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Sony Recalls VAIO Notebook Computers

Computers can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers

Sony Recalls VAIO Notebook Computers...


Sony is recalling about 233,000 VAIO laptop computers because they can overheat, posing a burn hazard to the consumer.

Sony has received 30 reports of units overheating resulting in deformed keyboards and casings. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled products are VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers. The computers are available in many colors and have VAIO on the front outside panel. The model numbers can be found on the bottom of the computers.

photo of recalled computers

The following models are included:

VPCF11 Series

VPCF111FD/BVPCF111FX/BVPCF111FX/HVPCF112FX/BVPCF112FX/H
VPCF113FX/BVPCF113FX/HVPCF114FX/BVPCF114FX/HVPCF115FM/B
VPCF115FM/BLVPCF116FX/BVPCF116FX/HVPCF117FX/BVPCF117FX/B
VPCF117FX/HVPCF11AFX/BVPCF11BFX/BVPCF11CGX/BVPCF11DGX/B
VPCF11EGX/BVPCF11FGX/BVPC11GGX/BVPCF11HGX/BVPCF11JFX/B
VPCF11KFX/HVPCF11LFX/BVPCF11MFX/BVPCF11NFX/BVPCF11PFX/H
VPCF11QFX/BVPCF11QFX/H   

VPCCW2 Series

VPCCW21FX/BVPCCW21FX/PVPCCW21FX/RVPCCW21FFX/WVPCCW22FX/B
VPCCW22FX/LVPCCW22FX/PVPCCW22FX/RVPCCW22FX/WVPCCW23FX/B
VPCCW23FX/LVPCCW23FX/PVPCCW23FX/RVPCCW23FX/WVPCCW26FX/B
VPCCW26FX/LVPCCW26FX/PVPCCW26FX/RVPCCW27FX/BVPCCW27FX/L
VPCCW27FX/PVPCCW27FX/RVPCCW27FX/WVPCCW28FJ/WVPCCW2AFX/B
VPCCW2BFX/BVPCCW2CGX/BVPCCW2DGX/BVPCCW2EGX/BVPCCW2FGX/B
VPCCW2GGX/BVPCCW2HGX/BVPCCW2JGX/BVPCCW2KGX/BVPCCW2LFX/B
VPCCW2LFX/LVPCCW2LFX/PVPCCW2LFX/RVPCCW2LFX/WVPCCW2MFX/PU
VPCCW2MFX/WJVPCCW2MGX/BVPCCW2NFX/LUVPCCW2PFX/LVPCCW2PFX/R
VPCCW2FX/WVPCCW2QGX/BVPCCWERGX/BVPCCW2SGX/BVPCCW2TGX/B
VPCCW2UFX/BVPCCW2VFX/B   

The computers were sold at Best Buy, Costco, Frys, Amazon.com and Sony Style retail stores and sonystyle.com as well as other electronics retailers and business suppliers nationwide. The recalled computers were shipped to consumers and resellers between January 2010 and April 2010. They sold for between $800 and $1,500.

Consumers should immediately go to http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update for instructions on how to update the computers BIOS firmware. Consumers can also call Sony or visit Sony Style retail stores nationwide for help with installing the update. This firmware will prevent the computer from overheating. The firmware update will also be available through the VAIO Update software program installed on the recalled computers. A prompt will appear when users log on.

For additional information, please contact Sony toll-free any time at (866) 496-7669 or visit the firms website at http://esupport.sony.com/US/f1cw2update

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

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'Free Range' Eggs Not Necessarily Healthier

Studies find more contaminants found in eggs from free-range hens

'Free Range' Eggs Not Necessarily Healthier...

By Truman Lewis
ConsumerAffairs.com

June 29, 2010
Many consumers think that the more "natural" a food is, the healthier it is. But it's not necessarily so, as a recent study of "free-range" eggs reminds us.

In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers in southern Taiwan found that eggs from free range hens contained more than five times the contaminants found in eggs from caged chickens.

While movies like "Food Inc." have painted a dim picture of the lives led by caged chickens, as opposed to their free-roaming counterparts, the research suggests that chickens free to wander around the farm yard are more likely to gobble down industrial pollutants, pesticide residues and other potentially harmful snacks.

Or as the researchers put it, the findings "give rise to issues related to the safety of eating free range chicken eggs" and suggest further investigation is needed.

The Taiwan study, conducted by researchers at National Cheng Kung University, isn't the first of its kind. A similar study conducted in Europe between 1987 and 1999 also found higher levels of contaminants in free-range eggs.

Has a similar study been conducted in the U.S.? No one seems quite sure but Phil Lempert, a leading food industry analyst, suggests in an article on his Web site that it's time to face up to the issue.

While it's true, Lempert notes, that Taiwan is a small, highly urbanized country, free-range hens in the U.S. aren't necessarily out roaming around the most pristine environments either.

In fact, many may not go out at all. The term "free-range" means only that hens have access to the outdoors. It doesn't mean they spend all day there -- or that a particular hen's outdoor environment is anything more than a bare patch of concrete.

Lempert thinks it's time to clear up the confusion. "Its unacceptable for these industrial pollutants to be omnipresent in our environment, but its better to be aware of the possible issues than in the dark," he said.



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PetSafe Recalls Power Adapters for Pet Beds

PetSafe Recalls Power Adapters for Pet Beds...


Power supplies for about 20,000 PetSafe heated pet beds are being recalled. When the metal connector is removed from the bed, it can cause arcing between the coil spring and the connector, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

The firm has received three reports of connectors melting. No injuries or fires have been reported.

photo of recalled bed

This recall involves the Class 2 Transformers that were sold with PetSafe Heated Wellness Sleepers. The power adapters are identified by the markings "PLUG IN CLASS 2 TRANSFORMER," "MODEL NO: K12-800" and have a spring coil covering the length of the electrical wire that goes from the sleeper. Power adapters without spring coils are not affected by this recall.

The beds, made in China, were sold at pet specialty stores, catalog and online retailers nationwide from September 2006 through April 2010 for between $70 and $110.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled power adapter and contact the firm to receive a free replacement adapter.

For additional information, contact Radio Systems Corporation at (800) 732-2677 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit the firm's website at www.petsafe.net.

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

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Super Lightning Rocket Fireworks Recalled

Super Lightning Rocket Fireworks Recalled...


photo of recalled rocketAbout 4,700 Super Lightning Rocket fireworks are being recalled. The rockets are overloaded with pyrotechnic composition, violating the federal regulatory standard for this product. This could result in a greater than expected explosion, posing a risk of burns and bodily harm to nearby consumers.

This recall involves stick-type rockets with 1 1/2-inch in diameter engine that is mounted on 32-inch wood stick. The engine is wrapped in black paper with a background of solar system and the writing "Super Rocket," in assorted colors. The rockets were sold in packs of four, and have item number GCR3150 printed on the front of the package and on the rocket engine.

The rockets, made in China, were sold at fireworks stands and stores in Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan from November 2009 through June 2010 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled fireworks and contact Big Fireworks for instructions on how to receive a full refund.

For additional information, contact Big Fireworks toll-free at (866) 514-6225 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.bigfireworks.com.

