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Government Safety Agency Criticized For Delayed Consumer Warnings
By PAUL WENSKE
The Kansas City Star

The federal agency charged with protecting U.S. consumers lacks the muscle and money to make companies quickly own up to life-threatening product defects, according to a new study.

Public Citizen, a leading consumer advocacy group, said Thursday that companies fined by the Consumer Product Safety Commission took an average of 2.7 years to report serious safety defects they knew about — even though they are supposed to “immediately” alert the agency of risks to the public.

The report said the agency then contributed to the delays by taking another seven months on average to alert the public. The study examined 46 cases since 2002 involving fines imposed by the agency for reporting delays that were published in the Federal Register.

“There is no excuse for manufacturers waiting nearly three years before telling the CPSC about a defective product that can kill people or for the CPSC taking another seven months to negotiate a recall and warn the public,” said Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook at a news conference in Washington.

Industry groups, however, accused Public Citizen of “cherry picking” data by only looking at cases that resulted in penalty settlements. They said the consumer group ignored the vast majority of recalls, in which companies made timely reports to the agency that didn’t result in fines.

Commission spokeswoman Julie Vallese also maintained that the agency enforces the law “to the letter,” which she said is reflected in the millions of dollars the agency has collected in fines.

“It is unfortunate that groups claiming to be on the side of consumers continue to play politics with safety,” Vallese said.

Among examples cited by Public Citizen:

•Graco waited 11 years to report a faulty infant swing linked to reports of 181 falls that resulted in six deaths and nine serious injuries. Graco made the report only after agency staff contacted the company.

•Hoover waited five years to report a vacuum cleaner with a faulty switch that caused at least 96 fires. The commission took another 279 days before negotiating a recall and informing the public.

•Polaris Industries received 1,147 reports of faulty oil lines on its ATVs by February 2000, including 42 instances where the hot oil started a fire. But the defect wasn’t reported for another year.

“This report makes it very clear there needs to be a major overhaul of the consumer safety laws,” said Claybrook, a former director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

She made several analogies comparing the two safety agencies, noting that the traffic safety agency has the power to alert the public to automobile defects even without a recall.

In contrast, Claybrook said the consumer product safety agency, which oversees toys and products for the home, can’t tell consumers when it gets complaints about a specific product.

Some independent safety advocates maintain that is one of the biggest problems with the commission — consumers have to wait until a recall to learn if complaints exist about a product.

“You can go online and find if there are generic problems,” said product safety consultant Carol Pollack-Nelson. “You can find if there is a problem with cribs. But you can’t learn about a specific crib. That’s information that is important to a consumer. That is an inherent flaw,” she said.

The news conference also underscored a debate under way in Congress over how to strengthen the safety agency in the wake of years of budget and staff cuts. The agency’s weaknesses were cited as regulators grappled last year with the growing risk of defective products imported from China.

Bills in the House and in the Senate would add millions of dollars to the agency’s annual budget and give it more clout to ensure that manufacturers report defects faster. Both bills also would give the agency more freedom to report defects, even if opposed by a company.

The commission is currently limited to assessing a maximum fine against a company of $1.25 million. The House bill would increase the maximum fine to $10 million. The Senate bill would allow a maximum fine of $100 million.

However, Rosario Palmieri, a vice president and spokesman for the National Association of Manufacturers, said the strength of the House bill is that it is bipartisan and has the support of consumer groups and industry.

Palmieri said that the House bill will give the agency new power to “notify the public of a product defect immediately and without notice if health and safety are threatened.”

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January 2008 Recalls and Product Safety News



