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Costco Recalls Cuddly Comfort Pillows

Costco Recalls Cuddly Comfort Pillows...

July 22, 2008
pillow photo Sleep Innovations Inc. is recalling about 120,000 Cuddly Comfort pillows sold at Costco. The pillows can contain small metal fragments in the fiberfill as a result of a mechanical breakdown in the manufacturing process. The metal fragments can cause abrasions and cuts to consumers.

The recalled Cuddly Comfort Pillows were sold in packs of two. Each pillow is 20' wide by 26' long, and they were sold in white, violet, blue, pink and yellow colors. Only pillows with Registration Number PA-27156(CA) are included in the recall. The Registration Number and the words 'Sleep Innovations' are printed on the pillow's tag.

The pillows, made in China, were sold at certain Costco stores nationwide from February 2008 through June 2008 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pillows and return them to any Costco store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sleep Innovations toll-free at (866) 656-0610 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.sleepinnovations.com.

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

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'It's MY Binky' Recalls Personalized Pacifiers

About 115,000 "It's My Binky" personalized pacifiers are being recalled. The pacifier button, ring handle and shield with nipple can detach, posing a choki...

July 22, 2008
About 115,000 "It's My Binky" personalized pacifiers are being recalled. The pacifier button, ring handle and shield with nipple can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.

It's My Binky has received two reports of the pacifier button, ring handle and shield with nipple detaching. No injuries have been reported.

photo of recalled binky

The recalled pacifiers have "Japlo" imprinted on the front of the pacifier shield at the bottom, center. The pacifiers were sold in blue, white and pink with various words or designs printed on the button of the pacifier. Examples of text and symbols printed on recalled Japlo pacifiers include but are not limited to the following:

BLUE (pacifier w/text)WHITE (pacifier w/text)PINK (pacifier w/text)
Image of a skull (no text)image of a skull (no text)spoiled
stud muffinstud muffinprincess
prince charmingprince charmingmy mom rocks
my mom rocksprincessmute button
mute buttonmy mom rocksmy dad rocks
my dad rocksmute buttoninsomniac
momma's boylittle monsterfuture ceo
insomniacfuture ceoflirt
future ceodaddy's girldaddy's girl
little monsterborn to shopborn to shop
flirt  
bad to the bone  

The pacifiers, made in Malaysia, were sold at Nordstrom and baby boutique retail stores nationwide and online at www.itsmybinky.com from February 2006 through June 2008 for between $5 and $6.

Consumers should immediately take these pacifiers away from children and return them to the store where purchased or contact the firm if purchased online to receive a free replacement pacifier.

For additional information, contact It's My Binky toll-free at (888) 689-9444 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday PT or visit the firm's website at www.itsmybinky.com or e-mail Danielle Riiber at Danielle@itsmybinky.com

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

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SunL Group Recalls SLA90 Youth ATVs

Split Master, Huskee Log Splitters Recalled...

July 18, 2008
SunL Group Inc. is recalling about 144 SLA90 Youth All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

The youth ATV lacks front brakes, a manual fuel shut-off, and padding to cover the sharp edges on the handlebar assembly. Additionally, the vehicle is sold without a tire pressure gauge or adequate flag pole bracket. The defects could lead to young drivers losing control of the ATVs, which poses the risk of serious injuries or death.

Description: The recalled SLA90 ATVs are intended for children between the ages of 12 and 15 years old. The recalled SLA90 ATVs were available in the following solid colors: red, blue, yellow, green. The ATVs were available in the following camo colors: pink, brown, green, and blue. The word 'Sunl' is on the front side of the ATV. The recalled units have one of the following Vehicle Identification Numbers:

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Congress Inches Towards New Consumer Safety Bill

House-Senate conferees reach agreement on some measures, not others

Congress Inches Towards New Consumer Safety Bill: Congress today came a step closer to passing one of the most sweeping consumer bills in history....


Congress today came a step closer to passing one of the most sweeping consumer bills in history, but more controversial obstacles, along with one very vocal anti-consumer representative, may stand in the way of the legislation being sent to President Bush's desk before the long August recess.