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

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Four-Hour Nasal Decongestant Recalled

Product age doesn't match expiration date on package

Procter & Gamble says it is recalling its 4-Hour Decongestant Nasal Spray. The product formulation may not meet the expiration dates on the package. ...


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Procter & Gamble says it is recalling its 4-Hour Decongestant Nasal Spray. The product was distributed nationwide.

The company said it is taking this voluntary precautionary step after finding that the product formulation may not meet the expiration dates on the package. This recall is not a result of consumer complaints, P&G; said.

"P&G; is removing the product in question from store shelves," the company said in a statement. "Consumers who have product with the UPC codes listed below and marked with an expiration date prior to June 2013 should simply discard the affected product.

The product name is: VapoSpray 4-Hour Nasal Spray by Sinex with a UPC code of 3 23900 00082 7. Prior to June 2009, this product was also sold as Sinex Nasal Spray in both a spray (UPC Code 3 23900 00082 7) and Ultra Fine Mist package (UPC Code 3 23900 00085 8).

For further information on the product being recalled or to request a replacement coupon or refund, call P&G; toll-free at 877-340-8853 (Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 9AM - 6PM U.S. ET, Saturday, 10AM - 3PM U.S. ET).

Anyone experiencing an adverse reaction or quality problem with this or any medication should consult a health care professional and notify the FDA's MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch Web site.



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Wilton Recalls Children's Tiaras

Wilton Recalls Children's Tiaras...

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Wilton Industries is recalling about 7,300 children's tiaras because they contain high levels of lead.

This recall involves the Wilton Youth Tiara with a SKU number of 120-228. The SKU number is located on the back of the package in the lower right corner. The tiara is silver-colored with clear crystals.

The tiaras were sold at Party City, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Ben Franklin Stores, Amazon.com, and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through April 2010 for about $13. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled tiaras away from children and contact Wilton Industries for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Wilton Industries at (800) 593-7866 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT Fridays or visit the firm's website at www.wilton.com.

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

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Scope Mouthwash Recalled; Some Bottles Lack Child-Resistant Caps

Scope Mouthwash Recalled; Some Bottles Lack Child-Resistant Caps...


Procter & Gamble is recalling about 35,000 bottles of Scope "Original Mint" mouthwash. The mouthwash contains ethyl alcohol and certain bottles have malfunctioning child-resistant caps and lack the statement, "This Package for Households Without Young children," as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Ethyl alcohol is toxic and can cause serious injury or death if ingested by children.

This recall involves some bottles of Scope Original Mint Mouthwash in 1 liter sizes. The recalled bottles have the number 4 on the bottom of the bottle. The bottles with the 4 on the bottom may not be child-resistant. Consumers can also attempt to twist the cap open. If the cap can be twisted off without squeezing the tabs on the cap, the package is not child-resistant.

The bottles were sold at drug stores, grocery stores and other retailers between January 2010 and June 2010 for about $4.

Consumers should keep this product out of the reach of children. Consumers who purchased the product with the expectation that it would be in child-resistant packaging can contact Procter & Gamble for a full refund or a replacement coupon. Adult consumers can continue to use the product as directed.

For additional information, contact Procter & Gamble toll-free at (877) 340-8825 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log on to their website at: www.scopemouthwash.com

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

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Reusable Grocery Bags Can Breed E. Coli, Study Warns

Bags should be washed after each use, researchers say

Reusable Grocery Bags Can Breed E. Coli, Study Warns...

June 24, 2010

Environmentally-conscious consumers often bring their own reusable grocery bag to the check-out line, but they may be endangering their health by doing so.

A joint food safety research report by the University of Arizona at Tucson and Loma Linda University says reusable grocery bags can serve as a breeding ground for dangerous food-borne bacteria and pose a serious risk to public health.

The research study -- which randomly tested reusable grocery bags carried by shoppers in the Los Angeles area, San Francisco, and Tucson -- also found consumers were almost completely unaware of the need to regularly wash their bags.

"Our findings suggest a serious threat to public health, especially from coliform bacteria including E. coli, which were detected in half the bags sampled," said Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a University of Arizona environmental microbiology professor and co-author of the study. "Furthermore, consumers are alarmingly unaware of these risks and the critical need to sanitize their bags after every use."

The bacteria levels found in reusable bags were significant enough to cause a wide range of serious health problems and even lead to death -- a particular danger for young children, who are especially vulnerable to food-borne illnesses, he said.

The study also found that awareness of potential risks was very low. A full 97 percent of those interviewed have never washed or bleached their reusable bags, said Gerba, who added that thorough washing kills nearly all bacteria that accumulate in reusable bags.

Re-usable bag use may increase

The report comes at a time when some members of the California State Legislature, through Assembly Bill 1998, are seeking to promote increased consumer use of reusable bags by banning plastic bags from California stores.

"If this is the direction California wants to go, our policymakers should be prepared to address the ramifications for public health," said co-author Ryan Sinclair, Ph.D., a professor at Loma Linda University's School of Public Health.

The report noted that "a sudden or significant increase in use of reusable bags without a major public education campaign on how to reduce cross contamination would create the risk of significant adverse public health impact."

Geographic factors also play a role, said Sinclair, who noted that contamination rates appeared to be higher in the Los Angeles area than in the two other locations -- a phenomenon likely due to that region's weather being more conducive to growth of bacteria in reusable bags.

Useful tips

The report -- "Assessment of the Potential for Cross Contamination of Food Products by Reusable Shopping Bags" -- offered the following policy recommendations for lawmakers, as well as tips for consumers who use reusable grocery bags:

• States should consider requiring printed instructions on reusable bags indicating that they need to cleaned or bleached between uses;

• State and local governments should invest in a public education campaign to alert the public about risk and prevention;

• When using reusable bags, consumers should be careful to separate raw foods from other food products;

• Consumers should not use reusable food bags for such other purposes as carrying books or gym clothes;

• Consumers should not store reusable bags in the trunks of their cars because the higher temperature promotes growth of bacteria.

"As scientists our focus was not on the relative merits of paper, plastic or reusable grocery bags," Gerba said. "Our intent was purely to provide relevant data to better inform consumers and lawmakers about the public health dimensions that could arise from increased use of reusable bags. With this knowledge, people will be in a better position to protect their health and that of their children."



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Delta Recalls Drop-Side Cribs

Delta Recalls Drop-Side Cribs...


Delta is recalling about 747,000 drop-side cribs because they pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

The cribs drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

In addition, the wooden stabilizer bars on some Delta drop-side and fixed-side cribs can be installed upside down, which puts extra stress on the crib and can cause the mattress platform to collapse, creating a gap in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and posing a risk of strangulation or suffocation.

CPSC and Delta have received 57 reports involving drop sides that have malfunctioned or detached, resulting in three entrapments, including two reports of bruises and one child who fell out of the crib. Additionally, CPSC is aware of 19 reports in which stabilizer bars were installed upside-down, resulting in 10 mattress platform collapses. Two children were entrapped but freed without injury and one child sustained scratches.

