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Morphie iPod Touch Battery Case Recalled
Batteries can overheat, creating a fire hazard11/30/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Morphie LLC is recalling about 6,000 Rechargeable External Battery Cases for the iPod. The battery case’s integrated circuit switch can overhea...
Morphie LLC is recalling about 6,000 Rechargeable External Battery Cases for the iPod. The battery case’s integrated circuit switch can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Mophie has received 110 reports of the product becoming warm to the touch, 44 reports of the product deforming and nine reports of minor burns.
The recalled product is a Mophie Juice Pack Air rechargeable external battery which consists of a lithium polymer battery built into a plastic case designed to snap onto the back of an iPod Touch 4G music player. The battery cases come in black, blue or red. Only battery cases with serial numbers that have the first five alphanumeric characters of TR113 through TR120 are subject to this recall. The serial number can be found inside the housing of the product.
The battery cases were sold at B& H Photo, Barnes & Noble, InMotion Entertainment, J&R Music World, Marine Corps Exchange stores, Amazon.com and mophie.com since April 2011 for about $50. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact Mophie for instructions on receiving a replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Mophie toll-free at (877) 308-4581 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.mophie.com/exchange
Best Buy Recalls Rocketfish Battery Case for iPhone
Batteries can overheat, creating a fire hazard11/30/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Best Buy is recalling about 32,000 Rocketfish Model RF-KL12 Mobile Battery Cases for iPhone 3G and 3GS. The battery case can overheat while char...
Best Buy is recalling about 32,000 Rocketfish Model RF-KL12 Mobile Battery Cases for iPhone 3G and 3GS. The battery case can overheat while charging, posing a fire hazard.
CPSC and the firm have received about 14 reports of the battery cases overheating in the United States, including three reports of minor burns to consumers and four reports of minor property damage.
This recall includes the Rocketfish Model RF-KL12 Mobile Battery Case. The battery case is made of black lightweight, soft-touch rubberized material designed to hold the phone securely, and comes with a built-in battery. The model number “RF-KL12” appears on the front of the product’s packaging, on the packaging barcode, and in white print on the curved inner surface of the product.
The cases were sold at Best Buy stores nationwide, Future Shop and Best Buy stores in Canada, and online from about April 2010 through about September 2011 for between $10 and $60. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Best Buy for instructions on returning the product and receiving a Best Buy gift card for $70 or $105 in Canada.
For additional information, consumers should contact Best Buy toll-free at (800) 917-5737 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET any day, or visit the firm’s websites at www.bestbuy.com(US) or www.bestbuy.ca or www.futureshop.ca (Canada).
Ocean Spray Recalls Craisins
Metal fragments found in some packages11/28/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Ocean Spray is recalling certain lots of Original Flavor Craisins Dried cranberries, after tiny, hair-like metal fragments were found in some packages...
Ocean Spray is recalling certain lots of Original Flavor Craisins Dried cranberries, after tiny, hair-like metal fragments were found in some packages.
The affected produce comes in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages. The company claimed that the hair-like metal fragments are extremely unlikely to cause any harm or injury to consumers and said the recall is a "precautionary measure."
Craisins are fresh cranberries that have been partially dehydrated, a process similar to making raisins from grapes. Craisins are popular for making salads, added to bread, cereals, or simply eaten on their own.
Dodge Journey, Fiat 500 Recalled to Fix Brakes
Brake fluid may be contaminated11/23/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Chrysler Group is recalling about 340 Dodge Journey and Fiat 500 models from the 2012 model year because the brake fluid may be contaminated.The recalled...
Chrysler Group is recalling about 340 Dodge Journey and Fiat 500 models from the 2012 model year because the brake fluid may be contaminated.
The recalled models are:
The company said that, over time, the contaminated brake fluid could cause the brakes to fail.
Chrysler will notify owners and replace all brake components that have come in contact with the hydraulic brake fluid.
Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
Heath/Zenith Recalls Motion-Sensing Wall Switches
The switches pose a shock hazard11/23/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
HeathCo is recalling about 75,000 Heath/Zenith and WirelessCommand motion-sensing wall switches.When the switches are in the auto mode and the light is o...