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Campbell Hausfeld Recalls Air Compressors Following Fires
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Campbell Hausfeld, of Harrison, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 233,000 Campbell Hausfeld and Husky Air Compressors. Protective covers on the compressor’s motor are not made from proper flame retardant material and can ignite, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bullet Vornado Trust to Pay $500,000 Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defects and Hazards with Electric Heaters
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a liquidating trust acting on behalf of a now-dissolved manufacturer of heaters has agreed to pay the government a $500,000 civil penalty. The penalty settles allegations that Vornado Air Circulation Systems Inc., formerly of Andover, Kan., failed to report in a timely manner incidents of fire and overheating from defective heaters.
bullet Car Charging Units Made By The Wenzel Co. for LL Bean Air Beds Recalled Due To Injury Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Wenzel Co., of St. Louis, MO., is voluntarily recalling about 3,900 Car Charging Units (included with LL Bean Airbeds). The batteries in the car charging unit can overheat when the car engine is running, causing the battery charging unit to burst. This can pose an injury hazard to consumers.
bullet Baby Sterling Silver Teethers Recalled by Elegant Baby Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Elegant Baby and Baby Needs Inc., of Burlington, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 200 Heart and Car Sterling Silver Teethers. The hearts and cars on the teethers can break off, posing a choking hazard to infants.
bullet Girls' Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Sold Exclusively at Marshalls Stores Recalled by Apollo Jeans Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), AJBlue LLC, dba Apollo Jeans, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 Girls’ Hooded Jackets. The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which poses a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
bullet Kids II Inc. Recalls Crib Toys Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kids II Inc., of Alpharetta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 Baby Einstein Baby Neptune™ Soothing Seascape Crib Toys. The anchors that hold the straps to the back of the turtle can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bullet RR Donnelley Recalls Classroom Reading and Math Aids Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RR Donnelley, of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 185,000 Classroom Reading and Math Aids. Surface paint on the products contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Glue Guns Recalled by Dollar Tree Stores Due to Fire, Burn and Shock Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dollar Tree Stores Inc., of Chesapeake, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 253,000 Crafters Square Hot Melt Mini Glue Guns. The recalled glue guns can short circuit, causing the gun to smoke and catch fire. This poses fire, burn and shock hazards to consumers.
bullet Toy Wooden Block and Train Sets Recalled By Christmas Tree Shops Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Christmas Tree Shops, of South Yarmouth, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 15,000 Big Wooden Blocks and Jumbo Wooden Train Sets. Surface paint on some pieces of the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Brian Smith Recalls Serene Float Tanks Due to Electrocution Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Brian Smith, dba Serene Float Tanks, of Lakewood, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 5 Serene Float Tanks. Electrical components in the float tank are not grounded, which can prevent the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) from tripping when needed, posing an electrocution hazard to consumers.
bullet RR Donnelley Recalls Educational Assessment Blocks Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RR Donnelley, of Chicago, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 18,000 sets of ESI-R Screening Materials. Surface paint on the green wooden blocks contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Battat Recalls Magnetic Construction Sets; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Battat Inc., of Plattsburgh, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 125,000 Battat Magnabild Magnetic Building Systems. Small magnets inside the building pieces can fall out. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.
bullet Toy Racing Cars Recalled by OKK Trading Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), OKK Trading Inc., of Commerce, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 Toy Racing Cars. Surface paint on the toy cars contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Stamina Products to Pay $105,000 Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defects with Mini-Trampolines
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a Missouri-based manufacturer of trampolines has agreed to pay the government a $105,000 civil penalty. The penalty settles allegations that Stamina Products, of Springfield, Mo., failed to report in a timely manner injuries from defective mini-trampolines. In April 2006, CPSC and Stamina Products announced the recall of about 668,000 mini-trampolines.
bullet Nordstrom Recalls Taper and Votive Candles Due To Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nordstrom Inc., of Seattle, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 2,500 Nordstrom “At Home” Taper and Votive Candles. The candle's exterior coating can ignite, posing a fire hazard.
bullet Cranium Cadoo Board Games Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cranium Inc., of Seattle, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 38,000 Cranium Cadoo Board Games. The surface paint on the die contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Pottery Barn Recalls Decorative Candles Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pottery Barn of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 185,000 Round and Egg-Shaped Decorative Candles. The candle’s exterior coating can ignite, posing a fire hazard.
bullet The Wick & Petal Co. Recalls Candles Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Wick & Petal Co. of Indianapolis, Ind., is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Jar candles. The candles can burn with a high flame, posing a fire hazard.
bullet Sears and Kmart Recall Play Stoves Due to Tip-over Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corp., of Hoffman Estates, Ill., are voluntarily recalling about 17,000 “My First Kenmore” Play Stoves. A metal bracket connecting the door to the stove can cause a tip-over when the door is opened. This poses a risk of injury to young children.