This recall involves Delta drop-side cribs with three different types of drop-side hardware and Delta cribs with wooden stabilizer bars that support the mattress platform. Consumers should visit www.cribrecallcenter.com for photographs and models of the affected hardware types and instructions on correct assembly of the stabilizer bars.

The cribs were sold at childrens product retail stores nationwide and on-line from January 2000 through May 2009 for between $100 and $300. They were made in China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Croatia.

Drop-Side Crib Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drop-side cribs and contact Delta to receive a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the childs age.

Mattress Support Remedy: Consumers who have cribs with wooden stabilizer bars supporting the mattress should inspect the stabilizer bars to ensure they are correctly installed in accordance with the manufacturers instructions and inspect the joints of their crib for any damage. If the stabilizer bars are installed upside down, stop using the crib immediately and contact Delta for information on how to correctly install the stabilizer bars or visit the firms website at www.cribrecallcenter.com

For additional information, contact Delta Enterprise toll-free at (877) 342-3418 between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.cribrecallcenter.com.

Cautionary note

Federal safety regulators remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, parents should not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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

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Child Craft Recalls Drop-Side Cribs

Child Craft Recalls Drop-Side Cribs...


Child Craft drop-side cribs are being recalled because they pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

The drop-side hardware can fail, causing the drop-side to detach from the crib or fall to the dropped position. When the drop side detaches, even partially, it creates a space in which an infant or toddler can become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. Drop side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age related wear and tear. Additionally, when drop-side hardware fails and/or disengages, an infant or toddler can be injured by falling out of the crib.

CPSC has received seven reports of the drop side failing. In one of those reports, the child became entrapped in the gap created by the drop-side failure. In another incident, a child fell out of the crib and suffered bruises to his head when the drop side disengaged.

This recall involves drop-side Child Craft brand cribs using the style of drop-side hardware shown below. Child Craft appears on a label on the cribs frame and identifies the place of manufacture as Salem, Indiana or New Salisbury, Indiana.

Drop-Side Crib NameModel Numbers
ALL CHILD CRAFT DROP-SIDE CRIBS
WITH THE HARDWARE SHOWN BELOW
MANUFACTURED BETWEEN 2000 and 2009
F10151
F10171
F10181
F10281
F13311
F13761
F16001
F16011
F16131
F16661
F17001
F17701
F17731
F17801
F17811
F20161
F20181
F20191
F21041
F21081
F21091
F26131
F27301
F27771
F31061
F31701
F32901
F33301
F33601
F33801
F33901
F34101
F35101

The cribs were sold at Babies R Us, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, and various specialty stores nationwide between January 2000 and July 2009.

CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.

For additional information, contact Foundations Worldwide toll-free at (866) 614-0557 anytime or visit the firms website at www.cribsafetyinfo.com

The cribs were manufactured by Child Craft Industries, Inc., which ceased operations in July of 2009 and sold the Child Craft name to Foundations Worldwide Inc., of Medina, Ohio. Although Foundations Worldwide did not manufacture or sell any of the recalled cribs, it has agreed to provide Child Craft owners with a rebate towards the purchase of a new, fixed-side Child Craft brand crib manufactured by Foundations Worldwide Inc.

Cautionary note

Federal safety regulators remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, parents should not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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

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Simmons Recalls Drop-Side Cribs

Simmons Recalls Drop-Side Cribs...


Simmons is recalling about 50,000 drop-side cribs because they pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

The cribs drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

CPSC has received 30 reports of drop sides that have malfunctioned or detached. Two children became entrapped between the drop side and the crib mattress but were freed without injury. Two other children fell out of their cribs when the drop side malfunctioned and one child sustained scratches due to the fall.

This recall includes Simmons Easy Side Drop-side cribs. Specific model and style numbers included in the recall are listed on the firms website at . Style numbers are printed on a permanent label on the headboard.

Model numbers: 011641; 011671; 011941; 015341; 016061; 016771; 016821; 016831; 017201 ; 017211; 017351; 018500; 018501; 018502; 018510 ; 018511; 018512; 026261; 028061; 028081; 028180; 029061; 29062; 029071; 029180; 029561; 029562; 029571; 034060; 034560; 039180; 044091; 053091; 065071; 068261; 068271; 068561; 201060; 202060; 202080; 202180; 202181; 203060; 204060; 204180; 205060; 206060; 207060; 209560; 211060; 211080; 212060; 214060; 214080; 215060; 216060; 216070; 216080; 216180; 216180; 216570; 218060; 219560; 220180; 220181; 221060; 221070; 221070; 221077; 222060; 222070; 224060; 225060; 225070; 225080; 227560; 228060; 229060; 230060; 231070; 236180; 236187; 236188; 236189; 238060; 238069; 239180; 239187; 239189; 240060; 248069; 251060; 251069; 257060; 261060; 053091A; 251060M.

The cribs were sold at childrens product stores and other retailers nationwide and on-line from January 2002 through February 2007 for between $100 and $500. They were made in the United States, Indonesia, Croatia, Canada and China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Simmons to request a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side. Repair kits will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the childs age.

Please visit the website, , which has pictures and instructions to help you easily identify and order the correct kit, or call (877) 342-3439 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cautionary note

Federal safety regulators remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, parents should not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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

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Child Craft Recalls Fixed-Side Cribs

Child Craft Recalls Fixed-Side Cribs...

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About 50,000 Child Craft fixed-side cribs are being recalled because they pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

The cribs' stationary side can be assembled upside-down but can still appear to be assembled correctly. If assembled upside-down, the crib side contains a hazardous five-inch gap at the top of the crib. Infants or toddlers can become entrapped in this gap (as depicted in the photo below), which can lead to entrapment, strangulation or other injuries.

CPSC has received four reports of children becoming entrapped between the dowel and the crib's stationary front side. In two of those reports, the child was trapped by his/her head and was in danger of being strangled. In the other two reports, the child was trapped by his/her arm. This hazard can occur on both the front and back sides of the crib.

The recall applies to all Child Craft brand cribs with the foot top dowel (as shown in the photos above) including, but not limited to, the following models:

NameModel Number(s)
Child Craft convertible cribsF36101

The name "Child Craft" appears on a label on the crib's frame and identifies the place of manufacture as Salem, Indiana or New Salisbury, Indiana. These cribs were manufactured by Child Craft Industries, Inc., which is no longer in business.

The cribs were sold at Babies 'R Us and other stores nationwide between January 1998 and June 2009 for between $600 and $650.

The CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to examine these cribs immediately and determine whether they have been assembled properly. The best way to do this is to measure the gap between the front and back sides of the crib and the dowel that runs parallel to the sides. The gap should be no more than two and three eighths inches (2 3/8"), as shown in the images below.

If the gap is greater than 2 3/8", the side has been installed upside-down and needs to be re-assembled. Another indicator that the side has been installed improperly is the appearance of the barrel nut, as is visible in the image above showing an incorrect assembly. The barrel nut should be at the bottom of the side, not the top.

If either of these conditions is present, the side of the crib has been installed upside-down and needs to be re-assembled so that the barrel nut is not visible from the top and the gap between the dowel and the side is no greater than two and three eighths inches (2 3/8"). Consumers with these cribs should contact Foundations Worldwide, Inc., to obtain instructions and decals to affix to the stationary sides of the crib to ensure proper assembly in the future.

