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Easton Sports Recalls Bicycles
Seat Post Poses Fall Hazard10/29/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Easton Sports Recalls Bicycles. Seat Post Poses Fall Hazard...
The carbon top clamp of the seat post can crack, posing a fall hazard to the user.
This recall involves bicycles with 2010 EC90 Zero seat posts. The EC90 Zero seat posts are black with red and gray graphics. "EC90" is printed on the post.
The bicycles, made in China, were sold by Turner Suspension Bicycles, Ibis Cycles and Security Bicycle Accessories retailers nationwide from April 2010 through August 2010 for between $150 and $200.
Consumers should immediately stop riding the bicycles and contact any authorized Easton Sports for a free replacement top seat clamp.
Children's Place Recalls Girls' Ruffle Vests
Metal snaps may detach and causing a choking hazard10/29/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Children's Place Recalls Girls' Ruffle Vests. Metal snaps may detach and causing a choking hazard. ...
The Children's Place is recalling about 3,000 girls' ruffle vests. Metal snaps may detach from garment causing a choking hazard.
The girls' ruffle vests are quilted and "chalk" colored with a hood trimmed in fake fur. The vests have a label sewn to the inside side seam of the lining with number #587754 printed on it.
The vests were sold online at The Children's Place Services LLC website, www.childrensplace.com, in September 2010 for about $20. They were made in China.
Customers who purchased the recalled product online will be mailed a postage-paid envelope with instructions for returning the vest(s) for a full refund.
Mitsubishi Recalls Endeavor to Fix Air Conditioning Problem
Air flow problem could affect defroster performance.10/29/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Mitsubishi Recalls Endeavor to Fix Air Conditioning Problem. Air flow problem could affect defroster performance....
The company said that due to an incorrect heater controller signal, air flow may change cycle between hot and cold. This could affect defroster performance, possibly causing a crash.
Dealers will inspect the system and, if necessary, replace defective parts.
Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.
Suzuki Recalls SX4 to Fix Rearview Mirror
The mirror can come loose and fall off.10/29/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Suzuki Recalls SX4 to Fix Rearview Mirror. The mirror can come loose and fall off.....
The company said that three screws that secure the outside rear view mirrors can come loose, causing the mirror to fall off.
Dealers will replace the screws free of charge. Owners may contact Suzuki at
Nissan Recalls 2 Million Selected Nissan and Infiniti Models
An ignition relay can fail, causing the engine to stall.10/28/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Nissan Recalls 2 Million Selected Nissan and Infiniti Models. An ignition relay can fail, causing the engine to stall....
Nissan is recalling more than 2 million vehicles in the U.S.,
Japan, Asia and Europe to fix an ignition problem that may cause the
engine to stall, including:.
The company said it found a problem in a relay used in vehicles manufactured from August 2003 through July 2006.
Dealers will replace the part free of charge. No date has been set for the recall to begin.
Dollar Tree Recalls Children's Halloween Lanterns
The bulb can overheat, creating a fire and burn hazard.10/28/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Dollar Tree Recalls Children's Halloween Lanterns. The bulb can overheat, creating a fire and burn hazard.. ...
This recall involves plastic Halloween-themed lanterns designed to resemble a pumpkin, ghost and skull. The lanterns are about 6 1/2 inches tall and were sold in orange, white and black. Model number 954437-13096-003-1005 is printed on the bottom of the lanterns.
Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Occasions, Deal$ and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores sold the lanterns, which were made in China, nationwide from August 2010 to October 2010 for about $1.
Consumers should take the recalled lanterns away from children immediately, remove and properly discard the batteries and return the lanterns to the store where purchased for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores Inc. at (800) 876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.dollartree.com
John Deere Recalls Mowers With Foot-Lift Option
The steering lever can remain in the 'forward' position, posing an injury hazard to the driver.10/27/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
John Deere Recalls Mowers With Foot-Lift Option. The steering lever can remain in the 'forward' position, posing an injury hazard to the driver.. ...
Z445 mowers with 54 inch high capacity deck and Z445 or Z465 Zero-Turn Mower with Premium Foot Lift features. The recalled mowers have the model number at the front of the foot platform and on the serial number tag under the seat. The recall includes the following models and serial numbers of units:
Z445 Zero-Turn Mower with 54 High Capacity Deck
BMW Recalls 2008 X5 Vehicles to Replace Fuel Pump
Fuel pump failure could cause engine to stop running10/27/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
BMW Recalls 2008 X5 Vehicles to Replace Fuel Pump. Fuel pump failure could cause engine to stop running....
BMW is recalling about 20,800 model-year 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles to replace low- pressure fuel pumps.
The recalled vehicles are equipped with normally-aspirated inline six-cylinder engines to replace the low-pressure fuel pump. In this case, should the fuel pump experience a failure, the engine will stop running and the driver will lose power assist for the steering and brakes although both the steering and the brakes remain operational.