bullet Photo Frames Recalled by The Gift Wrap Company Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Gift Wrap Co., of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 600 Hanging Photo Frames. Surface paint on the photo frames contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Inversion Therapy Tables Recalled by Stamina Products Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Stamina Products Inc., of Springfield, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 2000 Inversion Therapy Tables. A weld in the center of the inversion table can fail when the table is in an inverted position, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bullet Discount School Supply Recalls Play Mats Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Discount School Supply, of Monterey, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 60 Tic Tac Turtle Toss Mats. The paint on the Tic Tac Turtle Toss mats contains excess levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet John Deere Tractors Recalled Due to Collision Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 5,400 John Deere Compact Utility Tractors. The forward drive pedal can get stuck, posing a risk of loss of control and injury to the operator and bystanders.
bullet Toy Wrestler Figures Recalled by A.A. of America Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), A.A. of America Inc., of East Brunswick, N.J., is voluntarily recalling 5,400 Toy Wrestler Figures. The surface paint contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Hunting Tree Stand Manufacturer Agrees To Pay $420,000 Civil Penalty
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that a Wisconsin-based tree stand manufacturer has agreed to pay the government a $420,000 civil penalty. The penalty settles a government lawsuit alleging that Ardisam Inc, of Cumberland, Wis., failed to immediately report to the CPSC serious injuries to hunters with its Big Foot and Lite Foot series hunting tree stands. In July 2004, 78,000 of these tree stands were recalled by the company.
bullet Kash N’ Gold Recalls Tinker Bell Novelty Lamps Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kash N’ Gold Ltd., of Deer Park, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling 60,000 Tinker Bell Lamps. The surface paint on the lamps contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet A.O. Smith Recalls Exhaust Fan Electric Motors Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), A.O. Smith Electrical Products Co., of Tipp City, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 6,300 Whole-house Exhaust Fan Electric Motors. The fan’s electric motor can be miswired and overheat, posing a fire hazard.
bullet Shims Bargain Recalls Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Shims Bargain Inc., of Los Angeles, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 45,000 “BabyTown” Pacifiers. These pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards for pacifiers. The pacifier shield is too small and could easily enter the mouth of an infant. Also, ventilation holes are too small and not placed to allow for the insertion of a tool to remove the pacifier when lodged in the mouth of a child. Finally, the package fails to display the required warning instructing consumers not to tie a pacifier around a child’s neck, which would present a strangulation hazard.
bullet Torchiere Lamps Recalled By L G Sourcing Due to Fire Hazard; Lamps Sold Exclusively At Lowe’s Stores
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), L G Sourcing, Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C., is voluntarily recalling about 90,000 Portfolio Incandescent Torchiere Lamps. A short circuit in the lamps’ wiring can pose a fire hazard to consumers.
bullet Coin Banks Recalled by TJ Promotions Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TJ Promotions, of South El Monte, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Fish Coin Banks. Surface paint on the coin banks contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Intermatic Recalls Digital Timers Due to Electrical Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Intermatic Inc., of Spring Grove, Ill., is voluntarily recalling 8,500 Intermatic DT27 Digital Self-Adjusting Timers. The recalled timers could have been wired incorrectly, which poses an electrical shock hazard to consumers.
bullet ATVs Recalled By American Honda Motor Co. Due to Loss of Speed Control
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Honda Motor Co., Inc. of Torrance, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 40,000 Model Year 2007 Honda TRX 500 ATVs. Water can enter the throttle position sensor and freeze, causing permanent damage if the rider forces the throttle lever. This could cause the throttle to stick open, posing a risk of injury or death to riders.
bullet Pacific Cycle Recalls Children’s Trailer Bicycles; Can Detach from Adult Bicycle and Injure Children
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pacific Cycle Inc., of Madison, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 InStep “Pathfinder,” Schwinn “Run About,” and Mongoose “Alley Cat” Trailer Bicycles. The coupler connecting the children’s trailer bike to the adult’s bicycle has welds that can fail, posing a fall hazard to children.
bullet Cannondale Recalls Scalpel Mountain Bikes; Frame Failure Poses Crash Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, of Bethel, Conn., is voluntarily recalling 150 Cannondale 2008 model year “Scalpel” mountain bikes. The frame can break while in use, causing the rider to lose control and suffer injuries from a fall or collision.
bullet CPSC Warns Winter Storm Victims: Use Portable Generators Outdoors Only
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a warning to consumers confronted with severe winter weather. When there’s a power outage, exercise caution when using portable generators. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer. You can’t see or smell it. A generator’s exhaust contains poisonous CO which can kill you in a matter of minutes.
bullet Toy Wagons Recalled by Tricam Industries Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tricam Industries Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minn., is voluntarily recalling 15,000 Metal Toy Wagons. Surface paint on the wagon bucket contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Bathroom Medicine Cabinets Sold at Lowe’s and The Home Depot Retail Outlets Recalled by RSI Home Products Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RSI Home Products, of Anaheim, Calif., is voluntarily recalling 8,600 Medicine Cabinets. The medicine cabinet’s mirrors can separate and break, posing a laceration hazard.
bullet ATVs Recalled By KYMCO Due to Suspension Failure; Riders Can Lose Control of Vehicle
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), KYMCO USA, of Spartanburg, S.C., is voluntarily recalling 1,350 2006-2008 Model Year MXU 500 All Terrain Vehicles. The pivot bolts holding the rear suspension onto the frame can become loose, causing the rear swing arm to detach from the chassis posing a risk of injury or death to the operator.

