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Friday, May 30, 2008

Children’s Jewelry, Makit & Bakit Jewelry Sets and Suncatcher Sets Recalled By QuinCrafts.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2008
Release #08-294

Firm's Recall Hotline: (638) 638-1537
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

QuinCrafts Children’s Jewelry Recalled 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: Makit & Bakit Jewelry Sets and Suncatcher Sets

Units: About 70,000

Importer: QuinCrafts, of Dexter, Mich.

Hazard: The clasps on some of the jewelry 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 recall includes QuinCrafts products containing children’s jewelry. Only items with the following item numbers printed on the back of the packaging are included in the recall:

ItemItem Number
Makit & Bakit 5-Piece Jewelry Set55256
Makit & Bakit Charm Bracelet Sets41671
Makit & Bakit Bracelet & Necklace Set55106
Makit & Bakit Charm Bracelet Set55100
Makit & Bakit Garden Delux Suncatcher Set43131
Disney Makit & Bakit Fairies Charm Bracelet50083
Disney Makit & Bakit Princess Charm Bracelet50694

The children’s jewelry was sold in a variety of sets that contained necklace, bracelet and earring or ring combinations.

Sold at: AC Moore, CVS, LTD Commodities, Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, Michaels Corp. and other toy and independent craft supply stores nationwide from August 2007 through March 2008 for about $2.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewelry away from young children and contact QuinCrafts for a replacement jewelry set.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact QuinCrafts at (800) 366-4660 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.quincrafts.com/recall

“Sky Champion” Wireless Indoor Helicopters, Remote-Controlled Toys Sold At Walgreens Recalled By Tradewinds International Enterprises Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2008
Release #08-293

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 583-4908
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Remote-Controlled Helicopter Toys Sold Exclusively in Walgreens Recalled Due to Fire and Burn Hazards by TWIE

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: “Sky Champion” Wireless Indoor Helicopters

Units: About 152,000

Importer/Distributor: TWIE, also known as Tradewinds International Enterprises Inc., of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The rechargeable battery contained inside the helicopter can catch fire, igniting the helicopter and nearby combustible materials. This poses a burn or fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: TWIE has received two reports of helicopters catching fire. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the “Sky Champion” wireless indoor helicopter. The helicopter comes with a transmitter that controls and recharges the helicopter. The helicopter is made of foam and plastic and measures about 7 inches by 3 inches. The transmitter measures about 6 inches by 4 inches. “BH26047” is printed on the tail of the helicopter. “WIC 551777” and the UPC code is 630990006005 are printed on the packaging.

Sold at: Walgreens stores nationwide from June 2007 through November 2007 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop playing with the recalled helicopters and contact TWIE for a full refund. Returns will be accepted by TWIE. Walgreens will not accept returns or provide a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact TWIE toll free at (888) 583-4908 anytime or send an email to returncoptersl@aol.com

Best Value Park Benches Recalled By Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2008
Release #08-292

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 739-4120
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Recall Outdoor Benches 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: Best Value Park Benches

Units: About 4,500

Distributor: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, of Hudson, Ohio

Hazard: The benches can become unstable and break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Best Value park benches with a green metal frame and wooden slats. The benches measure 50-inches long by 22-inches wide by 30-inches high.

Sold at: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2008 for about $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled park benches and return the product to the nearest Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Jo-Ann Stores toll-free at (888) 739-4120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email the firm at guest.services@jo-ann.com.Consumers can also visit the firm’s Web site at www.joann.com

Candlsense Warmers, Electric Candle Warmers Recalled by Provo Craft & Novelty Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2008
Release #08-289

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 306-0132
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Electric Candle Warmers Recalled by Provo Craft & Novelty Due to Fire 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: Candlsense Warmers

Units: About 730,000

Manufacturer: Provo Craft & Novelty Inc., of Spanish Fork, Utah

Hazard: The internal heating element of the candle warmer can detach and melt the bottom of its plastic casing, which can in turn ignite or scorch the surface on which the candle warmer is placed, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Provo Craft has received 11 reports of incidents in which the heating elements detached, including two fires and nine incidents of property scorching. One consumer reported a blistered finger.