No injuries have been reported, BMW said.
recall is unrelated to the recall of about 130,000 vehicles to repair
problems with the fuel pump in twin-turbo engines. NHTSA this
year started investigations into BMW's
NHTSA this year started investigations into BMW'sMini Cooper cars and Z4s for unrelated defects that may cause power steering to fail, raising the risk of a crash.
BMW Recalls 130,000 Cars to Fix Fuel Pump Problem
Drivers could experience reduced engine performance or loss of power-assisted brakes and steering10/27/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
BMW Recalls 130,000 Cars to Fix Fuel Pump Problem. Drivers could experience reduced engine performance or loss of power-assisted brakes and steering....
BMW is recalling about 130,000 vehicles in the U.S. for fuel-pump defects that may reduce engine performance or cause a loss of power-assist for the brakes and steering.
of the recalled vehicles are equipped with twin-turbo inline
six-cylinder engines. Symptoms include long-crank engine starting
times along with the illumination of the "Service Engine Soon"
light. In certain cases, the driver may experience reduced engine
performance in a Safe Mode accompanied by a tone and the illumination
of the "Engine Malfunction" light. Based on the individual
service history of the vehicle, the action will entail replacement of
the high-pressure fuel pump and/or a software update.
Based on the individual service history of the vehicle, the action will entail replacement of the high-pressure fuel pump and/or a software update.
Meijer Recalls Falls Creek Infant Shoes
The shoe lace toggles pose a choking hazard to infants.10/27/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Meijer Recalls Falls Creek Infant Shoes. The shoe lace toggles pose a choking hazard to infants. ...
Meijer is recalling about 2,300 Falls Creek infant boy shoes. The shoe lace toggles can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
This recall involves Meijer Falls Creek infant boy casual shoes with bungee laces and toggles. The brown leather shoes were sold in infant sizes 5 to 10 and have "Falls Creek" imprinted on the bottom of the shoe.
The shoes, made in China, were sold at Meijer stores nationwide from July 2010 through September 2010 for about $15.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled shoes from children. Consumers can remove and discard the toggles to eliminate the hazard or return the product to any Meijer store for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Meijer at (800) 927-8699 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.meijer.com
GE Recalls 174,000 Profile, Monogram Dishwashers
Five fires reported in recalled dishwashers; condensation blamed10/26/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
GE Recalls 174,000 Profile, Monogram Dishwashers. Five fires reported in recalled dishwashers; condensation blamed. ...
GE has received five reports of fires, four of which caused minor damage to the kitchen countertops where the dishwashers were installed and one caused minor damage to adjacent cabinets and smoke damage to the home. No injuries have been reported.
Honda Recalls 2005-2007 Odyssey, Acura RL Vehicles
Possible brake problem10/25/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Honda Recalls 2005-2007 Odyssey, Acura RL Vehicles. Possible brake problem....
The company said that if the wrong brake fluid is used, a part of the rubber seal in the master cylinder may become dry, causing the seal to curl. That could allow a small amount of brake fluid to leak, possibly degrading brake performance.
Dealers will replace the master cylinder seal free of charge. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009.
Mega Pops Manufacturer Launches Recall Effort
Despite customer concerns, Colombina says its product does not present a health risk10/25/2010ConsumerAffairs
Mega Pops Manufacturer Launches Recall Effort Despite customer concerns, Colombina says its product does not present a health risk...
Colombina says the recall is a precautionary measure and that it believes the product presents no health risk.
Two lots affected
Specific lots of Colombina Brand Mega Pops being recalled are in 14-ounce and 28-ounce cellophane bags containing watermelon, cherry, orange and grape flavored pops. The affected Mega Pops can be identified by UPC Code numbers 0 14272 10873 9 or 0 14272 10862 3, and are in lots marked as Lot #1240695, Lot #1209708, or Lot #1209796.
The lot number appears in a white square on the lower left hand side of the reverse of each bag. Colombina Mega Pops are distributed nationwide through several different retailers and wholesalers.
Customers who return the product to the store where they purchased the product may receive a refund or store credit for the purchase price of the product. The offer applies to all bags of Mega Pops about which customers may have a concern, regardless of lot number.
"We are always guided by customer safety and satisfaction," said Carlos Gil, Colombina USA Vice President. "Using an abundance of caution, we are working with all our valued retailers to quickly remove the product from the shelves. We've also set up a special 24 hour hotline to answer any questions consumers may have."
Colombina is coordinating efforts with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as with U.S. retailers, and says it will continue to do so until the matter has been resolved.
Until the situation is resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved, Mega Pops will be temporarily unavailable in the U.S.
Customers with questions can call 1-888-317-3686 toll-free.
Hyland's Teething Tablets Recalled
Tablets contain belladonna, harmful in large doses10/24/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Hyland's Teething Tablets Recalled. Tablets contain belladonna, harmful in large dose....
