMONSOONXP-94085-RWB
      Red/YellowMONSOONXP-94085-RY
      Tsunami Ultrawide (1/10 Truggy)Blue/FlameTSUNAMIUW-BF-94110W
      Red/FlameTSUNAMIUW-RF-94110W

      The racers were sold by authorized dealers nationwide from March 2007 through April 2008 for between $260 and $400. They were made in China.

      Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Redcat Racing for a replacement remote control.

      For additional information, contact Redcat Racing Co. collect at (602) 454-6445 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or at www.redcatracing.com

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      Rawlings Junior Batting Helmets Recalled

      May 27, 2008
      About 2,300 Rawlings Junior Batting Helmets are being recalled. Surface paint on the helmets contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

      This recall involves junior batting helmets with model number CFHLJR. The helmets come in yellow and orange with black accents. The model number can be found on the rear of the helmet.

      The helmets were sold by sporting goods retailers nationwide from July 2007 through November 2007 for about $40. They were made in China.

      Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact either the retailer where the product was purchased or Rawlings for a free replacement product.

      Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rawlings (800) 729-5464 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.rawlings.com.

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      Childproofing Your Home

      12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children

      About 2-1/2 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today.

      The Consumer Product Safety Commission has assembled this list of 12 simple, inexpensive devices that will help keep your children safe.

      Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use. It's important to follow installation instructions carefully. In addition, if you have older children in the house, be sure they re-secure safety devices. Remember, too, that no device is completely childproof; determined youngsters have been known to disable them.

      You can childproof your home for a fraction of what it would cost to have a professional do it. And safety devices are easy to find. You can buy them at hardware stores, baby equipment shops, supermarkets, drug stores, home and linen stores, on the Internet and through mail order catalogs.

      Here are some child safety devices that can help prevent many injuries to young children.

      #1 Safety Latches

      Use safety latches and locks for cabinets and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas to help prevent poisonings and other injuries.

      Safety latches and locks on cabinets and drawers can help prevent children from gaining access to medicines and household cleaners, as well as knives and other sharp objects.

      Look for safety latches and locks that adults can easily install and use, but are sturdy enough to withstand pulls and tugs from children.

      Safety latches are not a guarantee of protection, but they can make it more difficult for children to reach dangerous substances. Even products with child-resistant packaging should be locked away, out of reach; this packaging is not childproof.

      Typical cost of a safety latch or lock: less than $2.

      #2 Safety Gates

      Use safety gates to help prevent falls down stairs and to keep children away from dangerous areas.

      Safety gates can help keep children away from stairs or rooms that have hazards in them. Look for safety gates that children cannot dislodge easily, but that adults can open and close without difficulty.

      For the top of stairs, gates that screw to the wall are more secure than "pressure gates."

      New safety gates that meet safety standards display a certification seal from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). If you have an older safety gate, be sure it doesn't have "V" shapes that are large enough for a child's head and neck to fit into.

      Typical cost of a safety gate: $13 to $40.

      #3 Door Knob Covers & Locks

      Use door knob covers and door locks to help prevent children from entering rooms and other areas with possible dangers.

      Door knob covers and door locks can help keep children away from places with hazards, including swimming pools.

      Be sure the door knob cover is sturdy enough not to break, but allows a door to be opened quickly by an adult in case of emergency.

      By restricting access to potentially hazardous rooms in the home, door knob covers could help prevent many kinds of injuries. To prevent access to swimming pools, door locks should be placed high, out of reach of young children. Locks should be used in addition to fences and door alarms.

      Sliding glass doors, with locks that must be re-secured after each use, are often not an effective barrier to pools.

      Typical cost of a door knob cover: $1 and door lock: $5 and up.

      #4 Anti-Scald Devices

      Use anti-scald devices for faucets and shower heads and set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water.

      Anti-scald devices for regulating water temperature can help prevent burns.

      Consider using anti-scald devices for faucets and showerheads. A plumber may need to install these. In addition, if you live in your own home, set water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns from hot water.

      Typical cost of an anti-scald device: $6 to $30.

      #5 Smoke Detectors

      Use smoke detectors on every level of your home and near bedrooms to alert you to fires.

      Smoke detectors are essential safety devices for protection against fire deaths and injuries.

      Check smoke detectors once a month to make sure they're working.

      If detectors are battery-operated, change batteries at least once a year or consider using 10-year batteries.

      Typical cost of a smoke detector: less than $10.

      #6 Window Guards

      Use window guards and safety netting to help prevent falls from windows, balconies, decks, and landings.

      Check these safety devices frequently to make sure they are secure and properly installed and maintained. There should be no more than four inches between the bars of the window guard.

