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Hamilton Beach Recalls Toasters
Heating element may remain energized, causing a fire hazard06/30/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Hamilton Beach is recalling about 300,000 classic chrome 2-slice toasters. The heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely when an ...
Hamilton Beach is recalling about 300,000 classic chrome 2-slice toasters. The heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely when an item is placed in the toaster which may ignite the contents, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.
Hamilton Beach has received 15 reports of toasters that did not pop-up as intended, including three reports of minor damage to kitchen cabinets. There were no reports of injuries.
The Hamilton Beach recall involves model 22600 toasters with specific series codes. These series codes begin with the letters C or D, and have the format of CXXXXBI or DXXXXBI, where XXXX is a four-digit number ranging from 0190 through 5290. The model number and series code are printed on the bottom of the toaster. The toaster has a chromed steel exterior, a front control panel with a rotary toast shade selector and function buttons arranged in an arc, a front removable crumb tray and Hamilton Beach printed across the front of the toaster.
Mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide and various online retailers sold the toasters from February 2008 through June 2011 for between $30 and $40. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact the firm to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement toaster.
For additional information, contact Hamilton Beach at (800) 379-2200 anytime, or visit the firm's website atwww.hamiltonbeach.com. General toaster safety information available from Hamilton Beach at (http://tinyurl.com/43va5sd) (pdf).
Cost Plus Recalls Wooden Animal Drum
Violates Lead Paint Standard06/30/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Cost Plus is recalling about 1,000 wooden animal drugs. The paint used on the drum is in excess of the maximum allowable level of 90 ppm, a violation of th...
Cost Plus is recalling about 1,000 wooden animal drugs. The paint used on the drum is in excess of the maximum allowable level of 90 ppm, a violation of the federal lead paint standard.
The recalled toy is a wooden hexagon drum with pictures of animals on the six sides. SKU No. 424857 is printed on a sticker on the bottom of the drum.
Cost Plus World Market stores sold the drums nationwide from December 2010 through May 2011 for about $7. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the toy and return it to Cost Plus World Market for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Cost Plus toll-free at (877) 967-5362 between 7 a.m. and midnight ET seven days a week or visit the firm’s website at www.worldmarket.com
Adventure Playsets Recalls Wooden Swing Sets
The wood can weaken, creating a fall hazard06/29/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
About 240,000 Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets are being recalled because the wood in the posts of the fort sections on the swing sets can weaken due t...
About 240,000 Adventure Playsets Wooden Swing Sets are being recalled because the wood in the posts of the fort sections on the swing sets can weaken due to rotting, posing a fall hazard.
It's the second recall for the swing gets. About 275,000 were recalled ini November 2009.
Adventure Playsets has received more than 500 complaints reporting concern over the weakened wood in the 2x4 plastic-coated uprights. One report of a fall was received when the ladder failed resulting in bruises and scratches.
The swing sets come with swings, slides and ladders. Each set has a fort structure that uses green or cranberry colored plastic coated 2”x 4” wood upright posts and a green nylon fabric covered shade. The sets were sold under the following names: Bellevue, Bellevue II, Belmont, Durango, Durango II, Sedona, Tacoma, Tacoma II, Ventura, Venture II and Yukon,. The name is printed on the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the play set. The recalled swing set name, model number, name of the retailer and year sold follow:
|SwingSet Name||Model No||Retailers||Years||Image|
The swets were sold by Academy Sports (the Yukon); Mills and Menards (the Ventura/II) all from 2005 to 2007; Mills (the Belmont) in 2004; Toys-R-Us (the Bellevue/II); and Walmart (the Tacoma/II, Durango/II, and Sedona). The units sold for $300-$600. They were made in the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled swing sets and contact Adventure Playsets to obtain a free repair kit. Repair kits will include the appropriate angled or vertical upright posts for each model with instructions for dissembling and reassembling each set.
For additional information, contact Adventure Playsets toll free at (877) 840-9068 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s website at www.recall.adventureplaysets.com or email the firm at email@example.com
Bar III Dresses Sold at Macy's Recalled
Dresses violate federal flammability standard06/28/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Topson Downs of California is recalling about 2,100 Bar III dresses sold at Macy's. The dresses fail to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing ...