Product Description: This recall involves the Candlsense warmers with product codes ranging from YD0629 through YD0652 and YD0701 through YD0708. The candle warmers measure about 4 ¾ inches in diameter. The heating plate is black and the surrounding area is white plastic. “Provo Craft & Novelty Candle Warmer Air Freshener Model: WCY-8888” and the product code are embossed on the underside of the warmer.

Sold at: Wal-Mart and other retailers nationwide from August 2006 through October 2007 for between $5 and $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Provo Craft to receive a voucher worth 120 percent of the purchase price of the candle warmer. The voucher can be redeemed at www.creativexpress.com

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Provo Craft at (888) 306-0132 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web site at www.provocraft.com

Residential Super-large Gas Dryers Recalled By Miele Inc.

Miele Recalls Gas Dryers Due to Risk of Gas Leak or Fire

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: Residential Super-large Gas Dryers

Units: About 3,100

Importer: Miele Inc., of Princeton, N.J.

Hazard: If the dryer is improperly installed, the dryer’s internal gas fitting can loosen, posing a risk of gas leaking into the house. Any gas leak that is not detected can cause asphyxiation, a fire or an explosion. Also, one or both of the caps on the internal exhaust duct can become dislodged, which can cause lint to build up and be carried through the gas burner. This poses a risk of fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Miele has received 11 reports worldwide in which consumers reported smelling gas after installation of their dryers. The firm has also received a report of a fire causing property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves Miele gas dryers, model T 9820. The dryers are residential super-large capacity units that are white-colored. The serial number can be located on the rim of the door opening, and is written as “Nr:xx/” followed by an 8-digit number in the range from 66461685 to 89921848.

Sold by: Miele distributors nationwide between March 2007 and December 2007 for about $1,300.

Manufactured in: Czech Republic

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled dryer immediately and turn off the gas supply to the unit. The firm has sent direct notices to consumers. Consumers who have not had their dryer inspected should contact a Miele authorized service provider for a free inspection and repair, if necessary. Dryers serviced since January 23, 2008 have been inspected/repaired.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Miele at (800) 420-1813 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.miele.com


GM RECALLS CHEVROLET EXPRESS AND GMC SAVANA FULL-SIZE PASSENGER, CARGO, OR CUTAWAY VANS.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
CHEVROLET / EXPRESS
2006
GMC / SAVANA
2006
Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's Report Date : APR 08, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V238000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SEAT BELTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 4003
Summary:
 GM IS RECALLING 4,003 MY 2006 CHEVROLET EXPRESS AND GMC SAVANA FULL-SIZE PASSENGER, CARGO, OR CUTAWAY VANS. THE FRONT AND REAR SEAT BELT BUCKLES WILL NOT LATCH OR WILL NOT UNLATCH.
Consequence:
 IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, A SEAT OCCUPANT MAY NOT BE PROPERLY RESTRAINED INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE BUCKLES AND, IF FOUND TO BE INOPERATIVE, THE ENTIRE BUCKLE ASSEMBLY WOULD BE REPLACED. FOR BUCKLES FOUND TO BE OPERATIVE, DEALER WILL REPLACE ONLY THE UPPER BUCKLE COVER. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 30, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR GMC AT 1-866-996-9463. NOTE: THIS CAMPAIGN IS AN EXPANSION OF A PREVIOUS RECALL (PLEASE SEE 05V558).
Notes:
 GM RECALL NO. 05113A. 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.

VAN HOOL RECALLS C2045, T2140, AND T2145 BUSES

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
VAN HOOL / C2045
2004-2007
VAN HOOL / T2140
2004-2007
VAN HOOL / T2145
2004-2007
Manufacturer : VAN HOOL N.V. Mfr's Report Date : MAY 26, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V237000 NHTSA Action Number: PE08023
Component: VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:LINKAGES
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 149
Summary:
 VAN HOOL IS RECALLING 149 MY 2004-2007 C2045, T2140, AND T2145 BUSES EQUIPPED WITH DOGA WINDSHIELD WIPER SYSTEMS. LINKAGES WERE POORLY FINISHED. THIS COULD LEAD TO A MISALIGNMENT OF THE WINDSHIELD WIPER SYSTEM, BLOCKING THE MOTOR.
Consequence:
 FAILURE OF THE WIPER LINKAGES WILL LEAD TO WIPER SYSTEM BREAKDOWN. THE OPERATOR WILL HAVE REDUCED VISIBILITY WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy:
 VAN HOOL IS WORKING WITH DOGA AND WILL REPLACE THE WIPER MOTOR FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VAN HOOL (ABC COMPANIES) AT 1-407-656-7977.
Notes:
 VAN HOOL RECALL NO. 1213. 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.