December 2007 Recalls and Product Safety News



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Shopping Channel HSN Agrees to Pay $875,000 Civil Penalty
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that HSN LP (previously known as Home Shopping Network), of St. Petersburg, Fla., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $875,000. The civil penalty settles allegations that HSN LP failed to report in a timely manner, as required by federal law, serious injuries and hazards with the Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers.
bullet Gap Outlet Recalls Boys’ Jackets; Drawstring at Waist Poses Entrapment Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gap Outlet, operated by Gap Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 16,200 “Warmest Jacket” Boys’ Jackets. The jackets have a waist drawstring with a toggle that could become snagged or caught in small spaces or doorways, which can pose an entrapment hazard to children.
bullet North American Breaker Co. Recalls Counterfeit Circuit Breakers Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), North American Breaker Co. Inc. (NABCO), of Burbank, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 50,000 Counterfeit Circuit Breakers. The recalled circuit breakers labeled “Square D” have been determined by Square D to be counterfeit and can fail to trip when they are overloaded, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bullet Tot Tower Blocks Recalled by eeBoo Corp.; Children’s Toy Can Pose Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), eeBoo Corp., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 170,000 Tot Tower toy blocks. The plastic covering on the toy blocks can detach, posing a choking hazard to children.
bullet World Dryer Recalls to Repair Hand and Hair Dryers Due to Electric Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), World Dryer Corp., of Berkeley Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 25,000 World Dryer and Bradley Brand Hand and Hair Dryers. Some of the nozzles on these dryers are not grounded. If an electrical component comes into contact with an ungrounded nozzle, it can pose a shock hazard to consumers.
bullet Super Magnet Toys Recalled by MTC Due to Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Man’s Trading Company, of Brisbane, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 2,800 Super Magnet Toys. The magnet attached to the bottom of a small toy panda can detach. If swallowed or aspirated by young children, the magnets can attract each other internally and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.
bullet Teething Rings Recalled by Empire Silver Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Empire Silver Company, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 Sterling Silver Teething Rings. The silver ball that holds the ring in place can separate and release the beads inside. This poses a choking and aspiration hazard to infants.
bullet Pressure Cookers Recalled By Manttra Inc. Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Manttra Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 38,250 Pressure Cookers. If the pressure cookers are not closed properly, the lid can separate and allow hot contents to spill out. This poses a risk of burns to consumers.
bullet Girls’ Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Liberty Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Liberty Apparel Co. Inc., of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 12,000 Jewel brand girls’ hooded sweatshirts. The garments have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
bullet Lenox Recalls Covered Warmer Dishes Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lenox Group Inc., of Bristol, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 43,000 Covered Warmer Dishes with Racks. Flames from the tea candle can extend up the sides of the dish. In addition, a label on the bottom of the dish causes excessive smoke when exposed to the flame. This poses fire and burn hazards to consumers.
bullet Christmas Candle Sets Recalled By Specialty Merchandise Corp. Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Specialty Merchandise Corporation (SMC), of Simi Valley, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Christmas Candle Sets. The snowman candle could tip over and the exterior coating on both candles can ignite, posing a fire hazard.
bullet DeWALT Recalls Cordless Drills due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), DEWALT Industrial Tool Company, of Towson, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 346,000 DEWALT Cordless Drills. The trigger switch of the cordless drill can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bullet McQuay Recalls Air Conditioners/Heat Pumps Following Fires
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), McQuay International, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 8,800 Remington and McQuay “ComfortPac” Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps. Wires in the heater element can overheat and spark, posing a smoke and fire hazard to consumers.
bullet US Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairman Nancy Nord Applauds House Vote on Landmark Consumer Product Safety Legislation
The Acting Chairman thanks the U.S. House of Representatives for passing landmark legislation today that finally gives the CPSC the additional tools and resources to address the growing issue of imports and other important product safety issues.
bullet AAFES Recalls “Soldier Bear” Toys Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service), of Dallas, TX, is voluntarily recalling about 11,400 Soldier Bear Toys. The surface paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet American Honda Motor Corp. Recalls Lawn Mowers Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Honda Motor Corp., of Torrance, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 167,000 Honda Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers. The cutting blades could rotate under power when the control lever is released. The lawn mowers do not comply with mandatory federal safety standards for lawn mowers. The spinning blade poses a serious laceration hazard to consumers.
bullet Stuffer Bear Recalled Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Victoria’s Secret Internet site
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Victoria’s Secret, of Columbus, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 80 Holiday Cosmetics Stuffer Bears. The neck medallion zipper pull can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bullet Discount School Supply Recalls Measuring Chart Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Discount School Supply, of Monterey, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Giant Measuring Charts. The paint on the grow chart contains excess levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Bombardier Recreational Products Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Crash Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), of Quebec, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 480 Ski-Doo® Model Year 2008 MXZ X 600 RS Snowmobiles. A defect in the carburetor can prevent the throttle from freely returning to the idle position. This can result in an unexpected loss of control leading to a collision and cause serious injuries or death.
