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Friday, April 30, 2010

MEDDESKTOP: Cardiac Science Automated External Defibrillators : Class I Recall Adds - Powerheart, Cardiovive, NK, Responder models

MEDDESKTOP: Cardiac Science Automated External Defibrillators : Class I Recall Adds - Powerheart, Cardiovive, NK, Responder models

MEDDESKTOP: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Recalls over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products including Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl products

MEDDESKTOP: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Recalls over-the-counter (OTC) Children’s and Infants’ liquid products including Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl products

Humei Trading Inc Recalls Dried Pachyrhizus

Humei Trading Inc. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Pachyrhizus, Product of China

Humei Foods Dried Pachyrhizus Front Label

Humei Foods Dried Pachyrhizus Back Label
Contact:
Mr. Sizhong Huang, President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 29, 2010 - Humei Trading Inc of Jamaica, NY is recalling Dried Pachyrhizus, (Product of China), because they contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume these products.
Dried Pachyrhizus was distributed in the immediate New York City area.
Product is identified in sealed plastic bag (NET WT 350G/12.32 OZ) as HUMEI FOODS DRIED PACHYRHIZUS, PRODUCT OF CHINA.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by the Department’s Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the product, which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the HUMEI FOODS brand DRIED PACHYRHIZUS revealed it contained 139 milligrams per serving.
Consumers who have purchased HUMEI FOODS Brand DRIED PACHYRHIZUS are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718)995-6818.

Northern Food I/E Inc Recalls Havista brand "white fungus"

Northern Food I/E Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Havista White Fungus
Photo

Havista White Fungus 100g Front Label
Havista White Fungus 100g Back Label
Contact:
Northern Food I/E Inc.
385 W. John St.
Hicksville, NY 11801
Mr. Richard Lin / (516) 942-9070
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 29, 2010 - Northern Food I/E Inc. of Hicksville, NY, is recalling its 100 gram packages of Havista brand "white fungus" because they contain undeclared sulfites. People who have a sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.
The product comes in a 100 gram clear plastic bag with a multi-color label on the front and a white label on the back. The product is coded Best Before 09/10/2011. The recalled Havista brand "white fungus" was distributed in New York and New Jersey in retail stores.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by the Department’s Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the product, which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the Havista brand "white fungus" revealed it contained 124 milligrams per serving.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who purchased the 100 gram packages of Havista brand "white fungus" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (516) 942-9070.

HONDA RECALLS MODEL YEAR 2004 - 2008 ACURA TSX PASSENGER VEHICLES

Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     ACURA / TSX     2004-2008
Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.) Mfr's Report Date: APR 27, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V174000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:HYDRAULIC POWER ASSIST:HOSE, PIPING, AND CONNECTIONS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 167255
Summary:
 HONDA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2008 ACURA TSX PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 25, 2002 AND FEBRUARY 13, 2008. PROLONGER HIGH UNDER HOOD TEMPERATURES MAY CAUSE THE POWER STEERING HOSE TO DETERIORATE PREMATURELY AND MAY CAUSE THE HOSE TO CRACK AND LEAK POWER STEERING OIL.
Consequence:
 OIL LEAKING ONTO A HOT EXHAUST PIPE WILL GENERATE SMOKE AND A BURNING SMELL, AND COULD POTENTIALLY RESULT IN AN UNDER HOOD FIRE.
Remedy:
 HONDA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MAY 28, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ACURA CLIENT SERVICES AT 1-800-382-2238.
Notes:
 HONDA'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS R35. OWNERS 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 .

Gap Inc Recalls Baby Swimsuits Due to Strangulation Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2010
Release #10-215
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 747-3704
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983
Gap Media Contact: (800) 333-7899 x75900

Gap Recalls Baby Swimsuits Due to Strangulation Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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: Baby swimsuits
Units: About 6,500 in the U.S. and about 480 in Canada
Retailer: Gap Inc., of San Francisco, Calif.
Hazard: The swimsuits have halter straps that were manufactured too short causing the plastic ring located at the neck of the swimsuit to press against the child’s throat and obstruct the airway. This poses a strangulation hazard to the child.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two consumer complaints. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The baby swimsuits were sold in two styles: number 706260 is blue and white and number 700452 is red and white. The style number can be found on the label located on the swimsuit. Both swimsuits were sold in infant sizes up to 24 months and are made of a synthetic knit stretch fabric of polyester and spandex. The straps are made of the same material as the body.
Sold at: The babyGap, GapKids, Gap, Gap Outlet stores nationwide and online at www.gap.com from February 2010 through April 2010 for between $17 and $20.
Manufactured in: Indonesia and China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled swimsuits away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Gap to return by mail if purchased online.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gap toll-free at (888) 747-3704 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and Saturday between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., visit the firm’s website at www.gap.com or email Gap at custserv@gap.com

