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Recent Death Prompts Search for Recalled Play Yards/Cribs

Baby Trend Launches New Effort to Find Those Still in Use

Recent Death Prompts Search for Recalled Play Yards/Cribs...

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2001 -- Baby Trend Inc. of Ontario, Calif., is repeating its announcement of the 1995 recall of Home and Roam and Baby Express portable cribs/play yards. These cribs/play yards can collapse and entrap an infant.

In January 2001, a 9-month-old baby in Longview, Wash., died of asphyxiation when her neck was caught in the V-shape created by the collapsed sides of her crib/play yard. There have been three other deaths and three reports of babies found not breathing who were successfully revived.

In 1995 Baby Trend offered a free repair for the cribs/play yards. To encourage consumers to search for these recalled cribs/play yards, Baby Trend is now offering a free, new play yard to consumers who find and return the recalled product. Baby Trend is launching a new effort to reach caregivers by including flyers in new products and putting notices in newsletters distributed by child advocacy organizations. This summer, recall posters will be displayed in post offices around the country.

There were 100,000 "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express" portable cribs/play yards sold between 1992 and 1994. The crib/play yard can appear to be set up properly even if the top rails are not fully locked. If the crib/play yard is not set up so that each top rail is securely locked in position, a baby can be caught by the neck and can strangle.

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

All Home and Roam and Baby Express model cribs/play yards are recalled (recall information can be found on Baby Trend's web site at http://www.babytrend.com/recall2.jpg). The words "Home and Roam" or "Baby Express" and "Baby Trend" appear along the top rails. The cribs/play yards were priced from $60 to $130 and were sold nationwide from 1992 to 1994. Consumers should search their homes and day care centers for these portable cribs/play yards. Stop using them immediately and call Baby Trend toll-free at (800) 328-7363 to get a free, new play yard. Baby Trend portable cribs/play yards sold since 1994 have different side rails and are not recalled.

CPSC has previously announced the recall of several other portable cribs/play yards with rotating top rails that can collapse and entrap a child in the folded top rails.

CPSC is aware of 14 deaths to children when the top rails of play yards collapsed. A new safety standard requires that the top rails of play yards automatically lock into place when the unit is fully set up.

In addition to the Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express" models, CPSC obtained voluntary recalls of the following play yards with top rails that people had to turn into place when setting up the unit: Evenflo "Happy Camper, Happy Cabana, and Kiddie Camper;" Century Models 10-710 and 10-810; and Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite Model." CPSC also issued a safety warning about All Our Kids Models 742 and 762 play yards imported by a firm that is out of business.

Consumers can check all second-hand products against CPSC recall lists at www.cpsc.gov or by calling (800) 638-2772.

Date RecalledProduct and FirmNumber/Dates SoldRemedy
6/25/97Evenflo "Happy Camper," "Happy Cabana," and "Kiddie Camper" Portable Play Yards1.2 million units sold between 1990 and 1997Free repair
Call firm
800-447-9178
11/21/96Century "Fold-N-Go Models 10-710 and 10-810" Portable Play Yards212,000 units sold between 1993 and 1996Free repair
Call firm
800-541-0264
11/21/96Draco "All Our Kids" (models 742 and 762) Portable Cribs/Play Yards13,000 units sold between 1992 and 1995Stop use and destroy
(Firm out of business)
1/1/95Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express," Portable Cribs/Play Pens100,000 units sold between 1992 and 1994Free, New Play Yard
Call firm
800-328-7363
2/17/93Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite" Portable Cribs11,600 units sold between 1990 and 1992$120 reward
Call firm
800-453-7673


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Graco Highchairs Recalled

Graco Highchairs Recalled...

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2001 -- Graco Children's Products is voluntarily recalling about 860,000 highchairs. The chair's legs can come out, causing the chair to fall to the ground. Children can suffer serious injuries from the fall.

Graco has received 108 reports of the highchair legs coming out of the seat, including 105 injuries. Injuries have included a mild concussion, two broken noses, six cuts requiring stitches, black eyes, and bumps and bruises.

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

The model and serial numbers of these Graco highchairs are located on a sticker beneath the seat. The model number contains "3170," "36051" or "74001" within it. The first six numbers in the serial number indicate the date of manufacture. The recalled highchairs were manufactured from January 1, 1995 through December 8, 1997 (or from 010195 through 120897). The highchairs are made of a white plastic seat with white metal legs, and "Graco" is printed on the front of the tray. Mass merchandise, juvenile products and discount department stores nationwide sold these highchairs from January 1995 through June 1998 for between $30 and $35.

Graco Highchairs Consumers should stop using the highchairs immediately and call Graco at (800) 617-7447 anytime to receive a free repair kit. Additional information is available at www.gracobaby.com under Customer Service/Recall Information. Consumers also can write to Customer Affairs, Graco Children's Products, Inc., Box 100, Elverson, PA 19520. Consumers should have the highchair in front of them when they call Graco.

Highchairs with push pins on the legs that snap into the seat are not part of this recall.

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Endura Contempra Solar Lights Recalled

Endura Contempra Solar Lights Recalled...

Solar LightsWASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2001 -- The Brinkmann Corporation is voluntarily recalling about 79,000 outdoor solar lights for repair. The beveled lens on the solar light can act as a magnifying glass. When sunlight passes through the lens, nearby combustible materials, such as mulch or dry grass, can catch on fire.

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

CPSC and Brinkmann have received five reports of grass and mulch fires caused by these solar lights. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves the outdoor Endura "Contempra" solar light with a beveled lens ring around the middle. The light is black and clear with a solar panel on top, and is mounted on a black stake. They were sold in single, two, four and six packs.