HeathCo is recalling about 75,000 Heath/Zenith and WirelessCommand motion-sensing wall switches.
When the switches are in the auto mode and the light is off, a small amount of leakage current passes through the electric circuit, including the socket. If consumers fail to disconnect the power at the circuit breaker and make contact with both terminals inside the socket while replacing the bulbs, there is a risk of an electric shock.
This recall involves Heath/Zenith and WirelessCommand motion sensing wall switches with model numbers listed below. The product replaces a standard household wall switch and is designed to turn off the attached lighting load when motion is no longer detected in the room. The products come in white or ivory. The brand name and model number can be found on a label located on the side of the switch.
Mass merchants, electrical distributors, hardware retailers and online retailers sold the switches from August 2007 through August 2011 for between $20 and $25. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled wall switches and contact the company for a free wall switch replacement.
For additional information, contact HeathCo toll-free at (855) 704-5438 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the company's website at www.heath-zenith.com/hzproductnotice
GM Recalls 2012 Chevrolet, GMC Trucks
Air bags fail to meet federal requirements11/18/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
General Motors is recalling about 1,800 trucks to replace the front passenger air bags. The affected models are:Vehicle Make / Model:...
General Motors is recalling about 1,800 trucks to replace the front passenger air bags. The affected models are:
GM said the second stage of the dual-stage air bag might not inflate in a severe frontal impact.
The company will notify owners, and dealers will install a new front passenger air bag free of charge.
Owners may contract GMC AT 1-800-462-8782 or Chevrolet AT 1-800-222-1020.
Columbia Sportsware Recalls Battery-Powered Jackets
Batteries can overheat, creating a fire hazard11/17/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Columbia Sportsware is recalling Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries.The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, po...
Columbia Sportsware is recalling Omni-Heat™ Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Batteries.
The batteries have a cell defect which can cause overheating, posing a fire hazard.
The firm has received one report of a battery overheating that was discovered at its distribution facility in France. No incidents or injuries have been reported in the United States.
This recall involves battery packs that power heating systems in jackets. Two battery packs were included with the following Omni-Heat Electric jacket styles: Omni-Heat Electric Wader Widgeon, Omni-Heat Electric Big Game and Omni-Heat Gale Warning Interchange.
The black battery packs are 3.25 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.7 inches deep and marked with "Columbia" on the top and "OMNI-HEAT™" on the bottom of the pack. "Part: 054978-001" is printed on the side label.
The recalled battery packs were included with the jackets sold by Columbia online retail and outdoor and sporting goods dealers nationwide from July 2011 to September 2011 from $900 to $1200. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately remove the battery pack from the jacket and contact the firm for instructions to return both battery packs to Columbia for free replacements.
Liebherr Expands Recall of Refrigerator-Freezers
The refrigerator door can fall off11/16/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Liebherr is expanding its recall of Freestanding 30-Inch Wide, Bottom Freezer Refrigerators. The recall affects about 8,000 units (About 5,700 built-...
Liebherr is expanding its recall of Freestanding 30-Inch Wide, Bottom Freezer Refrigerators. The recall affects about 8,000 units (About 5,700 built-in 30-inch wide, bottom freezer refrigerators were recalled in March 2011)
The refrigerator's door can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
Liebherr has received 16 additional reports of doors detaching on the freestanding refrigerators, including two reports of injuries involving bruising and strains.
This recall involves Liebherr freestanding 30-inch wide, bottom freezer refrigerators with model and index numbers listed below. The refrigerators were sold individually or as side-by-side companion units. The refrigerators come in a stainless steel finish. "Liebherr" is on the upper center of the refrigerator door and the top interior control panel. The model number can be found on a label located behind the bottom drawer on the left interior side of the single door refrigerator.
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Appliance and specialty retailers sold the refrigerators nationwide from February 2004 through July 2009 for between $3,500 and $3,800. They were made in Austria.
