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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DURA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS RECALLS WINDOWS ON MOTOR COACH INDUSTRIES (MCI) D COACHES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
DURA / V369Q3
9999
DURA / V370Q3
9999
DURA / V371Q3L
9999
DURA / V371Q3R
9999
DURA / V390Q3
9999
DURA / V400Q3R
9999
MCI / D4000
2006-2007
MCI / D4005
2006-2007
MCI / D4500
2006-2007
MCI / D4505
2006-2007
Manufacturer : DURA AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, INC. Mfr's Report Date : JUN 19, 2007
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07E042000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: VISIBILITY:GLASS, SIDE/REAR
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 4284
Summary:
 CERTAIN DURA SIDE BODY EGRESS WINDOWS, SIDE BODY LAVATORY EGRESS WINDOWS, AND NON-EGRESS SIDE BODY WINDOWS MANUFACTURED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2005, AND JULY 19, 2006, INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT ON CERTAIN MY 2006 AND 2007 MOTOR COACH INDUSTRIES (MCI) D COACHES. THE WINDOWS WERE PRODUCED WITH INCONSISTENT PRIMING ON THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY BOND LINES WHICH FAILS TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 217, BUS EMERGENCY EXITS AND WINDOW RETENTION AND RELEASE.
Consequence:
 THE PURPOSE OF THIS STANDARD IS TO MINIMIZE THE LIKELIHOOD OF OCCUPANTS BEING THROWN FROM THE BUS AND TO PROVIDE A MEANS OF READILY ACCESSIBLE EMERGENCY EGRESS.
Remedy:
 MCI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS INSTRUCTING THEM TO INSPECT THE WINDOWS FOR SIGNS OF WATER LEAK, WIND NOISE, OR VISABLE PARTIAL DE-BONDING. WINDOWS SHOWING THESE SIGNS WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE BY DURA. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JULY 2007. OWNERS CAN CONTACT DURA AT 248-844-1615.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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EATON CORP RECALLS AIR BRAKE HOSES FOR PETERBILT AND KENWORTH VEHICLES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
EATON / SYNFLEX ECLIPSE
9999
Manufacturer : EATON CORPORATION Mfr's Report Date : DEC 12, 2007
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 07E107000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, AIR:SUPPLY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 22000
Summary:
 CERTAIN EATON SYNFLEX ECLIPSE BRAND EXTRUDED NYLON TUBING OF VARIOUS DIAMETERS DESIGNED FOR USE AS AIR BRAKE HOSES FOR PETERBILT AND KENWORTH VEHICLES. THE TUBING WAS MANUFACTURED WITH ONLY FOUR LAYERS OF EXTRUDED NYLON MATERIAL, INSTEAD OF THE SPECIFIED FIVE LAYERS.
Consequence:
 THE DIAMETER OF THE HOSE AFFECTS THE FITTINGS WHICH MAY ALLOW AIR TO LEAK FROM THE BRAKES AND CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 OWNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY PACCAR AND THE VEHICLES WILL BE REPAIRED FREE OF CHARGE.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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ACTIVE TECHNOLOGY & DOUBLETREE RV RECALL DOUBLETREE TRAILERS.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
ACTIBRAKE / AB-1-14
9999
Manufacturer : ACTIVE TECHNOLOGY Mfr's Report Date : JAN 03, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08E007000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 359
Summary:
 ACTIVE TECHNOLOGY IS WORKING WITH DOUBLETREE RV TO RECALL 359 ACTIBRAKE ELECTRIC-HYDRAULIC ACTUATOR, P/N AB-1-14, USED FOR HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKES INSTALLED AS ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT ON CERTAIN DOUBLETREE TRAILERS. THE TRAILER WIRING CONFIGURATION OF THE CIRCUIT BREAKER ALLOWS HIGH CURRENT TO BE CONTINUOUSLY APPLIED TO THE ACTIBRAKE EVEN AFTER THE TRAILER CIRCUIT BREAKER IS TRIPPED AND THE 30 AMP FUSE ON THE ACTIBRAKE IS BLOWN. THEREFORE THERE IS A SITUATION WHEREIN THE 50 AMP BREAKER IN THE TRAILER WIRING DOES NOT PROTECT THE ACTIBRAKE BATTERY CHARGER CIRCUIT FROM OVER-CURRENT.
Consequence:
 TRAILER BRAKES ARE NOT OPERATIVE WITH AN INCAPACITATED BRAKE ACTUATOR. THIS SITUATION COULD POSSIBLY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 ACTIVE TECHNOLOGY IS WORKING WITH DOUBLETREE TO NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPAIR THE TRAILERS FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DOUBLETREE FOR MORE INFORMATION. DOUBLETREE'S RECALL NO. IS 08V-040.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS RECALLS MV-3 DASH CONTROL VALVES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
BENDIX / DASH CONTROL VALVE
9999
BENDIX / MV-3
9999
Manufacturer : BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC Mfr's Report Date : FEB 14, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08E018000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: PARKING BRAKE:CONVENTIONAL:AIR
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1457
Summary:
 BENDIX IS RECALLING 1,457 MV-3 DASH CONTROL VALVES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 3 THROUGH JANUARY 22, 2008. SOME OF THE UNITS WERE SOLD FOR OEM APPLICATIONS ON NEW MOTOR VEHICLES AND SOME WERE SOLD FOR AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT. AN INCORRECT CORE PIN IN THE INJECTION MOLD OF THE MOLDED VALVE BODY WAS USED CAUSING THE VALVE BODY TO BE OVERSIZED IN THE DOUBLE CHECK VALVE SEAT AREA. THIS CONDITION CAN ALLOW THE RUBBER DOUBLE CHECK VALVE TO BECOME LODGED IN THE BODY OPENING UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Consequence:
 IF THE DOUBLE CHECK VALVE BECOMES LODGED, IN THE EVENT OF A PRIMARY RESERVOIR FAILURE, AIR PRESSURE CAN LEAK PAST THE LODGED DOUBLE CHECK VALVE THEREBY DEPLETING THE SECONDARY RESERVOIR, CAUSING A REDUCED ABILITY FOR MODULATING THE EMERGENCY BRAKES.
Remedy:
 BENDIX WILL PROVIDE A REMEDY WITHOUT CHARGE FOR ALL AFFECTED MV-3 VALVES. BENDIX WILL NOTIFY VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS IMMEDIATELY. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BENDIX AT 440-329-9000.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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PACCAR INC. RECALLS AFTERMARKET SAF HOLLAND FIFTH WHEELS