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) For such a product, it is important that the amount of belladonna be carefully controlled. FDA laboratory analysis has found that Hyland's Teething Tablets contain inconsistent amounts of belladonna.
FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity. The FDA has also received reports of children who consumed more tablets than recommended, because the containers do not have child resistant caps.
Hyland's Teething Tablets is a homeopathic product, intended to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in children. It is sold over-the-counter (OTC) in retail outlets. The FDA has not evaluated Hyland's Teething Tablets for safety or efficacy, and is not aware of any proven clinical benefit offered by the product.
FDA recommends that consumers not use this product and dispose of any in their possession. FDA advises consumers to consult their health care professional if their child experiences symptoms such as seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using Hyland's Teething Tablets.
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
- Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.
- Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
Klement Sausage Recalls Beef Sticks
Products may contain foreign materials10/24/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Klement Sausage Recalls Beef Sticks. Products may contain foreign material....
The products subject to recall include:
- 8-ounce packages of "MARKET PANTRY BEEF STICKS, ORIGINAL."
Each package is vacuum packaged and has a "Use By" date of March 1, 2012. The packages bear the establishment number "2426B" inside the USDA mark of inspection and indicate "Refrigerate After Opening" on the label. Each shipping carton weighs 10 pounds and bears the code "03293." The beef stick products were produced on August 31, 2010, packaged on September 1, 2010, and shipped to distribution centers and retail stores nationwide.
The problem was discovered after a retail chain reported consumer complaints about finding hard plastic and/or pieces of glass in the product. FSIS has not received any consumer complaints or reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of this product should contact a physician.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact company Vice President of Special Projects Jeffrey P. Klement at (414) 744-2330.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
Kohler Recalls Kohler, Sterling Frameless Bath Doors
The glass doors can shatter.10/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Kohler Recalls Kohler, Sterling Frameless Bath Doors. The glass doors can shatter....
The recall involves Kohler and Sterling frameless by-pass bath doors. By-pass doors consist of two panels that slide on a track and overlap one another. They can be identified by the tempering date located on the bath door glass panel, which reads "080410" or by the SAU (serial) number on the manufacturer's box. SAU numbers can be found on the white bar code label on the spine of the box below the retail label. The affected door models and SAU numbers are as follows:
These Locations Only
Kohler Fluence frameless bath door with Bright Polished Silver finish and clear glass
SAU376TBX and SAU376TC3
Sterling Finesse frameless bath door with Deep Bronze finish and clear glass
SAU376MDZ and SAU376MF8
Sterling Finesse frameless bath door with Nickel metal finish and Lake Mist Silk Screen pattern GLASS
SAU376SS6 and SAU376SSB
Home Depot Stores:
The doors were sold at four Lowes and three Home Depot stores from August 2010 through September 2010 for about $600.
Consumers should immediately stop using the doors and contact Kohler for a free replacement door.
Frigidaire, Electrolux Recall ICON Smoothtop Electric Cooktops, Slide-In Ranges
Heating elements can turn on unexpectedly, posing a fire and burn hazard10/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Frigidaire, Electrolux Recall ICON Smoothtop Electric Cooktops, Slide-In Ranges. Heating elements can turn on unexpectedly, posing a fire and burn hazard. ...
Frigidaire and Electrolux are recalling about 122,000 ICON Smoothtop Electric Cooktops and Frigidaire Slide-in Ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays.
Liquids can pool under the control knob and cause the surface heating element to turn on unexpectedly, heat to temperatures other than expected and then not turn off, posing a risk of fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Electrolux has received 70 reports of incidents, including three reports of fires that resulted in property damage. Three minor burn injuries were reported.
This recall involves Frigidaire and Electrolux ICON smoothtop electric cooktops and Frigidaire slide-in ranges with rotary knobs and digital displays. Model and serial numbers for the slide-in ranges can be found inside the oven door on the left side of the unit or on the underside surface on cooktop models. The following model and serial numbers are included in this recall:
Frigidaire Serial Number Range and Models
Serial Number Range: NF501XXXXX through NF952XXXXX
Electrolux ICON Serial Number Range and Models
Serial Number Range: NF501XXXXX through NF045XXXXX
The ranges, made in China, were sold by mass merchandise and independent retail stores from January 2005 through August 2010 for between $500 and $2,500.
Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled ranges or power off cooktops at the circuit breaker. Contact Electrolux for information on how to obtain a free repair kit.
For additional information, contact Electrolux at(888) 281-5310 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or visit the firm's website at www.smoothtoprangerecall.com (Frigidaire) or www.cooktoprecall.com (Electrolux).