Consumers with recalled refrigerators should contact Liebherr immediately to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers should check their refrigerator immediately to see whether the door hinge pin has become loose as indicated by a popped up hinge pin at the top. If the hinge has not become loose and the door is functioning properly, consumers may continue to use the refrigerator until it is repaired.
For additional information, contact Liebherr toll-free at (877) 337-2653 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT or visit Liebherr's website at www.liebherr.us
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Build-A-Bear Recalls Teddy Bear Swimwear Set
Inner tube presents a strangulation hazard11/16/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Build-A-Bear Workshop is recalling more than 21,000 swimwear and inner tube sets sold in the U.S. and Canada. The inner tube accessory can be pulled over ...
Build-A-Bear Workshop is recalling more than 21,000 swimwear and inner tube sets sold in the U.S. and Canada. The inner tube accessory can be pulled over a small child's head, posing a strangulation hazard.
Build-A-Bear received one report of an incident in which a 3-year-old girl pulled the inner tube over her head and had difficulty removing it.
The inner tube is part of the three-piece Fruit Tutu Bikini swimwear set for teddy bears, which includes a two-piece fruit-print bikini. The inner tube is 9 inches in diameter and pink with white and yellow flowers printed on it. The model number of the swimwear set is 017220 and is located on the price sticker on the "Build-A-Bear" cardboard tag.
Build-A-Bear Workshop sold the swimwear sets nationwide and online at www.buildabear.com from April 2011 to August 2011 for $12.50. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the inner tube and return it to any Build-A-Bear Workshop store to receive a $5 store coupon. If it is not possible to return the inner tube to a store, consumers may contact the company for information about how to receive a refund.
Family Dollar Recalls Kidgets Animal Sock Slippers
Animal eyes can detach, posing a choking hazard11/16/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Family Dollar is recalling about 160,000 Kidgets Animal Sock Top Slippers.The animal's eyes can detach from the slippers, posing a choking hazard to youn...
Family Dollar is recalling about 160,000 Kidgets Animal Sock Top Slippers.
The animal's eyes can detach from the slippers, posing a choking hazard to young children.
Family Dollar has received one report of the eyes detaching from the slippers. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled children's slippers have brown or tan dog faces, yellow duck faces and tan lion faces. The name "Kidgets" and the size appear inside the slippers on the soles. "FD9619108020690611" is printed inside the slippers on the side.
Family Dollar stores sold the slippers nationwide from September 2011 through October 2011 for about $5. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take the slippers away from children and return them to any Family Dollar store for a full refund.
For additional information, contact Family Dollar at (800) 547-0359 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.familydollar.com
Nissan Recalls 370Z and Infiniti G37 Models
Power windows may not reverse properly11/16/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Nissan is recalling certain Infiniti G37 coupes and Nissan 370z models because the power window auto-reverse feature can fail to work promptly. If a ...
Nissan is recalling certain Infiniti G37 coupes and Nissan 370z models because the power window auto-reverse feature can fail to work promptly. If a body part becomes trapped by a closing window, the person could be injured before the window reverses.
The affected models are:
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will replace the power window switches free of charge. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 or Infiniti AT 1-800-662-6200.
Michaels Stores Recalls Ashland Brand Glass Vase
The vase can break, posing a laceration hazard11/15/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Michaels Stores is recalling about 28,000 Ashland Glass Vases. The glass vases can break or fracture when a consumer picks them up, posing a laceratio...
Michaels Stores is recalling about 28,000 Ashland Glass Vases. The glass vases can break or fracture when a consumer picks them up, posing a laceration hazard.
The firm has received four reports of the vase shattering, causing lacerations to the hands for all four. One person had surgery, two got stitches.
The vase is rectangular and made of clear glass. It is 12 inches tall, 8 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep. The SKU number "425827" and UPC number "6-927619-661665" are printed on a label on the bottom of the vase.
Michaels Arts & Crafts Stores sold the vases from January 2008 through October 2011 for about $20. They were made in China.
Consumers should stop using the vase and return it to a Michaels Arts & Crafts store for a full refund. To avoid the risk of breakage and possible injury, handle the vase with care.