For additional information, contact Foundations Worldwide toll-free at (866) 614-0557 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.cribsafetyinfo.com

Cautionary note

Federal safety regulators remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a Fixed-Side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, parents should not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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

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Million Dollar Baby Recalls Drop-Side Cribs

Million Dollar Baby Recalls Drop-Side Cribs...

June 24, 2010
Million Dollar Baby is recalling about 156,000 drop-side cribs because they pose an entrapment and suffocation hazard to infants.

The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

CPSC and Million Dollar Baby have received 43 reports of drop side failures. There were eight reports of children being entrapped between the mattress and drop side resulting in three reports of bruises to the head or upper body. Additionally, three children fell out of the crib when the drop side failed but they were not injured.

The following full-sized Million Dollar Baby cribs with drop sides are involved in the recall:

Drop-Side HardwareModel Names and NumbersHardware Photo
Exposed hardwareAlexandria 4191
Alpha 591
Bailey 5201
Caleb 1701
Ellie 5401
Jenny Lind 371 / 391
Lauren (convertible) 4491
Lauren (pine) 5691
Lauren (w/ drawer) 4001
Lauren 4091
Naomi 4291
Oxford 2191
Pine 4-Poster 3991
Sleigh 2991
Twinkle 2301

M0391
M0591
M3691
M4191
Picture of Exposed hardware
Hidden hardware



Anastasia M4801
Annabelle 5901 / 5941
Kendall W5921
Kirsten M5941
Leonardo 3101
Michelangelo 3401
Robin M6001
Roxanne M5921 / 5941
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The name "Million Dollar Baby," the company logo and the crib's serial number are printed on a label on the crib's headboard.

The cribs, made in Taiwan and China, were sold at children's product stores and other retailers nationwide from January 2000 through March 2010 for between $100 and $330.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Million Dollar Baby for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age. Repair kits will be available to consumers within a few weeks.

For additional information, contact Million Dollar Baby toll-free at (888) 673-6488 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.themdbfamily.com/safety

More information is available online about the special industry program to provide free immobilization kits.

Cautionary note

Federal safety regulators remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, parents should not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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Recalled Crib Label

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

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Jardine Recalls Drop-Side Cribs

Jardine Recalls Drop-Side Cribs...

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Jardine is recalling about 130,000 drop-side cribs because they pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

Federal safety regulators and Jardine have received 47 reports of drop sides that detached or malfunctioned. In one of these incidents, a child was found unconscious after becoming entrapped and was hospitalized. Nine other reports involving entrapments or fallouts resulted in scratches and bruises, including one child who sustained a broken collarbone.

All Jardine drop-side cribs have been recalled. The model number and date code can be found on the labels attached to one of the end panels.

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Model #DescriptionDate Code Between
0102B00Natural Olympia Single02/2007 - 11/2008
0102P00Black Olympia Single04/2006 - 01/2009
0108C00WPWhite Capri Single12/2007 - 12/2008
0108L00WPAntique Walnut Capri Single12/2007 - 11/2008
0115S00Rubbed Black Claremont Single12/2006 - 06/2007
BC-33Dark Pine 3-1 Convertible01/2000 - 06/2004
BC-66White 3-1 Convertible09/2001 - 08/2003
DA0930BWalnut Single-
DA333BCNatural Madison Single01/2004 - 11/2004
DA616BCDark Pine Siera 2 in 111/2001 - 04/2004
DA616BNNatural Siera 2 in 1-
DA618BCNatural Hampton11/2002 - 06/2003
DA833BCNatural Madison Single05/2005 - 08/2005
DV601BCDark Pine Windsor Single03/2001 - 06/2003
DV623BCCherry Windsor Single11/2001 - 08/2003
DV628BCWhite Windsor Single02/2003 - 09/2003
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The cribs, made in China and Vietnam, were sold at Babies "R" Us, Toys "R" Us, Geoffrey Stores and KidsWorld nationwide from January 2002 through June 2009 for between $150 and $480.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Jardine to receive a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on your child's age.

For additional information, contact Jardine at (800) 295-1980 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.jdservice.biz.

Cautionary note

Federal safety regulators remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, parents should not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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

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LaJobi Recalls Drop-Side Cribs

LaJobi Recalls Drop-Side Cribs...

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LaJobi is recalling about 306,000 Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI drop-side cribs because they pose an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants.

The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.

Federal safety regulators and LaJobi have received 40 reports of drop sides that detached or malfunctioned. In one incident, a child fell out of the crib when the drop side detached and sustained a bruise.

This recall involves all models of Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI drop-side cribs manufactured by LaJobi. The cribs have drop-side hardware that contains metal or plastic pegs that are recessed into either the drop side or the headboard and footboard of the crib. A label on the headboard of the crib identifies the manufacturer as LaJobi.

The cribs were sold at children's product stores and various other retailers nationwide from May 1999 through May 2009 for between $300 and $430. They were made in China, Italy, Vietnam, Thailand and the United States

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, find an alternate, safe sleep environment for the child such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.

For additional information, contact LaJobi at (888) 738-5676 anytime or visit the firm's website at www.lajobi.com.

Cautionary note

Federal safety regulators remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Disengagements can create a gap and entrap a child.

In addition, parents should not try to repair any side of the crib. Babies have died in cribs where repairs were attempted by caregivers. Age is a factor in the safety of any crib. At a minimum, CPSC staff recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years. Many older cribs may not meet current voluntary standards and can have numerous safety problems.

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

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Target Recalls Children's Belts

Target Recalls Children's Belts...

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Target is recalling about 105,000 children's belts because the buckles contain excessive levels of lead.

This recall involves two types of belts: The Cherokee boys belts and Circo girls belts. The Cherokee belts are black and brown reversible belts with heavy stitching in sizes M-XL. The belts came in a pack of two with the numbers 202/08/0018, 202/08/0019 or 202/08/0020 embossed on the belt.

The girls Circo belts are pink and white with heart buckles in sizes XS-L. They were sold in a 2-pack with the numbers 202/05/0071, 202/05/0072, 202/05/0073 or 202/05/0074 listed on the product label attached to the inside of the belt.

The belts, made in China, were sold at Target stores and on Target.com nationwide from December 2008 through December 2009 for between $7 and $9

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled belts and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund.

For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.target.com.

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

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Suntech Recalls Baby Walkers

Suntech Recalls Baby Walkers...

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Suntech is recalling about 8,400 baby walkers because they can fit through a standard doorway and fail to have sufficient stair-fall protection to prevent falls down stairs. Babies using these walkers can be seriously injured or killed if they fall down stairs.

The baby walkers have a plastic frame supported by four wheels and eight brake pads. The walkers were sold in blue, pink, and green with a white activity tray and patterned, vinyl seat. Item number WK110 or WK112 is printed on the side of the packaging.

The walkers were sold at small juvenile product stores in California, Illinois, New York and Texas from January 2007 through December 2009 for between $25 and $30. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the walkers and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Suntech Enterprises toll-free at (888) 268-8139 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

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

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Prescription Drug Abuse Spikes ER Visits

Oxycodone most abused prescription pain killer

Prescription Drug Abuse Spikes ER Visits...