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
FIFTH WHEEL / SIMPLEX
9999
KENWORTH / T600
2007
KENWORTH / T800
2007
KENWORTH / W900
2007
Manufacturer : PACCAR INCORPORATED Mfr's Report Date : APR 14, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08E034000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TRAILER HITCHES:FIFTH WHEEL ASSEMBLY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 292
Summary:
 PACCAR IS RECALLING 292 AFTERMARKET SAF HOLLAND FIFTH WHEELS SOLD FOR USE ON MY 2007 KENWORTH T800 SHORT HOOD, W900 LONG HOOD AND T600 TRACTOR/TRAILERS. IF THE PIVOT BOLT JOINT FOR THE LEVER BAR IS OVER TORQUED, THE SPACER DEFORMS, AND MAKES CONTACT WITH THE LEVER BAR. THIS CONDITION COUPLED WITH CORROSION ASSOCIATED WITH THE SEASONAL DRY OUT, CAN AFFECT THE LOCK SYSTEM OF THE FIFTH WHEEL, PREVENTING THE FIFTH WHEEL JAW FROM LATCHING SECURELY AROUND THE TRAILER KING PIN.
Consequence:
 THE FIFTH WHEEL MAY FAIL TO LATCH WITHOUT THE OPERATOR'S KNOWLEDGE, CAUSING THE TRACTOR AND TRAILER TO DISENGAGE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 PACCAR IS WORKING WITH SAF-HOLLAND AND WILL INSPECT THE PIVOT BOLT JOINT FOR A DEFORMED SPACER AND REPLACE THE BOLT, WASHER AND SPACER WITH A HEX-HEAD SHOULDER BOLT AND WASHER FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHECDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PACCAR AT 1-415-828-5000 OR SAF-HOLLAND AT 1-231-773-3271.
Notes:
 PACCAR RECALL NO. 08KW7. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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FORD RECALLS F-250 AND F-350 SINGLE REAR WHEEL, 4X4, 156 INCH WHEEL BASE PICK UP TRUCKS