Claire-Sprayway Recalls Spray-On Fabric Protector
Inhaling the fumes can cause serious respiratory problems10/22/2010ConsumerAffairs
Claire-Sprayway Recalls Spray-On Fabric Protector. Inhaling the fumes can cause serious respiratory problems. ...
is recalling about 73,000 cans of spray-on fabric protector.
to fumes, vapor or spray mist from the product can pose a serious
The recall involves fabric protector which is an aerosol coating used to protect fabric. The fabric protector was sold under the following brand names: SpraywayÂ® No. 980 Industrial Fabric Protector; 3D Fabric Protector; Auto Brite Fabric Protector Guardatela; Auto MagicÂ® Fabric Protector No. 91-S; Crystal Aire Products #680 Fabric Protector; Falcon LabsÂ® Spotless Fabric Protector; Quiltprotectâ„¢ Spray; Robbie'sâ„¢ Fabric Shield; Showcar Fabric Protector and SimonizÂ® System 5 Stain Sentry Fabric Protector. The can size is 13.5 oz., and the product code is located on the bottom of the can.
The products, made in the U.S., were sold at utomotive supply, auto detailing, upholstery, textiles, furniture and fabric stores nationwide from January 2005 through August 2010 for about $10.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Claire-Sprayway to receive a full refund.
Ethan Allen Recalls Drop-Side Cribs
Drop-side malfunction can create entrapment, suffocation hazard10/22/2010ConsumerAffairs
Ethan Allen Recalls Drop-Side Cribs. Drop-side malfunction can create entrapment, suffocation hazard....
Ethan Allen is recalling about 3,250 drop-side cribs.
The crib's drop-side rail hardware can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side rail to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler's body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/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.
Ethan Allen has received five reports of incidents involving the crib's drop-side detaching, resulting in bumps and bruises to three children. One child became entrapped and two children fell out of the crib after the drop side detached, one child received a pinched hand and one child received an unspecified injury.
This recall involves Ethan Allen brand cribs with item numbers 14-5650, 15-5650, 16-5650, 26-5650, 35-5622, 36-5620, 36-5622 and 38-5622. "Ethan Allen" and the item number are printed on a label on the crib's headboard or footboard. The cribs were sold in a variety of colors.
The cribs, made in the U.S. And China, were sold at Ethan Allen stores from January 2002 through December 2008 for between $550 and $900.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drop-side cribs and contact any Ethan Allen store to receive a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.
Angel Line, Longwood Forest Drop-Side Cribs Recalled
Drop-side hardware can malfunction, creating an entrapment and suffocation hazard10/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Angle Line, Longwood Forest Drop-Side Cribs Recalled. Drop-side hardware can malfunction, creating an entrapment and suffocation hazard....
Angel Line is recalling about 3,400 Longwood Forest and Angel Line drop-side cribs.
The cribâ€™s drop-side rail hardware can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop-side rail to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddlerâ€™s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to age-related wear and tear.
This recall involves the following models of Longwood Forest drop-side cribs with plastic drop-side hardware: 6103S, 6105S, 6106S, 6108S, 6109S, 8025P, and 8029P. They were sold in white, brown, natural and oak colors. â€œLongwood Forestâ€ or â€œAngel Lineâ€ and the model number are printed on a label on the cribâ€™s headboard. The firmâ€™s fixed-side cribs and drop-side cribs with metal rod-type hardware are not included in this recall.
The cribs, made in China, were sold on the Web at Ababy.com, Babyage.com and other Web retailers from December 2004 through January 2009 for about $140.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Angel Line to receive for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the childâ€™s age.
Kmart Recalls Heritage Collection Drop-Side Cribs
Drop-side can create an entrapment, suffocation hazard10/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Kmart Recalls Heritage Collection Drop-Side Cribs. Drop-side can create an entrapment, suffocation hazard. ...
Kmart is recalling about 34,000 Heritage Collection drop-side cribs.
The crib's drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop-side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler's body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to age-related wear and tear.
There have been 17 reports of incidents involving drop-side rail detachments from the cribs. Three infants received bruises and abrasions to the neck, back and legs after becoming entrapped when the drop-side detached.
This recall involves Heritage Collection 3-in-1 drop-side cribs with Kmart model numbers 07-1248 and 07-1252. They were sold in natural and white colors. A label with Kmart and the model number can be found on the inner side of the crib's headboard or footboard on the bottom rail. The 3-in-1 infant cribs can also be converted into a toddler bed and a double bed.
The cribs, made in Vietnam, were sold at Kmart stores nationwide from February 2007 through October 2008 for about $130.
Consumers should immediately stop using the cribs and contact the Victory Land Group for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.
Toyota Recalls Avalon, Highlander, Lexus Models to Fix Brake Fluid Leak
Leaking brake fluid could affect brake performance10/21/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Toyota Recalls Avalon, Highlander, Lexus Models to Fix Brake Fluid Leak. Leaking brake fluid could affect brake performance....
Toyota Motor Sales is recalling approximately 740,000 vehicles because of the risk that a small amount of brake fluid could leak from the brake master cylinder.
