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Antibacterial Soap Poses Danger to Consumers, Suit Says

NRDC wants decades-old regulations finalized

Antibacterial Soap Poses Danger to Consumers, Suit Says...

By Jon Hood
ConsumerAffairs.com


The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says in a lawsuit that that so-called antibacterial soaps contain toxic chemicals that put consumers at risk, and that the Food and Drug Administration has failed to move forward on a decades-old proposal to regulate them.

The suit, filed this week in New York, says that fully 76 percent of hand soaps contain the chemicals triclosan or triclocarbon, a result based on testing of 395 kinds of soap. The complaint also cites a recent study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control that found residues of triclosan in 75 percent of Americans over the age of 6.

The suit accuses the FDA of failing to effectively regulate the chemicals, pointing out that the department proposed banning them from consumers soaps in 1978. Unless and until the 32-year-old rule is finalized, the NRDC says, the chemicals can be widely used with no regulatory oversight.

As a result of the FDA's lengthy delay, consumers remain exposed to triclosan and triclocarban through a variety of over-the-counter drug products, such as antimicrobial hand soaps, that proliferate on the market, the complaint says.

Number of risks

The chemicals can cause a number of undesirable side effects, including damage to reproductive organs and lower levels of sperm and thyroid hormone. The latter can result in a number of additional problems, including reduced intelligence, decreased memory and learning disabilities.

In addition to the risks, the NRDC says that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than the standard variety.

Washing your hands with so-called antibacterial soap containing triclosan or triclocarban actually does nothing different than using regular soap and water, NRDC senior scientist Jennifer Sass said in a statement. Using soap containing these chemicals does not provide an additional benefit as consumers might think, but instead actually comes with potential health risks.

Indeed, the NRDC says that, in April, the FDA admitted that antibacterial soaps offer no additional protection, and also also expressed concern about the development of antibiotic resistance from using antibacterial products and about triclosans potential long-term health effects.

Antibiotic resistance -- the notion that bacteria find ways around antibacterial soaps by developing into new, more potent strains -- is the subject of ongoing debate. A 2007 study by researchers at the University of Michigan showed such resistance during in-house trials, but that result wasn't replicated in other settings. The study did, however, confirm the notion that standard-issue soap kills just as many germs as its antibacterial counterparts, based on skin testing of 238 families who used both types for a year.

The NRDC says it has twice met with FDA officials about the issue, without success. It asks the court to order the agency to finalize the 1978 regulations within 90 days.



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States Urge Stronger Food Labeling Regulations

Attorneys general say voluntary system doesn't provide needed protection

A dozen states have appealed to the U.S. FDA to adopt a uniform labeling program for the front of food packages, to ensure that it provides unbiased nutrit...


A dozen states have appealed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to adopt a uniform labeling program for the front of food packages, to ensure that it provides unbiased nutritional information and encourages food manufacturers to offer healthier products.

The agency is currently considering a voluntary front-of-package food labeling program and is soliciting public comment.

The attorneys general from the 12 states said the regulations should be more than voluntary. They urged the FDA to require food package labeling to provide complete nutritional information -- both good and bad -- to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they buy for themselves and their families.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto says the "Smart Choices" program was a voluntary labeling program designed by the food industry that claimed to help guide consumer choices by indicating, with a checkmark symbol, whether a product had met certain nutrition criteria.

In some cases, cereals qualified for the healthy symbol because they met the Smart Choices criteria for fiber and vitamins, despite containing 12 grams of sugar per one-cup serving -- approximately 40 percent of the serving by weight. Sugar was the most predominant ingredient in at least one cereal designated a Smart Choice. The attorneys general say a stronger, mandatory rule is needed.

"This labeling program will help people become aware of the nutritional value of food and assist them to choose wisely," Masto said.

Call for specifics

The attorneys general urged the FDA to follow specific principles in its labeling standards:

• Transparency of underlying standards. Any national front-of-package labeling system should be based on publicly-available standards, including an updated version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, containing the best available nutritional criteria.

• Applicability. Front-of-package labels should apply to as many foods as possible and not require payment by food manufacturers beyond a reasonable licensing fee.

• Understandability. Labels should be readily understandable by people of varying educational levels, based on the best consumer research.

• Helpfulness. Labels should be designed to facilitate informed and healthy consumer choices.

• Uniformity. A national, uniform front-of-package label should be the sole nutritional label on the front of food packages. Competing graphics or messages may confuse or mislead consumers and undermine the effort to provide clear information.

"Only full disclosure of nutrition information will provide clear, consistent guidance to consumers," said Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. "Full disclosure also will encourage food manufacturers to offer healthier alternatives by reformulating existing products and providing new ones."

The comments to the FDA were sent by the attorneys general of Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont.



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FDA Warns of Evamist Risks to Children, Pets

Menopause drug could cause adverse effects through skin contact

The FDA is warning that inadvertent exposure to Evamist through skin contact with patients using this product has the potential for adverse effects in chil...

July 29, 2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that inadvertent exposure to Evamist through skin contact with patients using this product has the potential for adverse effects in children and pets.

Evamist contains estradiol, an estrogen hormone, and is used in women to reduce hot flashes during menopause. The drug is sprayed on the skin between the elbow and wrist, on the inside of the forearm. The FDA said it is reviewing reports of adverse events in children and pets who were inadvertently exposed to this topical estrogen product.

Women using Evamist need to be aware of the potential risks to children who come in contact with the area of skin where this drug is applied, said Julie Beitz, M.D., director of the FDAs Office of Drug Evaluation III. It is important that people know to keep both children and pets away from the product to minimize exposure.

Evamist was FDA approved in 2007. From July 2007 to June 2010, FDA received eight post-marketing cases of unintended exposure to Evamist in children ages 3 years to 5 years.

Adverse events reported in unintentionally exposed children include premature puberty, nipple swelling and breast development in females, and breast enlargement in males. Since 2007, two reports of secondary exposure to Evamist in dogs also have been received by FDAs Center for Veterinary Medicine. Pets exposed to Evamist may exhibit signs such as mammary/nipple enlargement and vulvar swelling.

Patients using Evamist should not allow children to make contact with the area of the arm where Evamist is sprayed and should wash the childs skin with soap and water as soon as possible if contact does occur. Pets also should not be allowed to lick or touch the arm where Evamist is sprayed as small pets may be especially sensitive to the estrogen in this product.

If direct contact with the arm where Evamist was sprayed cannot be avoided, it is recommended that women wear a garment that covers the area where the drug was applied.

At this time, it is unknown whether unintended exposure can occur with other topical estrogen products. The FDA said it is continuing to review adverse event reports and evaluate ways to reduce unintended exposures to these products.

Consumers and health care professionals should report any side effects from Evamist by using the FDAs MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program at www.fda.gov/MedWatch or by calling 800-332-1088.

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Cybex Solution X-fix Booster Seats Recalled

Cybex Solution X-fix Booster Seats Recalled...

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photo of Cybex Booster Certain Cybex Solution X-fix model booster seats are being recall because they contain an incorrect warning label. The recalled seats were manufactured during February 2010.

The defect consists of an incorrect warning statement related to securing an unoccupied booster seat. This statement is inconsistent with Cybex recommended practice, which is to always secure an unoccupied booster with the vehicle seat belt.

If a caregiver follows the warning as written, there is an increased risk that the unoccupied booster seat could strike a vehicle occupant and cause injury in a severe crash.

The incorrect warning statement appears in the owner's manual and on the headrest warning label. In a sharp turn, crash, or sudden stop, an unsecured booster seat can be thrown around and could injure vehicle occupants.

Regal Lager will notify caregivers and provide a new label to be affixed over the old label and owners will also receive a new owners manual free of charge. The safety campaign is expected to begin on or about August 10, 2010.

Owners may contact Regal Lager toll-free at 1-800-593-5522 between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm EST. Regal Lager's recall campaign number is 2010-01.