June 21, 2010
Emergency room visits caused by abuse of narcotic pain relievers more than doubled, rising 111 percent, between 2004 and 2008, according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study used data from SAMHSA's Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) emergency department system. It examined emergency department visits for non-medical use of legal drugs, such as using them without a prescription.

The dramatic rise in emergency department visits associated with non-medical use of these drugs occurred among men and women, as well as among those younger than age 21 and those 21 and older.

"The abuse of prescription drugs is our nation's fastest-growing drug problem," said Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske. "And this new study shows it is a problem that affects men and women, people under 21, and those over 21."

Three culprits

The three prescription narcotic pain relievers most frequently involved in hospital emergency department visits from 2004 to 2008 were:

• Oxycodone products -- ER visits involving non-medical use rose 152 percent, to 105,214.

• Hydrocodone products -- emergency department visits involving non-medical use rose 123 percent, to 89,051.

•Methadone products -- emergency department visits involving non-medical use rose 73 percent, to 63,629.

"These alarming findings provide one more example of how the misuse of prescription pain relievers is impacting lives and our health care system," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. "This public health threat requires an all-out effort to raise awareness of the public about proper use, storage, and disposal of these powerful drugs."

The numbers of emergency department visits involving non-medical use of other types of prescription pain relievers such as morphine, fentanyl and hydromorphone were lower, but they also showed sharp rises during this period - for example, hydromorphone-related non-medical use visits rose 259 percent from 2004, to 12,142 in 2008. These upward trends reflect in part dramatic increases in the rate at which these drugs are prescribed in the United States.

"We urgently need to take action," said CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden. "Emergency department visits involving non-medical use of these prescription drugs are now as common as emergency department visits for use of illicit drugs. These prescriptions medicines help many people, but we need to be sure they are used properly and safely."



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Some 2010-11 Volvo C30, S40N, V50 Models Recalled

Some 2010-11 Volvo C30, S40N, V50 Models Recalled...


Volvo is recalling certain models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. The affected models are:

• VOLVO / C30 2010-2011
• VOLVO / S40N 2010
• VOLVO / V50 2010

The company said the gearshift lever stud assembly may not have been tightened to the correct specification during assembly. If the gearshift lever cable or stud assembly becomes loose, it may not be possible to engage, disengage or shift gears.

Dealers will torque the gearshift lever stud assembly to the correct specification free of charge.

Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 or customercare@volvoforlife.com about Recall No. R227.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

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FDA Sounds Alarm On Phony Tamiflu

Drug could be life-threatening to those with a penicillin allergy

FDA Sounds Alarm On Phony Tamiflu...

June 21, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that a phony version of an antiviral drug being sold on the Internet could spark a harmful reaction in some people.

Investigators found the drug was being sold as "generic Tamiflu," even though FDA has not approved a generic version of Tamiflu, which is used in treatment of the flu.

The unapproved medication contains cloxacillin, an ingredient in the same class as penicillin. FDA warned that the unlabeled product could result in a life-threatening reaction in people who are allergic to penicillin.

Later, two foil-backed blister packages with a total of 30 yellow and tan capsules arrived in an envelope postmarked India. The product label claimed to be 75 mg. capsules of oseltamivir phosphate, but testing proved otherwise.

FDA Laboratory tests showed the product did not contain oseltamivir, the active ingredient in Tamiflu. Instead, the fraudulent medication contained cloxacillin.

"Medicines purchased from websites operating outside the law put consumers at increased risk due to a higher potential that the products will be counterfeit, impure, contaminated, or have too little or too much of the active ingredient," says FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.

People with a severe allergy could experience difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the throat or tongue, hives, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and a rapid or weak pulse. So far, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse reactions.

FDA investigators routinely monitor the Web for the sale of unapproved drugs in an effort to protect the public, but the rapidly growing number of sites trafficking in fraudulent medicines means consumers must remain alert.

Officials advise consumers to learn how to buy medications on the Internet safely. Legitimate Internet pharmacies are licensed by the appropriate state boards of pharmacy and follow laws and regulations. Legitimate Internet pharmacies also will display a seal from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy -- known as VIPPS seal or Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites.

The FDA website contains more information about how to buy drugs online.

Consumers who have drugs misrepresented as generic Tamiflu are advised not to use them. Instead contact FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations by calling 800-551-3989 or by visiting FDA.



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Bicycling, Walking Up By 25 Percent

New report looks at efforts to increase bicycling and walking in the U.S.

Bicycling, Walking Up By 25 Percent...

June 18, 2010
New data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that both bicycling and walking trips have increased by 25 percent since 2001.

The FHWA's 2009 National Household Travel Survey, "demonstrates what we've been saying here at the Department," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Americans want and need safe alternatives to driving. And by making biking and walking safer and more accessible, we'll be able to provide Americans with more choices and help foster more active, livable communities."

LaHood recently announced a policy change to promote bicycle and pedestrian opportunities that encourage transportation agencies to go beyond minimum standards and provide safe and convenient facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Biking and walking injuries

In the 1994 National Bicycling and Walking Study, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) established two goals: to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed or injured in traffic crashes by 10 percent and to double the percentage of total trips made by bicycling and walking in the United States.

From 1993 to 2008, bicycle fatalities fell by 22.3 percent and injuries were down by 14.7 percent. Pedestrian fatalities dropped by 12 percent and injuries dropped by 17.8 percent, surpassing the goal in the 1994 report.

However, in 2008, there were 4,378 pedestrians and 716 bicyclists killed in roadway crashes which indicates that there is still work to be done to make walking and bicycling safer and more convenient transportation options.

Out of their cars

The number of reported walking trips has more than doubled since the first survey -- from 18 billion in 1990 to 42.5 billion in 2009. Bicycling trips saw a similar increase, from 1.7 billion to four billion during the same period. While percentage increase in bicycle and pedestrian trips didn't fully meet the goal, the report also noted the population increase resulted in a greater number of overall trips and that progress is being made.

"We are proud of the work we've done to integrate walking and bicycling into people's transportation options," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "But we won't stop working until we find ways to prevent fatalities and create more livable communities across the country."

The National Bicycling and Walking Study: A 15-Year Status Report is a status update to the 1994 National Bicycling and Walking Study. The new report looks at progress toward goals outlined in the original study and outlines federal, state and local programs that promote bicycle and walking throughout the country.



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Food Makers Recall SpaghettiOs, Frozen Dinners

Under-processing, salmonella contamination, trigger recalls

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned SpaghettiOs may have been under-processed while the frozen meals are suspected of salmonella co...

June 18, 2010

Campbell Soup Supply Company is recalling approximately 15,000,000 pounds of "SpaghettiOs with Meatballs" canned products due to possible under-processing, while ConAgra is recalling Marie Callender's brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned SpaghettiOs may have been under-processed while the frozen meals are suspected of salmonella contamination.

ConAgra is recalling all Marie Callender's brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals in commerce, regardless of production date. These products are being recalled after the company was informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an investigation involving 29 people in 14 states who have been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to Salmonella serotype Chester.