Topson Downs of California is recalling about 2,100 Bar III dresses sold at Macy's. The dresses fail to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
The dress is fully lined with a sheer rayon outer layer. There is a white label with "Bar III" written in black on the inside back of the dress. The dress has a checkered, multi-colored, and black pattern called "Mint Chili Combo" and was sold in five adult sizes, ranging from extra small to extra large.
The dresses were sold by the Impulse Department of Macy's stores nationwide and on macys.com from March 2011 through May 2011 for about $60. They were made in India.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dresses and return them to any Macy's for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Macy's toll-free at (888) 257-5949 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET or visit the Macy's website at macys.com or contact Topson Downs at (800) 241-2975 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nature Relief Recalls Instant Wart and Mole Remover
Risk of Severe Skin Burns06/27/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Nature Relief and the FDA are recalling Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover. FDA has advised that the active ingredient, calcium oxide, can...
Nature Relief and the FDA are recalling Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover.
FDA has advised that the active ingredient, calcium oxide, can cause severe burns of the skin, particularly to areas of thin or sensitive skin, such as the face, area around the eyes, and genitalia. FDA has received a report of an injury associated with the use of this product, including burns to the skin that required medical attention.
This product is sold as a kit, which contains the following items: two small containers labeled "Repair Cream", one container of "Antiseptic Wash", a package of "Triple Antibiotic Ointment", toothpicks, and a "vanity kit" with cotton balls, swabs, and nail files.
Consumers who purchased Nature Relief Instant Wart and Mole Remover should immediately discontinue their use and discard the remaining contents. It is recommended that consumers discard the product and contents inside a plastic bag and place it into the garbage for safe disposal, in order to expedite the recall process and avoid further handling.
Consumers are advised to have moles reviewed by licensed medical professionals and ensure they are not cancerous.
Quick Kids Tennis Racquets Recalled
Orange grip tape contains high levels of lead06/24/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
GAMMA Sports is recalling about 2,000 Quick Kids Junior Tennis Racquets. The orange grip tape on the tennis racket's handle contains high levels of lead. ...
GAMMA Sports is recalling about 2,000 Quick Kids Junior Tennis Racquets. The orange grip tape on the tennis racket's handle contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
This recall involves Quick Kids 23-inch aluminum junior tennis racquets with orange tape on the hand grip. Recalled racquets have lot number"F:3:10:08" stamped onto the bottom of the racquet grip below the "G."
The racquets were sold online at www.gammasports.com, www.atssports.com and www.holabirdsports.com from December 2010 through March 2011 for about $15. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled tennis racquets away from children and contact GAMMA Sports for a free replacement grip kit. GAMMA Sports is directly contacting all known purchasers of the recalled tennis racquets.
For more information, contact GAMMA Sports at (800) 333-0337 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.gammasports.com
Rugby Children's Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops Recalled
Packaging Doesn't Meet Child-Resistant Closure Requirement06/24/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Altaire Pharmaceuticals is recalling about 898,000 packages of Rugby Children's Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops. ...
Altaire Pharmaceuticals is recalling about 898,000 packages of Rugby Children's Pain & Fever Concentrated Drops.
This over the counter medicine contains acetaminophen which calls for child-resistant packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Although the original bottle has child-resistant packaging, a separate dropper unit provided for dispensing the drug to children does not. When in use, a child can access the medicine, posing serious health problems or death if more than the recommended dosage is consumed.
Drug stores, grocery stores and other retailers sold the product nationwide between January 2009 and June 2011 for about $4. It was manufactured in the United States.
Consumers should immediately store this product with the child-resistant closure in place and keep it out of the reach of children. To arrange for a free replacement dropper, contact Altaire Pharmaceuticals at (800) 258-2471 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
The lot numbers can be found stamped into the bottom of the carton with the expiration date and above the label on the bottle printed in black.
For additional information, contact Rugby Laboratories at (800) 645-2158 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
American Honda Recalls Portable Generators
Warning labels on battery are printed in Japanese06/23/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
American Honda is recalling about 2,500 portable generatorss. The hazard labels attached to the batteries used on the generators are printed in Japanese in...
American Honda is recalling about 2,500 portable generatorss. The hazard labels attached to the batteries used on the generators are printed in Japanese instead of English. As a result, consumers handling the battery may not be able to adequately avoid risks associated with the batteries.