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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Husqvarna Recalls Riding Lawn Mowers

Husqvarna Recalls Riding Lawn Mowers...


Husqvarna is recalling about 1,700 riding lawn mowers. The fuel line on the rear-mounted fuel tank is too long and can come in contact with moving parts while the tractor is in use, posing a fire hazard.

The firm has received 53 reports of fuel line damage. No injuries have been reported.

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This recall involves gas-powered Husqvarna riding lawn tractors designed for residential use. The lawn tractor's model and serial numbers are printed on an identification plate located underneath the tractor seat. Models and serials numbers included in the recall are: GTH27V52LS lawn tractors with model numbers 96043009100 and 96043009900, with serial numbers 010810A00XXXX through 05061000XXXX.

The tractors, made in the United States, were sold by Husqvarna authorized dealers nationwide from January 2010 to May 2010 for about $3,000.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled riding tractors and contact Husqvarna to arrange a free repair.

For more information or to schedule a free repair, contact Husqvarna toll-free at (877) 257-6921 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET Saturday. Consumers can also visit the firm's website at www.husqvarna.us/july2010Alert.

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

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2010-2011 BMW 5 Series Recalled to Fix Fuel Sensor Problem

2010-2011 BMW 5 Series Recalled to Fix Fuel Sensor Problem...


BMW is recalling some of its 2010-2011 5-Series and 5-Series Gran Turismo cars. The fuel level sensor can become wedged, possibly resulting in inaccurate fuel gauge readings.

BMW has not yet set a date for the recall.

Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-525-7417.

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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Judge Refuses To Dismiss Vitaminwater Suit

Calls sugar the drink's 'key, unnamed ingredient'

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Vitaminwater Suit: Vitaminwater's claim to fame, that it's a healthy alternative to water and other sports drinks, is about to get...


Vitaminwater's claim to fame -- that it's a healthy alternative to water and other sports drinks -- is about to get some serious scrutiny.

A federal judge shot down Coca-Cola's attempts to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the drink's labeling is deceptive, setting the stage for further litigation.

Judge John Gleeson, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, wrote a 55-page opinion asserting that Vitaminwater's name potentially "reinforce[s] a consumer's mistaken belief that the product is comprised of only vitamins and water," and ignores "the fact that there is a key, unnamed ingredient [sugar] in the product."

Judge Gleeson also said that labels touting the beverage as "healthy" violate the Food and Drug Administration's so-called "jelly bean rule." That rule, enacted in 1994, prohibits manufacturers from labeling a product "healthy" just because it has low levels of fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Rather, the "healthy" moniker is only acceptable if the product contains minimum levels of certain vitamins, protein, and fiber, among other things.

Drink comparable to Gatorade

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is representing the plaintiffs, issued a statement endorsing the court's decision.

"Vitaminwater is no more than non-carbonated soda, providing unnecessary added sugar and contributing to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases," the statement reads. "We look forward to representing all Americans whom Coke has deceived."

Indeed, despite Vitaminwater's health-conscious image, the truth is that the beverage isn't much better for you than competing sports drinks. Compare, for example, a 20-ounce bottle of grape-flavored Vitaminwater with an identical bottle of fruit punch-flavored Gatorade. An eight-ounce serving of either yields 50 calories -- meaning that a bottle of either drink packs 125 calories. (To put things in perspective, it takes a 150-pound woman, running a ten-minute mile, over ten minutes on the treadmill to burn that off.) And the Vitaminwater has only slightly less sugar per serving -- 13 grams to the Gatorade's 14.

Long line of CSPI suits

The suit is the latest in a long line filed by CSPI, which touts itself as the "organized voice of the American public on nutrition, food safety, health and other issues." The group gained publicity in June when it filed a lawsuit alleging that McDonald's heralded Happy Meals violate consumer protection statutes in several states by using toys to lure kids to eat "unhealthy junk food."

And last November, the organization named the Regal movie theater chain the "Best Supporting Actor in the Obesity Epidemic," after a CSPI-commissioned lab analysis found that a medium popcorn and soft drink from the theater contained 1,610 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat -- comparable, CSPI said, to "three McDonald's Quarter Pounders with 12 pats of butter."



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2010-2011 Jaguars Recalled to Fix Fuel Pump Problem

2010-2011 Jaguars Recalled to Fix Fuel Pump Problem...


Jaguar is recalling its 2010 XF and 2010-2011 XK models to fix a problem with the in-tank electric fuel pump.

The company said the pump might not be properly activated under some conditions, which could result in engine cut-out with minimal warning.

Dealers will download revised software free of charge. Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-800-452-4827 about Recall No. J017.

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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Nap Nanny Baby Recliners Recalled After Infant Dies

Nap Nanny Baby Recliners Recalled After Infant Dies...


About 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners are being recalled after a report that a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich.m died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the infant was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product, caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Baby Matters LLC are aware of one other incident in which an infant became entrapped when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib, contrary to the product instructions. In that incident, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny, despite being harnessed in, and was caught between the baby recliner and the side of the crib. The infant sustained a cut to the forehead.

CPSC and the firm have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.

Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the Velcro straps, located inside the Nap Nanny cover are not properly attached to the "D"-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny that was sold without "D"-rings.

In addition, if the Nap Nanny is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the Nap Nanny and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny and suffocate.

Likewise, if the Nap Nanny is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny on the floor away from any other products.

The Nap Nanny is a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in and a fitted fabric cover and a three point harness. The first generation model of the Nap Nanny can be identified by the absence of "D"-rings in the foam base. In second generation models, the harness system has "D"-rings in the foam base and Velcro straps inside the fitted fabric cover.

The recalled Nap Nannys, made in the United States and China, were sold at toy and children's retail stores nationwide and online, including at www.napnanny.com, from January 2009 through July 2010 for about $130.

Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny models, without "D"-rings, should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny model, with "D"-rings, should immediately stop using the product until they are able to visit the firm's website to obtain new product instructions and warnings.

Consumers should also view an instructional video to help consumers ensure the harness is properly fastened. Consumers who are unable to view the video or new instructions online, should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail. For more information, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.napnanny.com/recall.

Nap Nanny safety tips:

  • Do not use Nap Nanny® in cribs, play yards, or near any other adjacent entrapment surface
  • Only use Nap Nanny® on the floor away from other products
  • Secure Velcro straps through the "D"-rings every time cover is replaced

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

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2009-2010 Nissan Cubes Recalled

2009-2010 Nissan Cubes Recalled...


Nissan is recalling some 2009-2010 Cubes after a test vehicle leaked more than the allowable amount of fuel following a crash test.

Excessive fuel leakage can cause a fire.

Dealers will attached a protector tube to the gasoline recirculation tube when the recall begins in August.

Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

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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2010-2011 Subaru Legacy, Outback Recalled

2010-2011 Subaru Legacy, Outback Recalled...


Subaru is recalling some of its 2010-2011 Legacy and Outback models to fix a problem with the six-speed manual transmission.

The company said that due to a programming error, a lubrication hole within the transmission was omitted, possibly leading to transmission failure over time.

Dealers will drill an oil lubrication hole when the recall begins in August. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 about Recall N. WVS-29.

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 Cautions Against Using Unapproved IUDs

Devices raise a variety of health and legal concerns

FDA Cautions Against Using Unapproved IUDs...


Federal health officials are warning medical practitioners around the country not to use unapproved intrauterine devices (IUDs).

In a July 22 letter, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds health professionals that using unapproved IUDs raises concerns about effectiveness and safety -- as well as the potential for fraud and counterfeiting.

"Federal law requires that IUD/IUSs (intrauterine systems) be FDA-approved prior to marketing. This law is designed to protect patients from products that are unsafe and ineffective," Theresa Toigo, FDA's liaison with health professionals, says in the letter. "The recent issue with patients in Rhode Island unknowingly receiving imported, unapproved IUD/IUSs highlights the unacceptable risk patients may be exposed to when a product's identity, purity, source, handling, and storage cannot be verified."

