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Volvo Recalls 2011 Models to Fix Stalling Problem
Engine control module needs to be recalibrated.11/29/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Volvo Recalls 2011 Models to Fix Stalling Problem. Engine control module needs to be recalibrated....
Volvo is recalling about 6,000 vehicles from the 2011 model year because the engine may stall unexpectedly. The recalled models are:
Vehicle Make / Model:
VOLVO / S60
VOLVO / S80
VOLVO / XC60
VOLVO / XC70
The company said the software calibation in the engine control module must be reset.
Dealers will make the change when the recall begins on Dec. 10, 2010.
Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552 about Recall #R234.
Jaguar Recalls 2010-2011 XJ Models
Wiper arms can come loose and detach.11/29/2010ConsumerAffairs
Jaguar Recalls 2010-2011 XJ Models. Wiper arms can come loose and detach....
Jaguar is recalling about 6,500 XJ vehicles from the 201-2011 model years because of a problem with the front windshield wiper arms.
The company said the wiper arms could lose synchronization and clash, causing them to detach from the vehicle.
Dealers will check to be sure the wiper arms are properly secured when the recall begins Dec. 13, 2010.
Owners may contact Jaguar at 1-800-424-9153 about Recall #J019.
Land Rover Recalls 2010-2011 LR2 Models
Driver's airbag may not deploy properly.11/29/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Land Rover Recalls 2010-2011 LR2 Models. Driver's airbag may not deploy properly....
Land Rover is recalling about 3,000 2010-2011 LR2 vehicles. The company said the driver's front airbag may not deploy in an accident because of a faulty part.
Dealers will replace the part free of charge when the recall begins Dec. 13, 2010.
Owners may contact Land Rover about Recall #P116 at 1- 800-637-6837.
Mettalic Taper Candles Recalled
The metallic paint can ignite11/24/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Mettalic Taper Candles Recalled. The metallic paint can ignite....
General Wax & Candle Company is recalling about 33,000 Silver and Gold Metallic Taper Candles. The metallic paint can ignite on the candles, posing a risk of fire.This recall involves 10 inch metallic silver and gold taper candles. The price "$1.99" and the UPC code 609032492687 or 609032492694 are printed on the candles' plastic wrapping.
Yankee Candle stores sold the candles nationwide from October 2010 through November 2010 for about $2.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled candles and return them to any Yankee Candle store or contact General Wax and Candle for a full refund.
For additional information, contact General Wax and Candle at (800) 543-0642 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.generalwaxrefund.com
Meijer Recalls Oscillating Ceramic Heaters
A short can cause a fire hazard11/24/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Meijer Recalls Oscillating Ceramic Heaters. A short can cause a fire hazard....
Meijer is recalling about 6,700 Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters, made by Ningbo Dongji Electronic Tech Co. LTC, of Ningbo, Dongki, China.
The oscillating mechanism in the heaters can short out, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Meijer has received two reports of incidents involving fires that resulted in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves Touch Point PTC oscillating ceramic heater with model number PTC-902 and serial numbers between 35005-43008. Model and serial numbers are located on a sticker on the bottom of the heater. The grey/silver colored heaters are about 10 inches tall and have a screen across the front.
Meijer stores in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio sold the heaters from October 2009 through October 2010 for about $25.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled heaters and return them to the nearest Meijer retail store for a full refund of the purchase price.
For additional information, contact Meijer toll-free at (866) 280-8419 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website atwww.meijer.com
Cub Cadet Recalls Utility Vehicles
Ball joint can detach, causing loss of control11/24/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Cub Cadet Recalls Utility Vehicles. Ball joint can detach, causing loss of control. ...
MTD is recalling about 200 Cub Cadet Volunteer utility vehicles. The front lower ball joint can detach and cause a loss of steering control. This poses a crash hazard for consumers.