bullet Full Body Safety Harnesses Recalled by Gorilla Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gorilla Inc., of Flushing, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 60,000 Full Body Safety Harnesses. The harnesses could fail during use, resulting in a hunter falling from the tree stand and suffering serious injuries or death.
bullet Bicycle Helmets Recalled by Specialized Due to Failing Helmet Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Specialized Bicycles, of Morgan Hill, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 3,000 Specialized Bicycle Helmets. The helmets fail testing required under CPSC's safety standard for bicycle helmets. This can pose a head injury hazard to riders in a fall.
bullet Deadly Danger: CPSC Urges Parents To Not Place Infants on Air Mattresses
The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning families nationwide that air mattresses are too soft for use with sleeping infants. Never place infants to sleep on air mattresses or other soft surfaces (such as water beds and adult beds), which are not specifically designed or safe for infant use.
bullet Venmar Ventilation Inc. Recalls Heat Recovery Ventilators Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Venmar Ventilation Inc., of Quebec, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 1,100 Heat Recovery Ventilators. The thermal protector in these units can fail, posing a potential fire hazard to consumers.
bullet Infantino® Recalls Infant Teethers Due to Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Infantino® LLC, of San Diego, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 28,000 Infantino® Lion Teethers. The plastic nose can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bullet AutoZone Recalls Booster Cables Due to Electrical Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), AutoZone Parts Inc., of Memphis, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 140,000 Valucraft Booster Cables. The booster cables clamps were assembled incorrectly resulting in reverse polarity. This poses an electrical shock and explosion hazard to consumers.
bullet Children’s Toys Recalled by Dollar Tree Stores Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Greenbrier International Inc., of Chesapeake, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 300,000 Baby Toys Baby Bead & Wire Toys and Speed Racer Pull Back & Go Action! Cars. The recalled toys contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Codee International Corp. Recalls Children’s Jewelry Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Codee International, of Northvale, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 Codeena Princess Children’s Metal Jewlery pieces. The recalled jewelry contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bullet Hooker Furniture Recalls Bunk Beds Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hooker Furniture Corporation, of Martinsville, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Bunk Beds. The bunk beds have gaps between parts of the upper bunk that could allow a child’s body to pass through but not a child’s head. This poses an entrapment or strangulation hazard to children and exceeds the space allowed by the federal bunk bed safety standard.
bullet Children’s Water Globes Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold Exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jo-Ann Stores Inc., of Hudson, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 60 Children’s Robbie Ducky Holiday Water Globes. The painted base of the water globes contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Fishing Games Sold at Grocery Stores Recalled by Far East Brokers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Far East Brokers and Consultants Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 Fishing Games. The recalled game has parts that contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Outdoor Vacuums with Honda Engines Recalled By Billy Goat Industries Inc. Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Billy Goat Industries Inc, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 1,600 Billy Goat MultiVac Outdoor Vacuums. The vacuum’s fuel tank could crack and leak fuel. If gasoline leaking from the fuel tank is ignited, a fire or explosion can occur. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.
bullet Horseshoe Magnets Recalled by United Scientific Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), United Scientific, of Waukegan, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 153,000 Horseshoe Magnets. Surface paint on the magnets contains high levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standards.
bullet ROMI Recalls SCUBA Regulators Due to Drowning Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ROMI Enterprises, of San Leandro, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 6,000 Oceanic and AERIS SCUBA Regulator First Stages. An internal component that seals air between the high pressure first-stage and the intermediate pressure second-stage can fail. This can result in uncontrolled flow of air to the diver and pose a risk of serious injury or death.
bullet Fitness Quest Recalls Eclipse Elliptical Trainers Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fitness Quest Inc., of Canton, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 23,000 Eclipse® 1175e Elliptical Trainers. The cranks that connect the foot platforms to the rear wheel of the machine can break during exercise, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bullet CPSC Warns Winter Storm Victims: Use Portable Generators Outdoors Only
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a warning to consumers confronted with ice storms and severe winter weather. When there’s a power outage, exercise caution when using portable generators. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer. You can’t see or smell it. A generator’s exhaust contains poisonous CO which can kill you in a matter of minutes. Last year, at least 65 people died from generator-related CO poisoning. Many of the deaths occurred after winter storms knocked out power.
bullet Hairstyling Irons Recalled by Farouk Systems Inc. Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Farouk Systems Inc., of Houston, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 5,700 WEE CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Irons. The iron’s “on/off” switch was installed incorrectly. When the iron is plugged in and switch is in the “off” position, the iron remains “on,” which could pose fire and burn hazards.
bullet Sauder Woodworking Recalls TV Stands Due to TV Tip-over Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sauder Woodworking Co., of Archbold, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 30 TV Stands. The plastic feet of the TV stand can crack or break. The stability of the stand can be reduced, increasing the risk of a TV tipping-over.
bullet Gamenamics Inc. Recalls Air-Powered Hockey Tables Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gamenamics Inc., of Elgin, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 1,100 Cordless Air-Powered Hockey Tables with Rechargeable Battery. The hockey table’s wires can overheat or melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
