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Kia Recalls Certain 2004-2007 Spectras
The fuel tank strap may corrode04/29/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Kia Recalls Certain 2004-2007 Spectras The fuel tank strap may corrode...
Kia is recalling about 58,000 Spectras from the 2004-2007 model years. The company said the fuel tank straps could corrode as a result of exposure to road salt, possibly letting the fuel tank drag on the ground, which could cause a fuel leak and start a fire.
The recall applies only to cars sold or currently registered in the following states:
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps when the recall begins during June 2011. Owners may contact Kia at 1-800-333-4542
Heartland America Recalls Wooden Stools
Legs and seat can crack04/26/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Heartland America Recalls Wooden Stools Legs and seat can crack...
Heartland America is recalling about 5,850 wooden stools. The legs and seat of the stool can crack and break, causing the consumer to fall.
Heartland has received 11 reports of incidents, including seven reports of injuries. Injuries include one person with a head laceration.
The stool is a an adjustable-height solid wood, 3-legged stool sold unassembled. The seat is 11 3/4-inch diameter. The stool height adjusts from 17 inches to 25 inches. A "Made in China" sticker is on the underside of the seat.
Heartland America catalog and website sold the stools for about $30 from June 2010 through February 2011. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the stool and return it to Heartland of America for a full refund. Heartland America is contacting its customers directly.
For more information, contact Heartland America at (800) 398-8163 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT or visit the firm's website at www.heartlandamerica.com/stoolrecall
Toro Recalls Power Clear Snowblowers and Recycler Mowers
Carburetors can leak, causing fire hazard04/26/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Toro Recalls Power Clear Snowblowers and Recycler Mowers Carburetors can leak, causing fire hazard...
Toro is recalling thousands of its Toro Power Clear Snowblower and the Toro 20" Recycler Mower.
The carburetors on both products develop fuel leaks and can ignite when exposed to an ignition source, posing a fire or burn hazard.
There have been about 500 reports of carburetor leaks. There were no reports of fire or injury.
Toro PC-421Q Snowblowers:
The model/serial numbers are found on a decal on the underside of the rear of the unit. Model and serial numbers are:
310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311003576
310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311999999
Toro 20" Recycler Mower:
The model and serial numbers are found on a decal on the left rear of the mower.
Toro Dealers in the United States and Canada sold the machines from September 2009-March 2011. The mower was made in Mexico, the snowblower in the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the products and contact a Toro Service Dealer for a free repair.
For additional information, including the name of a dealer near you, contact Toro toll free at 877-738-4440 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or visit Toro's website: www.toro.com
Toyota Recalls Highlander, Rav4 Models
Problem with side airbags04/22/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Toyota Recalls Highlander, Rav4 ModelsProblem with side airbags...
Toyota is recalling Highlander models from the 2008 model year and Rav4s from the 2007-2008 model years because of a problem with the curtain shield airbag.
The company said a problem with the sensor that detects vehicle rollover could malfunction. In addition, a failure of two separate sensors could cause the seat belt pretensioner to be activated, which could cause injury to the vehicle occupant.
Toyota will replace the airbag sensor assembly with a new one when the recall begins in mid-May, pending availability of parts.
Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331
Kiddieland Recalls Disney Princess Plastic Trikes
Castle display and princess figures pose a laceration hazard04/21/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Kiddieland Recalls Disney Princess Plastic TrikesCastle display and princess figures pose a laceration hazard...
Kiddieland is recalling about 10,000 Disney Princess Plastic Racing Trikes. The plastic castle display and the princess figures protruding from the top of the handle bar pose a laceration hazard if a child falls on it.
CPSC and Kiddieland have received three reports of children suffering facial lacerations.
This recall involves the Disney Princess Plastic Racing Trikes. The trikes are pink and fuchsia with a purple seat and wheels. On top of the handlebar, there is a rotating castle display surrounded by three princess figures. "Disney Princess" is printed on the label in front of the trike just below the handlebar.
Target, JCPenney, Meijer and H.E.B. stores sold the trikes nationwide and on the Web at www.target.com from January 2009 through April 2011 for about $50. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the trikes away from children and contact Kiddieland for a free replacement handlebar with an enclosed rotating display.