AUTOCAR RECALLS ACX CHASSIS ASSEMBLIES USED IN CRANES.

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
AUTOCAR / ACX
2008
Manufacturer : AUTOCAR, LLC Mfr's Report Date : MAY 21, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V236000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 7
Summary:
 AUTOCAR IS RECALLING 7 MY 2008 ACX CHASSIS ASSEMBLIES WHICH WERE SOLD TO GROVE U.S. LLC. GROVE CONVERTS THESE CHASSIS INTO CRANES. THE TELESCOPIC STEERING SHAFT BETWEEN THE IN-CAB TILT STEER GEARBOX COMPONENTS AND THE FLOOR-MOUNTED STEERING GEARBOX IS TOO LONG, AND ONE OF THE PINCH BOLTS ON THE SHAFT MAY NOT BE SECURED PROPERLY.
Consequence:
 INSUFFICIENT TORQUE ON THE FASTENER THAT CLAMPS THE ASSEMBLIES TOGETHER COULD RESULT IN A LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 AUTOCAR IS WORKING WITH GROVE TO HAVE THE CHASSIS INSPECTED AND WILL REPLACE THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS FREE OF CHARGE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT AUTOCAR AT 1-765-489-6001.
Notes:
 AUTOCAR RECALL NO. A-0802. 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.

VOLKSWAGEN RECALLS PASSAT, PASSAT WAGON, AND TIGUAN

Make / Models :
Model/Build Years:
VOLKSWAGEN / PASSAT
2008
VOLKSWAGEN / PASSAT WAGON
2008
VOLKSWAGEN / TIGUAN
2009
Manufacturer : VOLKSWAGEN OF AMERICA, INC Mfr's Report Date : MAY 22, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V235000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 4000
Summary:
 VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING 4,000 MY 2008 PASSAT AND MY 2009 TIGUAN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 2.0T FSI ULEV II ENGINES. THESE VEHICLES HAVE AN ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM) CONTAINING SOFTWARE THAT MAY NOT PROPERLY CONTROL ENGINE IDLE WITH THE AIR CONDITIONING TURNED ON. IN RARE CASES, THE ECM MAY UNEXPECTEDLY INCREASE ENGINE RPM.
Consequence:
 AN ENGINE SURGE CAUSED BY AN UNEXPECTED INCREASE IN ENGINE RPM MAY SURPRISE THE VEHICLE OPERATOR AND CAN RESULT IN A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND UPDATE THE ECM SOFTWARE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MAY 30, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-893-5298.
Notes:
 VOLKSWAGEN RECALL NO. 24M9/R7. 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.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES RECALL JAMBOREE SPORT AND TIOGA RANGER MOTOR HOMES.

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
FLEETWOOD / JAMBOREE 2008
FLEETWOOD / TIOGA 2008
Manufacturer : FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES, INC. Mfr's Report Date : MAY 21, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V234000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SEAT BELTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 186
Summary:
 FLEETWOOD IS RECALLING 186 MY 2008 JAMBOREE SPORT AND TIOGA RANGER 25G CLASS C MOTOR HOMES FOR FAILING TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 209, "SEAT BELT ASSEMBLIES." THE SEAT BELTS AT THE TWO CENTER SEATING POSITIONS LOCATED ON THE WRAP-AROUND BOOTH DINETTE, MAY BE TOO LONG TO ACHIEVE PROPER ADJUSTMENTS.
Consequence:
 LACK OF ADEQUATE SEAT BELT PROTECTION INCREASES THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TWO SEAT BELTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JUNE 5, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FLEETWOOD AT 1-800-509-3418.
Notes:
 FLEETWOOD RECALL NO. 80324. 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.

