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Thursday, September 4, 2008

CPSC Recalls For This Week, Sep 5th 2008

Sony Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sony Electronics Inc., of San Diego, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 73,000 VAIO TZ-series Notebook Computers. Irregularly positioned wires near the computer’s hinge and/or a dislodged screw inside the hinge can cause a short circuit and overheating. This poses a burn hazard to consumers.
bullet Wolf Appliance Recalls Gas Ranges Due to Burn Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Wolf Appliance Inc., of Madison, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 24,000 Wolf Appliance Gas Ranges. Delayed ignition of gas in the 18-inch oven can cause a flash of flames to be projected at a consumer when the range door is opened, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
bullet Pendants and Candle Charms Recalled Due to Risk of Lead Exposure
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Benjamin International, of Middlebury, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 57,000 Fairy Dust Pendants and Candle Charms. The recalled metal pendants and charms contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
bullet Optave Inc. Recalls Action Baby Carriers Due to Fall Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Optave Inc., of Alpena, Mich., is voluntarily recalling about 250 Action Baby Carriers. The baby carrier’s chest strap can detach from the shoulder straps, posing a fall hazard to the baby.
bullet Cordless Screwdrivers Recalled by Menards Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Menards, of Eau Claire, Wisc., is voluntarily recalling about 42,000 MasterForce 3.6-volt Cordless Screwdrivers. The battery can overheat and ignite during charging, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. There is no protective device on the lithium battery to prevent overheating.
bullet Worldwise Inc. Recalls Retractable Dog Leashes; Metal Clasp Can Break and Cause Facial and Body Injuries to Dog Owners
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Worldwise Inc., of San Rafael, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 223,000 SlyDog™ Retractable Dog Leashes. The metal clasp connecting the leash to a dog’s collar can bend or break while in use, causing the leash to recoil back unexpectedly. This poses a serious risk of injury to consumers.
bullet Circo Children’s Bobbie Socks Recalled Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Target, of Minneapolis, Minn., is voluntarily recalling about 330,000 pairs of Circo Rosette Bobbie Socks. The ribbon on the sock can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
bullet Bicycles with Deda Forza Handlebar Stems Recalled by Deda Elementi Due to Crash Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Deda Elementi S.r.l., of Italy, is voluntarily recalling about 400 Deda Forza Bicycle Handlebar Stems. The top of the bicycle handlebar stem can crack and cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard.
bullet Rapid Reel® Recalls Portable Garden Hose Carts; Tires Can Explode Posing an Injury Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Eley Corporation, dba Rapid Reel of Lincoln, Neb., is voluntarily recalling about 7,000 Portable Garden Hose Reel Carts and Wagons. The tires on the portable garden hose reel can explode while being inflated, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
bullet Hooded Sweaters Recalled by Empress Arts; Children Can Strangle on Drawstrings
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Empress Arts Ltd., of Monterey Park, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 130 Children’s Hooded Sweaters. The sweaters have drawstrings through the hood. Children can get entangled in the drawstrings that can catch on playground equipment, fences or tree branches. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstring in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. From 1985 through June 2008, CPSC received reports of 27 deaths and 70 non-fatal incidents involving the entanglement of children’s clothing drawstrings.

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