Still, patients can use their FDA-approved IUDs with confidence, Toigo says.

Many risks

FDA experts say women who received unapproved IUDs from practitioners in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Kentucky could be at an increased risk for unwanted pregnancy.

The small, T-shaped devices -- often made of flexible plastic or copper wire -- are inserted into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy. Some IUDs also deliver small amounts of hormone as added protection from pregnancy.

FDA says women should not try to remove IUDs by themselves. The agency is advising women who think they may have an unapproved IUD to use another form of birth control -- such as condoms, birth control pills, or the patch -- and contact their health care professional. Women may want to ask:

• What advantages are there for keeping my IUD in?

• Should I think about having my IUD removed?

• If I keep my IUD in, how long should I use another form of birth control?

• If I want my IUD removed, can I get a new, FDA-approved one?

• I don't want to use condoms. Will other birth control products, such as the pill, patch, or ring, be equally effective?

• Will this affect my ability to get pregnant in the future?

• What should I do if I think I'm pregnant?

Nationwide problem

What started out as a Rhode Island investigation has spread beyond the state's borders. The FDA is aware of the use of these unapproved products in several states and is continuing to investigate.

FDA says doctors, nurses, midwives -- and possibly patients themselves -- might buy unapproved products from what appear to be Canadian or other foreign websites in a bid to save money. Purchasing medical products from websites that are outside the U.S. may be illegal and may increase the risk of receiving a potentially harmful product, since many websites sell products that are not FDA-approved and could be manufactured in other countries.

"Unapproved products bring a lot of unknowns into the equation," says FDA compliance officer Kathleen Anderson. "An Internet ad may claim to sell IUDs made in Canada, but there's no way to be sure. They might have been made anywhere in the world and in unsanitary or undesirable conditions."

Advice for consumers

FDA investigators routinely monitor the Internet for the sale of unapproved drugs and devices in an effort to protect the public, but the rapidly growing number of websites trafficking in fraudulent medical products means consumers must remain alert.

Experts advise consumers to learn how to buy health-related products safely over the Internet. Legitimate Internet pharmacies are licensed by the appropriate state board of pharmacy and follow laws and regulations of the state where they operate.

Legitimate Internet pharmacies will also display a seal from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy -- known as VIPPS seal or Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites. There is also a list of VIPPS pharmacies.

FDA is also asking the public to report information about the distribution of unapproved IUDs to the agency's criminal investigators unit.



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Appeals Court Limits Use of Jury Findings by Tobacco Plaintiffs

Complex ruling allows both sides to claim a win

Appeals Court Limits Use of Jury Findings by Tobacco Plaintiffs...

By Jon Hood
ConsumerAffairs.com


The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a significant tobacco-related decision on Thursday, ruling that jury findings from a previous tobacco lawsuit can be applied to new cases, but only if the plaintiffs prove that they apply.

The ruling concerned factual findings from Engle v. RJ Reynolds, a Florida class action brought on behalf of consumers who smoked before warning labels were required on cigarette packages. In that case, the jury concluded that the cigarettes smoked by the plaintiffs were defective and addictive, and that the manufacturer failed to properly disclose the danger of smoking to consumers.

The Florida Supreme Court eventually decertified the Engle class but allowed individual plaintiffs to file suit by January 2008. As a result, nearly 4,000 such cases are now working their way through Florida federal courts.

In its decision, the court said that the findings must be given the same preclusive effect in this federal court case that they would be given if the case were in state court.

However, the court also said that the plaintiffs are charged with a considerable task -- to show with reasonable certainty that facts pertinent to their case were actually decided by the Engle jury. The nuanced ruling allowed both sides to spin the decision to their advantage.

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The plaintiffs pointed out that the court left open the ability to use prior findings in new cases, provided that the plaintiffs meet the requirements set forth in the ruling. <

We believe that this is a victory for the thousands of injured smokers who have been denied their day in court for over a decade, said Woody Wilner, an attorney for the plaintiffs, in a news release.

Samuel Issacharoff, another of the plaintiffs' attorneys, branded himself delighted, and pointed out that the holding frees up thousands of cases, on hold pending the decision, to proceed.

Tobacco companies: No automatic and unlimited right to findings

But the tobacco companies said that the ruling created a steep hill for plaintiffs to climb. Altria Client Services Senior Vice President Murray Garnick said that the court rejected arguments by plaintiffs that they have an automatic and unlimited right to use the findings.

Some went even further and said that the ruling is grounds for throwing out all plaintiff verdicts in cases that arose from Engle.

The logic of this opinion supports our position that every Engle-related judgment to date against Reynolds in the Florida state courts should be reversed, said R.J. Reynolds general counsel Martin Holton III.

Philip Morris similarly said in a statement that [n]one of the plaintiffs who have obtained verdicts in state court have complied with the requirements set forth by todays rulings.

Indeed, tobacco manufacturers are in the process of appealing a number of verdicts against them, arguing that judges improperly read the Engle findings to juries and told them that they applied to the case at issue. In addition to the 4,000 federal suits directly affected by the recent ruling, there are 4,000 additional cases pending in Florida state court. Many state judges will likely apply the holding to those cases as well.



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Smith+Noble Recalls Roman, Roller Shades

Recalled brands include Christopher Lowell by Smith+Noble, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds and Window Elements

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Smith+Noble is recalling about 1.3 million sets of Roman and Roller shades because they pose a strangulation danger to young children.

The company said it had received a report of a 5-year-old boy in Tacoma, Washington who became entangled in an unsecured continuous loop bead cord on a roller shade in May 2009. No medical treatment was required.

This recall involves all roller shades that do not have a tension device attached to the continuous loop cord and all custom, made-to-order Roman shades. Brand names include Smith+Noble, Christopher Lowell by Smith+Noble, Jessitt Gold, Shop Blinds and Window Elements.

The blinds were sold exclusively at Smith+Noble online and through catalog sales nationwide from 1998 through April 2010 for between $100 and $1,600, depending on custom size and options.

Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800) 506-4636 anytime or visit www.windowcoverings.org. Consumers should check the roller shades to make sure the tension device provided is attached to the continuous loop cord and installed into the wall. If not attached, consumers should attach the tension device securely to the wall. If they no longer have the tension device, consumers should immediately stop using the roller shades and contact WCSC to receive a free replacement tension device.

For additional information, contact Smith+Noble toll-free at (877) 228-7683 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday and between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Saturday and Sunday, or visit the firm's website at www.smithandnoble.com/productrecallinformation.

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

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Atico Recalls Bamboo Torches

Atico Recalls Bamboo Torches...

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photo of recalled item Atico International is recalling about 324,000 bamboo torches. The fuel canister that holds the wick of the torch has a sharp edge inside the lip of the opening that poses a laceration hazard when consumers try to remove the wick.

The firm has received five reports of lacerations to fingers, including one that required stitches. Four of the injuries occurred when consumers were trying to retrieve a wick that had fallen into the canister.

The torches, made in China, were sold at CVS/Pharmacy, Rite Aid and Dollar Tree/Deals$ stores from February 2008 through March 2010 for between $3 and $5.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torches and contact Atico International USA for instructions on obtaining a full refund.

This recall involves bamboo torches that have a black metal canister with a smooth black metal lid. The torches are used to light outdoor gatherings. The following are the UPC numbers included in this recall. The UPC number can be found on the tag.

Model NumberUPC NumberDistribution DateDescription
A26I06831249584485February 20085-6 long black metal canister with a black metal lid, a wick and a wick cap made of either dark metal or wood. The canister is wrapped with red bamboo.
A26I00371249597837Between April 2008 - March 20095-6 long black metal canister with a black metal lid, a wick and a wick cap made of either dark metal or wood. The canister is wrapped with red bamboo.
A26I0943639277779885February 20095-6 long black canister with a black metal lid, a wick and no wick cap. The product is sold in packages of 2. The canister is wrapped with light beige and dark brown intertwined bamboo.