Little Tikes Chit ‘N Chat Toy Cell Phones Recalled By Kids Station Toys

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2008
Release #08-290

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 620-0930
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Kids Station Toys Recalls Little Tikes Toy Cell Phones Due to Choking 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: Little Tikes Chit ‘N Chat Toy Cell Phones

Units: About 1 million

Manufacturer: Kids Station Toys International Ltd. of Miami, Fla.

Hazard: The hinge cover on the toy cell phone can detach from the phone, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and the firm have received three reports of the toy breaking, including one report of a child beginning to choke on a small part.

Description: The Little Tikes brand Chit ‘N Chat Toy Cell Phone resembles a flip-phone style cell phone and has a 10-key numeric button pad and three buttons with pictures of animals. All of the buttons make a sound when pressed. The toy phones are multi-colored and have a sticker on the back with model number KSL4010 (sold separately) or KSL8032, KSL8033, or KSL8051 (sold with other items). “Designed and Licensed by Kids Station Toys International Ltd.” is printed on the back of the toy phones. Toy phones with a screw visible on the hinge cover are not subject to the recall.

Sold at: Department, juvenile product, and drug stores nationwide from June 2006 through March 2008 for about $8 (individually) or about $20 (set).

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should take these toy phones away from young children immediately and contact the firm for instructions on obtaining a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kids Station toll-free at (888) 620-0930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.kidsstationtoys.com

Adio Footwear Recalls Boy’s Hooded Zip Fleece Sweatshirts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2008
Release #08-288

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 995-6069
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled by Adio Footwear Due to Strangulation 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: Boy’s Hooded Zip Fleece Sweatshirts

Units: About 300

Distributor: Adio Footwear, of Carlsbad, Calif.

Hazard: The garments have a drawstring through the hood, which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The boy’s “Champ Custom” hooded zip fleece sweatshirt (style # 40305.HZB) is white with blue pin-stripes on the front and red panels on the sides. ADIO is spelled out across the front. The sweatshirt was sold in boys’ sizes: small, medium, large and x-large.

Sold at: Tilly’s and Bob’s stores nationwide from October 2007 through December 2007 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard, and return the item to the place of purchase or to Adio Footwear for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Adio Footwear at (800) 995-6069 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.adiofootwear.com

Hearth & Home Technologies Recall IntelliSwitch Fireplace Wall Controls

Fireplace Wall Controls Recalled by Hearth & Home Technologies®; High Temperatures Can Result in Property Damage

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: IntelliSwitch Fireplace Wall Controls

Units: About 22,000

Manufacturer (Fireplace): Hearth & Home Technologies Inc., of Lakeville, Minn.

Manufacturer (Wall Controls): Nortech Systems Inc., of Wayzata, Minn.

Hazard: Failure in the wall control system can cause the fireplace to turn on by itself creating a risk of property damage. If the control fails and the consumer has left combustible objects directly in front of an unattended fireplace, there may also be a risk of fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Hearth & Home has received 13 reports of a fireplace turning itself on and continuing to operate, including two reports of minor property damage caused by high temperature. No fires or injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves WSK-300 IntelliSwitch Fireplace Wall Controls sold with Heat & Glo gas direct vent fireplaces with the following model & serial numbers:

Model NumberSales periodAll serial numbers up to
6000GLX-IPI-SJanuary 2007 to January 22, 20080021279289
6000GLX-IPILP-SJanuary 2007 to January 22, 20080021279322
6000GLX-IPI-RJanuary 2007 to January 28, 20080021281203
6000GLX-IPILP-RJanuary 2007 to January 22, 20080021279291
Cerona 36January 2007 to January 22, 20080021279592
Cerona 42January 2007 to January 23, 20080021279097

The fireplaces have a serial plate located on the floor, right hand side, of the fireplace control compartment. The model code, serial number, and date of manufacture are on this plate.