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
FORD / F-250
2008
FORD / F-350
2008
Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date : APR 18, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V191000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 64754
Summary:
 FORD IS RECALLING 64,754 MY 2008 F-250 AND F-350 SINGLE REAR WHEEL, 4X4, 156 INCH WHEEL BASE PICK UP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH A TWO PIECE DRIVE SHAFT FOR FAILING TO CONFORM TO THE FUEL SPILLAGE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 301, "FUEL SYSTEM INTEGRITY." DURING A 30 MPH FRONTAL IMPACT INTO A RIGID BARRIER, THE FUEL TANK CAN MOVE FORWARD AND CONTACT A FRAME CROSS MEMBER, POTENTIALLY CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE FUEL DELIVERY MODULE WHICH CAN RESULT IN FUEL SPILLAGE.
Consequence:
 FUEL SPILLAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSTALL A BRACKET ON THE AFFECTED VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MAY 26, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
Notes:
 FORD RECALL NO. 08C04. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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Lifetime Brands Recalls Pfaltzgraff® Villa della Luna® pattern and Nautica J Class® pattern (Red Only) Stoneware Dinnerware Product Lines.

Lifetime Brands Voluntarily Recalls Certain Items Nationwide from its Pfaltzgraff® Villa della Luna® pattern and Nautica J Class® pattern (Red Only) Stoneware Dinnerware Product Lines

Contact:
(800) 499-1976 – For Pfaltzgraff® Dinnerware
(866) 928-0060 – For Nautica® Dinnerware

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- April 28, 2008 -- Lifetime Brands, Inc., of Garden City, New York, today announced that, as a result of its internal compliance and independent product testing programs, it recently became aware that certain Pfaltzgraff® Villa della Luna® pattern and Nautica J Class® pattern stoneware dinnerware products may exceed the Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) guidance levels for lead and/or cadmium. No illness related to these products has been reported to date.
Specifically, the following products are subject to this recall:


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Actavis Totowa recalls all lots of Bertek and UDL Laboratories Digitek® (digoxin tablets, USP).

Actavis Totowa (formerly known as Amide Pharmaceutical, Inc.) recalls all lots of Bertek and UDL Laboratories Digitek® (digoxin tablets, USP) as precaution

Contact:
Stericycle customer service
1-888-276-6166

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Morristown, NJ -- April 25, 2008 -- Actavis Totowa LLC, a United States manufacturing division of the international generic pharmaceutical company Actavis Group, is initiating a Class I nationwide recall of Digitek® (digoxin tablets, USP, all strengths) for oral use. The products are distributed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., under a "Bertek" label and by UDL Laboratories, Inc. under a "UDL" label.

The voluntary all lot recall is due to the possibility that tablets with double the appropriate thickness may have been commercially released. These tablets may contain twice the approved level of active ingredient than it appropriate.

Digitek® is used to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. The existence of double strength tablets poses a risk of digitalis toxicity in patients with renal failure. Digitalis toxicity can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, cardiac instability and bradycardia. Death can also result from excessive Digitalis intake. Several reports of illnesses and injuries have been received.

Actavis manufactures the products for Mylan and the products are distributed by Mylan and UDL under the Bertek and UDL labels. Bertek and UDL are affiliates of Mylan.

Any customer inquiries related to this action should be addressed to Stericycle customer service at 1-888-276-6166 with representatives available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm EST. Additional information about the voluntary recall can also be found at www.actavis.us.