For additional information, contact Kiddieland at (800) 430-5307 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.kiddieland.com.hk
Kiddieland Recalls Lights and Sounds Scooters
A child's finger can get caught in the hinge04/21/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Kiddieland Recalls Lights and Sounds ScootersA child's finger can get caught in the hinge...
About 16,000 Kiddieland "Lights and Sounds" scooters are being recalled. A child’s finger can get caught in the hinge mechanism between the steering column and the platform, posing a laceration hazard.
There have been two reports of children whose fingers got caught in the hinge mechanism and required stitches.
This recall involves three models of Kiddieland “Lights and Sounds” three-wheeled scooters including a red Spiderman, a blue Thomas & Friends™ and a pink girl’s scooter. The scooters have buttons on the handle that play music and sounds. “Kiddieland” is molded on the back of the steering mechanism. Spiderman or Thomas & Friends™ are found on the steering mechanism and platform. The girl’s model has butterflies on the platform.
Toys R Us and JCPenney sold the scooters from January 2009 through February 2011 for about $40. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled scooters away from children and contact Kiddieland for a free repair kit.
For additional information, contact Kiddieland toll-free at (800) 430-5307 or visit the firm's website at www.kiddieland.com.hk
Marineland Aquarium Heaters Recalled
Wiring problem can cause aquarium to overheat04/21/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Marineland Aquarium Heaters Recalled Wiring problem can cause aquarium to overheat...
About 1.2 million Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro Aquarium Heaters are being recalled by United Pet Group. A wiring problem can cause the aquarium heaters to overheat or break during normal use, damaging the aquarium and posing fire and laceration hazards to consumers. Overheating can cause the heater to shatter or the acquarium glass to break.
United Pet Group has received 38 reports of fires resulting in property damage and 45 reports of broken aquarium glass. United Pet Group has received one report of a consumer who suffered an eye injury when the aquarium heater forcefully broke while he held it.
The recall involves the following Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro acquarium heaters. The heaters are black plastic tubes and have a temperature adjustment knob at the top. The model name “Stealth” (in white letters) or “Stealth Pro” (in red letters) is printed on the side of the heater. The model number and the wattage rating are printed below the model name. Stealth Pro heaters were also sold as part of aquarium starter kits.
|Marineland Stealth Models||Marineland Stealth Pro Models|
|Wattage||Model #||Wattage||Model #|
The heaters were sold by pet stores nationwide and on various websites from January 2004 through February 2011 for between $20 and $300. They were made in China and Italy.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled aquarium heaters and contact United Pet Group for a free replacement aquarium heater or a full refund.
For additional information, contact United Pet Group at (800) 338-4896 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.marineland.com
Photon Climbing Carabiners and Quickdraws Recalled
Carabiner gate may open unexpectedly04/21/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Zac Carman
Photon Climbing Carabiners and Quickdraws Recalled Carabiner gate may open unexpectedly...
CAMP USA is recalling about 15,500 Photon carabiners, Photon and Mach Express quickdraws. The carabiner gate may open under a heavy load, posing a risk of serious injury or death if the climber falls.
The Photon model carabiners are used by climbers as connectors and are sold individually or as components of the Photon Express and Mach Express quickdraw used as extenders to anchor a climber. The carabiners were sold in a variety of colors including green, yellow, silver and brown. The quickdraws use a white or black fabric strap with green, yellow or gray stitching and Photon carabiners attached at each end.
Outdoor retail stores sold the carabiners nationwide from February 2011 through March 2011 for between $8 and $12. They were made in China.
Consumers should stop using the recalled carabiners and quickdraws sold with carabiners immediately and contact CAMP USA to return the recalled products for a full refund.
For additional information, contact CAMP USA Inc. toll-free at (877) 421-2267 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.camp-usa.com
7 Million Chesapeake Bay, Modern Light Tea Candles Recalled
The candles are in a clear plastic cup that can melt or ignite04/20/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
7 Million Chesapeake Bay, Modern Light Tea Candles Recalled The candles are in a clear plastic cup that can melt or ignite...