This recall involves four-wheel drive Cub Cadet Volunteer gasoline-powered utility vehicle. Model numbers included in the recall are 37BB475H710, 37BC465D710, 37BC466D710, 37BK466D710, 37BK46GD710, 37BM466D710, 37BM467D710 and 37BM46GD710. The serial number range is 1C290Z50001 through 1D280Z50007. Serial numbers included in the recall have a "C" or "D" in the second position and a "0" as the fifth digit. Model and serial numbers are printed on a plate located under the driver's seat. "Cub Cadet" is printed on the hood.
Cub Cadet dealers sold the vehicles nationwide from April 2010 through September 2010 for between $6,800 and $9,800.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled vehicles and contact their local Cub Cadet dealer to schedule a free repair. Cub Cadet is contacting all known consumers.
For more information, contact Cub Cadet toll-free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.cubcadet.com
More Johnson & Johnson Products Recalled
No adverse events, company says11/24/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Mark Huffman
Johnson & Johnson has recalled more over-the-counter medicine produced at a Pennsylvania plant....
McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has recalled more children's over-the-counter products. As in recalls earlier this year, the products in question were produced at the company's Fort Washington, Pa., plant.
The recall includes nearly five million packages of Motrin, Rolaids and Benadryl to address quality control issues.
"This is a wholesale and retail level recall and is not being undertaken on the basis of adverse events," the company said in a statement. "No action is required by consumers or healthcare providers and consumers can continue to use the product."
Included in the recall are Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt Tablets in cherry and grape. The drug was distributed in both the U.S. and other countries.
The recall was issued after a review by the parent company "revealed insufficiencies in the development of the manufacturing process." The Rolaids recall was initiated based on consumer complaints about the texture of the tablets.
In late 2009 and early 2010 the company launched a recall of products, including Tylenol, Benadryl, Motrin and Rolaids. The recall followed an investigation of reports from consumers of an unusual moldy, musty, or mildew-like odor that -- in a small number of cases -- was associated with temporary and non-serious gastrointestinal events.
Based on this investigation, McNeil Consumer Healthcare reported in January that the uncharacteristic smell was caused by the presence of trace amounts of a chemical called 2,4,6-tribromoanisole (TBA). This can result from the breakdown of a chemical that is sometimes applied to wood that is used to build wood pallets that transport and store product packaging materials.
In early May the Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) urged consumers to stop using Children's Tylenol and other over-the-counter products made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare.FDA said its inspectors encountered thick dust and contaminated ingredients at the Fort Washington, Pa., plant producing the products. Some equipment was covered with grime, there was a hole in the ceiling in one room and pipes were patched with duct tape, the report said.
On closer inspection, FDA said it found raw ingredients contaminated by an unspecified bacteria, a lack of quality control procedures and poor handling of complaints. Among the complaints, the agency said, were 46 reports of "dark material" in the liquid products between June 2009 and April 2010. While bacteria were present in the plant, FDA said its tests failed to detect it in any finished product.
Johnson & Johnson suspended production at the Pennsylvania plant and promised to do better.
"The quality issues that the FDA has observed, many of which we had recently identified in our own quality reviews and communicated to the FDA, are unacceptable to us, and not indicative of how McNeil Consumer Healthcare intends to operate," the company said in a May 2010 statement. "
In regard to the latest recall, Johnson & Johnson saidConsumers with questions should call the company's Consumer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036 (available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET and Saturday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Time.)
Bosch Recalls Hammer Drills
Wiring and switch problems11/23/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Bosch Recalls Hammer Drills. Wiring and switch problems. ...
Bosch 1/2 inch 2-Speed Hammer Drill with model number HD19-2, HD19-2D, HD19-2L and 1/2 inch 2-Speed Hammer Drills with model number HD 21-2 are included in this recall. "BOSCH" is printed in red lettering on the side of the drills.
The drills, made in Switzerland, were sold at home improvement, hardware and major retailers nationwide and various distributors from September 2009 through August 2010 for between about $140 and $220.