At today's conference meeting, the conferees, about a dozen Senators and Representatives working on the differences between the Senate and House versions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Reform Act, agreed on nine more provisions in the legislation:

1. Export of recalled and non-conforming products: Enables the CPSC to prohibit a U.S. entity from exporting a product that does not comply with consumer product safety rules unless the importing country has previously notified the Commission of its permission.

2. Import safety management and interagency cooperation: Requires the CPSC to develop a plan to identify shipments of consumer products intended for import into the U.S. Improves information sharing among federal agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

3. Substantial product hazard list and destruction of noncompliant imported products.

4. Financial responsibility: Allows the CPSC to recommend to Customs and Border Protection a bond amount sufficient to cover the cost of destruction of such products and requires a study to determine the feasibility of requiring escrow for recalls and destruction of products.

5. Inspector general audits and reports: Tasks the Inspector General with conducting reviews and audits to assess the CPSC capital improvement efforts, barriers to oversight and compliance, and reports of waste, fraud, and abuse.

6. Childrens products containing lead; lead paint rule: Bans lead for products manufactured for children age 12 or younger. Specifically, the permissible level of lead in childrens products would be 600 ppm within 180 days, 300 ppm after one year and 100 ppm after three years.

7. Enforcement by State Attorneys General: Provides authority for State Attorneys General to uniformly enforce consumer product safety laws and act expeditiously to remove dangerous products from shelves.

8. Establishment of a public consumer product safety database: Within 2 years, the CPSC would establish a searchable database to include any reports of injuries, illness, death or risk related to consumer products submitted by consumers and other agencies. Upon receiving a complaint, the CPSC has five days to submit the complaint to the manufacturer. The manufacturer then has 10 days to respond. The complaint and manufacturer's response, if available, would then be posted on the database. The CPSC would have the authority to remove a complaint if it is found to be inaccurate.

9. Public disclosure of information: Modifies provisions concerning the public disclosure of information regarding a consumer product where disclosure will permit the public to readily identify the manufacturer or private labeler. Decreases waiting periods before the CPSC may disclose information and provides for expedited court actions to release information on products to the public.

Today's unanimous voice vote leaves five or six more items that consumer advocates, industry lobbyists, Senators and Representatives cannot agree on:

1. Phthatlate restrictions: In recent years, scientists have identified a possible connection to the plastic components known as phthalates and cancer and genital defects. The European Union, California and some retailers, including Wal-Mart, have banned some types of phthalates. Many Democrat conferees want rules similar to the EU ban included in the legislation, while some Republicans, most notably Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), believe the fears to be overstated.

2. Mandatory ASTM toy testing standards: If adopted, these standards would require toy manufacturers to follow the nation's oldest voluntary standards.

3. Preemption: This provision would make it impossible for states to adopt tougher standards. This would make the laws in states such as California, which has pthalate restrictions, and Washington, which has tougher lead standards, obsolete. Consumer advocates argue that this will make consumer goods safer while manufacturers say it will make it difficult for them to make products for each state's separate rules.

4. Whistleblower protection: This would protect industry and government employees from lawsuits after sharing information regarding corruption or dangerous products.

5. Mandatory All-Terrain Vehicle standards: For years the CPSC has failed to make the voluntary standards mandatory, opening the door to less scrupulous foreign manufacturers. Consumer advocates say those voluntary standards still will not do enough to save lives while large manufacturers want them implemented to shut down the importation of cheaper imports.

6. Product-specific standards: Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has led the way in the House and has insisted on passing a bi-partisan piece of legislation that has few amendments and no product-specific additions, such as the mandatory ATV standards. However, a source close to the proceedings said they are still considering including standards for lighters, equestrian helmets, garage doors and possibly more.

The conferees today also voted on an amendment that would have given the CPSC the authority to ban importers and local manufacturers from the marketplace for repeat offenses. The vote highlighted the pervasive bickering that is not dividing party lines, but rather the two chambers of Congress.