For additional information, contact Atico International USA toll-free at (866) 448-7856 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the companys website at www.aticousa.com

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

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Miami Breaker Recalls Counterfeit Square D Circuit Breakers

Miami Breaker Recalls Counterfeit Square D Circuit Breakers...


Miami Breaker is recalling more than 43,000 counterfeit Square D circuit breakers.

The recalled circuit breakers labeled "Square D" or "SQD" have been determined to be counterfeit by Square D and can fail to trip when they are overloaded, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

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The counterfeit circuit breakers are marked as Square D in the QO series. The models are QO115 (about 7,800 units), QO120 (about 26,300 units), QO130 (about 3,200 units), QO215 (about 350 units), QO220 (about 720 units), QO230 (about 1,780 units), QO240 (about 1,130 units), QO250 (about 1,150 units) and QO260 (about 1,150 units).

Genuine Square D QO breakers have the following: (1) the amp rating written on the handle in white paint on the front of the breaker, (2) the Square D insignia molded onto the breaker side; (3) a yellow chromate clip with half of the top of the clip visible. If your breaker does not match this description, it could be counterfeit.

The breakers were sold to electrical product distributors and wholesalers nationwide from March 2005 through July 2006. Single pole breakers sold for between $3 and $4, double pole breakers were sold for between $8 and $9.

Consumers should immediately contact Miami Breaker to determine if their circuit breaker is counterfeit and if necessary, arrange a free inspection and replacement.

Consumers can contact MBI at (800) 941-1112 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can email the firm at info@miamibreaker.com.

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

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Kario Baby Pacifiers Recalled

Kario Baby Pacifiers Recalled...

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About 45,000 Kario baby pacifiers are being recalled. The pacifier fails to meet federal safety standards. The nipple can separate from the base easily, the pacifier handle is too long, the mouth guard is too small and there are no ventilation holes on the mouth guard. The pacifier could pose a choking and aspiration hazard to young children.

The pacifier has a ring-shaped handle and a round-shaped mouth guard. "Kario" is printed on the handle side of the mouth guard, and "Mygra" is printed on one side of the handle. The nipple is filled with corn syrup.

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The pacifiers, made in Mexico, were sold at independent grocery stores in California and Texas from October 2009 through March 2010 for about 25 cents.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from children and contact Antonio Flores for a refund or exchange.

For additional information, contact Antonio Flores collect at (619) 395-4543 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT.

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

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Atico Recalls Bamboo Torches

Atico Recalls Bamboo Torches...

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photo of recalled item Atico International is recalling about 324,000 bamboo torches. The fuel canister that holds the wick of the torch has a sharp edge inside the lip of the opening that poses a laceration hazard when consumers try to remove the wick.

The firm has received five reports of lacerations to fingers, including one that required stitches. Four of the injuries occurred when consumers were trying to retrieve a wick that had fallen into the canister.

The torches, made in China, were sold at CVS/Pharmacy, Rite Aid and Dollar Tree/Deals$ stores from February 2008 through March 2010 for between $3 and $5.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled torches and contact Atico International USA for instructions on obtaining a full refund.

This recall involves bamboo torches that have a black metal canister with a smooth black metal lid. The torches are used to light outdoor gatherings. The following are the UPC numbers included in this recall. The UPC number can be found on the tag.

Model NumberUPC NumberDistribution DateDescription
A26I06831249584485February 20085-6 long black metal canister with a black metal lid, a wick and a wick cap made of either dark metal or wood. The canister is wrapped with red bamboo.
A26I00371249597837Between April 2008 - March 20095-6 long black metal canister with a black metal lid, a wick and a wick cap made of either dark metal or wood. The canister is wrapped with red bamboo.
A26I0943639277779885February 20095-6 long black canister with a black metal lid, a wick and no wick cap. The product is sold in packages of 2. The canister is wrapped with light beige and dark brown intertwined bamboo.

For additional information, contact Atico International USA toll-free at (866) 448-7856 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the companys website at www.aticousa.com

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

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Survey: Drug Therapy Best Treatment for Children With ADHD

Parents apparently not bothered by ADHD label

Survey: Drug Therapy Best Treatment for Children With ADHD...


A Consumer Reports Health survey finds 67 percent of parents asked to rate the most effective treatments for ADHD identified drug therapy as most helpful, followed by 45 percent who said switching to a school better suited to help with the condition helped a lot.

The report provides detailed guidance on two classes of drugs to treat ADHD (stimulants and non-stimulants). In a related blog, Consumer Reports' medical adviser, Dr. Orly Avitzur, discusses how the ADHD label has evolved, as evidenced by the small fraction of parents -- only 22 percent -- who said it was problematic having a child labeled as having ADHD.

"The result is that students and surprisingly professionals in several fields, including medicine, are seeking out an ADHD diagnosis in order to excel through the use of drugs or accommodations, such as more time to take tests," said Dr. Avitzur. Eight percent of parents whose kids had received a diagnosis told Consumer Reports Health that getting accommodations for standardized tests, like the SAT., was a reason for seeking an ADHD diagnosis.

ADHD treatments

Consumer Reports Health found that most families with children with ADHD turn to medication -- a full 84 percent put them to use at some point -- with more than half of the kids in the survey trying two or more medications in the past three years. The average age of children who tried ADHD drugs was 13 years. Many children with ADHD, including those who are not treated, improve as they progress into their teenage years and into their 20s.

According to parents surveyed, children who tried medications had slightly better outcomes than those not trying medications. Medication helped the most with academic performance and behavior at school. Medication was less helpful with behavior at home, social relationships, and self esteem.

And while medication was cited as the strategy most helpful in managing ADHD, only 52 percent of parents agreed strongly that if they had to do it over again, they would have their kids take medications and 44 percent wished there was another way to help their child.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, a public education project that rates prescription drugs for more than 20 common conditions based on safety, efficacy, and cost, identifies the two main classes of medications that are available for ADHD. Stimulant medications, which include amphetamine and methylphenidate-based medications, are generally considered the first line of medical treatment for a typical child with ADHD. Children who do not respond well to stimulants, and those with co-occuring conditions such as tics or anxiety, are candidates for nonstimulant medications such as atomoxetine (Strattera) or guanfacine (Intuniv).

While medications can help children concentrate, feel calmer, and think before acting, ADHD medication side effects are considerable in number and frequency. The most prevalent side effects, in descending order, include decreased appetite, sleep problems, weight loss, upset stomach, and irritability.

Of all the treatments, 35 percent of parents said medication helped the most when it comes to academic performance and behavior at school. Medication helped well with behavior at home (was very helpful for 26 percent) and fairly well with social relationships (very helpful for 19 percent) and self esteem (very helpful for 18 percent).

Team approach

Parents told Consumer Reports Health that nondrug strategies (such as changing the child's school) also worked very well. Leading strategies for handling ADHD include:

• Switching to a school better suited to help with ADHD helped 45 percent.

• Giving one instruction at a time helped 39 percent.

• Having a private tutor or learning specialist work with the child helped 37 percent.

• Providing structure by maintaining a schedule of activities helped 35 percent.

Most children (58 percent) had seen two or more treatment providers in the last 12 months. Given that each provider may have strengths in different areas, visiting more than one practitioner may help some families achieve better results. The parent's role as coordinator of care is critical.

Consumer Reports Health suggests these steps for coordinating care:

• Obtain copies of any medical, psychological, and testing records related to your child's ADHD condition. The more information you can provide to new treatment providers, the better.

• When enlisting a new professional to help your child, request a baseline measure of your child's behavior and functioning. This is an important step for three reasons: It provides an objective indication of a child's diagnosis that parents can bring to schools or other places as proof of diagnosis; it helps professionals know that tests have been previously administered and may save time and money; and it allows parents and treatment providers to monitor a child's progress from the beginning of treatment.