Consumers should immediately stop using the hammer drill and return hammer drill to Robert Bosch Tool Corporation for repair.
For additional information, contact Bosch toll-free at (866) 244-2110 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.Boschtools.com
Kitchentrend Recalls Stainless Steel Carafes
The handle can come loose11/23/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Kitchentrend Recalls Stainless Steel Carafes. The handle can come loose....
Kitchentrend is recalling about 36,000 stainless steel carafes. The handle can come loose from the body of the carafe and cause liquid to spill, posing a burn hazard to consumers.This recall involves the Kitchentrend 1-liter stainless steel carafes with model number P0930-X02. The insulated carafe has a chrome-plated plastic top with a black plastic base and is lined with glass. "Kitchentrend" and the model number can be found on the packaging.
The carafes were sold at Macy's & Macys.com from September 2010 through October 2010 for about $20.
Consumers should stop using the recalled carafe immediately and return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.
For additional information, contact J & H International anytime at (800) 770-3214 .
L.L. Bean Recalls Folding Camp Rockers
The rockers can collapse.11/23/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
L.L. Bean Recalls Folding Camp Rockers. The rockers can collapse....
L.L. Bean is recalling about 2,300 folding camp rockers. The plastic anchors attaching the fabric seat back to the frame can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
L.L.Bean has received six reports of the plastic anchors breaking, resulting in four reports of falls. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves L.L.Bean folding camp rockers with a fabric cover and a steel frame. The rockers have a fabric/mesh seat and back and a cup holder on the right armrest. "L.L.Bean" is printed on the seat back. Rockers with the number RNR113 and RNR114 listed on the white tag under the seat are included in the recall. Folding camp rockers with fabric anchors are not included in this recall.
The rockers were sold through L.L.Bean stores nationwide, llbean.com and through the L.L.Bean catalog from April 2009 through July 2010 for about $50. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled rockers with plastic anchors and contact L.L.Bean to receive a free replacement rocker.
For additional information, contact L.L.Bean at (800) 555 9717 anytime or visit the firm's website at www.llbean.com/recall
Somfy Systems Recalls Motorized Awnings
Power cable can be severed, creating a shock hazard11/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Somfy Systems Recalls Motorized Awnings Power cable can be severed, creating a shock hazard...
Somfy Systemsis recalling about 4,300 motorized awnings. The awning motor's power cable can be severed while the awning is opened or closed manually, posing a risk of electrical shock to the user.This recall involves the Sunea CMO RTS motor used to operate retractable awnings. The awning motor heads are silver and black-colored. "Somfyâ€ is printed on the motor head. Motor heads that are entirely black in color are not included in this recall. The Sunea CMO RTS model numbers included in this recall are 525A2, 535A2 and 550R2.
The model number is printed on a label on the motor tube.
Awning dealers and retailers sold the awnings, which were made in France, nationwide from December 2009 through September 2010.
Consumers should immediately stop using recalled awning motors and the awning's manual crank and unplug and/or pull the circuit breaker to protect against anyone using the awning. Contact Somfy Systems to receive free installation of a replacement awning motor.
For additional information, contact Somfy Systems atwww.somfysystems.combetween 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at
VOS Sports Recalls Children's Hooded Sweatshirts
Children can strangle on the drawstrings11/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
VOS Sports Recalls Children's Hooded Sweatshirts. Children can strangle on the drawstrings....
VOS Sports is recalling about 11,700 hooded jackets and sweatshirts.The children's hooded sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood and/or waist that can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children, which have been against federal safety regulations since 1996.