For additional information, contact Michaels at (800) 642-4235 Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT or visit the firm's website at www.michaels.com
Apple Recalls Early iPod Nanos
Battery can overheat, possibly starting a fire11/14/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Apple is recalling some of the first-generation iPod Nanos, warning there’s a slight risk the battery could overheat and catch fire.“Apple ...
Apple is recalling some of the first-generation iPod Nanos, warning there’s a slight risk the battery could overheat and catch fire.
“Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk," the company said. "Affected iPod Nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006. This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.”
Apple provided a form on its Web site where iPod owners can check their Nano serial number and determine if their model is among those included in the recall, which Apple is referring to as a "replacement program."
Customers whose serial numbers match those included in the recall will get a free first-generation replacement unit.
Apple so far is not saying how many units are potentially affected. It says the affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.
This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages, the company said.
Customers should stop using their first-generation Nanos until they determine whether it is one of the units being recalled.
Arctic Cat Recalls All-Terrain Vehicle
Arctic Cat is recalling about 1,380 All-Terrain Vehicles. The ATV's steering tie-rod can bend, causing loss of control which poses a crash hazard.11/10/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
The steering tie-rod can bend...
Arctic Cat is recalling about 1,380 All-Terrain Vehicles. The ATV's steering tie-rod can bend, causing loss of control which poses a crash hazard.
Arctic Cat has received three reports of bent tie-rods. No reports of injuries have been received.
The recall includes all 2011 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs and some 2012 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs. Recalled 2012 model year ATVs can be identified by the last six numerals of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the following ranges: 6V0101 through 6V0178 and 700101 through 700230. The VIN is located on the lower front frame tube below the front bumper. The recalled ATVs are black and orange or black and lime green and display the words "Arctic Cat" on each side of the cowl ahead of the handlebars. The model number "450 XC" is on the front center of the cowl.
Arctic Cat dealerships sold the ATVs nationwide since February 2011 for between $6,500 and $6,900. They were made in Taiwan.
Consumers should immediately stop using these ATVs and contact their local Arctic Cat ATV dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners have been directly notified about this recall by mail.
For additional information, call Arctic Cat at (800) 279-6851 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.arctic-cat.com
Wolfgang Puck Electric Grills Recalled
The grills can overheat and melt11/10/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
About 27,000 Wolfgang Puck Electric Reversible Tri-Grill/Griddles are being recalled.A defect in the electrical wiring of the electric grills/griddles ca...
About 27,000 Wolfgang Puck Electric Reversible Tri-Grill/Griddles are being recalled.
A defect in the electrical wiring of the electric grills/griddles can pose a risk of overheating, melting and an electrical shock hazard to consumers.
The firm has received four reports of electrical shock and two reports of melted plastic housing.
This recall includes Wolfgang Puck brand combination electric grills/griddles with dual thermostatic controls and model number BRTGG010. The grills measure about 14.5 inches in width, 11 inches in depth and 6.5 inches in height. The model number is located on an ETL/Intertek foil sticker label affixed to the bottom of the unit. The stainless steel grills/griddles have "Wolfgang Puck Bistro Collection" stamped on the front of the unit next to the control dials. They feature a stainless steel handle used to compress the top and bottom grill plates.
The Home Shopping Network (HSN) sold the griddles nationwide, HSN's telephone ordering system and online at www.HSN.com for about one week between April 30, 2011 through May 6, 2011 for about $100. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled combination grills/griddles and contact W.P. Appliances for instructions on returning the grills/griddles for a full refund.
For additional information, contact W.P. Appliances toll-free at (855) 666-0478 anytime, or visit the firm's recall website at www.brtgg010-recall.com
Joss Rock-Climbing Cams Recalled
They can fail unexpectedly11/10/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
About 1,200 Joss rock-climbing cams are being recalled. They can fail unexpectedly after being set, posing a fall hazard.One incide...
About 1,200 Joss rock-climbing cams are being recalled. They can fail unexpectedly after being set, posing a fall hazard.