The recalled models are the 2005 through 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 Highlander (non-Hybrid) and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 vehicles sold in the United States.
This follows an announcement made by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, which The Wall Street Journal reports involves two recalls: In Tokyo, the car company said it will recall 599,029 vehicles -- covering 11 models -- because of defective fuel pump wires and brake master cylinders. The second involves a speedometer defect in 1,869 units of Toyota's Voxy and Noah models.
No accidents have been reported so far as a result of the defects, according to the automaker.
Brake fluid concern
The Toyota brake fluid used during vehicle assembly for vehicles sold in the United States contains polymers, which act as lubricants for certain brake system components.
If during vehicle maintenance, brake fluid is used that does not contain such polymers or only small amounts, a part of the internal rubber seal (brake master cylinder cup) located at the end of the brake master cylinder piston may become dry and may curl during movement of the piston. If this occurs, a small amount of the brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, resulting in illumination of the brake warning lamp.
If the brake warning lamp goes on and the vehicle continues to be driven without refilling the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir, the driver will begin to notice a spongy or soft brake pedal feel and braking performance may gradually decline.
Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail beginning in early November 2010. Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one at no charge to the vehicle owners.
Read more about Toyota.
Volvo Recalls 2010-2011 Models to Fix Airbag Problem
Driver's airbag could fail to deploy because of wiring problem.10/20/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Volvo Recalls 2010-2011 Models to Airbag Problem. Driver's airbag could fail to deploy because of wiring problem....
The recall affects:
The company said there may be an intermittent fault in the drive's airbag clockspring wiring connector, possibly causing the airbag to fail to deploy during an accident.
Dealers will install a metal shim in the wiring cononector to remedy the problem.
Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-327-4236 about Recall No. R229.
2010-2011 Chrysler, Dodge Models Recalled
Power steering system may fail10/20/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
2010-2011 Chrysler, Dodge Models Recalled. Power steering system may fail....
The affected models are:
The company said that the power steering hose could separate, possibly causing power steering fluid to leak onto hot engine components and start a fire.
Dealers will inspect the hoses and replace them if necessary. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. The recall number is K26.
Graco Metrolite, Quattro Strollers Recalled After Four Deaths
Babies at risk of strangulation and entrapment.10/20/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Graco Metrolite, Quattro Strollers Recalled After four Deaths. Babies at risk of strangulation and entrapment....
CPSC and Graco have received four reports of infant strangulations that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. In addition, CPSC is aware of five reports of infants becoming entrapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having difficulty breathing.
Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.
The recall involves older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom. This voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.
recall involves Graco Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems
manufactured prior to November 2006 and MetroLite strollers and travel
systems manufactured prior to July 2007. The strollers and travel
systems were distributed between November 2000 and December 2007.
model numbers are printed on a label at the lower portion of the rear
frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. The name
"Graco" appears on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest.
Recalled models are:
For a larger version of this list, click here.
The strollers, made in China, were sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Kmart, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other stores nationwide between November 2000 and December 2007 for between $90 and $190 for the strollers, and between $190 and $250 for travel systems.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. To order a repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 828-4046 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.gracobaby.com. Consumers can continue use of the stroller as a "travel system." When the stroller is used with the infant car seat, the entrapment and strangulation hazards posed by the space gap are not present.
For additional information, consumers can contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged to always secure children by using the safety harness and never leave them unattended. To learn more about the importance of stroller safety, download CPSC's safety alert: www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf
Lollytogs Recalls Carhartt Infants' Overalls
Snaps can come loose and pose a choking hazard10/19/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Lollytogs Recalls Carhartt Infants' Overalls. Snaps can come loose and pose a choking hazard. ...
Lollytogs Ltd. is recalling about 10,000 pairs of Carhartt infants' overalls.The overalls have snaps that could come loose and pose a choking hazard to young children.This recall involves infants' CarharttÂ® overalls with style numbers GG8500 (100% cotton canvas) and GG8501 (100% cotton knit). The overalls were sold in brown or red in infant sizes 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 and 24 months. The Carhartt logo is sewn on the front of the garment and the style numbers can be found on the sewn-in label hanging from the sleeve.
The overalls, made in India, were sold by retailers nationwide from February 2010 through July 2010 for about $25.
Consumers should immediately take the overalls away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or store credit.
For additional information, contact Lollytogs at (800) 637 9035 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.ltapparel.com
Dollar Tree Recalls Children's Projector Flashlights
Batteries and bulb can overheat10/19/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Dollar Tree Recalls Children's Projector Flashlights. Batteries and bulb can overheat....
The firm has received three reports of incidents involving batteries overheating in the recalled flashlights. Reported incidents include a flashlight that melted and a flashlight battery that caught fire. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should take the recalled flashlights away from children immediately, remove and properly discard the batteries and return the flashlights to the store where purchased for a full refund.