This recall involves all children's hooded sweatshirts and nylon hooded jackets with drawstring sold under the brand name "VOS Sports.â€ The sweatshirt and jackets were sold in assorted sizes including S-M or L and in up to 14 colors. "VOS Sportsâ€ and "RN#94353â€ are printed on the sewn-in label.
|A1071 Nylon Jacket||black, navy, Hunter green, gold, royal, burgundy, red||hood drawstrings||Small & Medium|
|B300 Nylon Jacket||black, Carolina blue, green, gold, maroon, navy, orange, purple, red, royal blue, white||hood & waist drawstrings||Small, Medium, Large|
|B600 Nylon Jacket||black, Carolina blue, green, Kelly green, maroon, navy, red, royal blue||hood & waist drawstrings||Small, Medium, Large|
|B700 Nylon Jacket||black/black, black/ blue, black/red, navy/gold, navy/navy||hood drawstrings||Small, Medium|
|B900 Sweatshirt||black, brown, Carolina blue, charcoal, gold, grey, green, maroon, navy, orange, purple, red, royal blue||hood drawstrings||Small, Medium|
|1066 Nylon Jacket||white, black||hood & waist drawstrings||Small, Medium, Large|
Various sweatshirts and jacket outlet stores nationwide sold the sweatshirts, which were made in China and Japan, from January 2005 through February 2010 for approximately between $17 and $34.
should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts and
jackets to eliminate the hazard or contact VOS Sports Inc. for
instructions on how to return the item for a full refund.
For additional information, contact VOS Sports Inc. toll-free at (888) 268-6867 between 8:30 am and 5 pm. PT Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at www.vossports.com
Optimus Nova Camping Stoves Recalled
Possible fuel leak could start a fire11/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Optimus Nova Camping Stoves Recalled. Possible fuel leak could start a fire. ...
There are 70 reports of incidents involving the stove's fuel line leaking or damage to O-rings. No injuries or fires have been reported.
This recall involves Optimus Nova and Nova+ camping stoves and equipment, including the stove's fuel pump and spare parts/repair kits. The stoves are black metal, measure about 6 inches in diameter and 3 Â½ inches high and can be used with multiple types of fuel. Stove serial numbers QA000011 through QA007313 are included in this recall. The serial number and "Optimus" are printed on the side of the camping stove. Pumps and spare parts kits also were sold separately. Pumps have a green open/close valve. Spare parts kits model numbers include 80163051, 8520, 80176321 and 8511 and are printed on the packaging.
Specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers sold the equipment, which was made in China, in the United States and Canada and on the Internet from January 2009 through September 2010 for between $150 and $180. The pumps and spare parts kits were also sold separately for between $15 and $50.
Consumers should immediately stop using the camping stove and equipment and contact Katadyn to receive a free repair.
For additional information, call Katadyn at (800) 755-6701 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also register for the recall on the firm's website at www.optimusstoves.com/usen/
Bassettbaby Recalls Drop-Side Cribs
Entrapment, strangulation, fall hazards11/22/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Bassettbaby Recalls Drop-Side Cribs. Entrapment, strangulation, fall hazards....
Bassett is recalling about 90,000 Bassettbaby drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware.
The cribs' drop-side rail can malfunction or detach, causing part of the drop side to detach from the crib. When a 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 also can fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to incorrect assembly and age-related wear and tear.
There have been 18 reported incidents in which drop-sides malfunctioned or detached from the crib. No injuries were reported. In one of the incidents a child became entrapped between the mattress and the drop-side. In three of the incidents children fell out of the cribs. The firm also has received 154 reports of drop-side hardware breaking during shipment, assembly or use.
The recalled cribs are wood with a metal mattress support and have a drop side with external plastic hardware. The cribs were sold in a variety of finishes. A label is attached to the footboard or headboard with the names "Bassettbaby" or "Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc." as well as the model number, production date and other information. On some older models the manufacturer's name appears on a separate label.
The cribs were sold by children's product stores, and other retailers nationwide and on-line from January 2000 through August 2010 for between about $200 and $500. They wre made in China, Croatia, Slovenia, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drop-side cribs and contact Bassettbaby for a free kit that will immobilize the drop side. 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.