One incident has been reported in Europe. No deaths or injuries have been reported in the U.S.
The Joss Cam is a mechanical device placed in the crack of a rock to support a climber's weight. The Cam is operated by a trigger that retracts the aluminum lobes, allowing the device to be placed and secured in the crack of a rock. A cable is attached to the device with a heavy duty nylon sling attached to the end of the cable. Joss Cams come in eight sizes and each Cam is marked with the size (.5 to 4). The sling on the end features solid horizontal blocks of color (yellow, orange, purple, red, green and blue) indicating size. The "Cassin" logo is also printed on a tag attached to the sling. The Sierra Trading Post item numbers associated with this recall are #69277 and #69278. These numbers can be found on the original packaging label or order invoice.
The cams were sold by Sierra Trading Post nationwide from August 2003 through March 2006 for $3 to $32. They were made in Italy.
Consumers should stop using the product and return it to Sierra Trading Post for a full refund including shipping.
Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Sierra Trading Post at (800) 713-4534 between 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or email the company at email@example.com
Bio Gaudiano Recalls Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds
Product linked to botulism outbreak in Europe11/07/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
The FDA is warning consumers not to eat any Bio Gaudiano brand Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds. Pure Italian LLC of Watertown, Mass., the U.S. ...
The FDA is warning consumers not to eat any Bio Gaudiano brand Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds.
Pure Italian LLC of Watertown, Mass., the U.S. distributor, in conjunction with the manufacturer and packer, Bio Gaudiano of Italy, is voluntarily recalling all sizes and lots of Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds. This product has been linked to a botulism outbreak in Europe.
Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase or dispose of it in a sealed container in the trash so that people and animals, including wild animals, can't get to it.
Health authorities in Europe have reported two cases of botulism in Finland involving hospitalization. The consumption of Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds from Italian manufacturer Bio Gaudiano has been linked to these illnesses.
Reports from the European health authorities indicate that samples of this product have tested positive for botulinum toxin, which causes botulism.
Botulism is a serious, potentially fatal illness caused by eating food contaminated with botulinum toxin. Although cases are rare, botulism attacks the nervous system, and in its severe forms, can cause respiratory failure.
Symptoms include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Symptoms usually begin 18-36 hours after eating contaminated food, but they can occur as early as six hours or as late as 10 days.
The recall of this product includes all batches and all sizes of Bio Gaudiano brand Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds, including those in glass jars and metal cans. Photos of the products are provided below.
According to information FDA has received from Pure Italian LLC, the U.S. distributor of this product, the product was initially distributed only to Massachusetts retailers.
Under Armour Recalls UA Defender Chin Straps
Metal snap has sharp edges11/04/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Under Armour is recalling more than half a million UA Defender Chin Straps. The metal snap that connects the chin strap to the helmet has sharp edges,...
Under Armour is recalling more than half a million UA Defender Chin Straps. The metal snap that connects the chin strap to the helmet has sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard when the user’s metal snap comes into contact with another player.
Under Armour has received six reports of injuries that required stitches.
This recall involves all UA Defender Chin Straps. They were sold in the following colors: white and black, red, midnight, navy and royal and have a hard nylon shell, a padded chin area and a plastic strap with “Under Armour” printed on it. The chin straps have metal clasps that tighten the straps and attach them to the helmet.
Sporting goods stores and Under Armour outlet stores sold the chin straps nationwide and at www.underarmour.com from January 2008 through September 2011 for about $20. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chin straps and contact Under Armour for a free replacement chin strap.
For additional information, contact Under Armour toll-free at (888) 823-0343 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.underarmour.com
Battat Recalls Toulouse-LapTrec Magnetic Sketchboards
The magnetic tip can dislodge, posing a choking hazard11/03/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Battat is recalling about 95,000 Toulouse-LapTrec magnetic sketchboards. The magnetic tip of the drawing pen can dislodge from the pen, posing a choking ha...
Battat is recalling about 95,000 Toulouse-LapTrec magnetic sketchboards. The magnetic tip of the drawing pen can dislodge from the pen, posing a choking hazard to children.