The recall also includes the following wall controls sold separately:

Wall Control Model NumberSales periodAll serial numbers
Heat & Glo WSK-300-HNGJanuary 2007 to December 2007None
Heatilator WSK-300-HTLJune 2007 to December 2007None
Quadra-Fire WSK-300-QFNovember 2007 to December 2007None

Sold by: Fireplace stores and distributors nationwide from January 2007 through February 2008 for between $2,800 and $3,500. Individual wall controls were sold by fireplace stores, distributors, and installers from January 2007 through February 2008 for $180.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should disable the fireplace until the repair is performed if they will be away from their residence for an extended period of time. Retailers are contacting consumers directly to inform them about the retrofit program and provide instructions on disabling the fireplace. Hearth & Home Technologies will send consumers a free replacement wall control panel for installation by the consumer or trained technician. Consumers not contacted by their retailer should contact Hearth & Home Technologies.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hearth & Home Technologies at (800) 215-5152 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.heatnglo.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

FDA & The state of Florida Orders Recall Of ED Drug, Xiadafil VIP Tablets By SEI Pharmaceuticals.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2008

Media Inquiries:
Rita Chappelle, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA


FDA Requests Recall of Xiadafil VIP Tabs
Product contains undeclared ingredient that puts consumer health at risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today requested that SEI Pharmaceuticals, of Miami, Fla., recall all Xiadafil VIP Tabs sold in 8 tablet bottles (Lot # 6K029) or blister cards of 2 tablets (Lot # 6K029-SEI) because these products contain a potentially harmful, undeclared ingredient that may dangerously affect a person's blood pressure and can cause other life-threatening side effects. These lots of Xiadafil VIP Tabs bear an expiration date of September 2009 (09/09). Xiadafil VIP Tabs are marketed as a dietary supplement for sexual enhancement and able to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

Today's formal request follows an action by the state of Florida to prevent the further distribution of this product into consumer channels. FDA is advising consumers not to buy or use this product. The agency may take further regulatory action to protect consumers from this illegal product.

Although labeled as a dietary supplement and touted as "all-natural," Xiadafil VIP Tabs are an illegally marketed drug that contains a potentially harmful undeclared ingredient. FDA chemical analysis revealed that Xiadafil VIP Tabs contains hydroxyhomosildenafil, which is an analog of sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for ED.

This undeclared ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and can lower blood pressure to life-threatening levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these medical conditions.

"Because these products are labeled as ‘all natural dietary supplements,' consumers may assume that they are harmless and pose no health risk," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "But an unsuspecting consumer with underlying medical issues may take these products without knowing that they can cause serious side effects and interact in dangerous ways with drugs that a consumer is already taking."

The FDA has not approved Xiadafil VIP Tabs for ED or any other drug use, and the safety and effectiveness of this product is unknown. The product is promoted and sold over the Internet, was given away as free samples at trade shows, and is sold in health food stores nationwide. The product may be packaged in bottles of eight tablets or blister cards of two tablets.

On May 13, 2008 Florida officials issued a "stop sale" action at SEI's distribution facility in Miami, Fla. This action required the firm to hold, intact, violative Xiadafil VIP Tabs found on-hand at the facility. The state of Florida's action to control the supply of the product, coupled with today's formal request by FDA to recall this product from the marketplace, will further reduce the likelihood that this potentially dangerous product is used by unsuspecting consumers.

Alternative products like Xiadafil VIP Tabs are often sought out because they are marketed as "all natural" or as not containing the active ingredients in approved, prescribed ED drugs. Because the manufacturing source of the active ingredients in many of these alternative products is unknown, consumers should also be aware that the safety, efficacy, and purity of these ingredients have not been verified by the FDA.

The FDA advises consumers who have used this product to discontinue use immediately and consult their health care professional if they have experienced any adverse events that they believe may be related to the use of this product.

Consumers and health care professionals can report adverse events to the FDA's MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787 or online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

Additionally, the FDA recommends that consumers talk to their health care professional about FDA-approved treatments for ED.