The Senators unanimously voted in favor while the Representatives unanimously voted against the repeat offenders amendment. From the beginning, the Senate bill was much stronger in terms of consumer protection while the skeletal House bill, which passed unanimously, was more concerned with getting bi-partisan approval. Both sides now appear to be in a House versus Senate tug of war.

Consumers are caught in the middle waiting for reform that consumer advocates say is long overdue. While the Senate appears to be winning, there are still at least five controversial items that would likely protect consumers more that representatives, most notably Barton, are struggling to keep out of the legislation. This battle continues to slow the process which is already more than a year in the making.

Consumers have been waiting for this bill for a long time, said Ami Gadhia, policy counsel for Consumer's Union. The clock is ticking.

These (provisions) will all make our lives better, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said. Why do we have to stall?

Despite the pleas of Senators, the House won out in the battle over repeat offenders. Barton repeatedly shouted nay, even before an official vote had even been tallied.

Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) promised the issue would be raised again in the Senate.

This is the second meeting of the conference. The conferees agreed upon 21 noncontroversial items June 26. Sen. Inouye (D-Hawaii), who co-chairs the conference with Dingell, said the next meeting will probably be Tuesday, July 22. The conferees said repeatedly that they would like the legislation to pass before the August recess in two weeks.

It is unknown whether President Bush will sign the impending bill into law. He has not threatened a veto, but in a memo from the White House, has indicated he disagrees with many of the more aggressive clauses and has been largely apposed to any regulatory legislation that contains no preemption clause.



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Honda Recalls Lawn Mowers

Honda Recalls Lawn Mowers...

July 10, 2008
Honda is recalling about 20,000 lawn mowers. The rear shield can break off allowing debris to be thrown toward the operator, which poses a laceration hazard to consumers.

photo of recalled mowers

American Honda has received one report of a shield breaking off the lawn mower. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves HRX walk-behind lawn mowers with model numbers HRX217(K)2HXA and HRX217(K)2HMA. The model and serial number are printed on a label located on the upper rear of the mower deck. Serial numbers included in the recall are MAGA-1500001 through 1520532. The recalled lawn mowers are red with 'HONDA' written on the bag.

The mowers were sold by authorized American Honda Motor Corp. dealers and Home Depot stores nationwide from October 2007 to June 2008 for about $900. They were made in the U.S.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn mowers and contact their local Honda Lawn and Garden dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the recalled lawn mowers have been contacted by direct mail notification.

For additional information, contact Honda at (800) 426-7701 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Honda's Web site at www.hondapowerequipment.com.

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

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Youth Bed Toy Chests Recalled after Child's Death

LaJolla Boat Bed, Pirates of the Caribbean Twin Trundle Bed were sold at Costco

More than 9,000 youth bed toy chests sold at Costco are being recalled after a 22-month-old Roseville, California, child was strangled when the lid fell......

July 3, 2008
More than 9,000 youth bed toy chests sold at Costco are being recalled after a 22-month-old Roseville, California, child was strangled when the lid fell on his neck.

The lid supports on the toy chests fail to prevent the lid from closing too quickly, posing an entrapment and strangulation hazard to young children.

The California child was killed when the lid of the toy chest fell on the back of his head and entrapped his neck on the edge of the chest of a LaJolla Boat Bed, federal safety officials said.

This recall involves two styles of Bayside youth beds: the LaJolla Boat Bed and the Pirates of the Caribbean Twin Trundle Bed. The preassembled toy chests are designed in the shape of a ship or boats bow and attached to the beds as a footboard. The LaJolla Boat Bed toy chest has a hardwood top and white wood base with a blue stripe. The Pirates Boat Bed toy chest has a hardwood top, wheel shape and brown wood base with decorative carvings.

The beds were sold at Costco and furniture retail stores nationwide and Costco.com from January 2006 through May 2008 for between $700 and $1,400. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop children from using the recalled toy chests and contact the firm for instructions on receiving a free repair kit with replacement lid supports.

For additional information, contact Bayside at (877) 494-2536 anytime, or visit the firms Web site at www.baysidefurnishings.com to register online for the free repair kit.

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

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