The recalled projector flashlights are about 6 1/2 inches in length and have the Wolverine, Spider-Man and Iron Man characters and names printed on them. The flashlights come with five extra mini discs that attach to the flashlight to project various images. The back of the packaging contains the number 16879-20012-003-1003 and UPC 6 39277 16879 5.
The flashlights, made in China, were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Tree $1 Stop, Deal$ and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores nationwide from August 2010 for about $1.
For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores Inc. at (800) 876 8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.dollartree.com
Bathtub Submarine Toy Recalled
Intake valve can suck up loose skin10/18/2010ConsumerAffairs
Bathtub Submarine Toy Recalled. Intake valve can suck up loose skin....
Munchkin Inc. is recalling about 34,000 bathtub submarine toys. The intake valve on the bottom of the submarine toy can suck up loose skin, posing a laceration hazard to children.
There have been 19 incidents of lacerations to boys' genital area. One of the incidents required medical attention.
This recall involves battery-operated bathtub submarine toys. The toy is yellow, has a smiling face, turquoise windows, an orange propeller and an orange periscope that turns the toy on and off. The intake valve has a water pump that sucks in water to propel the submarine. The toy is intended for use by children during bath time.
The subs, made in China, were sold by mass merchandise retail stores nationwide and children's stores nationwide from November 2009 through September 2010 for about $7.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Munchkin for instructions on how to return the product for a free replacement toy.
For additional information, contact Munchkin at (877) 242-3134 anytime or visit the company's website at http://www.munchkin.com/
Frozen Green Peas Recalled - May Contain Glass Fragments
Kroger, Great Value frozen vegetables affected10/18/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Frozen Green Peas Recalled - May Contain Glass Fragments. Kroger, Great Value frozen vegetables affected....
The Pictsweet Company of Bells, TN today announced a voluntary recall of certain codes of store brand products containing frozen Green Peas after the company learned that some of the packages may contain glass fragments, which may cause injury if ingested.
- -- Kroger 12 ounce
Green Peas (UPC 11110 89736)
Production Codes of 1440BU, 1440BV, 1440BW, and 1600BD
- -- Kroger 12 ounce
Peas and Carrots (UPC 11110 89741)
Production Codes of 1960BD and 1960BE
- -- Great Value 12
ounce Steamable Sweet Peas (UPC 78742 08369)
Best by Dates of July 20, 2012; July 21, 2012
- -- Great Value 12
ounce Steamable Mixed Vegetables (UPC 78742 08026)
Best by Date of July 15, 2012
No injuries have been reported to date. While no injuries have been reported, Pictsweet is advising the public that product from these packages indicated above should not be consumed. Consumers who have purchased the above product should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Products subject to this recall were distributed only to Kroger stores in the Southeast United States and Walmart stores throughout the United States and include the following items:
Consumers with questions may contact The Pictsweet Company at 1-800-367-7412 , extension 417 toll-free from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.
2009-2010 Chevrolet Impalas Recalled
Front seat belt may not be properly secured10/18/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
2009-2010 Chevrolet Impalas Recalled. Front seat belt may not be properly secured....
The company said the belt's webbing may not have been properly secured to the pretensioner. That could mean the belt would not properly restrain the occupant in a crash.
Dealers will inspect both front safety belts and, if necessary, reinstall the anchors.
Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-327-4236.
Evenflo Maestro Car Seat Recalled
Alert was issued after the child seat failed a Consumer Reports crash test10/15/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Evenflo Maestro Car Seat Recalled. Alert was issued after the child seat failed a Consumer Reports crash test. ...
Craftsman Riding Mowers Recalled
Side discharge chute may not be fully secured10/15/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Craftsman Riding Mowers Recalled. Side discharge chute may not be fully secured....
Briggs & Stratton is recalling about 500 Craftsman riding mowers sold at Sears stores.
The side discharge chutes on the mowers may not be fully secured. Bolts can be forcefully discharged from mower if not properly tightened, possibly injuring the mower operator or bystanders.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled riding mowers and contact Sears for a free inspection and repair. Sears is sending consumers letters with information on scheduling an inspection and repair.
The firm has received one report of a bolt that discharged forcefully, breaking a window.
This recall involves Craftsman riding mowers with model number 107.28034 and serial numbers listed below. The rear engine mounted riding mower is black. The model and serial numbers can be found on the data tag on the back of the riding mower.
Serial numbers included in this recall:
- 2014033403 through 2014034552
- 2014082112 through 2014082861
- 2014149995 through 2014151266
- 2014346290 through 2014346803
Sears stores sold the mowers nationwide between February 2010 and May 2010 for about $1,400.
For additional information, contact Sears at (800) 859-7026 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.sears.com
JAKKS Recalls Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Kits
Jar lids can explode under pressure10/15/2010ConsumerAffairs
JAKKS Recalls Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Kits. Jar lids can explode under pressure....