Retailers who have this product are urged to return the product to their place of purchase. If consumers have medical questions, they should contact their health care providers.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Any adverse reactions experienced with the use of this product, and/or quality problems should also be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Program by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088, by Fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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DEWALT Recalls DEWALT DW744 Jobsite Table Saws

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2008
Release #08-259

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (888) 742-9178
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


DEWALT Recalls Table Saws Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: DEWALT DW744 Jobsite Table Saws

Units: About 13,000

Manufacturer: DEWALT Industrial Tool Co., of Towson, Md.

Hazard: The pivot bracket on the saw can separate which can misalign the blade and the fence and cause kick back. This poses a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: DEWALT has received one reported incident of the table saw’s blade misaligning. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the 10 inch DEWALT jobsite table saw model number DW744. Date codes included in the recall are 200715 through 200740. The table saws are yellow and black. The model number and date code are located on the name plate on the front of the saw. Table saws with an “X” stamped on the name plate by the date code are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Major home centers and hardware stores nationwide from April 2007 through January 2008 for about $500.

Manufactured in: Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled table saws and contact DEWALT for the location of a service center to obtain a free replacement table saw.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact DEWALT toll-free at (888) 742-9178 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.dewalt.com

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Rio Brands Recalls High-Boy Beach Chairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2008
Release #08-258

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 866-8520
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


Rio Brands Recalls High-Boy Beach Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rio Beach® High-Boy Folding Beach Chairs

Units: About 800

Manufacturer: Rio Brands, of Philadelphia, Pa.

Hazard: The rear leg of the chair can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Rio Brands has received one report of an incident involving minor bruises.

Description: This recall involves the Rio Beach® High-Boy folding beach chairs with UPC and model numbers listed below. The chairs have aluminum tubing frames, striped or solid color fabric slings, and wood arms with an attached storage pouch with cell phone pocket. “Rio Beach® High-Boy,” the UPC number and the model number can be found on the hand tag and on a sticker on the rear leg.

UPC #MODEL #
SC640-7020-80958-26396-2
SC640-8120-80958-26465-5
SC640-8180-80958-26466-2
SC640-81820-80958-27165-3
SC641-084-BB0-80958-27015-1

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2008 for between $40 and $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and return them to the location where purchased for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Rio Brands at (800) 866-8520 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.riobrands.com (PDF)

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Nintendo Recalls Lapel Pins Due To Lead Paint

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2008
Release #08-257

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 431-0971
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


Nintendo Recalls Lapel Pins Due to Risk of Lead Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Character-themed lapel pins

Units: About 71,000

Distributor: Nintendo of America Inc., of Redmond, Wash.

Importer: Pro Source Inc., of Troutdale, Ore.

Hazard: The metal lapel pin contains high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The recalled lapel pins have images depicting 12 video game characters. The lapel pins vary in size, ranging from 1- to 2- inches in height. The characters Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong, Kirby, Mario, Mario Kart, Pikachu, Princess Peach, Samus, Starfox, Waluigi and Wario were sold individually. Mario, Princess Peach and Samus were also sold as a set.

Sold at: Nintendo stores in Redmond, Washington and New York, NY between April 2004 and November 2007 for between $1.50 and $4. The recalled lapel pins were also distributed to employees at electronics and game stores nationwide from April 2004 through November 2007.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop wearing the lapel pins and contact Nintendo to receive a free replacement lapel pin.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Nintendo at (800) 431-0971 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site www.nintendo.com

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Think Big Products LLC DBA LivingXL Recalls Multi Texteline Hammocks and Striped Quilted Hammocks

April 29, 2008 Alert #08-564

Hammocks Sold by LivingXL Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Multi Texteline Hammocks and Striped Quilted Hammocks

Units: About 400

Retailer: Think Big Products LLC, dba LivingXL, of Canton, Mass.

Importer: CMRG Apparel, LLC, of Canton, Mass.

Hazard: The metal frame for the hammocks can crack and break, causing a consumer to fall to the ground.

Incidents/Injuries: LivingXL has received three reports of injuries, including lower back pain and broken ribs, when the hammock collapsed after the frame broke or cracked.