• Keep a list of all treatment providers who have worked with your child.

• Maintain a list of all the strategies you've tried and the changes you detected as a result.

• Explore an ADHD treatment center (where different types of providers work together at the same location) if you are unable to take on the role of coordinator of your child's treatment.



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Women Warned of Extreme Lead Content in Eyeliner

Hashmi Surma eyeliner 'is 70% lead,' Illinois Attorney General warns

A brand of imported eyeliner used by many Middle Eastern and South Asian women and girls contains dangerous amounts of lead, Illinois officials warn....

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Advisory Panel Gives Thumbs Down to Obesity Drug

Divided panel cites concern over side effects, but final decision up to FDA

Advisory Panel Gives Thumbs Down to Obesity Drug...


Hopes for new pill to combat obesity took a hit Thursday when a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted 10 to six to recommend against approving the drug Qnexa as a prescription weight control aid.

Those voting against the drug, developed by Vivus, cited potential side effects, such as increased heart rate, birth defects, and psychiatric problems. Those voting in favor of the drug said obesity itself was a greater health risk.

The recommendation goes to the FDA, which may or may not follow it. The agency will make a decision in October and, because of the split vote, the decision is harder to predict.

"No one wants to conduct a large public health experiment on the population," said Dr. Elaine Morrato, a panel member from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Obesity drug obstacles

Drug companies have placed new emphasis on developing medications to promote weight control, as obesity has become a greater public health concern. The track record is not inspiring.

The last major weight control drug disaster was fen-phen, which was withdrawn from the market in 1997 after it was shown to cause heart valve damage. Qnexa includes phentermine, part of the phen-fen cocktail that was allowed to stay on the market. The drug company said people taking Qnexa in clinical trials reported success in losing weight.

The company said it is holding out hope the FDA will approve Qnexa in spite of the advisory panel's vote. CEO Leland Wilson held a conference call with reporters following the vote and said the company will not give up on the drug.

"The advisory committee vote is a recommendation, not a final step," he said.



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Tots In Mind Recalls Portable Playard Tents After Child's Death

Tots In Mind Recalls Portable Playard Tents After Child's Death...


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Tots in Mind Inc., of Salem, N.H., is announcing the voluntary recall today of about 20,000 (and 85 in Canada) Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kits.

Clips that attach the tent to the top of the playard can break or be removed by a child. A child can lift the tent and become entrapped at the neck between the rigid playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent, posing a strangulation hazard.

CPSC is aware of the death of a 2-year-old boy in December 2008 in Vinalhaven, Maine. The boy was found hanging with his neck trapped between the playard frame and the metal base rod of the tent that had been partially tied by pieces of nylon rope and partially attached by clips. The tent was tied to the playard because the child was able to pop off the clips.

Apparently, the CPSC said, the child became entrapped while attempting to climb out of the playard. In three other incidents, children were able to remove one or more clips and place their necks between the tent and the playard but were not injured.

The dome-shaped white-colored mesh tent is designed to fit over playards as small as 28 inches by 40 inches or as large as 31 inches by 44 inches to contain a child. There are 12 plastic clips to secure the base of the tent to the top rail of the playard through button holes along the bottom of the tent. The tent has a zippered side for putting in and taking out the child.

The cribs were made in China and sold at Walmart, Amazon.com and various baby and childrens stores nationwide from January 2005 through February 2010 for about $60.

Consumers should immediately stop using the playard tents and contact Tots in Mind to get free replacement clips. Replacement clips will be available in late August or early September 2010. Contact Tots in Mind toll-free at (800) 626-0339 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.TotsinMind.com.

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

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Baja Motorsports Recalls Minibikes, Go-Carts

Baja Motorsports Recalls Minibikes, Go-Carts...


Baja Motorsports is recalling about 308,000 minibikes and go-carts because of a potential fire hazard. The gas cap can leak or detach from the fuel tank on the recalled mini bikes and go-carts, posing a fire and burn hazard. In addition, the throttle can stick due to an improperly positioned fuel line and throttle cable, posing a sudden acceleration hazard.

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The firm has received at least 9 reports of the gas caps leaking and detaching, including one report of a serious fire injury to a child. The firm has also received 25 reports of stuck throttles possibly due to the fuel line and throttle cable being improperly attached with injuries to the face and other parts of the body reported.

This recall involved Baja Motorsports mini bikes with model numbers beginning with HT65, MB165, WR65, MB196, DB30, WR90 and DR90 and go-carts with model numbers BB65, SD65, DN65 and TR65. The model number is located on the mini bikes fenders and/or decorative fuel tank and on the go-carts roll cage. They both have black plastic gas caps.

Various mini bike and co-cart retailers nationwide sold the recalled products from November 2004 through June, 2010 for between $200 and $2000. They were also available from the following web sites: Costco.com; Amazon.com; toysrus.com; northerntool.com; sears.com; and kmart.com. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mini bikes and go-carts and contact Baja Motorsports for a free replacement gas cap and to schedule a free repair of the fuel line and throttle cable.

For additional information, contact Baja Motorsports toll-free at (888) 863-2252 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.bajamotorsports.net.

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

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Many Doctors Don't Report Incompetent Colleagues

One-third of those surveyed would decline to intervene

If your doctor had a drug problem or was impaired in some way, you would probably hope that his or her colleagues would intervene and see that he gets help...


If your doctor had a drug problem or was impaired in some way, you would probably hope that his or her colleagues would intervene and see that he gets help. A new survey suggests that doesn't happen very often.

A study in JAMA says a survey of physicians finds that while most support the professional commitment to report other physicians who they feel are incompetent or impaired -- such as from alcohol or drug use -- many did not follow through on making a report when faced with such a situation.

"Many states have mandatory reporting statutes, requiring physicians and other health care professionals to report to appropriate authorities those physicians whose ability to practice medicine is impaired by alcohol or drug use or by physical or mental illness," the authors write. But data suggest that the rate of reporting by physicians is far lower than it should be, given the estimated numbers of physicians who become impaired or who are otherwise incompetent to practice at some point in their careers, according to background information in the article.

Catherine M. DesRoches, Dr.P.H., of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and colleagues conducted the study to assess physicians' beliefs, preparedness, and actual experiences related to colleagues who are impaired or incompetent to practice medicine. Data for the study were derived from a nationally representative survey of 2,938 eligible physicians practicing in the United States in 2009 in anesthesiology, cardiology, family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, and psychiatry.

Overall, 1,891 physicians (64.4 percent) responded. The doctors were questioned regarding their beliefs about and preparedness for reporting and experiences with colleagues who practice medicine while impaired or who are incompetent in their medical practice.

Looking the other way

Among the findings of the survey, 64 percent of those surveyed agreed with the professional commitment to report physicians who are significantly impaired or otherwise incompetent to practice.

The most frequently cited reasons for not reporting an impaired or incompetent colleague included the belief that someone else was taking care of the problem; the belief that nothing would happen as a result of the report; fear of retribution; the belief that reporting was not their responsibility; or that the physician would be excessively punished.

"These national data regarding physicians' beliefs, preparedness, and actual experiences related to impaired and incompetent colleagues raise important questions about the ability of medicine to self-regulate," the authors write. "More than one-third of physicians do not completely support the fundamental belief that physicians should report colleagues who are impaired or incompetent in their medical practice. This finding is troubling, because peer monitoring and reporting are the prime mechanisms for identifying physicians whose knowledge, skills, or attitudes are compromised."

Solving the problem

The researchers offer several suggestions for improving physician reporting systems, including making external regulation stronger; designing and maintaining reporting systems to protect the confidentiality of the reporting physicians; and to provide physician reporters with confidential feedback about the outcomes of any actions taken based on the report to address the concern that nothing will happen as a result of the report.