      If you have window guards, be sure at least one window in each room can be easily used for escape in a fire. Window screens are not effective for preventing children from falling out of windows.

      Typical cost of a window guard or safety netting: $8 to $16.

      #7 Corner & Edge Bumpers

      Use corner and edge bumpers to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces.

      Corner and edge bumpers can be used with furniture and fireplace hearths to help prevent injuries from falls or to soften falls against sharp or rough edges.

      Be sure to look for bumpers that stay securely on furniture or hearth edges.

      Typical cost of a corner and edge bumper: $1 and up.

      #8 Outlet Covers

      Outlet covers and outlet plates can help protect children from electrical shock and possible electrocution.

      Be sure the outlet protectors cannot be easily removed by children and are large enough so that children cannot choke on them.

      Typical cost of an outlet cover: less than $2.

      #9 Carbon Monoxide Detector

      Use a carbon monoxide detector near your bedroom.

      A carbon monoxide (CO) detector can help prevent CO poisoning.

      They should be installed near sleeping areas. Households that should use CO detectors include those with gas or oil heat or with attached garages.

      Typical cost of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector: $30 to $70.

      #10 Window Blind Cords

      Cut window blind cords and use safety tassels to help prevent children from strangling in blind cord loops.

      Window blind cord safety tassels on miniblinds and tension devices on vertical blinds and drapery cords can help prevent deaths and injuries from strangulation in the loops of cords.

      For older miniblinds, cut the cord loop, remove the buckle, and put safety tassels on each cord. Be sure that older vertical blinds and drapery cords have tension or tie-down devices to hold the cords tight.

      When buying new miniblinds, verticals, and draperies, ask for safety features to prevent child strangulation.

      You can get window blind cord safety tassels free by calling 1-800-506-4636.

      #11 Door Stops & Door Holders

      Use door stops and door holders to help prevent injuries to fingers and hands.

      Door stops and door holders on doors and door hinges can help prevent small fingers and hands from being pinched or crushed in doors and door hinges.

      Be sure any safety device for doors is easy to use and is not likely to break into small parts, which could be a choking hazard for young children.

      Typical cost of a door stop and door holder: less than $4.

      #12 Cordless Phone

      Use a cordless phone to make it easier to continuously watch young children, especially when they're in bathtubs, swimming pools, or other potentially dangerous areas.

      Cordless phones help you watch your child continuously, without leaving the vicinity to answer a phone call. Cordless phones are especially helpful when children are in or near water, whether it's the bathtub, the swimming pool, or the beach.

      Typical cost of a cordless phone: $30 and up.

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      KYMCO ATVs Recalled

      January 2, 2008
      About 1,350 KYMCO/MXU all-terrain vehicles are being recalled. The pivot bolts holding the rear suspension onto the frame can become loose, causing the rear swing arm to detach from the chassis posing a risk of injury or death to the operator.

      KYMCO has received six reports of incidents, including two reports of minor injuries.

      This recall involves all model year 2006-2008 MXU 500 ATVs. The vehicle is identified by a label on the front as KYMCO and the model is determined by a label located on each side of the fuel tank as MXU 500.

      The ATVs were sold by KYMCO dealers nationwide from November 2006 through December 2007 for between $6,000 and $6,500. They were made in Taiwan.

      Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact an authorized KYMCO dealer in their area to schedule a free repair. Registered owners were sent direct mail notification of this recall.

      Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers can contact KYMCO USA at (888) 235-3417 anytime or visit the firms Web site at www.kymcousa.com.

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      Cooks Essentials Deep Fryers Recalled

      September 23, 2008
      Euro-Pro and QVC are recalling about 1,600 Cooks Essentials Deep Fryers. The fryers can overheat, posing a burn hazard.

      The recalled fryers include QVC Cook Essentials 3 Liter Stainless Steel Deep Fryers with three baskets. The fryers were sold as item number K14942. Model number F1053Q is printed on a sticker on the bottom of the fryers.

      The fryers, made in China, were sold through QVC's televised shopping programs and its Web site from April 2008 through May 2008 for about $60 including shipping costs.

      Known purchasers were mailed instructions on obtaining a full refund. Consumers who have not received instructions should contact QVC for refund instructions.

      For additional information, contact QVC at (800) 367-9444 between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. ET any day, or visit the firm's Web site at www.qvc.com.

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      Tricam Toy Wagons Recalled

      January 3, 2008
      Tricam Industries is recalling about 15,000 little red wagons. Surface paint on the wagon bucket contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

      This recall involves the red metal wagon model MH1250. The wagon has a red steel bucket, a black handle, a black steel axle support, and black tires.