Eight of the case-patients specifically reported eating this product in April and May, 2010, prior to illness onset; the last reported illness was reported on May 22.

FSIS said it became aware of the problem during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonellasero type Chester illnesses. CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, and state health and agriculture departments are cooperating in this ongoing investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and has not yet definitively identified a food vehicle(s). Further information will be released to the public as it becomes available.

The products subject to recall include:

13-ounce packages of "Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce."

Each package bears a label with establishment number "P-45" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The establishment is recalling all the products listed above which are currently in commerce. These products were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

Campbell Soup Supply Company, meanwhile, is recalling the following products:

• 14.75-ounce cans of "SpaghettiOs" with Meatballs, bearing the identifying product code "U5" on the bottom of the can.

• 14.75-ounce cans of "SpaghettiOs" A to Z with Meatballs, bearing the identifying product code "4N" on the bottom of the can.

• 14.75-ounce cans of "SpaghettiOs" Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars), bearing the identifying product code "KS" on the bottom of the can.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST 4K," as well as a "Use By" date between June 2010 and December 2011 ink-jetted on the bottom of each can.

These products were manufactured between December 2008 and June 2010 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.



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CYBEX 2.GO Infant Carriers Recalled

CYBEX 2.GO Infant Carriers Recalled...

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Regal Lager Inc. is recalling about 3,000 CYBEX 2.GO infant carriers. A shoulder strap slider buckle can break, posing a fall hazard to babies.

The firm has received three reports of broken buckles. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves CYBEX 2.GO infant carriers. CYBEX is embroidered on the fabric covering on the top of the head support. 2.GO is printed on an orange tag near the head support. They were sold in the following colors: chili, indigo, purple and slate.

The carriers, made in China, were sold at baby furniture and baby product stores nationwide, and on various websites, from August 2009 through April 2010 for about $100.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled carriers and contact Regal Lager to receive a free replacement carrier.

For additional information, contact Regal Lager at (866) 678-8940 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firms website at www.regallager.com/recalls or email the firm at info@regallager.com.

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

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Kiwi Recalls Infant Onesies, Rompers

Kiwi Recalls Infant Onesies, Rompers...


Kiwi Industries is recalling about 450 infant onesies and rompers. Snaps on the onesies and rompers can detach from the garment, posing a choking hazard to young children.

The firm has received two reports of snaps detaching. No injuries have been reported.

The onesies and rompers were sold in eight colors and prints: eggplant with kiwi green binding, floral print with eggplant binding, kiwi green with eggplant binding, pacific blue with kiwi green binding, crisscross print and kiwi green with pacific blue binding. The onesies were sold in sizes 0 to 3 months up to 12 to 18 months. The rompers were sold in sizes 0 to 3 months up to 18 to 24 months. Kiwi industries is printed on a tag sewn inside the garments collar.

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The apparel, made in the United States, was sold at childrens specialty stores nationwide from March 2010 through May 2010 for between $24 and $28.

Consumers should immediately stop using the garments and contact Kiwi Industries for an exchange. The firm will provide a postage-free package for the return of the recalled garment.

For additional information, contact Kiwi Industries toll-free at (877) 509-4891 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firms website at www.kiwiindustries.com. Consumers can also email the firm at info@kiwiindustries.com.

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

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TXU, White Rodgers Thermostats Recalled

TXU, White Rodgers Thermostats Recalled...


Comverge Inc. is recalling about 6,300 programmable thermostat communications module sold to TXU Energy customers in North Texas. The communication module can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

Comverge is aware of 10 incidents of the communication module overheating and damaging the thermostat, in at least one incident there was minor smoke damage to the wall. Comverge has not received any reports of injuries.

This recall involves Comverge communication modules inside programmable thermostats sold by TXU Energy with a serial number between 1015857 and 1022518. The serial number can be found on the top of the thermostats plastic housing. The thermostats have TXU Energy and White Rodgers printed on the front faceplate.

Consumers should contact Comverge for a replacement communication module. The company will install a new communication module for consumers free of charge. Consumers should not attempt to disable or replace the communication module. Comverge is directly contacting consumers who own the recalled communication module.

For more information, contact Comverge toll-free at (866) 277-7001 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.comverge.com/recall.

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

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Crate and Barrel Recalls Succulent Plant Candles

Crate and Barrel Recalls Succulent Plant Candles...

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Crate and Barrel is recalling about 5,500 succulent plant-shaped decorative candles. The wax in this candle melts quickly inside and overflows outside the pot and can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard to consumers.

The firm has received one report of the wax igniting. No injuries or property damage were reported.

This recall involves a set of nine succulent plant-shaped green candles in clay pots that were sold in a black container with a SKU number of 557-806. The SKU numbers are on the bottom of the original packaging.

The candles, made in China, were sold at Crate and Barrel stores and online at www.crateandbarrel.com from February 2010 through April 2010 for about $7.

Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and return the product to any Crate and Barrel store for a full refund. Consumers who purchased the recalled candles through Crate and Barrel's catalog or on the firm's Web site should contact Crate and Barrel to arrange to return the candles for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Crate and Barrel at (800) 451-8217 between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT Monday through Sunday or visit the firm's website at www.crateandbarrel.com.

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

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Chicology Recalls Roll-Up Blinds

Chicology Recalls Roll-Up Blinds...

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Chicology is recalling about 6,200 roll-up blinds. Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

This recall involves the French Antique Gold, Zen Moss, Tropic Ginger, and Kansas White roll-up blind models. The roll-up shades are gold, green, tan and white and are made from natural fiber-paper, jute, and polyester.

The blinds were sold at online retailers including Overstock.com, Bestwindowtreatments.com, Bedbathstore.com, Unbeatablesale.com, Bonton.com, Linensource.com, and Solutions.com from April 2006 through March 2010. They were made in Taiwan.

Consumers should immediately stop using the roll-up blinds and contact Chicology to obtain a free retrofit kit.

For additional information, contact the company toll-free at (866) 999-6188 or visit the company's website at www.chicology.com.

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

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American Signature Recalls Entertainment Centers

American Signature Recalls Entertainment Centers...

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American Signature is recalling about 24,000 entertainment centers because the shelves can detach and fall onto consumers when the entertainment centers are moved.

American Signature Inc. has received four reports of the shelf above the television collapsing, causing two injuries. Injuries include a child who was struck on her fingers and an adult who required stitches to his mouth. There were also two reports of minor property damage.

The recalled entertainment centers with model names "Arts and Crafts", "Vineyard Manor", "Lake Cottage", "Studio One", "West Indies" and "Plantation Cove" were sold in various colors including dark brown, natural, black and white with fixed or adjustable shelves.

The units were sold at Value City Furniture, Rooms Today and American Signature Furniture stores from October 2002 through December 2009 for about $1,650. The individual shelf was also sold separately for about $70. They were made in China, Malaysia and Thailand.

American Signature Inc. is sending free repair kits to consumers who purchased the recalled entertainment centers. Consumers should not move the entertainment centers until they install the free repair kit. If the entertainment center must be moved, remove the center shelf above the television first. Consumers should contact the store where they purchased the entertainment center if they do not receive the repair kit.