Only portable generator model numbers EM4000SX, EM5000SXK3 and EM6500SXK2 with hazard labels printed in Japanese are affected. The word Honda and the model numbers are located on the side of the generator. The battery is located above the wheel. The model number and serial numbers are located on the generator frame. The recalled serial numbers are:
EBRC-1000015 to 1000518
EBMC-1000005 to 1001184
EBJC-1000017 to 1000857
Honda power equipment dealers sold the generators nationwide from January 2011 to March 2011 for between $2,250 and $2,890. They were made in China.
American Honda is contacting consumers and giving them the correct label. Consumers can either install the label themselves or contact a Honda dealer to install the label for free.
For more information, contact American Honda between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday toll-free at (888) 888-3139 or visit the firm's website atwww.hondapowerequipment.com/products/recalls
Target Recalls Infant Girls Sandals
Flowers can come off, causing a choking hazard06/23/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Target is recalling about 52,000 Circo Aloma infant girls sandals. The decorative plastic flowers can detach, posing a choking hazard....
Target is recalling about 52,000 Circo Aloma infant girls sandals. The decorative plastic flowers can detach, posing a choking hazard.
Target has received eight reports of the decorative flowers detaching from the sandals. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled infant girls sandals are white with decorative plastic flowers attached to the toes and sides. The sandals were sold under the style name "Aloma" in infant girls' sizes 2 through 5. "Circo" is printed on the inside and bottom of the shoe.
Target stores and Target.com sold the shoes nationwide from January 2011 to May 2011 for about $10. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the sandals and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund.
For additional information, contact Target Guest Relations at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.target.com
Britax Recalls B-Nimble Strollers
Brakes may fail06/23/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Britax is recalling about 20,000 B-Nimble strollers. An audible click heard when the brake pedal is pressed can give a false impression that the brake is f...
Britax is recalling about 20,000 B-Nimble strollers. An audible click heard when the brake pedal is pressed can give a false impression that the brake is fully engaged when it is not. When the brake is not engaged, the stroller can move unexpectedly posing a risk of injury to the child occupant.
Britax has received seven reports of the brake not being fully engaged. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves B-Nimble umbrella strollers manufactured on or after August 1, 2010. Strollers included in the recall have model numbers U311771, U311773, U311775 and U311780. The date of manufacture labels and model numbers can be found on the lower frame/tube on either the left or the right side. The strollers were sold in a variety of colors including black and silver, Cowmooflage (black and white), green and red.
Juvenile product and mass merchandise stores sold the strollers nationwide and online retailers between September 2010 and June 2011 for about $200. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using their strollers and contact Britax for information and to request an improved replacement stroller. Consumers who resume use of their strollers while awaiting the replacement should always ensure that the brake is fully engaged.
For additional information, contact Britax toll-free at (888) 427-4829 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and, or visit the firm's website at www.britaxusa.com
Dole, Kroger Recall Italian Blend Salads
May be contaminated with Listeria06/23/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,880 cases of DOLE Italian Blend salad with Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product C...
Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,880 cases of DOLE Italian Blend salad with Use-by Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 7143000819 and Product Codes 0049A157201A, 0049A157201B, 0049A157202A, 0049A157202B, 0686A157202A, 0686A157202B and 442 cases of Kroger Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend salad with Use-by-Date of June 19, 2011, UPC code 1111091045 and Product Codes A157201A & A157201B, due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The Product Code and Use-by Date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in twelve U.S. states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which one package of Dole Italian Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test collected and conducted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
No other Dole or Kroger salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and June 19, 2011 Use-by-Date of Italian Blend salads identified above are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PDT) Monday - Friday.
Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If it spreads to the nervous system symptoms may include headache, stiff neck or confusion. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.
NAPAfire and FIREGEL Pourable Gel Fuel Recalled
Serious fire and burn hazard06/22/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Napa Home & Garden is recalling about 460,000 bottles and jugs of Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel....
Napa Home & Garden is recalling about 460,000 bottles and jugs of Pourable NAPAfire and FIREGEL Gel Fuel.
The gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Fuel gel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers.
Napa is aware of 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers, some of them serious.
The product is a clear, pourable gel fuel packaged in clear one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon plastic jugs and sold in non-scented and citronella scents. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited.