Battat has received 19 reports of the magnetic tip separating from the pen. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves the Toulouse-LapTrec magnetic sketchboard, which has a white plastic writing surface bordered by either a red or brown plastic frame, and has a bean bag type backing. The sketch board has four animal shapes across the top – a rabbit, dog, cat and duck. The multicolored magnetic pen is affixed to the front of the sketchpad. The model number BX1026 (red frame) or BX1027 (brown frame) can be found on a paper wrapper that comes with the product at the time it was purchased.
Target and Barnes & Noble stores sold the sketchboards nationwide and by various online retailers from March 2010 to March 2011 for about $16. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately take recalled sketchboards away from children and contact Battat to receive a free replacement sketchboard.
For additional information, contact Battat toll-free at (866) 665-5524 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Battat’s website at www.battatco.com
Dutailier Group Recalls Drop-Side Cribs
Entrapment and fall hazards11/03/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Dutailier Group is recalling about 440 drop-side cribs. The slats on the drop side can detach from the top and bottom rails creating a space bet...
Dutailier Group is recalling about 440 drop-side cribs. The slats on the drop side can detach from the top and bottom rails creating a space between the slats. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib.
The firm is aware of 16 reports in which the slats on the drop side became detached from the top or bottom of the drop side rails of a crib. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves full-size, drop-side wooden cribs with part numbers that begin with E1230C2, E3500C2, E3540C2, E5100C2, E5140C2, E5530C2, E9000C2 and E9100C2. The Dutailier logo and the part number can be found on labels on the inside of the end panels.
Children’s products stores and other baby specialty stores sold the cribs from January 2009 through February 2010 for between $425 and $775. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Dutailier Group to receive a free repair kit which consists of a new fixed side to replace the drop-side of the crib. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child’s age.
For additional information, contact the Dutailier Group toll-free at (800) 363-9817 on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m ET, and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. ET.
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Cub Scout Wind Tech Jackets Recalled
Strangulation Hazard11/03/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
The Boy Scouts of America are recalling about 5,400 Cub Scout Wind Tech jackets. The jackets have retractable cords with toggles at the hood/neck are...
The Boy Scouts of America are recalling about 5,400 Cub Scout Wind Tech jackets. The jackets have retractable cords with toggles at the hood/neck area and at the waist, which can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children.
This recall includes the blue Cub Scout Wind Tech jacket sold in youth sizes. The jackets are nylon with a polyester lining, long-sleeve, with a full zipper front and a Cub Scout wolf head emblem embroidered on the upper left chest. SKU numbers 73291, 73292, and 73293 are printed on the hangtag that is attached to the jacket at retail.
Boy Scouts of America retail outlets sold the jackets nationwide and online at www.scoutstuff.org from November 2009 through July 2011 for approximately $32. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately remove the cords from these jackets to eliminate the hazard, or return the jacket to Boy Scouts of America for a full refund.
For additional information, contact the Boy Scouts of America toll-free at (855) 873-2408 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.scoutstuff.org
Libbey Glass Recalls Fantasy Glass Bowls
The bowls can break11/03/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
Libbey Glass is recalling about 18,000 glass bowls in the U.S. and Canada. The glass bowl can break when subjected to sudden temperature changes or im...
Libbey Glass is recalling about 18,000 glass bowls in the U.S. and Canada. The glass bowl can break when subjected to sudden temperature changes or impact, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
The firm has received one report of a glass bowl breaking while being washed in a commercial dishwasher. No injuries have been reported.
This recall includes the Fantasy glass bowls sold with a lop-sided shape with one side taller than the other. The bowls are made of clear, colorless glass and were sold in only one size as 8.5 ounces. The bowls measure about 5 3/8 inches in height on the tallest side and about 2 1/4 inches across the base.