      The wagons were sold at Tractor Supply Company stores nationwide from September 2002 through November 2007 for about $30. They were made in China.

      Consumers should immediately take the recalled wagon away from children and contact Tricam Industries for instructions on how to return the wagon and obtain a refund.

      Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Tricam Industries at (800) 867-6763 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.tricam.com.

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      GN Wireless Headset Batteries Recalled

      October 14, 2008   
      GN Netcom is recalling about 525,000 GN9120 wireless headsets. An internal short circuit can cause the lithium-ion polymer batteries to overheat, posing a fire hazard. Besides the U.S. recall, another 675,000 headsets were sold outside the U.S.

      GN Netcom has received 10 reports of incidents involving overheating, including three reports of open flames and property damage to furniture on which the headsets were resting. An additional 37 reports of overheating, three reports of open flames and one report of second degree burns, requiring medical attention, was received outside the U.S.

      This recall involves GN9120 wireless headsets with ATL lithium-ion polymer batteries. The headsets are intended primarily for professional use in offices and call centers. The product is sold with three components: a base station, headset and power adapter. "GN Netcom" or "GN9120" is printed on the base station and headset. The affected batteries have part number 603028 and have a white plastic enclosure. The batteries are labeled "Made by ATL (Amperex Technology Ltd.)" and "(ATL P/N 603028)." Batteries sold as a replacement part are labeled "GN9120 battery replacement kit."

      The headsets were sold by GN Netcom, authorized distributors and resellers nationwide from January 2005 through September 2008 for between $150 and $350 as part of the GN9120 headset and about $20 as a replacement part. They were made in China.

      Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled headsets. Consumers should contact GN Netcom to receive a replacement battery.

      For additional information, contact GN Netcom at (877) 803-6467 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday ET, or visit the firms Web site at www.jabra.com.

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      The Wick & Petal Co. Recalls Candles

      January 17, 2008    Spanish
      The Wick & Petal Co. is recalling about 1,300 jar candles. The candles can burn with a high flame, posing a fire hazard.

      Wick & Petal has received seven reports of the candles burning with high flame, some resulting in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

      This recall involves all Wick & Petal jar candles. The candles have a cylindrical shape and a chrome lid. The lid has a white label with a picture of the fragrance, the fragrance name, and 'Wick & Petal Co.' printed on it.

      The candles were sold at select candle retailers and craft fairs in Indiana from October 2007 through December 2007 for between $8 and $18. They were made in the U.S.

      Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candles and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

      Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wick & Petal at (317) 441-8008 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.wickandpetal.com. The company will accept collect calls on their main line number.

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      Brownie's Third Lung Recalls Air Compressors

      November 19, 2008    
      Brownie's Third Lung is recalling about 1,000 air compressors. The air compressor's components can fail, which could cause a stoppage of air flow. This poses a risk of drowning to users.

      The recalled air compressors are used to provide air to divers. The recalled products include the following models:

      ProductModelsSerial Numbers
      Gas-powered direct drive hookah compressor assembliesF280X, F390X, C270, C390, CTD39014421 - 15715
      Dual-head electric direct drive compressor assembliesE250, EC214344 - 15762

      The serial number is printed on a metallic plate located on the compressor's base and on the storage case.

      The compressors, made in the United States, were sold by Brownie's Third Lung factory and various marine/diving products resellers nationwide from July 2007 through August 2008 for between $2000 and $3500.

      Consumers should immediately stop using the air compressor and contact their dealer for a free inspection and repair, if necessary. Consumers are being directly notified of this recall.

      For additional information, contact Brownie's Third Lung at (800) 327-0412 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.browniedive.com (pdf)

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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      Casper the Ghost Figurines Recalled

      October 29, 2008
      About 14,000 Casper the Friendly Ghost Halloween mini-figurines are being recalled. They contain high levels of lead in the paint.

      The figurines are made of resin and paper, and are three inches tall. They were sold in mini bags decorated with a spider and web design. The Casper the Friendly Ghost figurines are dressed as: Dracula in a red spider bag, Skeleton in a green spider bag, Devil in a purple spider bag, Mummy in an orange spider bag, Casper in a blue spider bag, and Wendy the Witch is in a yellow spider bag. The figurines are stamped with TM & Harvey Ent. 'Coyne's & Company' and 'CP1030' are printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the bags.

      Gift, specialty, card, and drug stores nationwide sold the figurines from June 2005 through September 2008 for between $1 and $3. They were made in China.

      Consumers should immediately take the recalled figurines away from children and contact Coyne's & Company to receive a full refund or credit.

      For additional information, contact Coyne's & Company at (800) 336-8666 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.coynes.com.

      The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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