The gel was sold by Bed Bath & Beyond, Shopko, Restoration Hardware, specialty and gift shops, furniture stores, and home and garden stores nationwide, as well as through Amazon.com, home and garden catalogs, and home decorators and landscape architects between December 2009 and June 2011 for between $5 and $78.
Consumers should immediately stop using the pourable gel fuel in firepots and return all bottles or jugs to the retailer where the consumer purchased the fuel for a full refund. A retrofit for the Napa brand firepots is being evaluated and may be available in the near future.
For additional information, call Napa Home & Garden at (888) 893-2323 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit Napa’s website at http://www.napahomeandgarden.com/ or write to Napa, 3270 Summit Ridge Parkway, Suite 240, Duluth, GA 30096-1617
Christmas Tree Shops Recalls Animated Safari and Aquarium Lamps
Fire and Shock Hazards06/21/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Christmas Tree Shops is recalling about 35,000 Animated Safari and Aquarium Lamps. Defective wiring in the lamps can cause an electrical short, posing fire...
Christmas Tree Shops is recalling about 35,000 Animated Safari and Aquarium Lamps. Defective wiring in the lamps can cause an electrical short, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers.
Christmas Tree Shops has received three reports of sparking. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
This recall involves Safari and Aquarium themed lamps with UPC numbers 000015556905, 000015618955, 000015821591 and 000015821607 printed on the price label on the cardboard packaging. The decorative lamps are silver and feature rotating films with aquatic and safari scenes. While there are no brand markings directly on the product, "Made in China" is printed on the bottom of the lamp.
Christmas Tree Shops stores sold the items primarily in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions from December 2009 through May 2011 for between $7 and $8. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and return them to Christmas Tree Shops store for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Christmas Tree Shops toll-free at (888) 287-3232 anytime, or visit their website at www.christmastreeshops.com
MTD Recalls TrimmerPlus Edger Attachments
Shaft can break, creating a laceration hazard06/21/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
MTD is recalling about 14,000 TrimmerPlus Edger Attachments. The steel shaft that drives the edger blade can break during use causing the edger blade to de...
MTD is recalling about 14,000 TrimmerPlus Edger Attachments. The steel shaft that drives the edger blade can break during use causing the edger blade to detach. If the blade detaches, it can hit the user or bystanders, posing a laceration hazard.
This recall involves MTD TrimmerPlus™ Edger Attachment Model 41AJLE-C092 LE720. The edger is sold separately as an attachment and can be attached to most major brand attachment-capable trimmers. The edger is used to cut grass along an edge such as a driveway or sidewalk. "TrimmerPlus" and "LE720" are printed on the blade's housing. Only certain serial numbers "1C##1DR####" through "1D##1DR####" are included in the recall. The serial number and "MTD" are printed on white labels on the edger's pole.
Lowe's and other hardware and home improvement stores sold the attachments nationwide and on the Web between March 2011 and April 2011 for about $70. They were made in Mexico.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled MTD TrimmerPlus™ Edgers and contact MTD to receive a free replacement.
For additional information, contact the firm 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.mtdproducts.com
Big Lots Recalls Metal Futon Bunk Beds After Child Dies
Three-year-old Iowa boy died after being trapped by the metal frame06/16/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Big Lots Recalls Metal Futon Bunk Beds After Child Dies Three-year-old Iowa boy died after being trapped by the metal frame ...
Big Lots is recalling about 30,000 metal futon bunk beds after a three-year-old boy's death. .
Children behind the futon or in the ladder area of the bunk bed can get entrapped when the futon and its metal frame are lowered from the seated to the flat position. This is what happened to a three-year old Burlington, Iowa boy who died when he became entrapped at the head and neck in the recalled bunk bed in March of 2010.
The weight of the futon’s metal frame prevented the child from breathing and escaping. CPR was administered, but the child died at the hospital due to compression asphyxiation.
The bunk beds have an additional hazard, federal safety regulators said. The space between the last rung on the bunk bed’s ladder and the futon mattress is too small, which can allow a child’s body to pass through, but not the head, posing a head and neck entrapment hazard.
The metal futon bunk beds have an upper bunk designed to hold a twin mattress. The bottom bunks have a convertible futon bed.