<h3>Examples of Drop Side Cribs with External Plastic Hardware</h3>
<h3>MODELS INCLUDED IN RECALL</h3>
Sportcraft Recalls Pogo Sticks Sold at Sports Authority
The rivets can break, posing a fall hazard11/18/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Sportcraft Recalls Pogo Sticks Sold at Sports Authority. The rivers can break, posing a fall hazard. ...
Sportcraft has received three reports of incidents with the pogo sticks, including two reports of injuries to the consumers' inner thigh and hands requiring medical attention.
This recall involves Classic Sport Super Bounce pogo sticks. The pogo sticks are silver and blue with "Classic Sportâ€ printed on the front. This recall involves pogo sticks manufactured in February 2010 that have Sportcraft identification number 4112777F19414-02/10 printed on a tracking label on the base of the foot pedals.
The Sports Authority stores sold the pogo sticks nationwide from April 2010 through October 2010 for about $40. They were made in China.
For additional information, contact Sportcraft at (800) 526-0244 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.sportcraft.com
Honda, Mantis Mini Tillers Recalled
Possible fuel leak11/17/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Honda, Mantis Mini Tillers Recalled. Possible fuel leak....
A rubber grommet that is part of the engine's fuel tank may crack and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.The recalled mini tillers have Honda GX25 mini four-stroke engines and their engine serial numbers can be found on the engine near the fuel tank cap. Both brands come in red and black.
Honda Mini Tiller: Model number FG110 with serial numbers GCALT 1696948 to 1700567.
Mantis Mini Tiller: Model numbers 7262 and 7270 with serial numbers GCART-1165215 to 1171495.
Honda Power Equipment Dealers, The Home Depot, outdoor power equipment dealers, rental dealers, retailers, mail order and catalog houses sold the tillers nationwide from March 2010 through September 2010 for about $400.
The engines were made in Thailand and assembled in the United States using domestic and globally sourced products.
Consumers should immediately stop using any mini tiller with engines in the affected serial number ranges and contact any Honda Power Equipment dealer or Honda Engine dealer (Mantis owners only) to arrange to have the fuel tank assembly replaced free of charge. Registered owners of the recalled mini tillers will be sent a notice by mail.
For additional information:
Honda FG110 mini-tiller owners should contact Honda at (888) 888-3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.hondapowerequipment.com
Mantis mini-tiller owners should either contact Mantis Customer Service at (800) 366-6268, visit www.mantis.com or contact Honda at (888) 888-3139 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.hondapowerequipment.com
Beman Recalls Bow-Hunting Arrows
The arrows can break when launched11/17/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Beman Recalls Bow-Hunting Arrows. The arrows can break when launched....
They can break when launched and hit unintended targets, posing a puncture hazard to the user and bystanders.This recall involves Beman Bone Collector Arrow sizes 340 and 400 with lot numbers 107545100, 107747900 and 107545200. "Beman," "Bone Collector," "340" or "400" and the lot number are printed on the arrows. The arrows are black with green designs and are made of carbon composite material. The arrows were sold without tips.
Sporting goods stores nationwide sold the arrows between August 2010 and September 2010 for about $70 per half dozen.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled arrows and contact Beman to return the recalled arrows in exchange for free replacement arrows.
For additional information, contact Beman toll-free at (888) 380-6234 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.beman.com/recall
Pottery Barn Recalls Lamps
Risk of electric shock11/13/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Pottery Barn Recalls Lamps. Risk of electric shoc....
Pottery Barn has received one report of a consumer who received an electrical shock when she touched the lamp.
This recall involves Pottery Barn's Clay Task Lamp (Model #2467553), the Montgomery Task Lamp (Model #9691783) and the Montgomery Floor Lamp (Model #9691775). All of the lamps have bronze-colored finishes. "Pottery Barnâ€ and the model number are printed on the bottom of the lamp.