Picture of Recalled Baby Swimsuit   Picture of Recalled Baby Swimsuit
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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

Sportime, of Norcross, Ga Recalls Sports Balls Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard

April 30, 2010
Alert #10-734

Sportime Recalls Sports Balls 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: TechnoSkin Foam Balls and Sportime TechStitched Soccer Balls
Units: About 1,000
Importer: Sportime, of Norcross, Ga.
Hazard: Surface paints on the sports balls contain excessive levels of lead which is a violation of the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves the following SchoolSmart TechnoSkin Coated Foam Balls and TechStitched Soccer Balls. The TechnoSkin Foam Balls measure between 2 ¾ and 8 ¼ inches in diameter. The Sportime TechStitched Soccer Ball is a standard size soccer ball.
ProductProduct Photo
SchoolSmart TechnoSkin Coated Foam BallsSchoolSmart TechnoSkin Coated Foam Balls
TechStitched™ SOCCER BALLS, Set of 6 (Standard Size 4)SchoolSmart TechnoSkin Coated Foam Balls
Sold at: Sportime’s catalog and on the firm’s website www.schoolspecialty.com from December 2006 through August 2009 for between $28 and $110 per set.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled products away from children and contact Sportime for instructions to receive a full refund or replacement product.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Sportime toll-free at (888) 388-3224 anytime, visit the firm’s website at www.schoolspecialty.com, or email the firm at CustomerCare@schoolspecialty.com
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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

Comarco Inc Recalls Laptop Power Adapters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2010
Release #10-214
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 781-5186
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Comarco Recalls Power Adapters for Laptops Due to Burn 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: Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops
Units: About 507,000
Manufacturer: Comarco Inc. of, Lake Forest, Calif.
Hazard: Faulty wiring can cause the connector tips to heat and melt the plastic encasing the connector tips, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 518 incidents of the connector tips heating, 53 of which resulted in the melting of the plastic casings. Eight consumers have reported a finger tip or hand burn. No reports of medical attention were received.
Description: This recall involves the Targus Universal Wall Power Adapters for Laptops. Only models with the following SKU numbers are affected by this recall: APA23US-02, APA23US-03, APA23US-04, APA63US-03, APA63US-04, APM62US-03 and APM62US-04. The SKU number can be found on the underside of the adapter unit.
Sold at: WalMart, Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Amazon.com and other retailers nationwide from June 2009 through March 2010 for between $89 and 109 for adapters for wall outlets only and for between $129 and $149 for adapters for both wall outlets and car/airplane use.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled adapter and contact Comarco to receive instructions on returning the unit for a free refurbished replacement.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Comarco toll-free at (877) 781-5186 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.regcen.com/comarcorecall
Picture of Recalled Power Adapter

Picture of Recalled Power Adapter
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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

Cooper Lighting LLC, Recalls Chain Sets Sold with Commercial Light Fixtures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2010
Release #10-213
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 954-7228
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Chain Sets Sold with Commercial Light Fixtures Recalled by Cooper Lighting Due to Injury 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: Chain sets sold with Metalux light fixtures
Units: About 5,000
Distributor: Cooper Lighting LLC, of Peachtree City, Ga.
Hazard: An “S” hook on the chain connecting the fixture to the ceiling can straighten when subjected to high impact forces, resulting in the light fixture falling. This poses an injury hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of light fixtures having one chain detached or the fixture falling. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the AYC or HBAYC model chain set for use in a gymnasium or similar recreational facility with one of the following Metalux commercial light fixtures: F-Bay HB/2HB; F-Bay 2HBHD; F-Bay HBE; F-Bay HBHT; F-Bay HBI; F-Bay HBL; F-Bay 2HE Series 2HE; Arctic Bay AB; or Arctic Bay ABI.
Sold at: Authorized distributors nationwide from May 2006 through March 2010 for between $1.50 and $3.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should contact Cooper Lighting immediately for free replacement “S” hooks for all fixtures located within gymnasiums and similar recreational facilities. Maintenance personnel in these facilities should inspect the fixtures immediately and take down any units with straightened “S” hooks.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cooper Lighting at (800) 954-7228 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at http://www.metalux-lighting.com/ (pdf)
Picture of Recalled Chain Set

Picture of Recalled Chain Set and Commercial Light Fixture
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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The Murphy House, a Louisburg, N.C., Recalls Brunswick stew products

Recall Release CLASS I RECALL
FSIS-RC-026-2010 HEALTH RISK: HIGH

Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Neil Gaffney

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2010 - The Murphy House, a Louisburg, N.C., establishment, is recalling 414 lbs. of Brunswick stew products because they contain cracker meal with undeclared allergens, wheat and milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Wheat and milk are known allergens, which are not declared on the label.