The recall involves metal futon bunk beds with model number BFB1008 located on a label on the upper bunk support rail. The recalled metal futon bunk beds were sold exclusively by Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2009 through April 2010 for about $200. They were sold unassembled, and were manufactured in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using these bunk beds and contact Big Lots for a free repair kit that contains new ladders and other parts that consumers can install at home.
For additional information, contact Big Lots toll-free at (866) 244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at email@example.com or visit the firm’s website www.biglots.com
Porsche Recalls 911s to Tighten Wheels
As hubs wear, wheels can come loose06/16/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Porsche Recalls 911s to Tighten Wheels As hubs wear, wheels can come loose...
Porsche is recalling 1,700 911 models to repair a problem with the wheels and hubs. The affected models are:
Vehicle Make / Model:
PORSCHE / 911 GT2 RS
PORSCHE / 911 GT3
PORSCHE / 911 GT3 RS
PORSCHE / 911 TURBO
PORSCHE / 911 TURBO S
The company said that as the locking hubs wear, the wheels could loosen, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the locking hubs and wheels with an improved design free of charge.
Owners can contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.
Emma's Garden Polka-Dot Girls' Dresses Recalled
Buttons can come off, causing a choking hazard06/16/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Emmaâ€™s Garden Polka-Dot Girlsâ€™ Dresses Recalled Buttons can come off, causing a choking hazard ...
TJX is recalling about 24,000 Emma's Garden polka dot girls' dresses. The decorative buttons on the front of the dress can detach, posing a choking hazard.
This recall involves the Emma’s Garden® polka-dot dresses. The girls’ dresses in sizes 12 months to 5T were sold in black and white and pink and white. There are three decorative buttons which are round, white and approximately ¾ inch in diameter. Dresses sold in the United States have neck tags bearing tracking number TJX-80327TDS1.
T.J. Maxx sold the pink and white design and Marshalls sold the black and white design in the United States from February 2011 through May 2011 for about $13. Winners stores sold both designs in Canada, from March 2011 through April 2011 for about $17. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the dresses away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
For additional information, consumers in the United States should call (800) 926-6299 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the websites www.tjmaxx.com or www.marshallsonline.com. Consumers in Canada should call toll-free (800) 646-9466 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the website www.winners.ca
aDOORable Swing Bar Recalled
Eye hook can break, creating a fall hazard06/15/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
aDOORable Swing Bar Recalled. Eye hook can break, creating a fall hazard....
About 600 Abilitations aDOORable swing bars are being recalled. A welded eye hook on the swing bar can break, posing a fall hazard.
Sportime has received three reports of children falling when the welded eye hook released. Two minor injuries were reported including one report of rug burn after falling from a swing attached to the swing bar.
The Abilitations brand aDOORable swing bar is designed to be suspended in a doorway so that a swing attachment can be connected. The swing bar is a white metal pole between two brackets that attach to a standard size doorway with metal screws. Two metal “S” hooks are welded to the metal pole for a swing attachment. “Abilitations aDOORable Swing Bar” and product number “1302341” are printed on the metal pole.
Sportime sold the units in Georgia from January 2009 through March 2011 for about $60. They were made in Taiwan.
Consumers should stop using the recalled swing bars immediately and contact Sportime to receive a full refund for the swing bar and additional attachments sold with the swing bar.
For additional information, contact Sportime toll-free at (888) 388-3224 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.sportime.com
Harbinger Fitness Recalls Ab Straps
The plastic buckle can break, creating a fall hazard06/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Harbinger Fitness is recalling about 4,000 Ab Straps. The plastic buckle on the ab straps can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers....
Harbinger Fitness is recalling about 4,000 Ab Straps. The plastic buckle on the ab straps can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
There were two reported incidents of straps breaking. Both incidents resulted in lacerations to consumers' heads and necks.
The recalled product is a set of Harbinger Ab Straps, style 371100 that are hung from an overhead structure. The product consists of two 17.5 inch long straps made of black nylon webbing with padded nylon arm slings and plastic buckles. Users place their arms in the slings to lift themselves to do abdominal exercises. The word "Harbinger" appears on the outer side of one ab strap. Universal Product Code (UPC) 000751510964 is on the bottom flap of the packaging of the affected ab straps. The style number does not appear on the product or the product's packaging.