Pottery Barn stores sold the lamps, which were made in India, nationwide, in Pottery Barn's catalog and on the firm's website www.potterybarn.com from July 2009 through August 2010 for between $60 and $300.Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps, unplug them and contact Pottery Barn for instructions on how to return the lamp for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Pottery Barn toll-free at (877) 851-7890 between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. PT seven days a week, or visit the firm's website at www.potterybarn.com
Anthem Giant Bicycles Recalled
The frame can crack.11/13/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Anthem Giant Bicycles Recalled. The frame can crack.....
This recall involves 2011 model year Giant Anthem X 29er 1, 2 and 3 model bicycles. The bicycles were sold in small, medium and large. "Giantâ€ and the model name are printed on the bicycle.
Authorized Giant Bicycle dealers sold the bikes, made in Taiwan, nationwide during August 2010 for between $2,200 and $3,500.Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled bicycles and contact any authorized Giant Bicycle dealer for a free inspection and repair.
For additional information, contact Giant Bicycle toll-free at (866) 458-2555 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.giant-bicycles.com
2008 Jeep Liberty Recalled
Windshield wipers may fail.11/12/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
2008 Jeep Liberty Recalled. Windshield wipers may fail.. ...
The company said water can infiltrate the wiper motor, possibly causing the wipers to fail.
Dealers will replace the wiper motor free of charge.
Owners may contact Chrysler about Safety Recall No. K24 at 1-800-853-1403.
2010-2011 Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS Recalled
Power steering fluid can leak, possibly causing a fire11/12/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
2010-2011 Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS Recalled. Power steering fluid can leak, possibly causing a fire....
The company said power steering fluid can leak, possibly causing a loss or power steering and an engine compartment fire.
Dealers will examine the cars and correct the problem if necessary.
Owners may contact GM at 1-866-608-8080 about Recall No. 10351.
Hanover Direct Recalls Roman Shades and Blinds Following Infant Strangulation
Latest in a long series of shade recalls and accidents11/11/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Hanover Direct Recalls Roman Shades and Blinds Following Infant Strangulation. Latest in a long series of shade recalls and accidents. ...
About 495,000 Roman shades and 28,500 roll-up blinds and roller blinds are being recalled by Hanover Direct Inc., also known as Domestications, The Company Store, and Company Kids. About 90,000 Roman shades were recalled in October 2009.
The blinds and shades pose a risk of strangulation to children and infants.
The recall follows the death of a 22-month-old boy in Cedar Falls, Iowa who was found hanging by his neck from the outer pull cords of a Roman shade in May 2010. The outer pull cords were knotted at the bottom. He was rescued by his father but died later in the hospital.
In March 2008, a 2-year-old boy from Ocean View, Delaware climbed up on a toy chest to look out of a window and became entangled in the inner cords of a Roman shade. His parents removed the cord and no permanent injuries were sustained.
This recall involves all styles of Roman shades with inner cords, all styles of roll-up blinds, and roller blinds that do not have a tension device. A tension device is intended to be attached to the continuous loop bead chain or continuous loop pull cord and installed into the wall or floor.
The recalled blinds and shades were sold by Hanover Direct/Domestications, the Company Store/Company Kids; online at www.domestications.com and www.thecompanystore.com; and through catalog sales nationwide from January1996 through October 2009 for between $20 and $579.
Horse-On-A-Stick Toys Recalled
Children can strangle on the reins11/10/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Horse-On-A-Stick Toys Recalled. Children can strangle on the reins....
There has been one report of a near strangulation involving a 2-year-old boy who became entangled in the reins at his neck. The boy's mother freed him without injury.
This recall involves horse-on-a-stick toys with a bridle and reins. The toys are filled with polyester fiber and have a fluffy mane. The horse's ears are embroidered with the words "PRESS HERE" in red. The horse makes neighing and galloping sounds when the ears are pressed.
The toys, made in China, were sold by Love's Travel Stop and Country stores nationwide from May 2010 through July 2010 for about $6.