bullet AtHome America Recalls Candles Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), AtHome America Inc., of Alsip, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 6,300 Four-wick Decorative Candles. The candle’s wicks are in close proximity causing the candle to burn unevenly and faster than expected, posing a potential fire hazard.
bullet QVC Recalls Electric Toasters Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), QVC Inc., of West Chester, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Cook’s Essential Electric Toasters. The toaster can turn on without bread in the slots and ignite items placed on top of it, posing a fire hazard.
bullet Children’s Sunglasses Recalled by FGX International Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), FGX International Inc., of Smithfield, R.I., is voluntarily recalling about 260,000 pairs of Children’s Sunglasses. Surface paint on the sunglasses can contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Starbucks Recalls Coffee Mugs Due To Burn Hazard; Product Manufactured by lab921
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Starbucks Coffee Co., of Seattle, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 167,000 Starbucks Fusion Coffee Mugs. The plastic handle can detach from the body of the mug when filled with hot liquids, posing a minor burn hazard to consumers.
bullet The Home Depot Recalls Holiday Figurines Due to Lead Paint Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Home Depot, of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 64,000 Holiday Figurines. Surface paint on the holiday figurines contains lead.
bullet Boys’ Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Scope Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Scope Apparel L.P., of Houston, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 72,000 Boys’ hooded sweatshirts. The garments have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
bullet RC2 Recalls The First Years™ Children’s Feeding Seats Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 100,000 The First Years Newborn-to-Toddler Reclining Feeding Seats. The restraining straps can pull out of the waist strap slots, posing a fall hazard to young children.
bullet RC2 Recalls Potty Training Seats Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), RC2 Corp., of Oak Brook, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 160,000 The First Years 3-in-1 Flush and Sounds Potty Seats. Decorative plaque inserted into the back of the potty seat could have orange paint that contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Personal Identity Children’s Sweaters with Drawstrings Recalled by Sears Due to Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sears is voluntarily recalling about 5,200 Personal Identity-brand V-neck sweaters with hood (imported by A & R Knitwear, of New York, N.Y.). The recalled sweaters have a drawstring through the hood, posing a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
bullet Basic Editions Girls' Clothing Sets Recalled by Kmart; Drawstrings at Waist Pose Entrapment Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kmart is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Basic Editions-brand girls' clothing sets (imported by Millennium Apparel Group, of New York, N.Y.). The recalled pants have a drawstring at the waist that can pose an entrapment or entanglement hazard to children.
bullet TKS Children’s Pants Recalled by Sears; Drawstrings at Waist Pose Entrapment Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sears is voluntarily recalling about 6,100 TKS-brand children’s pants (imported by E.S. Sutton Inc., of New York, N.Y.). The recalled pants have a ribbon belt at the waist that can pose an entrapment or entanglement hazard to children.
bullet Collins International Co. Recalls Oscillating Ceramic Heaters Sold at Menards Retail Stores Due To Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Collins International Co., Ltd., of Fair Lawn, N.J., is voluntarily recalling about 20,000 Oscillating Ceramic Heaters. The heaters can overheat, smoke, or ignite which could pose a fire hazard to consumers.
bullet Polaris Recalls Certain Ranger Utility Vehicles Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 330 Model Year 2008 Polaris Ranger RZR 800 EFI Utility Vehicles. The firm has received four reports of the fuel tank leaking. No injuries have been reported.
bullet Nautilus Recalls Bowflex® Ultimate 2 Home Gyms Due to Risk of Injury
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nautilus Inc., of Vancouver, Wash., is voluntarily recalling about 68,000 Bowflex® Ultimate 2 Home Gyms. The fasteners used to secure the rod box to the frame of the equipment can come loose, allowing the resistance rods or rod box to separate and strike the user or a bystander.
bullet Child’s Death Leads to Recall of Entertainment Centers by Ameriwood; Units Can Collapse
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ameriwood Industries Inc., of Tiffin, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 138,000 entertainment centers. The entertainment centers can collapse if the back panel is not secure, posing a risk of death or serious injury to consumers.
bullet Stokke Announces Recall of Certain Xplory® Strollers Due to Front Wheel Detachment
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Stokke LLC, of Kennesaw, Ga., is voluntarily recalling about 2,000 Xplory® Baby Strollers. A bolt that attaches each front wheel to the stroller can loosen, causing one of the front wheels to fall off, posing a fall hazard to young children.
bullet Bell Racing Recalls Collectible Mini Racing Helmets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bell Racing Co., of Santa Cruz, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,400 Collectible Mini Helmets. Surface paints on the recalled helmets contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Black & Decker® Brand Toasters Recalled By Applica Consumer Products Inc. Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Applica Consumer Products Inc., of Miramar, Fla., is voluntarily recalling about 70,000 Black & Decker® brand Infrawave™ Toasters. An electrical component in the toaster can overheat and ignite the circuit board, posing a fire hazard.
bullet General Electric Recalls Microwave Combo Wall Ovens Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), GE Consumer & Industrial, of Louisville, Ky., is voluntarily recalling about 92,000 Built-in Combination Wall and Microwave Ovens. The door switch in the microwave oven can overheat and ignite plastic components in the control area, posing a fire hazard to consumers. The lower thermal oven does not pose a hazard.
bullet Icon Health & Fitness Recalls Inversion Benches Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Icon Health & Fitness Inc., of Logan, Utah, is voluntarily recalling about 22,000 Nordic Track and Reebok Inversion Benches. The ankle clamp mechanism can release unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bullet Old Navy Recalls Boys’ Jackets; Drawstring at Waist Poses Entrapment Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Old Navy LLC, of San Francisco, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 17,200 Performance Fleece-Lined boys’ jackets. The jackets have a waist drawstring with a toggle that could become snagged or caught in small spaces or doorways, which can pose an entrapment hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from getting entangled on waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