The ab straps were sold online at Bodybuilding.com and Amazon.com, and at Second Wind Fitness, Play It Again Sports, Advantis Nutrition, and other general sporting goods and fitness specialty stores nationwide from August 2006 to April 2011 for about $20. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Harbinger for a free replacement.
For additional information, please contact Harbinger customer service at (800) 729-5954 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to noon PT on Friday, visit the firm's website at www.harbingerfitness.com (pdf) or e-mail the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calphalon Recalls Contemporary Cutlery Knife Block Sets
Knife tips can protrude from the bottom of the block06/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Calphalon Recalls Contemporary Cutlery Knife Block Sets. Knife tips can protrude from the bottom of the block....
Calphalon is recalling about 217,000 Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets. The tips of the 8- inch slicing knife and/or the 8-inch bread knife can protrude through the bottom slot row on the wooden block holder, posing a laceration hazard.
Calphalon has received one report of a cut finger injury.
This recall involves all 17- and 21-piece Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets with model numbers KNS17C and KNS21C. The knife sets were manufactured from August of 2007 through May 1, 2011. The recalled cutlery sets do not have model or date code markings on the wooden block although all sets have the "Calphalon" logo stamped in black on the front. Knife block sets with a three digit number imprinted on the underside are not included in this recall.
The cutlery sets were sold by Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond, Belk, Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel, Dillard's, Kitchen Collection, Cutlery and More, Carlson Marketing, Maritz, Hinda, Calphalon Retail Outlets and stores nationwide; online by Amazon, Cooking.com; and in Chef's Catalog from from 2007 through May 2011 for between $200 and $300. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately contact Calphalon to receive a free repair kit for the recalled products. To order a free repair kit, contact Calphalon anytime at (800) 766-5652.
For additional information, contact Calphalon at (800) 809-7267 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm's Web site at www.calphalon.com
GE Recalls Zoneline Air Conditioners/Heaters
Potential fire hazard06/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
GE Recalls Zoneline Air Conditioners/Heaters Potential fire hazard...
GE is recalling about 90,000 Zoneline Air Conditioners and Heaters. An electrical component in the heating system can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
General Electric and Sharp have received four reports of incidents involving smoke and/or fire with the air conditioning and heating units. In two of the reported incidents, fire extended beyond the air conditioning and heating unit, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves GE Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and packaged terminal heat pumps manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011, and are most often used in apartment buildings and commercial space. The GE logo is affixed to the control panel door. Serial and model are printed on the rating plate. Consumers will need to remove the front panel to locate the model and serial information. The following models and serials are included in this recall:
|Brand||Model Number (Begins with)||Serial Number (Begins with)|
|GE||AZ41, AZ61||AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT and ZT AV, DV and FV|
General Electric authorized representatives and HVAC distributors sold the units nationwide from March 2010 through March 2011 for between $1,000 and $1,200. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the air conditioning and heating units in the heat mode and contact General Electric to schedule a free repair.
For additional information, contact General Electric toll-free at (866) 918-8771 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.geappliances.com/products/recall
Excite USA Recalls Toy Helicopters
Blades can come off06/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Excite USA Recalls Toy Helicopters. Blades can come off...
About 24,000 toy helicopters sold at Rite Aid stores are being recalled. The plastic blades of the helicopter can detach during operation, posing a laceration hazard.
Three incidents were reported, two to Excite and one to CPSC. Two of these included laceration injuries.
The recalled toy Military Copters are operated by manual rotary starters and sold as a unit with two sizes, 7 and 11 inches in length, of tan and black helicopters. The product comes in a blister pack with “Military Copter with 2 Launchers” marked on the package and “Military Copter” marked on both sides of the manual starter. The model number, #9009935 and UPC 680108044474 number are printed on the back of the package near the bar code.
Rite Aid Corporation stores sold the copters nationwide from January 2011 through May 2011 for about $7. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled helicopters away from children and return the product to any Rite Aid store for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Excite USA toll free at (866) 791-4754 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.Excite-Limited.com
GM Recalls 2011 SRX to Fix Airbag Problem
Right rear occupant may not be protected in a crash06/10/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
GM Recalls 2011 SRX to Fix Airbag Problem Right rear occupant may not be protected in a crash...
General Motors is recalling about 47,000 SRX vehicles from the 2011 model year because of a problem with the airbags.