The bowls were sold to commercial customers for use in foodservice establishments nationwide from August 2010 through September 2011. In addition, 48 bowls were sold to consumers at Libbey Outlet stores in Toledo, Ohio and Shreveport, Louisiana from August 2010 through September 2011 for about $6 to $7. Also, 45 bowls were sold to consumers at Home Outfitters in Canada from August 2011 through September 2011 for about $6.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glass bowls. Consumers can return the glass bowls to the point of purchase for a refund. Commercial customers should contact Libbey Glass Inc. to arrange for destruction of the product and receipt of a credit or refund.
For additional information, contact Libbey Glass Inc. at (800) 982-7063 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.libbey.com
Winchester Hunting Knife Sets Recalled
Latching mechanism can fail11/01/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
About 13,000 Winchester Hunting Knife Sets are being recalled by Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore.The latching mechanism for the knif...
About 13,000 Winchester Hunting Knife Sets are being recalled by Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore.
The latching mechanism for the knife's interchangeable blades can unexpectedly fail and release the blade. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.
This recall involves Winchester Hunting Knife Sets with model number 31-000801. The model number is printed on the back, lower right corner of the packaging. The knife sets have a single handle with a lock release button and four interchangeable blades. "Winchester®" is printed in red on the knife set's handle and is etched onto the side of each of the four blades.
Sporting goods stores sold the knives nationwide from July 2011 through September 2011 for about $20. They were made in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled knife sets and contact the firm for a free replacement product of equal or higher value.
For additional information, contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at (877) 314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.gerbergear.com
Disney Fairies Plastic Trikes REcalled
Plastic fairy figures represent a laceration hazard11/01/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
About 12,000 Disney Fairies Plastic Racing Trikes are being recalled by Kiddieland Toys Limited, of Scituate, Mass.The plastic fairy figures p...
About 12,000 Disney Fairies Plastic Racing Trikes are being recalled by Kiddieland Toys Limited, of Scituate, Mass.
The plastic fairy figures protrude from the top of the handle bar posing a laceration hazard if a child falls on them.
CPSC and Kiddieland have received one report of a 3-year-old girl from Ohio who suffered a facial laceration near her right eye.
This recall involves the Disney-branded Fairies Plastic Racing Trike. The trike is green and purple with a white seat and yellow wheels. On top of the handlebar, there is a Tinkerbell figure and three other rotating fairy figures. "Disney Fairies" is printed on the label in front of the trike just below the handlebar.
Target stores sold the trikes nationwide from July 2009 through December 2009 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
New model Princess Trikes do not have figurines and are not included in the recall.
IKEA Recalls Wardrobe Mirror Doors
Mirrors present a laceration hazard11/01/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
IKEA is recalling about 1,700 PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror doors. The mirror glass can detach unexpectedly from the wardrobe door, fall and shatter, posing ...
IKEA is recalling about 1,700 PAX AURLAND wardrobe mirror doors. The mirror glass can detach unexpectedly from the wardrobe door, fall and shatter, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.
IKEA has received reports of 14 incidents, including one minor injury in Europe. No incidents have been reported in the U.S. or Canada.
This recall involves a wardrobe door with full-length glass mirror with model number 101-604-51, supplier number 12650 and production weeks 1039 through 1048 (YYWW). The product name "PAX AURLAND" and "IKEA" and production week are printed on the rear of the mirror door on the lower edge. The mirror door is made of foil-coated particleboard and the mirror of glass. The mirror is secured with metal fastenings at top and bottom. The mirror door measures about 191/2 inches wide, 93 inches high and 7/8 inches thick.
IKEA stores sold the doors nationwide from October 2010 through September 2011 for about $60. They were made in Sweden.
Consumers should immediately contact their local IKEA store for instructions on returning the mirror wardrobe door for a free replacement door.
For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.ikea-usa.com
Company Sues to Block Posting of Consumer's Complaint
Challenge to federal complaint site proceeds in secret11/01/2011ConsumerAffairsBy James R. Hood
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) public complaints database is facing its first major legal challenge -- and the fight is being carried...
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) public complaints database is facing its first major legal challenge -- and the fight is being carried out behind closed doors.