November 2007 Recalls and Product Safety News


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Children’s Wooden Storage Rack Recalled By Jetmax International Following Child’s Death
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Jetmax International Ltd., of Irving, Texas, is voluntarily recalling about 36,000 boy’s and girl’s storage racks with canvas totes. The storage rack can tip over, posing an entrapment and suffocation hazard to young children.
bullet Hobby Lobby Stores Recalls Halloween-Themed Baskets Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., of Oklahoma City, Okla., is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 Halloween-Themed Baskets. Surface paint on the bat, pumpkin and witch emblems attached to the baskets contain excess levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint ban.
bullet Birch Bark Wrapped Candles Recalled by Roost Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gate Five Group LLC, d.b.a. Roost, of Sausalito, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 1,200 Birch Bark Wrapped Candles. The bark wrapping of the candle can ignite when the candle burns down, posing a fire hazard.
bullet Bon-Ton Recalls Children’s Bath Robes Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The Bon-Ton Department Stores Inc., of York, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 1,000 Girls and Boys Bath Robes. The recalled bath robes fail to meet the children’s sleepwear flammability standard, posing a risk of burn injuries to children if the robe caught fire.
bullet Iceberg Enterprises LLC Recalls Folding Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Iceberg Enterprises LLC, of Park Ridge, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 75,000 Plastic Folding Chairs. The plastic folding chairs can collapse during use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
bullet Nike Recalls Football Helmet Chin Straps Which Can Break and Pose Risk of Serious Injury
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nike Inc., of Beaverton, Ore., is voluntarily recalling about 235,000 Football Helmet Chin Straps. The chin strap’s plastic cup can break as a result of contact, exposing the player to facial or head injuries.
bullet Children's Sunglasses Recalled by Dollar General Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dolgencorp Inc., of Goodlettsville, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 51,000 Children’s Fashion Sunglasses. The yellow surface paint on the sunglasses may contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Curious George Plush Dolls Recalled By Marvel Toys Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Marvel Toys, of New York, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 175,000 Curious George Plush Dolls. Surface paint on the toy’s plastic face and construction hat contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Yamaha Recalls AC Power Adaptors Due to Electric Shock Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Yamaha Corporation of America, of Buena Park, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 49,000 Yamaha AC Power Adaptors. The housing of the power adaptor can separate, posing an electric shock hazard to consumers.
bullet American Honda Motor Corp. Recalls Lawn Mowers Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Honda Motor Corp., of Torrance, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 22,000 Honda HRX217KHXA and HRX217KHMA Lawn Mowers. Due to a manufacturing defect, a crack can occur in the fuel tank causing a fuel leak. If gasoline leaking from the fuel tank is ignited, a fire or explosion can occur.
bullet Coby Electronics Recalls DVD/CD/MP3 Players Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Coby Electronics Corp., of Maspeth, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 12,000 Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Players. The portable DVD/CD/MP3 players can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
bullet Cribs Sold By Bassettbaby Recalled Due to Entrapment and Strangulation Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Bassettbaby, of Bassett, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 8,900 Wendy Bellissimo Collection Convertible Cribs. The bolts connecting the top corners of the crib can come loose, creating a gap and posing a serious entrapment and strangulation hazard.
bullet Spin Master Recalls Aqua Dots – Children Became Unconscious After Swallowing Beads
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Spin Master, of Toronto, Canada, is voluntarily recalling about 4.2 million Aqua Dots. The coating on the beads that causes the beads to stick to each other when water is added contains a chemical that can turn toxic when many are ingested. Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop respiratory depression, or have seizures.