About 7 million Chesapeake Bay and Modern Light tea candles are being recalled. The candles have a clear, plastic cup that can melt or ignite, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
Pacific Trade has received one report of the plastic cup melting while in use. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
The recall involves tea lights sold under the brand names Chesapeake Bay Candle and Modern Light. The candles are various colors. They were sold in sets or with tea light containers. Tea lights from the below sets are involved with this recall. Only tea lights that do not have any lettering imprinted on the bottom of the tea light cup are included in this recall.
|Fred Meyer||Chesapeake Bay Candle||36-piece plastic tea light set||August 2009 through February 2011||About $12||754870634000, 754870687846|
|Super Value||Modern Light||Halloween votive holder with tea light, various scents||August 2010 through November 2010||About $1||754870668128, 754870668135, 754870668142|
|Target||Chesapeake Bay Candle||Home Scents 12-count tea light candles, various scents||July 2009 through February 2011||About $4||754870479250, 754870479328, 754870479397, 754870479441, 754870479496, 754870479540, 754870479649, 754870481147, 754870490583, 754870528262, 754870528347, 754870528361, 754870657689, 754870657726, 754870657764, 754870606458, 754870684333, 754870703386, 754870703423, 754870606359, 754870633416, 754870659072, 754870659119, 754870659157, 754870684296|
|Target||Chesapeake Bay Candle||Sweet Delights 12-count tea light candles, various scents||January 2010 through February 2011||About $5||754870658693, 754870658709|
|Target||Chesapeake Bay Candle||Sentiments 12-count tea light candles, various scents||February 2010 through June 2010||About $5||754870658334, 754870658341|
|TJX/Marshall’s/Homegoods||Chesapeake Bay Candle||Boo Flicker||July 2010 through November 2010||About $5||754870700026|
|Wegmans||Modern Light||Four-piece Treetop Tealights, various scents||November 2010 through December 2010||About $6||754870686580|
Fred Meyer, Home Goods, Marshalls, Super Value, Target, TJ Maxx and Wegmans stores sold the candles nationwide between July 2009 and February 2011 for between $1 and $12. They were made in Vietnam.
Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and return them to the store where purchased for a store merchandise card equal to the purchase price.
For additional information, contact the Pacific Trade International at (800) 331-8339 between 9 a.m and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at http://www.chesapeakebaycandle.com
Lithium-Ion Batteries Used in Magicshine Bike Lights Recalled
Batteries used with bicycle lights may overheat04/19/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Lithium-Ion Batteries Used in Magicshine Bike Lights Recalled Batteries used with bicycle lights may overheat...
GeoManGear is realling about 18,000 lithium-ion batteries used in Magicshine bicycle lights.The lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
The company has received three reports of batteries overheating and causing minor fires and property damage. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves Magicshine Series I and Series II lithium-ion batteries. The batteries were sold with bicycle light sets with the following models: Magicshine 900 Lumen (MJ-808), 1400 Lumen (MJ-816) and Tail light (MJ818). The batteries were also sold separately. The Series I battery comes in a nylon pack enclosure and the Series II in an aluminum pack enclosure inserted into a fabric sleeve. The model number is found on the product packaging. The Magicshine logo is found on the sleeve covering of the Series II battery.
GeoManGear's website sold the batteries from June 2009 through November 2010 for between $40 and $130. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled batteries. The company is notifying all known consumers. Consumers who have purchased the recalled batteries from GeoManGear and have not been contacted should visit www.MagicshineBatteryRecall.com to register to receive a free replacement battery.
Spot Recalls Satellite Communicator
May Lose Emergency Communications Capability04/19/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Spot Recalls Satellite CommunicatorMay Lose Emergency Communications Capability...
About 15,400 Spot satellite communicators are being recalled. The internal voltage regulator can stop working, resulting in the inability to transmit messages and tracking information in emergency situations.
Spot LLC has received two reports of product failure in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. No injuries have been reported.
The satellite communicator tracks the user's location and sends the user's GPS coordinates and a distress message in the case of an emergency. The device is black with the SPOT logo and the word DeLorme on the front. It measures 3 inches x 2.6 inches and is bundled with the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w GPS. The GPS is not subject to this recall. Affected products have Electronic Serial Numbers (ESN) from 0-2000000 to 0-2019999. The ESN is located on a label under the battery.
Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, REI, L.L. Bean and other retailers sold the devices nationwide from July 2010 through March 2011 for $549. They were made in China.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Spot LLC for a free replacement.
For more information, contact Spot LLC at (866) 727-7733 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.findmespot.com/replacement
Lennox Recalls Garage Heaters
Faulty flame roll-out switch creates a fire hazard04/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Lennox Recalls Garage Heaters Faulty flame roll-out switch creates a fire hazard...
Lennox Industries Inc., is recalling about 400 garage heaters. Some heaters were manufactured without a required flame rollout switch, which is a back-up device that shuts down the heater in the event of a heater failure. This poses a fire hazard.
This recall involves Lennox garage heaters with heating capacity, model number, and serial number listed below. The brand name "Lennox", the model number and the serial number can be found on the nameplate located inside the control cabinet.
Serial Number Range
5609H#### to 5610M#####
6004G#### to 6010L#####
6004G#### to 6010L#####
6004G#### to 6010L#####
6004G#### to 6010L#####
Lennox Industries dealers and distributors sold the units nationwide from July 2004 through April 2011 for between $2,700 and $4,200. They were made in the United States.
Consumers should stop using these recalled heaters immediately. Consumers should contact Lennox to schedule an inspection and, if necessary, repair of the garage heater.
For additional information, contact Lennox at (888) 584-2353 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website www.lennox.com
Monkeez & Friends Wrist Rattles and Baby Booties Recalled
Pom-poms can come off and be swallowed04/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Monkeez & Friends Wrist Rattles and Baby Booties Recalled. Pom-poms can come off and be swallowed...
Midwest-CBK is recalling Monkeez & Friends wrist rattles and baby booties. The pom-poms attached to the wrist rattles and booties can detach, posing a choking hazard.
The firm has received one report of a pom-pom detaching from the wrist rattle. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves the Monkeez & Friends wrist rattles and baby booties. The wrist rattles and the booties are made of knitted yarn and have a monkey head and a pom-pom attached. Both come in multiple color combinations.
Gift stores, drug stores, décor outlets and variety stores nationwide sold the itmes from June 2009 through March 2011. The wrist rattles sold for about $5 and the booties sold for about $13. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take these recalled products away from children and return them to the store where they were purchased or to Midwest-CBK for a full refund. If you are unable to return the product to the store where it was purchased, contact Midwest-CBK to receive a prepaid shipping label.
For additional information, contact Midwest-CBK toll-free at (800) 394-4225 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.
MTD Recalls Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mowers
Gas leak can cause a fire hazard04/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
MTD Recalls Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mowers Gas leak can cause a fire hazard...
MTD is recalling about 4,300 Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers. A fuel leak can occur near the rear mounting screws on the bottom of the fuel tank, posing a fire hazard.
The recalled 2011 Cub Cadet zero turn riding lawn mowers, intended for both commercial and private use, have yellow and black steel frames. They sold under the following brand names and model numbers:
Factory Model Numbers
Cub Cadet Z Force 48
Cub Cadet Z Force 54
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 46
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 48
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 54
Cub Cadet Z-Force-S 60
Cub Cadet Z-Force Commercial 48
Cub Cadet Z-Force Commercial 60
Cub Cadet Tank L48
Cub Cadet Tank L60
Model number, serial number and date of manufacturer are printed on a label located under the front of the driver’s seat. The serial number range and date of manufacture (DOM) of affected mowers are 1A101ZXXXXX (DOM 01/2011) through 1C091ZXXXXX (DOM 03/2011). Date of manufacture appears on the label.
Cub Cadet dealers sold the mowers nationwide from February 2011 through March 2011 for between $3,600 to $7,000. They were made in the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the mowers and store them outside. Consumers should contact their local Cub Cadet dealer to schedule an appointment for a free repair.