Description: The recalled hammocks are Model X1010 multi texteline hammock and Model X1011 striped quilted hammock. They consist of a metal frame and cloth hammock. The metal frame is made of steel, is beige in color, and has five pieces, including two foot brackets. The model number is located on the hammock’s packaging and/or instruction sheet.

Sold by: LivingXL’s catalog or at www.LivingXL.com from May 2007 through October 2007 for between $170 and $200.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the hammocks and contact LivingXL for instructions on returning the hammock to receive a full refund. LivingXL is directly notifying consumers who purchased the hammock about the recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LivingXL at (800) 535-7639 extension 7777 anytime, or visit the company’s Web site at www.LivingXL.com


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Saturday, April 26, 2008

DEL-NAT IS RECALLING LOAD RANGE E TIRES

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
DEL-NAT / DELTA SIERRADIAL A/T 9999
DEL-NAT / NATIONAL COMMANDO A/T 9999
Manufacturer : DEL-NAT TIRE CORPORATION Mfr's Report Date : APR 15, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08T016000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: TIRES:MARKINGS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 968
Summary:
 DEL-NAT IS RECALLING 968 LOAD RANGE E TIRES, SIZE LT265/75R16, PRODUCED BETWEEN DECEMBER 2 AND DECEMBER 30, 2007. THESE TIRES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 139, "NEW PNEUMATIC RADIAL TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES." AFTER TESTING, A BULGE CAN OCCUR IN THE LOWER SIDEWALL ON THE WHITE SIDEWALL SIDE WHICH INDICATES THE EXISTENCE OF A SEPARATION BETWEEN TWO LOWER SIDEWALL COMPONENTS.
Consequence:
 THIS CONDITION COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEL-NAT IS WORKING WITH COOPER TIRE TO NOTIFY OWNERS. THE AFFECTED TIRES WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT COOPER TIRE CUSTOMER RELATIONS TOLL-FREE AT 800-854-6288 OR DEL-NAT AT 1-901-775-8124.
Notes:
 DEL-NAT RECALL NO. DN-001-08. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLS TOYOTA TUNDRA ENKEI AND BBS WHEEL LUG NUTS

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
BBS / 00041-34701 9999
ENKEI / 00041-34600 9999
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA / TUNDRA 2007
Manufacturer : SOUTHEAST TOYOTA DISTRIBUTORS Mfr's Report Date : FEB 22, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08E029000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected :
Summary:
 SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING ALLOY WHEEL LUG NUTS USED FOR THE 18" ENKEI AND 20" BBS WHEELS SOLD AS AN UPGRADE PACKAGE FOR 2007 TOYOTA TUNDRA MODEL VEHICLES. THE WHEEL NUTS MAY CRACK AND BREAK IF THE WHEELS ARE NOT INSTALLED CAREFULLY OR IF THE WHEEL NUTS ARE NOT CAREFULLY TORQUED.
Consequence:
 CRACKED OR BROKEN WHEEL NUTS COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Remedy:
 SOUTHEAST TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE WHEEL NUTS WITH A MORE ROBUST WHEEL NUT FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA CUSTOMER LOYALTY DEPARTMENT TOLL-FREE AT 800-301-6859.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

EBL ENTERPRISES RECALLS MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
DEALERLEATHER / 100 SERIES
9999
Manufacturer : EBL ENTERPRISES, INC. Mfr's Report Date : MAR 18, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08E024000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:MOTORCYCLE:HELMETS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 13041
Summary:
 EBL ENTERPRISES IS RECALLING AN UNDETERMINED QUANTITY OF MOTORCYCLE HELMETS, 100 SERIES, FOR FAILING TO CONFORM TO THE IMPACT ATTENUATION, PENETRATION, AND LABELING REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 218, MOTORCYCLE HELMETS.
Consequence:
 IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THE HELMET WEARER MAY BECOME SERIOUSLY INJURED WITHOUT ADEQUATE PROTECTION.
Remedy:
 DEALERLEATHER WILL OFFER A REFUND OR REPLACE ANY NONCOMPLIANT HELMET WITH A HELMET THAT MEETS FEDERAL STANDARDS. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2008.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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Friday, April 25, 2008

