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May Recalls and Product Safety News

Problems with smoking cessation drug
Thursday, February 21, 2008: More reports of erratic behavior and suicide have been associated with the use of Chantix, a drug that was designed to help people stop smoking and was approved.

Frozen beef recalled
Monday, February 18, 2008: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef – the largest beef recall in US history.

Evenflo recalls infant car seats
Friday, February 1, 2008: Evenflo announced a voluntary recall/revision of its Discovery infant car seats, Models 390, 391, 534, and 552.

Child pajamas a danger
Thursday, May 1, 2008: Parents are being warned not to let their children wear Dora the Explorer short-sleeve, two-piece pajamas because the sleeve opening is too large and doesn’t conform to Canadian flammability regulations.

Warning on Chinese products
Wednesday, April 30, 2008: Health Canada is warning consumers not to use six Chinese products recalled by the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore because they contain high levels of arsenic and/or mercury.

DeWalt tools recalled
Tuesday, April 29, 2008: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about 13,000 DEWALT DW744.

Sexual product warning
Tuesday, April 29, 2008: Tian Li, a sexual enhancement product, contains an untested compound and a prescription medication, both of which could cause serious problems for patients with heart disease, Health Canada said.

Warning issued for Xian Zhi Wei
Tuesday, April 29, 2008: Health Canada is warning consumers not to use Xian Zhi Wei II, a Japanese slimming product sold in capsules.

High lead levels in lapel pins
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 About 71,000 lapel pins depicting 12 popular video game characters have been recalled because they contain high lead levels, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Chair legs may break
Tuesday, April 29, 2008: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about 800 Rio Beach High-Boy folding chairs because the rear leg may break.

Laceration danger in LawnBott mowers
Friday, April 25, 2008: About 530 LawnBott mowers are being recalled because the cutting blades pose a laceration danger to users, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.

 

Recalls and Product Safety News

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 Infantino Heat Recovery Ventilators. The thermal protector in these units can fail, posing a potential fire hazard to consumers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.