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 atwww.cubcadet.com
Ford Expands Recall of F-150 Trucks, Lincoln Mark LT
Airbag may deploy unexpectedly because of a short circuit04/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Ford Expands Recall of F-150 Trucks, Lincoln Mark LT. Airbag may deploy unexpectedly because of a short circuit....
Ford has agreed to expand an earlier recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Lincoln Mark LT vehicles because a possible short circuit could cause airbags to deploy unexpectedly.
The latest recall involves 1.2 million F-150s and 16,000 Lincoln Mark LTs. That's in addition to an earlier recall of 144,000 F-150s. The recall covers trucks from the 2004-2006 model years.
Despite numerous problems resulting in safety recalls, the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in North America for 34 years.
Ford said it knows of no accidents or injuries caused by the airbag problem.
The recall won't officially begin until May but consumers whose airbag warning light is illuminated should bring their vehicle to the nearest dealer immediately.
Redken Recalls Guts Spray Mousse Foam
The can can rupture04/12/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Redken Recalls Guts Spray Mousse FoamThe can can rupture...
Redken 5th Avenue NYC is recalling about 1 million Guts Spray Mousse foam cans. The aerosol container's liner can corrode over time, posing a risk of the cans rupturing and expelling its contents.
Redken has received 41 reports of cans rupturing. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Mousse Foam sold in 10.58- and 2-ounce size cans. The hair styling product was sold in a silver container with black writing. "Redken" and "10" are printed on the front of the product. The product can be identified by a lot code printed on the bottom of the can. Lot codes included in this recall include:
Any can with lot codes that does not contain a G or H as the third digit
Any can with the following lot codes: 32G10Y, 32G11Y, 32G20Y, 32G21Y, 32G23Y, 32G40Y, 32G41Y, 32G60Y, 32G61Y, 32G62Y, 32G70Y
Hair salons and beauty supply stores sold the mousse nationwide from January 1998 through February 2011 for between $4 and $16. It was made in the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled mousse, record the product's lot code then discard the contents by spraying it into a waste container in a well ventilated area. Prior to disposing of the container, consumers should obtain the lot code from the container, then contact Redken for information on receiving a refund of the purchase price.
For additional information, contact Redken toll-free at (888) 241-9504 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.redken.com
Rogue Fitness Barbell Brackets Recalled
A weld can break, causing weights to fall04/12/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Rogue Fitness Barbell Brackets RecalledA weld can break, causing weights to fall...
Coulter Ventures isa recalling about 5,500 Rogue Fitness barbell brackets. The weld between the bracket and the pin that holds the barbell bracket in place on a weightlifting rack can break, causing the weights to fall, and posing an injury hazard to consumers.
The firm has received three reports of the weld between the bracket and the pin breaking, including one report of a consumer who received a sprained wrist.
This recall involves Rogue Fitness J-Cup brackets used to hold barbells on weightlifting racks. The black metal brackets are used with the Rogue Fitness SPX Squat Press Stand, R-3 Racks, R-4 Racks and Infinity Rigs.
The brackets were sold at Rogue Fitness's website, www.roguefitness.com from March 2009 through December 2010 for about $40. They were also sold as part of weightlifting racks and stands for between $350 and $3,400. They were made in the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled barbell brackets and contact Coulter to receive free replacement brackets.
For additional information, contact Coulter toll-free at (888) 454-6925 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm's website at www.roguefitness.com or email the firm email@example.com
P.Jamas Childrens Sleepwear Recalled
Pajamas violate federal flammability standard04/07/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Zac Carman
P.Jamas Childrens Sleepwear RecalledPajamas violate federal flammability standard...
Fashionviews, Inc. is recalling about 4,000 pairs of P.Jamas children's sleepwear. The garments fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injury to children.
This recall involves all styles of P.Jamas brand name children’s sleepwear including nightgowns and two-piece shirt/pant sets sold in children’s sizes XS through XL. A garment label with the name P.Jamas in blue lettering on a white background is sewn to the center back of the garments. The children’s sleepwear is 100 percent cotton woven or knit fabrics. The garments are in a variety of pastel colors in solid, stripe or plaid patterns. Some nightgowns are hand smocked and some pajamas are trimmed in piping or rickrack.