“Square D” Circuit Breakers Recalled By Specialty Lamp International Inc.,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2008
Release #08-286

Firm’s Recall Hotline: (866) 650-3076
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


Counterfeit Circuit Breakers Recalled By Specialty Lamp International Due to Fire 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: Counterfeit Circuit Breakers labeled as “Square D”

Units: About 371,000

Distributor: Specialty Lamp International Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The counterfeit circuit breakers are black and are labeled as Square D QO-series models 115, 120, 130, 215, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260 and 2020 and Square D QOB-series models 115, 120, 130, 220, 230, 250, 260 and 1515. Actual Square D circuit breakers have (a) the amp rating written on the handle in white paint on the front of the breaker (authentic Square D circuit breakers manufactured prior to 2003 did not have white paint on the amperage numbers); (b) the Square D insignia molded onto the breaker side, and; (c) a yellow chromate mounting clip with half of the top of the clip visible. If your breaker, labeled as Square D, does not match this description, it could be counterfeit.

Sold by: Electrical product distributors nationwide from May 2005 through June 2006 for between $3 and $23.

Manufactured in: China or Unknown

Remedy: Consumers should contact Specialty to determine if the breaker they have is counterfeit and to arrange for a free inspection and replacement or refund if necessary.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Specialty at (866) 650-3076 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, by email bart@specialty-lamp.com, or visit the company’s Web site at www.ebulb.net. This is not a Square D Company recall.

Rawlings Sporting Goods Recalls Batting Helmets.


May 27, 2008
Alert #08-575

Batting Helmets Recalled by Rawlings Sporting Goods Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

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: Rawlings Junior Batting Helmets

Units: About 2,300

Importer: Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc., of St. Louis, Mo.

Hazard: Surface paint on the helmets contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves junior batting helmets with model number CFHLJR. The helmets come in yellow and orange with black accents. The model number can be found on the rear of the helmet.

Sold by: Sporting goods retailers nationwide from July 2007 through November 2007 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact either the retailer where the product was purchased or Rawlings for a free replacement product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Rawlings (800) 729-5464 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web site at www.rawlings.com

FDA Recalls, How It Happens, From Beginning To End!

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Once a product is in widespread use, unforeseen problems can sometimes lead to a recall. Contaminated spinach, for example, led to the recent recall of spinach products under multiple brand names. Contaminated peanut butter led to the recall of thousands of jars of two popular brands. In both cases, FDA responded immediately to minimize harm.

When an FDA-regulated product is either defective or potentially harmful, recalling that product—removing it from the market or correcting the problem—is the most effective means for protecting the public. In most cases, a recall results from an unintentional mistake by the company, rather than from an intentional disregard for the law.

Recalls are almost always voluntary. Sometimes a company discovers a problem and recalls a product on its own. Other times a company recalls a product after FDA raises concerns. Only in rare cases will FDA request a recall. But in every case, FDA's role is to oversee a company's strategy and assess the adequacy of the recall.

First Alert

FDA first hears about a problem product in several ways:

* A company discovers a problem and contacts FDA.
* FDA inspects a manufacturing facility and determines the potential for a recall.
* FDA receives reports of health problems through various reporting systems.
* The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contacts FDA.

When it comes to illnesses associated with food products, Dorothy J. Miller, Director of FDA's Office of Emergency Operations, says that FDA generally first hears of these kinds of problems from CDC.

"CDC hears about such problems from state health departments that have received and submitted illness reports," she says. "An ongoing outbreak means that we have an emergency, and when there's a public health crisis like this, you need to tell the public immediately."

Alerting the Public

FDA seeks publicity about a recall only when it believes the public needs to be alerted to a serious hazard. When a recalled product has been widely distributed, the news media is a very effective way to reach large numbers of people. FDA can hold press conferences, issue press releases, and post updates to its Web site regularly, to alert people.

"It's about being as transparent as possible," says Catherine McDermott, a Press Officer in FDA's Office of Public Affairs. "If we feel there is that much of a health risk, we will offer media updates every day to give new information, and all that we know gets posted to FDA's Web site."
Not all recalls are announced in the media. But all recalls go into FDA's weekly Enforcement Report. This document lists each recall according to classification (see "Recall Classifications" box), with the specific action taken by the recalling firm.