Ryobi Recalls Cordless Power Drills
The drills can overheat.10/14/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Ryobi Recalls Cordless Power Drills because they can overheat....
Ryobi has received 47 reports of the drills overheating, smoking, melting or catching fire, including 12 reports of property damage to homes or vehicles. Two of the incidents involved minor burns from touching an overheated switch.
The Ryobi Model HP 1802M cordless drill is powered by an 18 volt rechargeable NiCad battery. The drills are blue and black in color with "Ryobi" appearing in red and white on the left side. The model number can be found on a white label on the right side of the drill.
The drills, made in China, were sold at Home Depot from January 2001 to July 2003 for about $100.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drill, remove the rechargeable battery and contact Ryobi to receive a free replacement drill.
For additional information, contact Ryobi Customer Service at (800) 597-9624 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.ryobitools.com
Iron Lover's Beach Recalled
Benches were sold exclusively at Ross Stores10/13/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Iron Lover's Beach sold exclusively at Ross Stores Recalled. They can tip over....
Mercedes-Benz Recalls Certain 2010 C-Class and 2010-11 E-Class Models
Steering flaw could make the cars difficult to control10/11/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Some Mercedes models may have steering flaw....
Blue Buffalo Recalls Dry Dog Food
Excess Vitamin D could affect the health of some dogs.10/11/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., recalls certain dry dog food because of possible excess Vitamin D that can affect the health of some dogs...
Cadillac Recalls 2010 SRX Models
Problem with power steering10/11/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
General Motors is recalling some of its 2010 Cadillac SRX models. The recall applies to vehicles equipped with 2.8-liter gas engines or 3.0-liter gas engi...
Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the power steering pressure line may have been improperly crimped, possibly causing a power steering fluid leak.
If the leak develops, the driver will hear noise from the power steering pump and increased effort will be needed for steering.
Also, if the power steering fluid sprays onto hot engine parts, a fire could occur in the engine compartment.
Dealers will inspect the power steering line and, if necessary, replace it.
Owners may contact Cadillac at
Hyundai Recalls 2011 Sonata Models
Steering gear column may need adjustment10/11/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Hyundai is recalling some of its 2011 Sonata vehicles....
That could cause a loss or reduction in steering capability, possibly causing a crash.
Dealers will inspect the steering column when the recall begins in October 2010.
Owners may contact Hyundai at
Tike Tech Recalls Jogging Strollers
800 Strollers Recalled10/07/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Zac Carman
Tike Tech Recalls Jogging Strollers...
Tike Tech is recalling about 800 Tike Tech Single City X3 and X3 Sport jogging strollers.
The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant's body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed. When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged to always secure children by using the safety harness and never to leave them unattended.
The grab bar is optional and can be removed from the stroller.
The strollers, made in China, were sold at juvenile product stores nationwide and websites including www.amazon.com from October 2009 through February 2010 for about $300.
Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar from the stroller and contact Tike Tech to receive a free replacement grab bar.
For additional information, contact Tike Tech at (800) 296-4602 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or email the firm at email@example.com or visit firm's website at www.tiketech.com.
To learn more about the importance of stroller safety, download CPSC's safety alert: www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Read more: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls04/2010/tike-tech-recalls-jogging-strollers.html#ixzz123N1qH8t
PBteen Recalls Sleep and Study Loft Beds
Williams Sonoma affiliate recalls 5,900 beds10/07/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Zac Carman
PBteen Recalls Sleep and Study Loft Beds...
PBteen, a division of Williams-Sonoma, is recalling about 5,900 Sleep and Study loft beds. The side rail on the bed can crack allowing the mattress support to collapse, posing a fall and injury hazard to users.
The firm has received seven reports of the bed rail cracking or splitting. In one reported incident, a child sustained lacerations to his head when the side rail split as he climbed down the ladder.
This recall involves PBteen Sleep and Study Loft beds in a variety of colors: espresso, honey, white and black. The bed is elevated and has a desk and bookcase underneath it. The beds were sold in the following colors: honey, black, espresso, and white.
The beds, made in Vietnam, were sold by PBteen stores in Georgia, New York and Illinois and online at www.pbteen.com for about $1,800. The recalled loft beds were delivered to consumers from January 2008 through July 2010.
Consumers should immediately contact PBteen to schedule installation of a free replacement side rail support bracket.
For additional information, contact PBteen toll-free at (877) 494-9822 between 7 a.m. and midnight ET or visit the firm's website at www.pbteen.com.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Read more: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls04/2010/pbteen-recalls-sleep-and-study-loft-beds.html#ixzz123NNALcr
Castalon Frying Pans Recalled
1,500 frying pans recalled10/07/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Zac Carman
Castalon Frying Pans Recalled...
About 1,500 Castalon frying pans are being recalled. The enamel coating of the pan can crackle and break off after a few uses, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
There has been one reported incident of a piece of enamel popping off of the pan, and causing a minor burn to a consumer.