LawnBott Lawn Mowers Recalled By Kyodo America Industries Co. LTD.,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2008
Release #08-256

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 465-9636
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


CPSC, Kyodo America Recall LawnBott Lawn Mowers Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: LawnBott Lawn Mowers

Units: About 530

Importer: Kyodo America Industries Co. LTD., of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Manufacturer: Zucchetti Centro Sistemi S.p.A., of Italy

Hazard: The cutting blades continue to rotate when the mower is lifted from the ground and the spacing on the side of the lawn mower could allow room for a consumer’s foot to go beyond the shield and be struck by the blade. Both instances pose a serious laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Kyodo America has received one report of a consumer lifting the mower from the ground and suffered minor lacerations from the moving blade.

Description: This recall involves LawnBott lawn mowers with model numbers LB2000, LB2100, LB3000, and LB3200. The robotic lawn mowers freely and automatically cut grass by detecting the signal of a perimeter cable. The mowers have a docking station for recharging and a shiny plastic cover sold in red, green or blue. ”Evolution” or “deluxe” is printed on the side of the mower.

Sold by: Kyodo America dealers nationwide from January 2006 through December 2007 for between $1,750 and $2,750.

Manufactured in: Italy

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled LawnBott lawn mowers immediately and contact Kyodo America to register their lawn mowers for repairs that will be ready by the end of June. Consumers who have registered their mower with Kyodo America have been sent direct notification by mail.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Kyodo America at (877) 465-9636 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.lawnbott.com

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

FDA Issues Regulation on Animal Feeds with Added Safeguards Against BSE "mad cow disease",

FDA Strengthens Safeguards for Consumers of Beef
Issues Regulation on Animal Feeds with Added Safeguards Against BSE

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final regulation barring certain cattle materials from all animal feed, including pet food. The final rule further protects animals and consumers against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as "mad cow disease").

"This FDA action serves to further protect the U.S. cattle population from the already low risk of BSE," said Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Director of FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. "The new rule strengthens existing safeguards."

The new measure builds on FDA's 1997 feed regulation, which prohibited the use of certain mammalian proteins in ruminant feed.

The materials that can no longer be used in animal feed are the tissues that have the highest risk for carrying the agent thought to cause BSE. These high risk cattle materials are the brains and spinal cords from cattle 30 months of age and older. The entire carcass of cattle not inspected and passed for human consumption is also prohibited, unless the cattle are less than 30 months of age, or the brains and spinal cords have been removed. The risk of BSE in cattle less than 30 months of age is considered to be exceedingly low.

The removal of high-risk materials from all animal feed will further protect against inadvertent transmission of the agent thought to cause BSE, which could occur through cross-contamination of ruminant feed (intended for animals with four-chambered stomachs, such as cattle) with non-ruminant feed or feed ingredients during manufacture and transport, or through misfeeding of non-ruminant feed to ruminants on the farm. The added measure of excluding high-risk materials from all animal feeds prevents any accidental feeding of such ingredients to cattle.

Today's regulation finalizes a proposed rule that the FDA issued for public comment in October 2005. The final rule is effective 12 months from today to allow the livestock, meat, rendering, and feed industries time to adapt their practices to comply with the new regulation. Under the new requirements of the final rule, renderers that process cattle not inspected and passed for human consumption must make available for FDA inspection their written protocols for determining the age of cattle and demonstrating that the brain and spinal cords of cattle have been effectively removed.

Scientific studies have linked BSE to cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in humans, an invariably fatal disease that most likely results from human consumption of infectious material from cattle with BSE. Rules issued in 2004 prohibited specified risk materials from use in the human food supply. There have been no vCJD cases linked to consumption of U.S. beef and the risk of BSE among U.S. cattle is low.

FDA regulates animal feed and drugs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and FDA promulgate and enforce the regulations that ensure the exclusion of specific risk materials from the human food supply.
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FDA Orders Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc., to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2008

Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Rawlings, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA


FDA Orders Pet Food Maker to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order requiring that Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc., in Wheeling, Ill., obtain an emergency permit from the FDA before its canned pet food products enter interstate commerce.