"All health care professionals, from administrative leaders to those providing clinical care, must understand the urgency of preventing impaired or incompetent colleagues from injuring patients and the need to help these physicians confront and resolve their problems. The system of reporting must facilitate, rather than impede, this process. Reliance on the current process results in patients being exposed to unacceptable levels of risk and impaired and incompetent physicians possibly not receiving the help they need," the authors conclude.



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Muddy Outdoors Climbing Sticks Due to Fall Hazard

Muddy Outdoors Climbing Sticks Due to Fall Hazard...

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Photo of recalled item Muddy Outdoors is recalling about 2,550 tree climbing sticks. Bolts that secure the cam locs to the frame of these climbing sticks that retains the rope around the tree can break, allowing the cam locs to detach from the frame. This causes the retaining rope to detach and the climbing stick to release from the tree, posing a fall hazard to the user.

CPSC has received two reports of bolts breaking on a climbing stick. No reports of injuries.

The recalled climbing sticks are used for climbing a tree and include 2009 year Model 70301 - Muddy Outdoors climbing stick (a 20 inch single climbing stick) and 2009 year Model 70304 - Muddy Outdoors climbing stick (4 pack of 20-inch climbing sticks). The year and model number is printed on a label on the front of the main vertical frame of the climbing stick just below the two cam locs.

The sticks were sold directly by Muddy Outdoors via Internet/telephone sales and other outdoor sports retailers nationwide from July 2009 through April 2010 for about $35 (model 70301) and about $130 (model 70304). They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using these climbing sticks and return the climbing sticks to Muddy Outdoors for a refund, exchange or manufacturers credit.

For additional information contact Muddy Outdoors toll-free at (877) 366-8339 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.gomuddy.com.

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

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Toro Recalls Snow Blowers

The Toro Company is recalling about 38,000 snow blowers sold in the United States and Canada. Exposure to ethanol in gasoline can cause the carburetor need...


Photo of recalled item The Toro Company is recalling about 38,000 snow blowers sold in the United States and Canada. Exposure to ethanol in gasoline can cause the carburetor needle to become corroded. A corroded needle can stick in the open position and allow fuel to leak from the carburetor, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Toro has received 2,200 reports of carburetor leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Toro Power Clear 180 Single Stage snow blowers. The recalled snow blowers have model numbers 38272 and 38282. Serial numbers included in the recall range from 310000001 through 310999999. The model and serial number can be found on a decal on the lower right side of the snow blower.

The snow blowers, made in the United States, were sold at Toro dealers and The Home Depot stores nationwide from November 2009 through May 2010 for between $400 and $440.

Consumers should immediately check to see if their snow blowers are included in this recall and contact an authorized Toro service dealer to arrange a free repair. To obtain the location of the nearest dealer, consumers should contact Toro.

For additional information, contact Toro toll-free at (877) 738-4440 between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firms website at www.toro.com.

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

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Tween Brands Recalls Children's Jewelry

Tween Brands Recalls Children's Jewelry...


Tween Brands is recalling about 137,000 sets of children's metal jewelry because it contains high levels of cadmium.Recalls Children's Metal Jewelry Due to High Levels of Cadmium

This recall involves 19 different styles of children's metal necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Styles and shapes of the jewelry include hearts, heart locks, butterflies, cupcakes, peace signs and crowns. Some jewelry contains the words "Best," "Friends" or "Forever" and/or "BFF." Only style numbers listed below are included in this recall. The style number is included on the jewelry's packaging.

StylePhotoStylePhoto
Justice Butterfly
Earrings
Style #5837
Picture of Justice Butterfly Earrings Style #5837Justice Cupcake
Earrings (White)
Style #5469
Picture of Justice Cupcake Earrings (White) Style #5469
Justice Cupcake
Earrings (Dark Pink)
Style #5814
Picture of Justice Cupcake Earrings (Dark Pink) Style #5814Justice Cupcake
Earrings (Light Pink)
Style #5758
Picture of Justice Cupcake Earrings (Light Pink) Style #5758
Justice Cupcake
Earrings (Brown)
Style #5467
Picture of Justice Cupcake Earrings (Brown) Style #5467Justice Cupcake
Earrings (Light Blue)
Style #5759
Picture of Justice Cupcake Earrings (Light Blue) Style #5759


StylePhoto
Justice "BFF"
Bracelet
Style #3609
Picture of Justice BFF Bracelet Style #3609
Justice "BFF"
Bracelet
Style #5778
Picture of Justice BFF Bracelet Style #5778
Justice "BFF"
Bracelet
Style #5782
Picture of Justice BFF Bracelet Style #5782


StylePhotoStylePhoto
Justice Heart Lock
Necklace
Style #6905
Picture of Justice Heart Lock Necklace Style #6905Justice Cupcake
Necklace (Light Blue)
Style #6928
Picture of Justice Cupcake Necklace (Light Blue) Style #6928
Justice Cupcake
Necklace (Royal Blue)
Style #6936
Picture of Justice Cupcake Necklace (Royal Blue) Style #6936Justice Cupcake Necklace (Light Pink)
Style #6927
Picture of Justice Cupcake Necklace (Light Pink) Style #6927
Justice Cupcake
Necklace (White)
Style #6929
Picture of Justice Cupcake Necklace (White) Style #6929Justice "BFF"
Necklace
Style #6904
Picture of Justice BFF Necklace Style #6904
Justice Cupcake
Necklace (Dark Pink)
Style #6937
Picture of Justice Cupcake Necklace (Dark Pink) Style #6937Justice Heart
Necklace
Style #6907
Picture of Justice Heart Necklace Style #6907
Justice Cupcake
Necklace (Light Blue)
Style #6928
Picture of Justice Cupcake Necklace (Light Blue) Style #6928Justice Crown
Necklace
Style #6908
Picture of Justice Crown Necklace Style #6908
Justice Peace Sign
Necklace
Style #6912
Picture of Justice Peace Sign Necklace Style #6912Justice Cupcake
Necklace (Light Pink)
Style #6927
Picture of Justice Cupcake Necklace (Light Pink) Style #6927


Style number location

The jewelry, made in China, was sold at Justice and Limited Too stores and online at www.shopjustice.com from November 2008 through February 2010 for between $7 and $16.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and return it to any Justice or Limited Too store for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Tween Brands at (800) 934-4497 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's web site at www.shopjustice.com.

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

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Star Asia USA Recalls Wire Feed Welders

Star Asia USA Recalls Wire Feed Welders...

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photo of recalled items Star Asia USA is recalling about 9,000 Titan wire feed welders. The torch does not have a cold contactor as erroneously stated on the packaging and instruction manual. Without this feature, the welder generates an electrical arc immediately upon contact with the welding material, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

The recall involves the Vaper 90 amp flux wire feed welders with model number 41181. The wire welders are red and black. "Vaper" and "90 amp flux wire welder" can be found on the product's operation panel. The model number can be found on the top right hand corner of the package and on the first page of the users manual.>/p>

The welders were sold by Pep Boys, Auto Zone and various other auto parts and tool centers nationwide from October 2006 through March 2010 for about $170. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the wire welders and contact Star Asia to obtain a corrected instructions manual and packaging or for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Customer Service at (800) 386-0191 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT.

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

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Chrysler Recalls 2010 Dodge Nitro & Ram, Jeep Liberty & Wrangler

Chrysler Recalls 2010 Dodge Nitro & Ram, Jeep Liberty & Wrangler...


Chrysler is recalling certain 2010 Dodge and Jeep vehicles to fix a potential problem with the master cylinder. The recalled models are:

• DODGE / NITRO 2010
• DODGE / RAM 2010
• JEEP / LIBERTY 2010
• JEEP / WRANGLER 2010

The company said some of the recalled vehicles may have been built with an improperly formed master cylinder to hydraulic control unit. This could lead to loss of brake fluid and impaired braking performance.

Dealers will replace the brake tubes free of charge. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403 about Recall No. K15.

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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Toyota Recalls 138,000 Lexus Models to Fix Engine Valve Problem

Faulty valve spring could break, causing sudden engine failure

Toyota Recalls 138,000 Lexus Models to Fix Engine Valve Problem...