For more information, contact the store where the entertainment center was purchased. Consumers can find the location of American Signature Furniture stores at (866) 274-6631 or Value City Furniture stores at (866) 823-7867, contact American Signature toll-free at (877) 793-3423 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firms' websites at www.vcf.com or www.asfurniture.com.

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

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Volkswagen Recalls 2009 Routan

Volkswagen Recalls 2009 Routan...


Volkswagen is recalling about 16,000 2009 Routans. The company said the wiring harness may be defective, which could lead to a short circuit and, possibly, a fire in the sliding side door.

Dealers will inspect the wiring and, if necessary, make repairs.

Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987 about Recall No. 9758/T7.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

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Suzuki Recalls Grand Vitara, XL-7

Suzuki Recalls Grand Vitara, XL-7...


Suzuki is recalling about 47,000 Grand Vitaras from the 2006 model year and XL-7s from the 2005-2006 model years because of a problem with the power assist pump.

The company said the tension adjuster pulley on the pump's drive belt could break, cuasing the drive belt to come off and disabling the power steering.

Dealers will repair the problem at no charge. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-934-0934 about Recall No. SB.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

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Dritz Electric Scissors Recalled

Dritz Electric Scissors Recalled...

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Dritz is recalling about 12,000 electric scissors because they can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Prym Consumer USA has received two reports of the electric scissors igniting causing minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The electric scissors are white and blue, about 10" long and include an AC adaptor. "Dritz" is written on the handle on the blue grip.

The scissors, made in China, were sold at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and other craft stores nationwide from September 2009 through February 2010 for about $50.

Consumers should return the scissors to store where purchased or mail directly to Prym Consumer USA for a refund. If mailing to Prym, please include the product, your complete name, mailing address and phone number in the package and mail to Prym Consumer USA Recall Center, 950 Brisack Road, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

For additional information, contact the firm at 800-255-7796 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, by e-mail at customer.service@prym-consumer-usa.com or on the firm's website at www.prym-consumer-usa.com.

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

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Beado Bead Toys Recalled

Beado Bead Toys Recalled...

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Rhino Toys Inc. is recalling about 5,500 Beado bead toys. The toys' plastic wires can detach from the hubs due to insufficient adhesive, allowing the beads to slide off. The loose beads pose a choking hazard to young children.

This recall involves the Beado hand-held beaded play toy with model number 1501 and date code 02910 04323A. The product measures six inches in diameter and is composed of four blue plastic "hubs", six white plastic "wires" and twelve multi-colored beads that slide along the wires. The model number and date code are printed on the bottom of the packaging and the date code is also inside of the blue hubs (see picture below).

Beados that have a date code different than 02910 or have a date code of 02910 and an inspection sticker on the bottom of the packaging and a black mark by the date code inside the blue hub (see picture below) are not included in this recall.

The toys, made in China, were sold at specialty toy and juvenile retailers from March 2010 through May 2010 for about $12.

Consumers should immediately stop using this recalled toy and return it to the store where it was purchased to receive a full refund or a replacement Beado hand-held beaded toy.

For additional information, please contact Rhino Toys toll free at (877) 887-4433 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.rhinotoys.com.



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

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IKEA Recalls Roller, Roman and Roll-Up Blinds

IKEA Recalls Roller, Roman and Roll-Up Blinds...


IKEA is recalling about 3.3 million roller, Roman and roll-up blinds. The blinds pose a serious strangulation hazard to children.

This recall involves roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the bead chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds.

The blinds were sold at IKEA stores nationwide from January 1998 through June 2009 for between $5 and $55. They were made in India, Estonia, China, and Poland.

Consumers should immediately stop using the roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund. In a previous recall, IKEA reminded consumers who have roller blinds with a tension device attached to the bead chain to make sure the tension device is installed into the wall or floor. If the consumer has difficulty installing the tension device, contact IKEA for additional information.

For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.ikea-usa.com.

Safety regulators urge consumers to examine all shades and blinds in your home. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.

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

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Costco Recalls 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Twin Trundle Beds

Federal safety regulators received one report of a 4 year-old boy whose head became entrapped in the opening of the storage bin. He sustained bruises on......

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Bayside Furnishings is recalling about 2,000 "Pirates of the Caribbean" twin trundle beds. The headboard has a storage bin that poses an entrapment hazard to young children.

Federal safety regulators received one report of a 4 year-old boy whose head became entrapped in the opening of the storage bin. He sustained bruises on the back of his left and right ears.

This recall involves the Bayside youth bed: the Pirates of the Caribbean Twin Trundle Bed. The preassembled headboard has a brown wood base with decorative carvings, three open storage compartments, a storage bin and a mast. The storage bin located in the headboard, measures approximately 39 inches long, 6 1/2 inches wide and 24 inches deep. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" trademark is embossed on a metal plate inside the headboard. The name and address of the manufacturer, model number, manufacture date and "Made in China" is printed on a label affixed to the inside of the mattress frame side rails.

The beds, made in China, were sold at Costco stores nationwide from January 2006 through January 2010 for between $700 and $1,400.

Consumers should immediately stop using the headboard storage bin and contact the firm to receive a free repair kit that will permanently close the headboard storage bin. The repair kits will be mailed to consumers in approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

For additional information, call Bayside toll-free at (877) 494-2536 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT or visit the firm's website at www.baysidefurnishings.com.

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

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Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa, Crosley Dishwashers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa, Crosley Dishwashers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard...


Maytag is recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers because an electrical failure in the heating element can pose a serious fire hazard.

Maytag has received 12 reports of dishwasher heating element failures that resulted in fires and dishwasher damage, including one report of extensive kitchen damage from a fire. No injuries have been reported.

The recall includes Maytag, Amana, Jenn-Air, Admiral, Magic Chef, Performa by Maytag and Crosley brand dishwashers with plastic tubs and certain serial numbers. The affected dishwashers were manufactured with black, bisque, white, silver and stainless steel front panels. The brand name is printed on the front of the dishwasher. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located inside the plastic tub on a tag near the left side of the door opening. Serial numbers will start or end with one of the following sequences:

SERIAL number STARTING withORSERIAL number ENDING with
NW39, NW40, NW41, NW42, NW43, NW44, NW45, NW46, NW47, NW48, NW49, NW50, NW51, NW52, NY01, NY02, NY03, NY04, NY05, NY06, NY07, NY08, NY09, NY10, NY11, NY12, NY13, NY14, NY15, NY16, NY17, NY18, NY19 JC, JE, JG, JJ, JL, JN, JP, JR, JT, JV, JX, LA, LC, LE, LG, LJ, LL, LN, LP, LR, LT, LV, LX, NA, NC, NE, NG, NJ, NL, NN, NP, NR

The dishwashers were sold at department and appliance stores and by homebuilders nationwide from February 2006 through April 2010 for between $250 and $900. They were manufactured in the United States.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dishwashers, disconnect the electric supply by shutting off the fuse or circuit breaker controlling it, inform all users of the dishwasher about the risk of fire and contact Maytag to verify if their dishwasher is included in the recall.