The non-profit, tax-exempt groups that look the other way when private publishers face similar legal challenges are rushing to the defense of the government-published site, which attracts a minuscule audience and receives only a relative handful of submissions.
A company -- whose identity is being protected by the court -- is objecting to a complaint filed at www.saferproducts.gov. And the consumer groups that lobbied for creation of the database are not pleased.
Public Citizen, Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union have asked a federal court to deny a company’s motion to seal all papers filed in its lawsuit against the CPSC.
The consumer groups’ objection to the motion to seal explains that keeping the case hidden from the public would violate a right of public access to court records, recognized under both the First Amendment and common law.
In addition, the underlying case is of significant public interest because if the company is successful in keeping the consumer’s report from the public, the existence of the CPSC database and other federal agency databases used to provide consumers with information about potentially hazardous products could be jeopardized, the consumer groups said.
“A challenge to an important product safety law should not proceed in secret just because the company wants to avoid bad publicity about one of its products,” said Scott Michelman, the Public Citizen attorney representing the three organizations. “The public has a strong interest in the outcome of this lawsuit and a correspondingly strong right to learn who is involved, what arguments the company makes and the basis for the court’s decision.”
SaferProducts.gov was launched with great fanfare at public expense in March to provide consumers with information about potentially dangerous products. Congress called for its creation in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which was passed in the wake of a spate of recalls of millions of children’s products.
About 3,300 reports have been filed in the database about kitchen appliances, nursery equipment, clothing, toys, electronics and more. The site has received about than 305,000 visits. Yelp.com, by contrast, recorded about 17 million visits in the last 30 days. ConsumerAffairs.com and Ripoffreport.com received several million each, according to publicly-available rating services, and have databases containing millions of submissions.
All of the major privately-operated consumer review sites have faced numerous legal challenges and have defended their operations -- and the public's right to speak publicly about matters of public interest -- at their own expense and with no help from any of the consumer organizations or the government.
Leaving the current controversy aside for a moment, there are those who suggest the government should not be in the publishing business.
"There is a vibrant and vigorous collection of privately-operated, tax-paying sites that publish consumer complaints, reviews and information without spending taxpayers' money," said Zac Carman, CEO of ConsumerAffairs.com.
"The framers of the Constitution did not intend for the federal government to be in the publishing business and the CPSC's clumsy attempt to mount a product already provided by private-sector companies not only wastes taxpayers' money but -- as we now see -- provides an additional opportunity for companies to attempt to stifle free expression.
"Private sites have vigorously and successfully defended their right to publish information of public importance. The government's entry into the publishing arena muddies the water and accomplishes little," Carman said. "The federal government should go back to doing what it does best ... whatever that is."
On Oct. 17, the company, whose identity is not publicly known, filed its suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. In an unusual move, the company asked the court to seal all proceedings in the case – which would mean that the company’s name, the facts of the case and the legal arguments would not be made public.
The case remains under seal while the court considers the motion to seal. The consumer complaint at issue in the case has not yet been put in the database.
The CPSC database is modeled after databases on the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, created in 1996 to provide access to consumer complaints about automobiles, and the Food and Drug Administration, also available since 1996 to provide information about adverse events related to drugs and medical devices.
The CPSC is required by law to post consumer complaints within 20 business days of receiving them. Before complaints are posted, the product manufacturers are notified and given a chance to respond. If the information submitted is shown to be untrue, the complaint is corrected or removed from the database.
“This database was created because people were in the dark about potentially lethal product hazards that manufacturers and sometimes the government were aware of,” said Rachel Weintraub, director of product safety and senior counsel for Consumer Federation of America. “Consumers were unwittingly using and allowing their children to play with these dangerous products. We should not turn the clock back on this important consumer protection.”
Added Ami Gadhia, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, “This database is a critical tool for consumers to read and report safety complaints about the products we buy. We’re opposed to any effort that could jeopardize this database and lead to unsafe products being kept secret from the public.”
Because the entire case is under seal pending the judge’s decision on the motion, the groups’ objection was required to be filed under seal. Therefore, although the objection is based on publicly available information and research, the groups cannot share it publicly at this time.