The company said the right rear occupant might not be protected and could suffer injuries in certain types of crashes.
GM dealers will reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module free of charge when the recall begins in mid-June 2011.
Owners may contact GM at 1-888-327-4236
Husqvarna Recalls TuffTorq Yard Tractors
Transaxle can fail, causing reduced braking power06/09/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Husqvarna Recalls TuffTorq Yard Tractors Transaxle can fail, causing reduced braking power...
Husqvarna is recalling about 1,600 yard tractors with the TuffTorq K46LD transaxle. The yard tractor's transaxle can experience intermittent drive failure, posing a risk of reduced or lost braking ability.
This recall involves orange, Husqvarna yard tractors with TuffTorq K46LD transaxle. Yard tractors included in the recall have model numbers YTH23V42LS and YTH24V48LS and serial numbers ranging from 050110A001000 to 123110D999999. The first six digits of the serial number represent a date code. Tractors included in the recall have a serial date range of May 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Model and serial information is located on an identification plate attached to the underside of the seat.
Husqvarna authorized dealers sold the tractors nationwide from May 2010 through December 2010 for between $2,300 and $2,800. They were made in the USA.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled yard tractors and contact Husqvarna to schedule a free repair at an authorized Husqvarna dealer.
For more information, contact Husqvarna toll-free at (877) 257-6921 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit the firm's website at www.husqvarna.us
Kashi Recalls Frozen Pizza
May have plastic in the crust06/09/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Kashi Recalls Frozen Pizza May have plastic in the crust ...
Kashi is recalling approximately 11,000 cases of frozen pizzas, including Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza, Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza, and Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza, because they may contain pieces of plastic in the crust. No other Kashi frozen pizzas or other products are included in the recall.
The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kellogg with about 60 employees, said that no consumer complaints have been reported. The pizzas were distributed nationwide through U.S. grocery stores.
The recalled products include the following individually packaged pizzas:
Kashi Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.7 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862732905 3 and Best If Used Before date of either May10 12NU, May18 12NU, or May19 12NU;
Kashi Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza packaged in a 12.2 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862737342 1 and Best If Used Before date of either May09 12NU or May14 12NU;
Kashi Mushroom Trio and Spinach Thin Crust Pizza packaged in an 11.9 ounce box and marked with UPC Code 1862737344 5 and Best If Used Before date of May17 12NU.
Consumers may contact the Kashi Consumer Response Center at 877.864.3521 from 8 am to 6 pm ET, or visit www.kashi.com.
Civia Bicycle Racks Recalled
The rack can fall off, causing the rider to fall06/09/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Civia Bicycle Racks Recalled The rack can fall off, causing the rider to fall ...
Quality Bicycle Products is recalling about 100 Civia bike racks. The rack’s mounting bracket can crack or break. When this happens, the rack can fall onto the bicycle’s front wheel, posing a fall hazard to the rider.
The firm has received one report of a rack mounting bracket breaking while the rider was on the bicycle, resulting in minor cuts.
This recall involves Civia Loring bicycle racks. They have black aluminum tubing with bamboo panels and mount to the bicycle’s front fork. The word “Civia” is printed on the rack’s side panels.
Independent bicycle stores sold the racks nationwide from December 2009 through February 2011 for about $175. They were made in Taiwan.
Consumers should remove the rack from their bicycles immediately and contact the store where purchased for a full refund or replacement.
For additional information, contact Quality Bicycle Products toll-free at (877) 311-7686 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at http://civiacycles.com/aftermarketloringfrontrackrecall/
American Girl Crafts Jewelry Kit Recalled
Violates lead paint standard06/07/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
American Girl Crafts Jewelry Kit Recalled Violates lead paint standard ...
EKSuccess is recalling about 75,000 American Girl Crafts Pearly Beads & Ribbon Bracelets kits. The surface coating on some of the beads contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law.
This recall involves the Pearly Beads & Ribbon Bracelets kit distributed under the American Girl Crafts name with a SKU number of 30-585331. The SKU number is located on the back of the package in the lower right corner. The kit contains 56 pieces. The beads in the jewelry kit are pink, blue, orange and white. Some pink beads have darker pink butterflies imprinted on them. The ribbons in the kit are orange, red, blue and purple.