If the dishwasher is included in the recall, consumers can either schedule a free in-home repair or receive a rebate following the purchase of certain new Maytag brand stainless-steel tub dishwashers. The rebate is $150 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB7759, MDB7609 or MDBH979; or $250 if the consumer purchases new dishwasher models MDB8959, MDB8859, MDB7809 or MDB7709.

Consumers should not return the recalled dishwashers to the retailer where they were purchased as retailers are not prepared to take the units back.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maytag at (800) 544-5513 anytime, or visit the firms website at www.repair.maytag.com

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

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Animal Crackers Stacking Toys Recalled

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One Step Ahead is recalling about 2,700 Animal Crackers stacking toys. The fabric covering the stacking rings center pole can come apart at the seam exposing the foam material inside. The foam material poses choking and aspiration hazards to young children.

The firm has received one report of a 10-month-old child mouthing the toys foam material. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Animal Crackers Giant Stacking Toys. The multi-colored toy has five plush stacking rings that stack and rest on a stationary turtle base. The rings represent different animals including a frog, dog, cat, rabbit, mouse and chick. A fish is on top of the center pole. Each ring makes a different sound: rattle, jingle, crinkle and squeak. One Step Ahead is printed on a white tag attached to the toy. The toy measures about 19 inches high and 10 inches wide when assembled.

The toys were sold through One Step Aheads catalog and on the firms website at www.onestepahead.com from October 2008 through April 2010 for about $35. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and return the toys center pole to One Step Ahead for a $50 merchandise certificate to be applied toward the purchase of another product(s) sold in the One Step Ahead catalog or online at www.onestepahead.com. The firm is directly contacting consumers who purchased the recalled toy.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact One Step Ahead toll-free at (866) 271-4536 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.onestepahead.com.

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

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IKEA Mattresses Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

IKEA Mattresses Recalled Due to Fire Hazard...

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IKEA is recalling about 1,900 Sultan Heidal spring mattresses because they do not meet federal open flame standards.

This recall involves IKEA Sultan Heidal spring mattresses sold in sizes twin, full, queen and king. Mattresses included in this recall are date stamped 0725 through 1014 (YYWW). Sultan Heidal, supplier number and date stamp are located on a label attached to the mattress. Article and supplier numbers included in the recall are:

Mattress SizeArticle NumberSupplier Number
Twin701-095-7720520
Full301-109-69
Queen501-109-73
King901-109-71

The mattresses were sold at IKEA stores nationwide from June 2007 through April 2010 for between $500 and $1,000. They were made in Mexico.

Consumers should immediately stop using the mattresses and contact their local IKEA store for instructions on returning the mattress for a replacement of full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firms website at www.ikea-usa.com

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

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'Ring Slings' Recalled After Infant Suffocates

'Ring Slings' Recalled After Infant Suffocates...


The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall alert for "Ring Slings" -- a sling used ty carry infants up to two years of age. The agency said a 10-day-old boy had suffocated while being carried in one of the slings in 2007.

There was no explanation of why it took three years to issue the recall.

The Sprout Stuff-brand infant ring sling is fabric/natural muslin and comes with or without a shoulder pad. The sling is worn by parents and caregivers to carry a child up to two years of age. Sprout Stuff is printed on the back side of the tails hem.

Sprout Stuff sold the recalled infant slings, which were made in the United States, directly to consumers between October 2006 and May 2007 for between $35 and $45. Sprout Stuff is directly contacting known purchasers of the recalled infant slings.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled slings and contact Sprout Stuff to return the sling for a full refund. Contact Sprout Stuff toll-free at (877) 319-3103 anytime, email the firm at sproutstuffrefunds@gmail.com or contact the firm by mail at Sprout Stuff Refunds, P.O. Box 612, Buda, Texas 78610.

In March, CPSC issued a warning about sling carriers, saying they pose two different types of suffocation hazards to babies.

In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The slings fabric can press against an infants nose and mouth, blocking the babys breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.

CPSC said it has determined that a mandatory standard is needed for infant sling carriers and said it is working with "concerned companies" to develop a voluntary standard until the mandatory regulations are enacted, a process that can take years.

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VOX Recalls Night Train Amplifier Carrying Case

VOX Recalls Night Train Amplifier Carrying Case...

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VOX Amplification is recalling about 4,200 Night Train amplifier carrying cases. The clasp on the shoulder strap is defective and can fail, allowing the amplifier to fall and pose a risk of injury to consumers.

The firm has received two reports of clasps failing. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the nylon carrying case sold with Night Train guitar amplifiers. The black carrying case has metal clasps and a nylon arm strap. VOX is printed on the front pocket of the carrying case. The carrying cases were sold with amplifiers with model number NT15H. Model numbers can be found on the rear panel of the amplifier.

The units were sold by music instrument stores nationwide and on the Internet from April 2009 to April 2010 for about $700 for the amplifier. The carrying case was sold with the amplifier. They were made in Vietnam.

Consumers should immediately remove and stop using the carrying case with the strap. Consumers should contact VOX Amplification for a free replacement strap with a new clasp.

For additional information, contact VOX Amplification at (800) 645-3188 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firms web site at www.voxamps.com. Consumers can also write to VOX Amplification at 316 South Service Road, Melville, N.Y. 11747.

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

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BRP Ski-Doo Snowmobiles Recalled

BRP Ski-Doo Snowmobiles Recalled...

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BRP is recalling certain 2010 model Ski-Doo snowmobiles. Friction between the fuel hose and the electronic control unit can cause the fuel hose to wear and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.

BRP has received six reports of fuel leaks, three of which resulted in vehicle fires. One of the incidents involved a rider suffering superficial burns.

This recall involves the Ski-Doo snowmobiles model year 2010 Expedition TUV 1200 and model year 2010 Expedition TUV SE 1200. The model year and name are displayed on each side of the snowmobile and on a decal on the right side of the snowmobile.

The snowmobiles were sold at Ski-Doo dealerships nationwide from March 2009 through April 2010 for between $8,000 and $9,000. They were made in Finland.

Consumers should stop using these snowmobiles immediately and contact their local Ski-Doo snowmobile dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners have been directly notified about this recall by mail.

For additional information, call BRP at (800) 366-6992 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.brp.com.

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

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2010 Cadillac SRX Recalled

2010 Cadillac SRX Recalled...


General Motors is recalling about 550 Cadillac SRX vehicles from the 2010 model year.

The company said that in models equipped with a 2.8L V6 engine, engine problems may result if owners use regular fuel instead of the required high-octane fuel.

The combination of low-octane fuel and aggressive driving could result in a knocking or pinging sound, followed by a broken rod or piston, possible resulting in engine failure.

Dealers will reprogram the engine control module when the recall begins in June. Owners may contact GM at 1-866-982-2339.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

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2010 Ford Escape, Fusion & Mercury Milan Recalled

2010 Ford Escape, Fusion & Mercury Milan Recalled...


Ford is recalling certain Ford Escape, Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles from the 2010 model year.

The company said that affected vehicles with automatic transmissions may not have the correct park rod guide retention pin, which could allow the vehicle to roll away while parked.

Ford will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge.

Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332 about Recall No. 10C12.

Consumers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153) or at www.safercar.gov.

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