A number of private companies and federal agencies have issued product recalls due to risks to consumer safety. Click here for a full list of recent product recalls.
M&M’s Theater Box
Mars Chocolate North America issued a voluntary recall of the M&M’s Brand Theater Box (3.4 oz) due to undisclosed peanuts. The affected theater boxes could contain peanut butter M&M’s instead of the regular milk chocolate M&M’s, posing a serious health risk to consumers with peanut allergies.
The boxes in question were shipped by Mars between May 8 and July 1, 2014, to 39 states, including New Jersey and New York. The affected boxes are marked with UPC #40000294764, and only boxes with one of the 27 lot numbers listed here are affected by the recall. The M&M’s come in a 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box weighing 3.4 oz.
Customers who have allergy concerns and purchased the affected theater boxes should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call 1-800-627-7852 or click here.
IKEA GUNGGUNG Child’s Swing
IKEA has recalled more than 2,000 GUNGGUNG Swings due to an unsafe suspension system. Four consumers have reported the suspension fittings breaking while in use, causing one child to suffer a broken leg.
The GUNGGUNG Swings were sold for $20 in IKEA stores nationwide from June through August 2014. The swing is made of green polyester fabric and hangs from a plastic suspension fitting attached to steel hooks. The swing was intended for indoor and outdoor use by children between the ages of 3 and 7.
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Consumers who purchased the GUNGGUNG Swing should immediately take down the swing and return it to IKEA for a full refund (proof of purchase not required). For more information, call (888) 966-4532 or click here.
Kidde Smoke Alarm
Walter Kidde Portable Equipment, Inc. has recalled about 1.2 million residential smoke alarms and combination smoke/CO alarms due to system failures. After a power outage, the affected Kidde alarms can fail to alert people in the home of a fire or carbon monoxide incident. Once power is restored, the recalled alarms will sound regardless of the presence of smoke and/or carbon monoxide.
The affected models were manufactured between October 2013 and May 2014. These models include:
- i12010S smoke alarm
- il2010SCO combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm
- KN-COSM-IBA combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm
The model number and manufacture dates can be found on the label on the back of the alarm. The alarms are round, white, measure 5-6 inches in diameter, and are hard-wired into the home’s electrical system. They were sold by CED, City Electric Supply, HD Supply, Home Depot, Menards, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, and ShopKidde.com, among other retailers, between January and July 2014 for approximately $30-50. The affected alarms were manufactured in China by Fyrnetics Ltd. of Hong Kong.
Consumers who purchased the recalled alarms should contact Kidde for a free replacement smoke alarm or combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm. For more information, call Kidde toll-free at (844) 553-9011 or visit the Kidde website.