The recalled product is a cast iron cast-lite frying pan with an enamel coating inside and out. The pan was sold in a variety of colors and has model numbers: TTU9203, P9204, P9207, P9208, P9242, P9243, P9244, P9248, P9250, P9261, P9266, P9274, P9275, P9276 on the color sleeve packaging of the product. The models are correlated to pan colors.
The frying pans, made in China, were sold at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Wegmans nationwide from May 2010 through September 2010 for about $30.
Consumers should immediately stop using this product and contact Tabletops Unlimited for instructions on how to return the product and receive a full refund.
For additional information, contact Tabletops Unlimited toll-free at (888) 239-2021 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.ttucorp.com.
Valco Baby Recalls Jogging Strollers
12,000 Stroller Recall10/07/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Zac Carman
Valco Baby Recalls Jogging Strollers...
Valco Baby is recalling about 12,000 Valco Baby Tri Mode single and twin jogging strollers.
The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant's body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed. When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged always to secure children by using the safety harness and never to leave them unattended.
This recall involves the grab bar on Tri Mode Single and Twin strollers. "Valco Baby" is printed on the head rest and the padding on the footboard. The grab bar is optional and can be removed from the stroller. The stroller's model numbers are located on a white sticker on the left hand side of brake bar. The recalled strollers with the affected grab bars are listed in the chart below.
The strollers, made in China, were sold at juvenile product stores and websites including www.amazon.com between November 2007 and March 2010 for between $480 to $700.
Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar from the stroller and contact Valco Baby to receive a free replacement grab bar.
To learn more about the importance of stroller safety, download CPSC's safety alert: www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf.
Alexander Designs Drop-Side Cribs Sold at JCPenney Recalled
Recall of 11,400 Cribs10/07/2010ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Alexander Designs Drop-Side Cribs Sold at JCPenney Recalled...
About 11,400 Alexander Designs drop-side cribs sold at JCPenney stores are being recalled.
The drop-side rail hardware on the cribs can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop-side rail and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing risks of suffocation and strangulation.
In addition, children can fall out of the crib when the drop-side rail falls unexpectedly or detaches from the crib. Drop-side rail failures also can occur due to incorrect assembly or with age-related wear and tear. Other models of Jardine drop-side cribs were recalled for repair on June 24, 2010.
Safety regulators have received two reports of incidents involving drop-side malfunctions on Alexander Designs drop-side cribs. In one incident, which involved a crib that had been misassembled, the plastic hardware broke and the drop-side rail fell unexpectedly. In a second incident, a hardware failure caused the drop-side rail to detach from the crib. No injuries were reported.
This recall involves full-size cribs sold under the Alexander Designs brand name. "Alexander Designs Ltd." and the JCPenney catalog/item number are printed on a label on the crib's headboard. The following models are included:
|Model Name||JCPenney Item Number(s)||Color|
|Alexander 3-in-1 Crib||343-8359||honey pine|
|Alexander Classic Crib||343-8180||cherry|
|Alexander Sleigh Crib||343-8802||cherry|
The cribs, made in China, were sold through JCPenney printed catalogs and online at JCPenney.com from March 2003 through April 2007 for about $200.
Consumers should immediately stop using the cribs and obtain a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop-side rail. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.
For additional information, contact Jardine at (800) 295-1980 anytime or visit the firm's website at http://www.jdservice.biz/jcp-safety-notice
Read more: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls04/2010/alexander-designs-drop-side-cribs-recalled.html#ixzz123HRiHkj
Bravo Sports Recalls AirZone, Variflex Trampolines10/07/2010ConsumerAffairs
Bravo Sports Recalls AirZone, Variflex Trampolines...
Bravo Sports is recalling about 160,000 trampolines. Incorrectly assembled trampolines can allow the top rails and legs to bend or break during normal use, resulting in partial collapse of the trampoline.
Bravo has received 247 reports of top rails bending or breaking during normal use. Four injuries have been reported due to the bending and breaking of trampolines.
This recall involves AirZone and Variflex trampolines with model numbers 137083 (with wheels), 137536, 137683, 138088, 138467, 138472, 138489, 139275, 139283, 139284, 139300 and 139706. The model number is found on the safety label sewn to the pad cover. The units are 12, 13 and 14 and come in blue, yellow and red.
The trampolines, made in China, were sold at sporting goods and mass market retail stores nationwide and on the Internet from January 2007 through September 2010 for between $200 and $400.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled trampolines. Consumers should contact Bravo Sports for instructions on how to inspect the trampoline for top rail damage and to request revised assembly instructions. Top rails and legs damaged due to assembly errors will be replaced at no charge by Bravo Sports.
For additional information, contact Bravo Sports at toll-free (877)-500-2459 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firms website at www.airzonevariflex-recall.com.