Boutique shops nationwide and the www.p-jamas.com website sold the pajamas from January 2006 through October 2010 for between about $50 and $100. They were made in Bolivia and Peru.
Consumers should stop using the recalled sleepwear immediately and return the product to the retailer where purchased for a full refund.
For additional information, contact P.Jamas toll-free at (888) 554-6495 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the company’s website at www.p-jamas.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Active Leisure Tents Sold at Costco Recalled
Tents present a fire hazard04/07/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Active Leisure Tents Sold at Costco RecalledTents present a fire hazard...
About 19,000 Active Leisure folding canopy tents sold at Costco are being recalled. The tents do not meet the flammability label claim on the unit, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
The recall includes Active Leisure 10’ by 10’ folding canopy tents. Item number 544803 is printed on the original packaging near the bar code. The tents have a metal frame covered in white fabric.
Costco stores sold the tents nationwide from January 2011 through February 2011 for about $190. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled canopy tents and return them to any Costco store for a full refund.
For more information, contact Active Leisure toll-free at (877) 730-1583 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday ET.
Williams-Sonoma Recalls Hot Chocolate Pots
The handle can break off04/06/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Williams-Sonoma Recalls Hot Chocolate Pots The handle can break off...
Williams-Sonoma is recalling about 29,000 hot chocolate pots. The handle of the hot chocolate pot can break off during use, posing burn and laceration hazards.
The firm has received 28 reports of handles breaking off of the pots, including eight reports of injuries involving minor burns or cuts.
This recall involves the Whirly Whip hot chocolate pots sold individually as item number 2981454 or 4986535, and as part of the Whirly Whip hot chocolate pot gift set item number 3021714. The item number can be found on the product’s box, below the bar code. The pot is made of white porcelain and has a red handle. The lid has a red knob and a frother attached to the underside of the lid knob.
The pots were sold by Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide, online at www.williams-sonoma.com and through Williams-Sonoma catalogs from October 2010 through January 2011 for between $30 and $40. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hot chocolate pots and either return the product to any Williams-Sonoma store or contact Williams-Sonoma for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Williams-Sonoma toll-free at (855) 643-4206 between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. PT seven days a week or visit the firm’s website at www.williams-sonoma.com
Mercedes-Benz Recalls Selected 2011 E Models
Vibration damper can come loose04/06/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Mercedes-Benz Recalls Selected 2011 E Models. Vibration damper can come loose...
Mercedes is recalling selected 2011 Mercedes-Benz E models to replace the vibration damper =.
The company said that damper could suddenly separate, possibly injuring anyone who was working under the hood at the time.
Dealers will inspect and replace parts as necessary free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2011. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.
Cooper Tools Recalls Stained Glass Soldering Irons
Power cord can break04/06/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Cooper Tools Recalls Stained Glass Soldering Irons Power cord can break ...
Cooper Tools is recalling about 69,000 soldering irons. The power cord can break at the flex point where the cord attaches to the handle, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
The firm has received three reports of the power cord breaking at the flex point, resulting in three reports of minor burns.
The recalled product is a 100 watt, 120 volt stained glass soldering iron with “Weller” and the model number W100PG, W100P3 or W100PGMX written on the light blue handle. The model number is located under the Weller brand name on the iron’s handle. Only certain date codes are included in the recall.
Authorized distributors sold the soldering irons nationwide from August 2006 to May 2010 for between $50 and $60. They were made in Mexico.
Consumers should immediately stop using this product and contact Cooper Tools to send the product to the company for an inspection and a free replacement soldering iron.
For additional information, contact Cooper Tools at (800) 476-3030 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.cooperhandtools.com (pdf)
Pampers Recalls Natural Stages Pacifiers
Pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards04/05/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Pampers Recalls Natural Stages PacifiersPacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards...
Key Baby LLC is recalling about 29,000 Pampers Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers
The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard to young children.
The pacifier comes in yellow, pink or blue colors and is made of silicone. Only "Stage 1" pacifiers are recalled. "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and "Pampers" molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package.
Retail stores sold the pacifiers nationwide from April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from infants and contact Key Baby for instructions on returning the product for a full refund or $10 coupon toward the purchase of any Pampers Natural Stages products.