Effectiveness Checks

FDA evaluates whether all reasonable efforts have been made to remove or correct a product. A recall is considered complete after all of the company's corrective actions are reviewed by FDA and deemed appropriate. After a recall is completed, FDA makes sure that the product is destroyed or suitably reconditioned, and investigates why the product was defective in the first place.

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Recall Classifications

These guidelines categorize all recalls into one of three classes, according to the level of hazard involved:

Class I: Dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death. Examples include: food found to contain botulinum toxin, food with undeclared allergens, a label mix-up on a lifesaving drug, or a defective artificial heart valve.

Class II: Products that might cause a temporary health problem, or pose only a slight threat of a serious nature. Example: a drug that is under-strength but that is not used to treat life-threatening situations.

Class III: Products that are unlikely to cause any adverse health reaction, but that violate FDA labeling or manufacturing laws. Examples include: a minor container defect and lack of English labeling in a retail food.

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FDA-regulated Products Subject to Recall

* human drugs
* animal drugs
* medical devices
* radiation-emitting products
* vaccines
* blood and blood products
* transplantable human tissue
* animal feed
* cosmetics
* about 80 percent of the foods eaten in the United States

For More Information

FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, and Safety Alerts

Weekly Enforcement Report Index



Friday, May 23, 2008

Health Canada is warning consumers not to use "Desire", labelled as manufactured by Desire LLC, and distributed by StarChem Labs.

OTTAWA - Health Canada is warning consumers not to use Desire, an unauthorized product promoted to enhance male sexual performance as this product may pose serious health risks in certain patients. Lot 0070263 of the product was found to contain the prescription drug phentolamine, which is not indicated on the label. Phentolamine is currently authorized for intravenous use in the prevention and control of high blood pressure in patients with adrenal tumours, and should only be used under the supervision of a health care professional. Patients with pre-existing medical conditions, including those with heart problems, those taking heart or blood pressure medications, or those at risk for strokes, may be at an increased risk of serious health effects.

Use of phentolamine by patients with heart disease can potentially result in serious cardiac side-effects such as low blood pressure, chest pain and abnormal heartbeat. Other side-effects may include dizziness, loss of consciousness, prolonged erection, headache, flushing, nasal congestion, indigestion and abdominal pain.

Desire is labelled as manufactured by Desire LLC, and distributed by StarChem Labs, of Farmingdale, New York. The product may be available at retail outlets across Canada, and over the Internet.

Health Canada advises retailers to remove Desire from their shelves, and consumers should return the product to the place of purchase. Health Canada is taking steps to confirm that the product has been removed from the Canadian market. Health Canada has not received any reports of adverse reactions associated with this product. Canadians who have used Desire LLC and are concerned about their health should consult with a health care professional.

Health Canada advises consumers not to use Desire or any other unauthorized products promoted to increase sexual performance that are advertised as "all natural", as such products may contain undeclared prescription drugs that may pose serious risks to health. Consumers who are concerned about erectile dysfunction should consult with their health care professional to discuss appropriate and authorized treatments.

Drugs and natural health products that are authorized for sale in Canada have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Drug Identification Number for Homeopathic Medicine (DIN-HM) on the label.

Consumers requiring more information about this advisory can contact Health Canada's public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

To report a suspected adverse reaction to this health product, please contact the Canada Vigilance Program of Health Canada by one of the following methods:

Telephone: 1-866-234-2345
Facsimile: 1-866-678-6789

Canada Vigilance Program
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Ottawa, Ontario, AL 0701C
K1A 0K9

Public Health Alert for 808 pounds of ground beef products produced at Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. And Sold By Sherm’s Food-4-Less.

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2008 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for approximately 808 pounds of ground beef products produced at Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a Lexington, Neb., establishment that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., (EST. 245L), sold chubs of 85% lean, 15% fat coarse ground beef to Sherm’s Food-4-Less retail establishment in Medford, Oregon, who then processed this ground beef into various sized packages of ground beef products and sold to consumers between May 7 and May 19.
FSIS is issuing a public health alert rather than a recall because FSIS has confirmed that none of the affected products remain available for sale at this retail establishment. Consumers that may have purchased various sized packages of ground beef products at this retail establishment between May 7 and May 19 are urged to check their refrigerators and freezers and discard or return the ground beef products for a refund.

