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Decathlon USA Recalls Quechua Tents

Consumers should stop using the recalled tents and call Decathlon USA for information on returning these recalled tents for a refund plus an extra $10. ...

October 18, 2006
Decathlon USA is recalling Quechua tents and canopies because of a flammability problem.

All 2006 model Quechua branded tents (2-Seconds, 2-Seconds Air, 3-Seconds Air, T2, T3 Air, T4 Air, T6.2XL Air, T2 Ultralight Tents, T0 and T0+ canopies) sold in orange, red, blue, camouflage, or beige with SKU numbers 350808, 65196, 86813 146552, 146548, 100986, 351219, 370833, 531980, 531989, 65024, 90366, 90428, 567008, 567009, 567036, 567032, 370973, 22611, 566985, and 566992 are included in this recall. The SKU number can be found on the self-carry jacket. Quechua is printed on the exterior of the tent or canopy and on some of the carrying bags.

Recalled tents

The tents were sold at Decathlon USA retail stores in Massachusetts or through online sales at www.decathlontent.com from January 2006 through September 2006 for between $15 and $150.

Consumers should stop using the recalled tents and call Decathlon USA for information on returning these recalled tents for a refund plus an extra $10. Consumers that purchased tents through the Web site and toll-free number are being sent direct notices from Decathlon.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Decathlon USA at (888) 446-5147 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at www.decathlon-usa.com.

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

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Petzl America Recalls Climbing Equipment

Petzl America Recalls Climbing Equipment...

October 18, 2006
Petzl America is recalling about 8,000 carabiners used for climbing. These carabiners have a green button that acts as a safety mechanism to prevent unlocking. The recalled carabiners can unlock unexpectedly without pressing the green button, posing a fall hazard.

The recall involves the M34 BL Am'D Ball-Lock and M36 BL William Ball Lock carabiners with metal locking sleeves. Carabiners with batch number between 06076 and 06178 are included in the recall. The batch number is engraved on the spine of the carabiner. The recall does not include Ball Lock carabiners having a plastic locking sleeve.

The items were sold at Petzl dealers nationwide from March 2006 through July 2006 for about $13 for the Am'D model and about $17 for the William model.

Consumers should stop using the recalled carabiners immediately, and contact Petzl America to have their carabiners inspected and to receive a free replacement, if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Petzl America at (877) 807-3805 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or log on to the firm's Web site at www.petzl.com.

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

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Craftsman, MTD, Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines Snow Throwers Recalled

Craftsman, MTD, Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines Snow Throwers Recalled...

October 5, 2006
Two-stage compact snow throwers manufactured by MTD are being recalled. If the snow thrower's tires are over-inflated, the plastic wheel rims can burst, posing a risk of lacerations and fractures.

Recalled Snow ThrowerMTD has received reports of 16 injuries, including fractured fingers, a broken toe, and facial lacerations.

The snow thrower has two wheels and comes in red, green, gray or black. Troy-Bilt, Yard Machines or Craftsman is printed on the snow thrower's housing. The model number is located on the snow thrower's rear frame. The model numbers included in this recall are listed below.

BrandModelSnow Thrower
Troy-Bilt31AS3BB27665.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage
Yard Machines31A-3AAD7005 HP 22-inch Two Stage
31A-3BAD7005.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
31A-3BAD7295.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
31A-3BAD7525.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
31A-3BAD7625.5 HP 22-inch Two Stage
31AS3DDE7297 HP 24-inch Two Stage
Craftsman247.882555.5 HP 24-inch Two Stage
247.887005 HP 22-inch Two Stage

The Troy-Bilt and Yard Machines snow throwers were sold at independent dealers, home improvement and hardware stores. The Craftsman brand snow throwers were sold at Sears and Kmart stores. Affected snow throwers were sold from July 2004 through March 2006 for between $500 and $800.

Consumers should contact MTD for a free service kit with pressure relief valves, labels and instructions. Consumers with Craftsman brand snow throwers will be mailed a service kit directly by Sears.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact MTD toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.

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

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NHTSA Recalls Britax Child Safety Seat

NHTSA Recalls Britax Child Safety Seat...

October 5, 2006

Sample seat
For illustration only. Recalled units may vary in appearance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling the "Companion" rear-facing, infant-only child safety seat (Model E9L14).

In a crash, the carrier may fail, resulting in serious injury or even death to the child.

The recall includes seats produced from October 31, 2003, through June 6, 2004.

Because of incorrect assembly of some of the infant carriers, tabs on the bottom of the carrier may not be properly seated and the child restraints fail to conform to federal standards.

Britax will notify all registered owners and ask them to inspect the bottom of the carrier.

If the carrier was assembled incorrectly, Britax will replace the carrier and the base free of charge. However, owners are advised that they may continue using the carrier without the base until they receive a new restraint system.

The Britax recall number for this campaign is BCS #090601. Consumers with questions about this or any other safety recall campaign should contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153).

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Agio Recalls Outdoor Gas Fire Pits

Agio International is recalling about 22,000 outdoor gas fire pits. Agio has received eight reports of hoses rupturing, including three reports of fire....

October 5, 2006
Agio International is recalling about 22,000 outdoor gas fire pits. If the regulator hose for the propane cylinder contacts the burner during use, the hose can rupture, presenting a risk of a fire outside of the unit.

Recalled fire pitAgio has received eight reports of hoses rupturing, including three reports of fire. Two of these fires resulted in minor damage to decks. No injuries have been reported.

The fire pit is an outdoor gas fire pit with a surrounding housing that serves as a table. The fire pits were sold in various shapes and sizes, including oval, hexagonal, round and octagonal. They have various style table tops, including real and faux marble, slate, ceramic or stone.

The bases of the fire pits have various styles, including mountain stone, field stone, flag stone, cobblestone, stucco, brick and wicker. The model number 98500 or 98500A is printed on the top of the label on the side of the sliding drawer holding the propane tank, or, on some models, on the back of the hinged door that lifts up to get to the propane tank.

The pits were sold at Costco, BJs, Home Depot Expo Design Center, Lowes and other stores nationwide, and by various on-line retailers, from September 2005 through July 2006 for between $400 and $1,400. Units sold by Costco were included as part of a five-piece furniture grouping.

Consumers should stop using the fire pits immediately, and contact Agio to receive a free repair, which consists of a tie that will keep the regulator hose from contacting the burner, and instructions.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Agio-USA, the recall coordinator, at (800) 598-6532 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firms Web site at www.agio-usa.com.

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

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