For additional information, contact Key Baby toll-free at (800) 447-1224 anytime, or visit the company's web site at www.key-baby.com
Arm's Reach Concepts Recalls Infant Bed-Side Sleepers
Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards04/05/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Arm's Reach Concepts Recalls Infant Bed-Side SleepersEntrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards...
Arm's Reach Concepts Inc., of Oxnard, Calif. Is recalling about 76,000 infant bed-side sleepers.
When the fabric liner is not used or is not securely attached, infants can fall from the raised mattress into the loose fabric at the bottom of the bed-side sleeper or can become entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the sleeper, posing risks of suffocation.
There have been 10 reports of infants falling from the raised mattress into the bottom of the sleeper or becoming entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the bed-side sleeper. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves a product called a "co-sleeper" by the manufacturer. One side of the bed-side sleepers is lower than the others to allow positioning near a bed and access to the infant for care and feeding. This recall includes all Arm's Reach Original and Universal styles with manufacture dates between September 1997 and December 2001. The manufacture date and model number can be found on a sticker on one of the product's legs. Model numbers included in the recall begin with:
8108, 8133, 8111, 8112 & 8199
Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us and other retail stores sold the beds nationwide from September 1997 through December 2001 for about $160. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bed-side sleepers and visit www.armsreach.com/instructions to view and download assembly instructions and to make sure that the product is properly configured.
Consumers should also contact the company by phone or via the company website to receive hard-copy instructions by mail and an assembly/warning label. Consumers who are missing the fabric liner or other components should immediately contact Arm's Reach for an alternative remedy.
For additional information, contact Arm's Reach at (800) 954-9353 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.armsreach.com
AVNS Recalls THE BEST Enhancer Supplement
May contain undeclared ingredients04/04/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
AVNS Recalls THE BEST Enhancer SupplementMay contain undeclared ingredients...
AVNS Inc announced today it is recalling THE BEST Enhancer Supplement, after being informed by their manufacturer, Drive Total Energy, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lab analyses found that the products to contain Sulfoaildenafil, an analogue of Sildenafil, an FDA-approved drug used in the treatment of male Erectile Dysfunction (ED), making these products unapproved new drugs. The active drug ingredient is not listed on the product label.
The undeclared ingredient may pose a threat to the consumer because the interaction of the analogue with some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take other prescription drugs. Erectile Dysfunction is a common problem in men with these conditions, and consumers may seek these types of products to enhance sexual performance.
To date, AVNS Inc and Drive Total Energy are not aware of any reports made to the FDA concerning any adverse effects associated with the use of The Best. In addition, Drive Total Energy and AVNS currently have not received any complaints from it's customers.
Consumers who have purchased these products should discontinue their use and return the products to their place of purchase for a full refund.
Customers with questions can call or email AVNS at 1-562-602-6515 / email@example.com Pacific Coast Time Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST for instructions on the return process.
AVNS said it "did not in any way knowingly or intentionally violate the law with regard to the distribution of these products."
Adverse reaction or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax. Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm . Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm . Mail to address on the pre-addressed form. Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178.
Infantino Recalls Toy Trucks
Plastic beads can come off, creating a choking hazard04/04/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Infantino Recalls Toy TrucksPlastic beads can come off, creating a choking hazard...
Infantino is recalling about 40,500 Troy the Truck toys. The plastic beads on the activity truck's bead runs can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Infantino has received 28 reports of the plastic beads detaching from the bead runs on the activity trucks, including two reports of young children gagging on the plastic beads.
This recall involves "Troy the Activity Truck," which is blue, red and yellow with plastic star, circle and heart beads attached to the bead runs on the back of the truck and has a face on the front. "Infantino" is printed on the front of the toy truck. Model number 153-210, 206-110 or 506-110C is printed underneath the truck. When its switch is turned on, the truck plays music and the back wheels spin.
Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Meijer, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and other toy stores sold the trucks nationwide from September 2009 through February 2011 for about $15. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy away from children and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement toy.
For additional information, contact Infantino toll-free at (888) 808-3111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at http://service.infantino.com