bullet Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Recalled by Carrier Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Carrier Corp., of Farmington, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 185,000 Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) and Heat Pumps (PTHP). An electric heater in the unit can break, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
bullet Schylling Associates Recalls Collectable Toy Robot Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 2,600 “Robot 2000” collectable tin robots. Surface paints on the robot contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Schylling Associates Recalls Dizzy Ducks Music Box Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 1,300 Dizzy Ducks Music Boxes. Surface paints on the wooden base of the music box contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Additional Spinning Top Recalled by Schylling Associates Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 3,600 Winnie-the-Pooh Spinning Tops (66,000 spinning tops were recalled on August 22, 2007). Surface paint on the wooden handle of the top contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Schylling Associates Recalls Duck Family Collectable Toy Due To Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Schylling Associates Inc., of Rowley, Mass., is voluntarily recalling about 3,500 Duck Family Collectable Wind-Up Toys. Surface paints on the ducks contain excessive levels of lead, which violates the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Toy Cars Recalled by Dollar General Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Dollar General Merchandising Inc., of Goodlettsville, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 380,000 Pull-Back Action Toy Cars. Surface paint on the cars contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet International Sourcing Ltd. Recalls Toy Dragster and Funny Car Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), International Sourcing Ltd (ISL), of Springfield, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 7,500 Dragster and Funny Car toys. Surface paint on the wheels and engine of the toys contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Northern Tool & Equipment Recalls “Big Red” Wagons Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Northern Tool & Equipment Co., of Burnsville, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 7,200 “Big Red” Wagons. Surface paints on the wagon and handle contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
bullet Swimways Corp. Recalls "Skippy" Pool Toys Due to Laceration Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Swimways Corp., of Virginia Beach, Va., is voluntarily recalling about 31,000 “Skippy” Pool Toys. The elastic tongue of the fish can break and forcefully come out and cut the users’ hands during launching of the toy.
bullet Hunter Fan Recalls Humidifiers for Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hunter Fan Co., of Memphis, Tenn., is voluntarily recalling about 84,000 Warm Mist Carefree Humidifier. Water used in the humidifier can leak into the unit’s electrical compartment, posing a fire hazard.
bullet Polaris Industries Inc. Recalls Certain Snowmobiles Due to Fire Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Polaris Industries Inc., of Medina, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 28,000 Snowmobiles. The fuel tank filler neck can crack and separate allowing fuel or fuel vapors to leak from the fuel tank. This poses a fire hazard to consumers.
bullet Laugh & Learn™ Kitchen Toys Recalled by Fisher-Price Due To Choking Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 155,000 Laugh & Learn™ Learning Kitchen™ Toys. Pieces of the faucet or the clock hands can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bullet When Changing Clocks Back to Standard Time, Check Batteries and Age of Alarms - CPSC Recommends Replacing Older Alarms
Since 1992, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reminded consumers to check smoke alarms and change batteries when they change their clocks, but in that time, many alarms have lost their effectiveness. This year, CPSC wants to remind consumers to replace smoke alarms every ten years and replace carbon monoxide (CO) alarms every five years.
bullet Pearl-like Bead Attachment Sold with Girl’s Gift Sets Recalled Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard; Sold exclusively at Limited Too Stores
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tween Brands Inc., of New Albany, Ohio, is voluntarily recalling about 4,000 Decorative Packaging Pearl-like Bead Attachments sold with Girl’s Gift Sets. Surface coating on a plastic bead decorative packaging attachment contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
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