The problem was discovered after a microbiological test for E. coli O157:H7 was reported positive by another recipient of the product subject to this alert. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional.E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumers with questions about this alert should contact the Tyson hotline at (866) 328-3156. Media with questions about this alert should contact company Director of Communications Gary Mickelson at (479) 290-6111.

Cecina Los Amigos Recalls 290 pounds of “CECINA LOS AMIGOS PORK BLOOD SAUSAGE (MORONGA).”

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-017-2008 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Amanda Eamich

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2008 – Cecina Los Amigos, a Carson, Calif., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 290 pounds of pork blood sausages that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The following product is subject to recall:
  • 10-pound vacuum-sealed packages of “CECINA LOS AMIGOS PORK BLOOD SAUSAGE (MORONGA).” The label bears the establishment number “EST. 21653” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The pork blood sausages were produced on May 14, 2008 and were distributed to retail establishments in northern California.

The problem was discovered by routine FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of products subject to this recall. Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult a medical professional.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, and can also cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Infection can spread to the nervous system, resulting in high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, confusion and convulsions.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Company Owner Felipe Flores at (310) 830-1787.

Re-Announcement of Recall of Gel Candles By M & A Global Technologies Inc. DBA Spa at Home

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2008
Release #08-287

Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 224-8811
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Additional Incidents Prompt Re-Announcement of Recall of Gel Candles Due to Fire Hazard

(Note: This recall is an expansion of an earlier recall announced in February 2007.)

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: Gel Candles

Units: About 1,700

Manufacturer: M & A Global Technologies Inc., doing business as Spa at Home, of Tallahassee, Fla.

Hazard: The candles can have excessive flame height, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: M & A Global Technologies has received four additional reports of higher than normal flames and flames coming in contact with nearby combustibles resulting in minor fires, smoke and soot damage. The company has also received one additional report of burn injuries to a consumer’s hand.

Description: This recall involves Everlasting Jelly candles. Models include Champagne Glass with Heart, Model #502; Large Oval Bowl with Sand & Shells, Model #109-XL; Tumbler with Sand & Shells, Model #101-S; Round Shape with Curly Top and Red Roses, Model #506; Round Shape with Penguins, Model #604; Tumbler with Blue Roses & Leaves, Model #805-11; and Round Shape with Two Butterflies, Model #806-8. The candles were sold in clear glass containers of various sizes with a smaller glass of gel in the middle of the candle.

Sold at: Spa at Home stores and Spaathome.com nationwide from October 2003 through December2003 and October 2005 through December 2005 for between $9 and $50.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candles and contact M & A Global Technologies for instructions on returning the product.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact M & A Global Technologies at (866) 224-8811 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.spaathome.com


Thursday, May 22, 2008

WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC. RECALLS ASPECT, ACCESS, CHALET, OUTLOOK, MINNIE WINNIE MOTOR HOMES, AND ITASCA CAMBRIA MOTOR HOMES.

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
ITASCA / CAMBRIA 2007-2008
WINNEBAGO / ACCESS 2006-2008
WINNEBAGO / ASPECT 2006-2008
WINNEBAGO / CHALET 2006-2008
WINNEBAGO / MINNIE WINNIE 2006-2008
WINNEBAGO / OUTLOOK 2006-2008
Manufacturer : WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC. Mfr's Report Date : MAY 19, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08V227000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 35
Summary:
 WINNEBAGO IS RECALLING 35 MY 2006-2008 ASPECT, ACCESS, CHALET, OUTLOOK, AND MINNIE WINNIE MOTOR HOMES, AND MY 2007-2008 ITASCA CAMBRIA MOTOR HOMES. A POOR GROUND MAY DEVELOP ON THE DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT MODULE THAT WOULD ALLOW THE MODULE TO OVERHEAT.
Consequence:
 THIS COULD HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO IGNITE, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR VEHICLE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT MODULE GROUND WIRE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JUNE 16, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT WINNEBAGO AT 1-641-585-3535.
Notes:
 WINNEBAGO RECALL NO. 108. 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.