Michaels Stores and other retailers sold the kits nationwide from September 2009 through June 2011 for about $8. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the recalled kits and any finished bracelets made from the kits away from children and contact the company for a full refund.
For additional information, contact EKSuccess Brands toll-free at (855) 535-2099 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday and between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT on Fridays or visit the firm's website at www.eksuccessbrands.com
Toyotas Recalls Some Sienna, Venza Vehicles
Drive shaft may break, causing a sudden loss of power06/03/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Toyotas Recalls Some Sienna, Venza Vehicles. Drive shaft may break, causing a sudden loss of power....
Toyota is recalling some Sienna and Venza vehicles from the 2011 model year. The company said there is a possibility the drive shaft could break because of insufficient heat treatment.
If the drive shaft breaks, the vehicle would lose power without warning, possibly causing a crash.
Toyota dealers will inspect the drive shaft and, if necessary, replace it at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-June 2011.
Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Toyota Recalls 53,000 Priuses to Fix Power Steering
Steering assist may be reduced when making a left turn06/03/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Toyota Recalls 53,000 Priuses to Fix Power Steering Steering assist may be reduced when making a left turn...
Toyota is recalling about 53,000 Priuses from the 2001-2003 model years. The company said the steering linkage may loosen, causing reduced power steering when making a left turn.
Dealers will replace the nuts in the steering linkage when the recall begins in early July 2011.
Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331
Gripper Shaker Musical Instrument Recalled
Handle can detach, causing a choking hazard06/02/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Gripper Shaker Musical Instrument Recalled Handle can detach, causing a choking hazard...
About 10,000 Gripper Shaker musical instruments are being recalled by Woodstock Percussion. The handle can detach from the shaker, exposing a rough edge and posing a laceration hazard. The detached handle also exposes small steel pellets and a plastic plug which pose choking hazards.
The company received one report from a consumer that the handles on two Gripper Shakers detached. No injuries have been reported.
The shakers are plastic musical instruments, 5.5 inches long, with rounded, egg-shaped tops containing steel pellets and open circular handles. They come in blue and green and are sold separately. The marking “B4” is printed on the rounded top of each shaker.
The instruments were sold through Mail-order catalogs, websites and retail stores nationwide between August 2010 and March 2011 for about $5. They were made in China.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Woodstock Percussion Inc. to receive a $7 refund.
For additional information, contact Woodstock Percussion, Inc. toll free at (866) 543-2848 anytime, via email at email@example.com, or visit the website at www.woodstockpercussion.com
Beeni Baby Hats Recalled
Hats can present an asphyxiation hazard06/02/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Zac Carman
Beeni Baby Hats Recalled Hats can present an asphyxiation hazard...
About 35 Beeni Baby Hats are being recalled. A baby can spit up during use, posing an asphyxiation hazard.
The recalled baby hats are made of cotton and spandex. They have two straps sewn to the sides and a removeable plastic pacifier holder. The hat is available in sizes small, medium and large, and in pink, blue, green, flower print, blue stripe and blue print. Model number 125867 is on a tag sewn into the back inner rim of the cap.
The hats were sold at Beeni Baby’s website www.beeni.net from January 2009 through May 2011 for about $25. They were made in the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the hats and contact Kahn Enterprises to receive a full refund. Kahn Enterprises will provide consumers with a postage paid label to return the product. The firm is directly contacting consumers who purchased the recalled baby hats.
For additional information, email Kahn Enterprises at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the firm’s website at www.beeni.net or call the firm collect at (612) 310-4053.
Elna Sewing Machines Recalled
Short-circuit can present a fire hazard06/02/2011ConsumerAffairsBy Truman Lewis
Elna Sewing Machines Recalled Short-circuit can present a fire hazard...
About 600 Elna sewing machines are being recalled. A short circuit can cause a fire hazard.
The firm knows of one report of a sewing machine catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
This recall involves the Elna eXcellence 740 sewing machine. The machine is white and navy with a digital touch panel. “Elna” and “eXcellence 740” are printed on the front of the machine.
Sewing machine stores sold the machines nationwide from September 2010 through April 2011 for about $3,000. They were made in Japan and Taiwan.
Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the machine and return it to the store where it was purchased for a free repair.
For additional information, contact Janome America at (800) 631-0183 anytime or visit the firm's website at www.elnausa.com