Consumers should immediately remove or cut the reins to eliminate the hazard. Consumers also can contact Big Ideas Marketing for instructions on how to remove the reins.
For additional information, contact Big Ideas Marketing toll-free at (888) 908-8697 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.bigideasmarketing.com
Rocking Horse Depot Recalls Rocking Horses
Children can strangle on the reins11/10/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Rocking Horse Depot Recalls Rocking Horses. Children can strangle on the reins. ...
Club Car Recalls Golf Cars, Utility Vehicles
The brake pedal can crack and separate11/09/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Club Car Recalls Golf Cars, Utility Vehicles. The brake pedal can crack and separate. ...
Club Car has received two reports of brake pedals breaking. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled vehicles are Model 2010 DS golf cars and hospitality, utility and transport vehicles used for short-distance transportation. They are various sizes, models and colors. The vehicles can be identified by the serial number, which is above and to the right of the accelerator pedal. A list of models and serial numbers is below.
Authorized Club Car dealers nationwide sold the vehicles from April 2010 through July 2010 for between $6,000 and $17,000.
Club Car is providing a free inspection and replacement of the brake pedal. The company is contacting its customers directly.
For more information, contact Club Car at (800) 227-0739 , ext. 3580 between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. ET or go to the firm's website at www.clubcar.com (pdf)
Rollerblade USA Recalls Inline Skates
Mounting bolts can be loose.11/09/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Rollerblade USA Recalls Inline Skates. Mounting bolts can be loose.. ...
Rollerblade USA is recalling about 29,000 pairs of Spark and Spitfire inline skates. The frame mounting bolts and wheel axle bolts can be loose on new skates. Loose wheels or frames on the skates can cause the rider to fall, posing a risk of injury.
Rollerblade USA has received 31 reports of loose bolts, including one report of a fall resulting in minor injuries that required medical attention.
This recall involves the following models of inline skates purchased since September 2009.
- Spark Pro, Men's (SKU# 00792200816), Black
- Spark Pro, Women's (SKU# 007923007E2), Anthracite (Grey)
- Spark 80, Men's (SKU# 00702800956), Black
- Spark 80, Women's (SKU# 007029009A6), Anthracite (Grey)
- Spitfire, Boy's (SKU# 00705500741), Black
- Spitfire, Girl's (SKU# 007056007Y8), Silver
- Spitfire S, Boy's (SKU# 00705700956), Black
- Spitfire S, Girl's (SKU# 007058009A7), Anthracite (Grey)
- Spitfire LX, (SKU# 00705000955), Silver
The skates were sold by sporting goods stores nationwide and on the Internet from September 2009 through July 2010 for between $80 and $160. They were made in Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Consumers should immediately inspect all wheel-axle and frame-mounting bolts to ensure that they are properly tightened. Rollerblade USA recommends regular inspection and tightening of bolts. After wheel-axle and frame mounting bolts are inspected and tightened if needed, products are acceptable for sale & use. Video instructions on bolt tightening and maintenance are available at www.rollerblade.com
For additional information, contact Rollerblade USA at (800) 232-7655 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website atwww.rollerblade.com
Cal-Maine Foods Recalls Eggs
Eggs might be infected with Salmonella11/08/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Cal-Maine Foods Recalls Eggs. Eggs might be infected with Salmonella. ...
Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. says it has been notified by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that one of the company's suppliers -- Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC, Croton, Ohio -- had a routine environmental study sample that tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis (SE).
Cal-Maine purchased approximately 24,000 dozen unprocessed eggs from Ohio Fresh which were processed and re-packaged by the its Green Forest, Arkansas, facility between October 9 and 12, 2010. Cal-Maine says it was notified only last week about the test results.
The eggs involved, which were not produced from Cal-Maine flocks, were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. There have been no confirmed SE illnesses related to the purchased eggs.
In cooperation with the FDA, Cal-Maine immediately notified its customers and recalled specific Julian dates of shell eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with SE. The following packages were included in this recall.