Toyota is recalling about 138,000 Lexus vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years to fix a potential problem with an engine valve spring. The affected models are:

• LEXUS / GS350 2007-2008
• LEXUS / GS450H 2007-2008
• LEXUS / GS460 2008
• LEXUS / IS350 2006-2008
• LEXUS / LS460 2007-2008
• LEXUS / LS460L 2007-2008
• LEXUS / LS600HL 2008

Toyota said cars manufactured from August 26, 2005 through August 4, 2008 could have foreign objects in the valve spring, possibly causing the spring to break. That could cause sudden engine failure.

Toyota will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. Owners may contact Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

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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Weight Loss Capsules May Contain Harmful Ingredients

Food and Drug Administration cautions consumers about Que She

Weight Loss Capsules May Contain Harmful Ingredients...


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that Que She, marketed as an herbal weight loss supplement, contains active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the product label that could be harmful -- especially to those with cardiovascular conditions.

People who have purchased Que She should stop taking the product immediately and consult a health care professional, the agency warned.

Que She, advertised as "Slimming Factor Capsule" and as "an all-natural blend of Chinese herbs," has been widely distributed on Internet sites such as the Bouncing Bear Botanicals website, and at retail outlets, including Sacred Journey in Lawrence, Kan.

An FDA analysis of Que She found that it contains:

• fenfluramine -- a stimulant drug withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1997 after studies demonstrated that it caused serious heart valve damage

• propranolol -- a prescription beta blocker drug that can pose a risk to people with bronchial asthma and certain heart conditions

• sibutramine -- a controlled substance and prescription weight loss drug, sibutramine was the subject of a recent study whose preliminary findings showed an association between sibutramine use and increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients who have a history of heart disease

• ephedrine -- a stimulant drug that is legally marketed over-the-counter for temporary relief of asthma but can pose a risk to people with certain cardiovascular conditions

These active pharmaceutical ingredients also may interact with other medications and result in a serious adverse event.

Consumers and health care professionals are encouraged to report adverse events related to the use of Que She to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.



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PDi Recalls Televisions in Healthcare Facilities

PDi Recalls Televisions in Healthcare Facilities...

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PDi Communications is recalling about 2,700 televisions installed in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. A capacitor on the television's power supply board can fail, posing a fire hazard.

PDi Communications has received one report of an incident involving a flame in February 2010. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves 26-inch and 32-inch wall-mounted LCD television sets that were installed in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, medical centers and nursing homes. Model and serial number ranges included in this recall are listed in the chart below. The model number is printed on a label on the back of the television sets. Other models of PDi television sets or units that are outside the serial number range are not included in this recall.

Model NumberSerial Number Range
PDI-P26LCDC0832-D009-00001-A through 0913-D009-02500
PDI-P32LCDD0902-D010-00001-A through 0921-D010-01419

The TVs, made in China, were sold by PDi Communications to distributors that service healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical centers and nursing homes nationwide from September 2008 through July 2009 for about $1,000.

Facilities where the sets are installed should immediately stop using them, remove the power cord to prevent the TV from being powered on and contact PDi to receive a free repair. PDi began contacting healthcare facilities about this problem in March. Facilities that have not been contacted by PDi or its authorized agent should contact the firm for a free repair.

For more information, contact PDi at (800) 992-7734 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.pdiarm.com.

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

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Wrigley Settles Eclipse Advertising Suit

Plaintiffs say 'natural germ killing' claims are bunk

Gum titan Wrigley has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that it falsely advertised its Eclipse gum and mints as having natural germ killing ...

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Dayton Electric Baseboard Heaters Recalled

Dayton Electric Baseboard Heaters Recalled...

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Marley Engineered Products LLC is recalling certain Dayton electric baseboard heaters. The baseboard heaters are labeled for 240 or 208 volt use. However, some of the heaters have an internal heater built for a maximum of 120 volts. If the heater is connected to a 240 or 208 volt electrical circuit as directed, the unit could catch fire.

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This recall involves Dayton 240/208 volt model 3UG82D electric baseboard heaters. The white, rectangular heaters are 30 inches long by 6 3/4 inches high by 2 7/8 inches deep. A nameplate on the bottom right side of the base has "Dayton Electric Mfg. Co.," model 3UG82D and date code 1209. Only heaters purchased after December 21, 2009 with a date code of "1209" are included in this recall. The recalled heaters have yellow and white wires inside the panel where the heater connects to the power source. Heaters with red and black wire are not included in this recall.

The heaters were sold at Grainger branch stores nationwide from December 2009 through March 2010 for about $50.

Consumers should immediately stop using the heaters and inspect the product's nameplate to determine whether it is involved in the recall. Consumers with affected heaters should disconnect the product at the circuit breaker or fuse. A qualified electrician should inspect the color of the wires inside the heater's electrical access panel to determine if the wires are yellow and white. Consumers should return the affected heaters to Marley for a free replacement. Marley will pay reasonable labor charges required to inspect and exchange units. Marley is directly notifying known consumers.

For more information, contact Marley at (800) 642-4328 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.marleymep.com.

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

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2010 Subaru Legacy, Outback Recalled

2010 Subaru Legacy, Outback Recalled...


Subaru is recalling about 74,000 2010 Legacy and Outback models because of a wiring problem in the steering column.

The defect could cause problems with the driver's airbag, the paddle shifter, cruise control, horn and radio.

Dealers will check the recalled vehicles and, if necessary, replace the defective connector.

Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 about Recall No. WVR-28.

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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Fisher-Price Recalls Play 'n Go Campsite

Fisher-Price Recalls Play 'n Go Campsite...


Photo of recalled item Fisher-Price is recalling more than 100,000 Little People Play 'n Go campsites. The plastic Sonya Lee figure in the play set can break at the waist, exposing small parts that pose a choking hazard to young children.

The firm has received eight reports of the Sonya Lee figure breaking. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the Little People Play 'n Go Campsite. The seven-piece plastic play set includes Sonya Lee, a tent and other accessories. Product number R6935 is printed on the toy's packaging. The name Sonya Lee is printed on the underside of the figure. Only Sonya Lee figures that bend at the waist, have a green sweater and purple camera around the neck are included in this recall. No other Sonya Lee figure is affected. The remaining pieces of the Little People Play 'n Go Campsite are not affected.

The toys, made in China, were sold by major retailers including mass merchandisers, discount stores, department stores and toy stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico, and by online retailers from October 2009 through August 2010 for about $15.

Consumers should immediately take the Campsite's Sonya Lee figure away from children and contact Fisher-Price to arrange for the figure's return in exchange for a free replacement figure.

For additional information, contact Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 anytime or visit the firm's website at www.service.mattel.com.

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

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Daiso Recalls Childrens Coin Purses, Jewelry

Daiso Recalls Childrens Coin Purses, Jewelry...

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photo of recalled items Daiso California LLC is recalling about 190 children's coin purses and jewelry. The surface paint on the zippers of the coin purses and the clasps on the jewelry contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

This recall involves childrens coin purses with rainbow stripes and childrens earrings and necklaces that have blue, pink, red, white and yellow colored droplets. The Coin Purse and Mobile Case Coin Puase are printed on the tag attached to the purse. Colorful Drop Accessory Bracelet is printed on the front of the necklace packages and Colorful Drop Accessory Pierce is printed on the front of the earring packages. The tag and packaging have Produced for Daiso Japan on either the front or back.

The items, made in China and Korea, were sold at Daiso stores in California and Washington from May 2009 through December 2009 for about $1.50.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled products away from children and contact Daiso for a full refund.

For more information, contact Daiso toll-free at (888) 580-8841 between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firms website at www.daisorecall.com.