A recent inspection revealed significant deviations from prescribed documentation of processes, equipment, and recordkeeping in the production of the company's thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. These problems could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.

"As outlined in the Food Protection Plan, the FDA uses a risk-based approach to locate the areas of greatest risk for foods, and targets preventive controls and inspections to those areas, " said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "The FDA's authority to issue an order requiring an emergency permit is an enforcement tool designed to prevent unsafe foods from reaching consumers.”

The FDA issues an "Order of Need for Emergency Permit” if the agency determines that a company fails to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk. For Evanger's to resume business, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

In light of human botulism illnesses and recalls that occurred due to under-processed hot dog chili sauce, and potentially under-processed canned green beans, FDA has urged all LACF processors to review their operations and the apply scientific principals and regulations that have been established to provide a safe product.

While FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods, CFSAN is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing. The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.

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EPA orders Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., To Stop Selling "Garden Weed Preventer + Plant Food" and "SLS Fertilizer With .28 Halts"

EPA is ordering Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., located in Marysville, Ohio, to stop selling and distributing two pesticide products that have not been registered with the EPA. The pesticides are "Garden Weed Preventer + Plant Food" and "SLS Fertilizer With .28 Halts" and are commonly used on lawns by homeowners.

These products have not been registered with the EPA and are labeled with invalid EPA registration numbers. EPA has not reviewed any information about the safety of these products. Pesticide products must be registered with the EPA to protect public health and the environment.

EPA's pesticide requirements protect public health and the environment by ensuring safe production, handling, and application of pesticides, and by preventing false, misleading, or unverifiable product claims.

If you think you may have purchased one of these unregistered products, please look at the EPA number provided on the label. If you see the numbers

  • 62355-4 (garden weed prevention products)
  • 538-304 (SLS fertilizer),

you have an unregistered pesticide. Please store the product in a cool, dry place such as a garage or utility shed and contact Scotts or your retail outlet.

Consumers with questions about the stop sale may call 888-838-1304 to speak with an EPA pesticides specialist.

The National Pesticide Information Center has a hotline as well at 800-858-7378 daily from 6:30AM to 4:30PM Pacific time.

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WhiteWave Foods Company Recalls Silk Soymilk Chocolate Flavor in Plastic Bottles

Allergy Alert on Undeclared Dairy in 11-Ounce Single Serve Silk Soymilk Chocolate Flavor in Plastic Bottles

Contact:
Marguerite Copel
(214) 721-1273

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Mount Crawford, Virginia -- April 23, 2008 --- WhiteWave Foods Company is voluntarily recalling 11-ounce plastic single serve bottles of Silk Soymilk Chocolate Flavor because it may contain undeclared milk protein. The individual bottles are printed with both a "use by" date of May 7, 2008 (printed as 05 07 08) and a Universal Product Code (UPC) of 2529360028. Consumers can find this information on the back of the individual bottle.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein run the risk of a health problem or illness if they consume this product. Some reactions have been reported.

This affected product was distributed nationwide and reached consumers through retail and foodservice outlets. WhiteWave's sales team is working with distributors to actively recover any affected product remaining on store shelves.

HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT

This recall includes only 11-ounce single serve plastic bottles of Silk Soymilk Chocolate Flavor with both a "use by" date of May 7, 2008 (printed as 05 07 08) and a UPC code of 2529360028. Consumers should look for this information on the back of the bottle.

The Company apologizes for any inconvenience to its customers. Consumers who purchased the product may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions can contact the Company at 1-800-587-2259.

The Food and Drug Administration has been notified of this recall.

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Consumer Warning: Chang Farm Soy Sprouts Bacteria Contamination

DPH Issues Consumer Warning For Chang Farm Soy Sprouts Because Of Bacteria Contamination
No illnesses reported, Consumers Urged to Discard Product

Contact:
Donna Rheaume
(617) 624-5006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Boston, MA -- April 19, 2008 -- The Department of Public Health (DPH) is issuing a warning to the public not to consume any soy sprouts produced from Chang Farms in Whatley Massachusetts because of the presence of bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes).