Sell By/Expiration Date
Sunny Meadow Jumbo
Sunny Meadow Large
Sunny Meadow Large 18
Sunny Meadow Extra Large
Sunny Meadow Extra Large 18
Sunny Meadow 5 Dozen
Sunny Meadow 6 Pack
Springfield Grocer Medium Loose
Springfield Grocer Extra Large Loose
Springfield Grocer Large Loose
Sun Valley Large
James Farm Medium
Plant numbers and Julian dates can be found printed on the individual cartons. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example P1457-282.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis or arthritis.
What to do
Consumers who believe they may have purchased potentially affected shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.
Questions and concerns may also be directed to Cal-Maine's corporate office at 1-866-276-6299 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CDT.
Mercedes-Benz Recalls Some 2011 Models to Fix Fuel Filter
Diesel fuel could leak onto the roadway, creating a hazard for other vehicles.11/08/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Mercedes-Benz Recalls Some 2011 Models to Fix Fuel Filter. Diesel fuel could leak onto the roadway, creating a hazard for other vehicles....
If the fuel filter leaks, diesel fuel could leak onto the roadway, creating a hazard for other vehicles.
Dealers will replace the fuel filters free of charge. Owners may call Mercedes at
Haier, Black & Decker Recall Chest Freezers
A capacitor can overheat, posting a fire hazard.11/02/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Haier America Recalls Chest Freezers. A capacitor can overheat, posting a fire hazard....
Haier America and CPSC have received reports of 18 incidents, including four reports of fires with minor property damage, consisting of smoke damage, damage to a wall, and food spoilage. There have been no reports of injuries.
This recall involves the Black & Decker Model BFE53 and HaierÂ® Model ESNCM053E 5.3 cubic foot capacity white chest freezers. "Black & Decker" is printed at the front upper-right corner or "Haier" is printed on the front upper-left corner of the freezer. "Black & Decker" or "Haier," the model number, the unit's serial number and other information are printed on a rating label at the top center of the back of the freezer. Only Model BFE53 and Model ESNCM053E freezers with serial numbers beginning as follows are included in this recall:
| Beginning of Serial Number|
on Rating Label
Black & Decker Model BFE53 was sold exclusively at Wal-Mart nationwide from January 2010 through September 2010, for about $150. Haier Model ESNCM053E was sold through Amazon.com and other retailers from May 2010 through October 2010 for between $220 to $290.
C onsumers should immediately unplug their freezer and contact the company to schedule an appointment for a free repair to the freezer.
For additional information, call the company toll-free at (877) 878-7579 between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Sundays or visit the firm's website at www.chestfreezerrecall.com
Hunter Safety System Recalls Carabiners
Climbing strap can break free, causing a fall11/02/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Hunter Safety System Recalls Carabiners. Climbing strap can break free, causing a fall. ...
Hunter Safety System is recalling about 16,000 carabiners.The pins in the carabiners can detach, causing a climbing strap to break free from the safety harness. This can result in the climber falling.
The company is aware of two reports of the carabiner pins detaching. No falls or injuries have been reported.
The 2010 Year HSS Ultra-Lite carabiners were supplied with the HSS-300 Ultra-Lite full body climbing safety harness. The carabiners are black with a pin sticking out of the gate. They have "CB20101" stamped on the side opposite the gate.
The carabiners were sold by outdoor hunting retailers and directly from the company via telephone and the company's website at www.huntersafetysystem.com from June 2010 through September 2010 for about $100.
Consumers should immediately stop using the carabiners and return them to the company for a free replacement.
For additional information, contact Hunter Safety System toll-free at (877) 296-3528 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.hssvest.com
Britax Recalls Chaperon Infant Car Seats
Chest clip could break, causing lacerations11/01/2010ConsumerAffairsBy Matthew Lazar
Britax Recalls Chaperon Infant Car Seats. Chest clip could break, causing lacerations. ...