Home, hardware and discount department stores nationwide, as well as mail order catalogs, sold these solar lights from February 1998 through December 2000 for between $20 and $85.

Consumers should stop using the recalled solar lights immediately, and contact Brinkmann Corp. at (800) 675-5301 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to receive a free repair kit.
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NIKE Recalling Jordan Trunner Cross-Trainer Shoes

NIKE Recalling Jordan Trunner Cross-Trainer Shoes...

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2001 -- NIKE USA Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 225,000 pairs of its Jordan Trunner LX and Jordan Trunner 2000 cross-training shoes. The shoes have a thin metal strip on the outside of the heel that can protrude from the shoe and form a sharp edge that can cut the wearer's leg.

Nike Trunner NIKE has received 16 reports of consumers receiving cuts to the lower legs from the metal strip on these shoes, including several reports of persons requiring stitches.

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

Nike Trunner The NIKE Jordan Trunner LX and Jordan Trunner 2000 Mid shoes being recalled have a strip of metal about 4-inches long at the upper part of the back of the shoe, which is encased in plastic. These shoes are size six and higher, and have model numbers 136040 (the Jordan Trunner LX) and model number 136050 (the Jordan Trunner 2000 Mid).

On the Trunner LX, the model number is located on a label on the inside tongue of the shoe, above the UPC code. On the Trunner 2000 Mid, the model number is located above the UPC code on a label inside the heel of the shoe. The Trunner LX is available in various color combinations.

The Trunner LX has a Velcro strip instead of laces, and has the word "JORDAN" on a cloth strip just below the Velcro strap and also on the bottom of the shoe.

The Trunner 2000 Mid comes in two color combinations: white and black with metallic silver trim, and black and gray with fluorescent yellow trim. The name "JORDAN" appears in block letters near the shoelaces and on the bottom of the shoe, and "TRUNNER" appears on the back heel of the shoe over the metal strip.

Major athletic shoe stores and department stores nationwide sold these shoes from May 2000 to February 2001 for between $100 and $125. Consumers should stop using these cross-training shoes and immediately return them to the store where purchased to receive a substitute product or a store credit.

For more information, consumers should call NIKE at (800) 344-6453 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or access the Nike website at www.nikebiz.com.
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Consumer complaint about Flame Stop fire extinguishers

Customer refund experience

Consumer complaint about Flame Stop fire extinguishers...

Judy of Casselberry, FL, writes:
An organization of which I was president (Sound of Sunshine Chorus of Sweet Adelines) had purchased 10 cases (120 cans) of Flame Stop, a fire suppressant in August 1998 as a fund raiser. We found out quite by accident approximately 4 months later that it was illegal to sell Flame Stop in Florida because it did not meet the state statutes required for fire extinguishers. Flame Stop had fire extinguisher listed on the can.

In February 1999 I contacted Paul McA of Products Marketing to request a refund plus shipping expenses on the remaining cans of Flame Stop. I had explained that it was illegal to sell Flame Stop in Florida and after sending copies of the Florida State Statues on fire extinguishers Paul told me that California prohibited the sale of Flame Stop also.

Paul had promised on several occasions that he had a buyer for us and then after frequent phone calls to Paul followed by many excuses, the promises went unfulfilled. Eleven months and many excuses later, Vivian L, a local Flame Stop distributor in my hometown, contacted me. She had run into Paul while in Phoenix on business and he told her our dilemma. She was unaware that I had been pursuing this issue for eleven months and stated that her son, a firefighter (not from Florida or California), would purchase 4 cases of the Flame Stop and she would purchase the rest at the same price as sold by the company.

It is now 6 months since my initial conversation with Vivian and the issue has not been resolved. She too has given me many excuses why her son is unable to purchase to Flame Stop at this time. After almost two years since our purchase of Flame Stop, I still have four cases of it in my garage.

The chorus has lost at least $300 not counting the fact that we were unable to use this product as a fund raiser. Shipping was expensive -- $150. I personally lost money on the frequent daytime long distance phone calls to Paul McA at Products Marketing in Phoenix. As president of this organization, I felt a responsibility to get a refund of some monies back to the organization and after nearly a year and a half of my time spent trying to pursue this issue I have been frustrated beyond belief. One would think that a company would research whether it was legal to sell a product in certain states. Several large companies in Central Florida (Goodings, Wal-Mart) sold Flame Stop and received heavy fines. I was going to submit this in December 1999 when Vivian suggested that I wait because she had a solution for our problem. It has been nearly 18 months since I started pursuing a refund and I believe that is more than a reasonable length of time especially without resolution.

We received the following from the real Flame Stop:

Our name is TRADEMARKED and this particular Company took it upon themselves to degrade our name, and now in doing so, we find you too have used our name out of context. We do not and never have manufactured "Flame Stop Fire Extingushers" and have requested the AZ based Company that they be justly renamed. They have done so, we recommend you state that our company and our trademarked name have NO ASSOCIATION to this Fire Extingusher.

Please make the appropriate notation, as we are recieving calls with regard to this posting you have with our trademarked name all over it.

Flame Stop, Inc.
Amy Marie
Office Manager
924 Blue Mound Rd. Ft Worth, TX 76131

So what does Flame Stop manufacture? According to their Web site, "Flame Stop, Inc manufactures labor-saving passive fire protection systems and fire retardants spray-on applications. Our fire retardants and fire stops are the most 'User-Friendly, Inspector Friendly and Checkbook Friendly' fire protection products on the market today.

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