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

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Tekkeon Recalls MyPower ALL External Laptop Batteries

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Tekkeon Inc. is recalling about 500 external laptop batteries. The battery cell can short-circuit and overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Tekkeon has received one report of an overheating battery that resulted in minor damage to nearby furnishings. No injuries have been reported.

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The myPower ALL Plus External Laptop Battery is a universal rechargeable battery used to power laptop computers, MP3 players, mobile phones, DVD players and other portable devices. It is black with Tekkeon printed on the front. The model number, MP3750, is printed on a label on the back.

The batteries, made in China, were sold at Amazon.com and other online retailers from September 2009 through December 2009 for about $180.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries and contact Tekkeon for a free replacement battery. The company is contacting all known purchasers.

For more information, contact Tekkeon toll-free at (888) 787-5888, or visit the firms website at www.tekkeon.com/recall.

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

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Brine VIP Lacrosse Gloves Recalled

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photo of recalled itemsBrine VIP lacrosse gloves are being recalled because ink used on the silver triad logo on the back of the glove contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

The gloves, made in Vietnam, were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide between July 2009 and June 2010 for about $50.

The recall involves black and white Brine VIP lacrosse gloves sold in three sizes: 10, 12 and 13 inches. The name "Brine" is printed in white and a silver triad symbol is printed on the back of the glove on the wrist cuff. The following lacrosse gloves are involved in this recall:


Model Numbers (printed on tag)Size
LGLVIP03-61898316452913 inches
LGLVIP02-61898316450512 inches
LGLVIP00-61898316454310 inches

Consumers should immediately stop using the gloves and contact Brine for a replacement or refund.

For additional information, contact Brine toll-free at (888) 542-8834 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.brine.com/recall

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

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Christy Recalls Women's Bathrobes

Christy Recalls Women's Bathrobes...

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Christy is recalling about 8,600 women's bathrobes because they fail to meet the federal flammability standard for clothing textiles and pose a risk of burn injury.

The firm has received one report of a robe igniting. No injuries have been reported.

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This recall involves womens wrap bathrobes with long sleeves and a belt. They are made from 100 percent cotton terry cloth in aqua, ivory, white and porcelain pink. A woven label at the neck edge of the robes read Collection Fifty Nine.

The robes were sold exclusively at Bloomingdales department stores nationwide and www.bloomingdales.com from January 2008 through March 2010 for about $80. They were made in Turkey.

Consumers should stop using the recalled bathrobes immediately and return them to the Domestics Department in any Bloomingdales store for a full refund. If the Bloomingdales store does not have a Domestics Department, the robe should be returned to the Customer Service Department.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Christys at (800) 261-6326 or visit Bloomingdales web site at www.bloomingdales.com.

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

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Powertec Recalls Drill Presses

Powertec Recalls Drill Presses...

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Powertec is recalling about 500 drill presses. Wires in the motor housing can be pinched, posing a risk of electrical shock to the consumer.

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The firm has received one report of a consumer experiencing a minor electrical shock.

The recall involves the Powertec 8 Drill Press with AC powered laser. The model number is DP800 and can be found on the product specification label located above the handle on the right side of the machine.

The drill presses, made in China, were sold exclusively at Blains Farm and Fleet stores nationwide from November 2009 through February 2010 for about $80.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and return the item to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For additional information, contact Southern Technologies at (877) 393-7121 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.southerntechllc.com.

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

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Aqua Lung America Recalls Apeks WTX Power Inflators

Aqua Lung America Recalls Apeks WTX Power Inflators...

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Aqua Lung America is recalling about 1,380 power inflators. The oral inflator button is not properly bonded to the oral stem and can fall off during use, posing a leak of the buoyancy compensator contents. This poses a drowning hazard.

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Aqua Lung America has received one report of a consumers oral inflate button falling off during use. No injuries have been reported.

The power inflator is the black mouthpiece with the two brass buttons at the end of the corrugated hose. The recall involves all models of the Apeks WTX power inflators. Some of the recalled components were included on complete air cells. Those model numbers are: 388032, 388060, 388080, 388145, 388260, and 42775. The model number of the air cell can be found on the tag sewn on the center of the air cell or bladder.

The inflators, made in California, were sold at diving stores in the U.S. and Canada from November 2006 through March 2010 for between $53 and $70 for the component and between $280 and $520 for the air cells.

Consumers should stop diving with their recalled power inflator and bring it or send it to an authorized Apeks dealer. The dealer will apply a free fix. Consumers may also ask for and receive a free replacement product.

For additional information contact the firm toll-free at (877) 253-3483 or visit the firms website at www.aqualung.com.

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

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Salomon Recalls Ski Boot Sole Pads and Boots

Salomon Recalls Ski Boot Sole Pads and Boots...

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Salomon USA is recalling about 175 pairs of Quest Touring Pads about 83 pairs of Quest Pro Pebax and Quest Pro ski boots. The toe portion of the boot pad may unexpectedly release from the touring-style ski binding on a ski, posing a fall or injury hazard to the user.

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The firm has received one report of injury, involving a fractured leg and knee injuries.

This recall involves the Salomon Quest Touring Pads distributed as sole pads only, and Salomon Quest Pro Pebax and Quest Pro ski boots configured with the recalled sole pads. The sole pads have visible steel inserts intended to make these Quest touring-style sole pads compatible with a specific type of touring-style ski binding, commonly referred to by back-country skiers as a low-tech binding.

The items, made in Romania, were sold by eight selected Salomon USA ski boot dealers in Colorado, Utah, Vermont and Washington from February 2010 through April 2010 for about $50 for the sole pads and about $750 for the ski boots configured with the recalled sole pads. Other sales agents and consumers were contacted by Salomon.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sole pads and ski boots and return them to any authorized Salomon ski dealer for a refund of their purchase price.

For additional information, contact the firm toll-free at (877) 789-5111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, by email at qualityinfo.usa@salomon-sports.com, or visit the firms website at www.salomon.com.

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

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SmileMakers Recalls Charm Bracelets, Rings

SmileMakers Recalls Charm Bracelets, Rings...

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SmileMakers charm bracelets and football rings are being recalled. The metal substrate in the jewelry contains high levels of cadmium. Cadmium is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

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This recall involves Happy charm bracelets and football rings. The Happy charm bracelet is comprised of colorful beads on a small elastic band to which a metal charm in the shape of a butterfly, moon or sun is attached. The football ring is a small adjustable metal band to which a football charm (made of metal) is attached.

The items were distributed at doctor and dentist offices nationwide from June 2005 through March 2010 for free. They were made in China.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from children and discard the product.

For additional information, contact SmileMakers toll-free at (877) 390-5470 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the companys website at www.smilemakers.com.

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

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Felt Recalls Bicycles

Felt Recalls Bicycles...

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Felt Bicycles is recalling about 2009 model B12, B16 and S32 road bicycles. The bicycles fork steer tube can break, causing the rider to lose control, fall and suffer injuries.

Felt Bicycles has received seven reports of the bicycle forks breaking. Minor injuries, including bumps and bruises were reported in one of the incidents.

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Description: The recall includes all 2009 Felt model B12, B16 and S32 road bicycles.

• 2009 B12 - These bicycles are gloss silver/carbon and have carbon fiber frames with carbon fiber forks with aluminum steer tubes.
• 2009 B16 - These bicycles are matte black/red and have carbon fiber frames with carbon fiber forks with aluminum steer tubes.
• 2009 S32 - These bicycles are available in gloss white/red and have aluminum frames with carbon fiber forks with aluminum steer tubes.

The bikes, made in China, were sold at bicycle specialty stores nationwide from October 2008 through May 2010 for between about $2,300 and $3,100 per bicycle.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycles and contact your local Felt Bicycles dealer to receive a free inspection and repair.

For additional information, call Felt Bicycles toll-free at (866) 433-5887 or (866) 4-FELT-US, or visit the firms website at www.feltracing.com.

For more information, contact Tekkeon toll-free at (888) 787-5888, or visit the firms website at www.tekkeon.com/recall.

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

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