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Turbo Power Electric Hand-held Hair Dryers Recall

Turbo Power Inc. is recalling about 359,000 hand-held Turbo Power hair dryers. The dryers are not equipped with an immersion protection device....

May 26, 2004
Turbo Power Inc. is recalling about 359,000 hand-held Turbo Power hair dryers. The dryers are not equipped with an immersion protection device to prevent electrocution if it r falls into water.

Such electric shock protection devices are required by industry standards for all electric hand-held hair dryers.

The following hair dryers are recalled: Turbo 1500, Twin Turbo 2600, Turbo 2800 Silverado, Twin Turbo 2800, Mega Turbo 2500, Twin Turbo Ionic 3000, Parlux 3000, Mega Turbo 3000, Coldmatic 1500, Turbo Millennium 2000, Turbo 2200, and Super Turbo 1900.

These hair dryers have pistol grips and have black, black and red, black and grey, or red and ivory plastic casing. They have two-prong power cords. The hair dryers are labeled in part: Turbo Power or PIBBS followed by the model number and this voltage marking: 110V/60HZ. The boxes in which the hair dryers were sold said Made in Italy.

The dryers were sold at retail and beauty supply stores nationwide from January 2002 through April 2004 for about $50 to $169.

Return the hair dryer to either the retail store where purchased or to Turbo Power for a free replacement. Mail to: Turbo Power Inc., 31-40 Downing Street, Flushing, NY 11354. Consumers will be reimbursed for shipping costs.

Consumer Contact: Call Turbo Power at (888) 715-6100 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, or visit the firms Web site at www.turbopowerinc.com.

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

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Kinetic Lighting Pictures

Genan Imports is recalling about 17,000 "Kinetic Lighting." The pictures have inadequate construction, incorrect wiring and use flammable materials....

May 18, 2004
Genan Imports is recalling about 17,000 "Kinetic Lighting" (or moveable waterfallP pictures. The pictures have inadequate construction, incorrect wiring, and use flammable materials, all of which pose fire and electric shock hazards to consumers.

The recalled Kinetic Lighting Pictures are framed artwork that utilize electric lights and sound and feature moving background scenes, including waterfalls and snow. Some of the pictures have nature scenes with a church or a barn in the background.

The paintings come with wooden, glass mirror, or plastic frames that depict wolves, elephants, or dolphins. The pictures come in seven different sizes: 178cm x 112cm; 148cm x 99cm; 118cm x 74cm; 110cm x 74cm; 99cm x 48cm; 65cm x 47cm; and 41cm x 32cm.

The pictures were sold at Dollar and furniture stores nationwide from June 2002 through February 2003 for between $20 and $150 (depending on the size of the picture).

Consumers should return the picture to Genan Import for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For information on returning the picture, consumers should call Genan Import at (800) 517-5795 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or log on to the companys Web site at www.genanimport.com.

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

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Coaster Company Bunk Beds

Coaster Company Bunk Beds...

May 13, 2004
Coaster Co. of America is recalling about 22,000 bunk beds.

A gap between the step of the built-in ladder and the top bunk allows enough room for a childs body to slip through but will not allow for a childs head to pass through. This poses a serious strangulation risk. Federal standards for bunk beds are designed to protect children against entrapment and strangulation.

The recall involves model 2008, 2056, 2256 and 2258 bunk beds. The metal bunk beds were sold in twin/twin and twin/full sizes. A Coaster Company of America label can be found on the bed frame of the top bunk. The enamel finishes come in blue, black, red, yellow, or white.

Furniture stores nationwide sold the bunk beds from June 2000 through February 2004 for between $150 and $250.

Consumers should stop using the bunk beds immediately and call Coaster of America for a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call Coaster toll-free at (800) 282-9362 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firms Web site at www.coastercompany.com

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

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Mercedes Recall Will Check for Brake Problems

DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes Benz unit is recalling around 680,000 passenger cars worldwide due to suspected problems with the braking systems. ...

May 11, 2004
DaimlerChrysler AG's Mercedes Benz unit is recalling around 680,000 passenger cars worldwide due to suspected problems with the braking systems.

The company said it is offering free inspections to customers of its E-class sedan built after March 2002, SL-class sports cars built after October 2001 and T-models built after March 2003.

A spokesman said that prior inspections showed that of all the models of these classes and years, roughly two out of every thousand proved to have problems with the Sensotronic Brake Control system.

If the same percentage applied, this would translate in this case to about 1,360 units affected out of the 680,000 vehicles.

The carmaker said the defect in the system's braking hydraulics meant drivers need to brake earlier and with greater force to bring the car to a stop.

According to the company, high-mileage vehicles where the brakes have been used more than average -- such as taxis -- have mainly been hit by the problem.

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Shaw Industries Recalls Flammable Carpet

Shaw Industries Recalls Flammable Carpet...

May 6, 2004
Shaw Industries is recalling Tuftex wall-to-wall carpeting. Due to a manufacturing error that over-treated the carpet with a soil-resist application, the carpet could readily ignite, presenting a serious risk of burn injuries. The recalled carpet violates the federal Flammable Fabrics Act.

The recalled wall-to-wall carpet was manufactured in two different styles called Moon Shadow and Chic to Chic, both of which are 100% nylon fluffy shag. These two manufacturing styles were labeled for various carpet dealers and were sold under the following style names and colors:

1. Moon Shadow style carpet (style # Z6136) sold under color name Snowflake

2. Chic to Chic style carpet (style # Z6079) sold under the color names Tanstone, Petticoat and Black Satin, and also sold under the following vendor-specific style and color names:

  • Barbary Coast style carpet (style # 6079J) sold under the color names Sandstone, Cameo Charm, Calico and Luminous
  • Alluring Appeal style carpet (style # 079AS) sold under the color names French Vanilla and Mountain Stone
  • Pizzazz style carpet (style # 6079U) sold under the color name Muslin
  • High Step Berber style carpet (style # 26082) sold under the color name Petticoat
  • High Profile style carpet (style # ZG075) sold under the color names Cookie Dough and Candle Glow
  • Cadillac II style carpet (style # 7N915) sold under the color names Petticoat, Beige Whisper and Candle Glow
  • Amazing Berber style carpet (style # ZC079) sold under the color names Cookie Dough, Petticoat, Black Satin and Moonstone
  • Rosenberry Berber style carpet (style # 079CL) sold under the color name Beige Whisper
  • Chic to Chcun style carpet (style # 4ZA59) sold under the color name Black Satin

The carpeting was sold by carpet retailers nationwide from January 15, 2004 through February 15, 2004 for $50 to $75 per square yard.

Shaw Industries corrected the manufacturing error and will replace the recalled carpet with the same or comparable carpet.

Consumer Contact: Contact Shaw Industries from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET at (800) 441-7429 for instructions on how to have the carpet replaced free. Consumers also can visit the firms Web site: www.shawfloors.com.

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

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