The affected product is packaged in 12 ounce plastic bags, labeled under the Chang Farm Brand as Soy Sprouts, and have a "Sell By" date of April 19, 2008. At this time, DPH is aware of the affected product being distributed at several retail outlets throughout the state including Stop & Shop, Market Basket, and Whole Foods Markets.

Grocery stores, food service, and other retailers in Massachusetts should remove this product immediately. Consumers should discard this product or return it to the place of purchase.

To date, no illnesses associated with this product have been reported to DPH. L. monocytogenes is a bacteria that is widespread in the environment and is sometimes found in food. If contaminated food is eaten, it can result in a mild illness called listerial gastroenteritis or a severe, sometimes life-threatening illness.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. The illness may be mild and the symptoms described as flu-like. While most cases of listeriosis occur in adults with weakened immune status, such as the elderly, pregnant women, and newborns, infections can occasionally occur in healthy individuals. Consumers should contact their healthcare provider with any illness concerns.

Consumers with questions about the warning may contact the DPH Food Protection Program at 617-983-6712.

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RV RECALLS: MOBILE CONCEPTS BY SCOTTY INC RECALLS SCOTTY SINGLE, DOUBLE, AND TRIPLE TRAILERS AND MODELS 2400 AND 2700 TRAILERS

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
SCOTTY / 2400
1998
SCOTTY / 2700
1998
SCOTTY / TRAILER
1997-2001
Manufacturer : MOBILE CONCEPTS BY SCOTTY INC. Mfr's Report Date : APR 11, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V174000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 35
Summary:
 MOBILE CONCEPTS IS RECALLING 35 MY 1997-2001 SCOTTY SINGLE, DOUBLE, AND TRIPLE TRAILERS AND MY 1998 MODELS 2400 AND 2700 TRAILERS EQUIPPED WITH A TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATOR MANUFACTURED BY THE DOMETIC CORPORATION. THE REFRIGERATOR MAY HAVE A DEFECT IN THE BOILER TUBE. PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION COULD BE RELEASED INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.
Consequence:
 RELEASE OF COOLANT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS COULD IGNITE AND RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
 MOBILE CONCEPTS WILL BE WORKING WITH DOMETIC IN ORDER TO REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS (PLEASE SEE 06E076). DOMETIC WILL REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS BY INSTALLING A SECONDARY BURN HOUSING, A THERMAL FUSE, AND A MELT FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC/STERICYCLE AT 1-888-446-5157 OR MOBILE CONCEPTS AT 1-724-542-7640.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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RV RECALL: SPORTSMOBILE TEXAS, INC RECALLS SPRINTER VAN CLASS B REGULAR BODY AND EXTENDED BODY RECREATIONAL VEHICLES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
SPRINTER / 2500
2003-2006
Manufacturer : SPORTSMOBILE TEXAS, INC Mfr's Report Date : APR 09, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V173000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 6
Summary:
 SPORTSMOBILE IS RECALLING 6 MY 2003-2006 2500 SPRINTER VAN CLASS B REGULAR BODY AND EXTENDED BODY RECREATIONAL VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A TWO-DOOR REFRIGERATOR MANUFACTURED BY THE DOMETIC CORPORATION. THE REFRIGERATOR MAY HAVE A DEFECT IN THE BOILER TUBE. PRESSURIZED COOLANT SOLUTION COULD BE RELEASED INTO AN AREA WHERE AN IGNITION SOURCE (GAS FLAME) IS PRESENT.
Consequence:
 RELEASE OF COOLANT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS COULD IGNITE AND RESULT IN A FIRE.
Remedy:
 SPORTSMOBILE WILL BE WORKING WITH DOMETIC IN ORDER TO REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS (PLEASE SEE 06E076). DOMETIC WILL REPAIR THESE REFRIGERATORS BY INSTALLING A SECONDARY BURN HOUSING, A THERMAL FUSE, AND A MELT FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 10, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOMETIC/STERICYCLE AT 1-888-446-5157 OR SPORTSMOBILE AT 1-512-835-4409.
Notes:
 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
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