The following products are subject to recall:
  • 5 lb. packages of “MURPHY HOUSE BARBECUE OUR OLD FASHIONED BRUNSWICK STEW” produced on April 2, 2010.
  • 24-ounce cups of “MURPHY HOUSE OUR OLD FASHIONED BRUNSWICK STEW” produced on April 2, 2010.
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Each package bears the establishment number “EST. 2135” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Cases and individual packages bear the sell-by date of 05/17/10.

The beef stew products were distributed at the wholesale and retail level in North Carolina.

The problem was discovered during a Food Safety Assessment of operations at the establishment by FSIS personnel. FSIS has received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an allergic reaction should contact a physician.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumer and media inquiries regarding the recall should be directed to Josh Whitely, Vice President, at (919) 496-6054.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.



TRANSPORTATION COLLABORATIVE INC. (TCI) RECALLS MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 SCHOOL BUSES

TRANS TECH ( 10V168000 ) (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 TRANSPORTATION COLLABORATIVE INC. (TCI) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 SCHOOL BUSES MODELS SST 30 PAK, STH4+9, STH4, STH5RL, ST5, ST4, DW4+9139, DW5193FRL, DW5139, DW5+9195, DW5+9159FRL...

BLUE BIRD RECALLS MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2009 VISION SCHOOL BUSES

BLUE BIRD ( 10V169000 ) (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 BLUE BIRD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2009 VISION SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 30, 2003 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24, 2008. THE POWER CABLES RUNNING TO THE POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT ...

BLUE BIRD RECALLS MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2009 VISION NON-SCHOOL BUSES

BLUE BIRD ( 10V170000 ) (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 BLUE BIRD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2009 VISION NON-SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 19, 2003 THROUGH JULY 2, 2008. THE POWER CABLES RUNNING TO THE POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT ...

FARBER SPECIALITY VEHICLES (FSV) IS RECALL

FARBER ( 10V166000 ) (Thu, 29 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 FARBER SPECIALITY VEHICLES (FSV) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2010 FSV SPEACILITY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN DECEMBER 17, 2007 AND DECEMBER 18, 2009 AND FITTED WITH RICON PUBLIC USE LIFTS. ...

Yamaha Motor Corporation Recalls Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

April 29, 2010
Alert #10-733

Yamaha Recalls ATVs Due to Crash 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: Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
Units: About 20,000
Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A., of Cypress, Calif.
Hazard: The steering column support assembly can crack and cause the rider to lose steering control, posing a risk of injury or death to riders.
Incidents/Injuries: Yamaha has received 19 reports of incidents involving the recalled ATVs. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the non-power steering models. Model names can be found on both the right and left hand side of the unit on the side panel.The following model numbers are affected by this recall:
Model YearModel NameModel Number
2009Grizzly 550YFM550FGHY
2009Grizzly 550YFM550FGY
2010Grizzly 550YFM550FGHZ
2010Grizzly 550YFM550FGZ


Model YearModel NameModel Number
2008Grizzly 700YFM700FGHX
2008Grizzly 700YFM700FGX
2009Grizzly 700YFM700FGHY
2009Grizzly 700YFM700FGY
2010Grizzly 700YFM700FGHZ
2010Grizzly 700YFM700FGZ


Sold at: Yamaha dealers nationwide from October 2007 through March 2010 for between $7,000 and $9,500.
Manufactured in: Japan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ATVs and contact their local Yamaha dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners were sent direct mail notification of the recall.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Yamaha at (800) 962-7926 any time or visit the company's website at www.yahama-motor.com

Recalled Grizzly 550 ATV

Grizzly 550


Recalled Grizzly 700 ATV

Grizzly 700



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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

LaJobi Inc. Recalls Graco®-Branded Drop Side Cribs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2010
Release #10-212
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 842-2215
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Graco®-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Recalled Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards

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: Graco®-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi
Units: About 217,000
Manufacturer: LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J.
Hazard: The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. Both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.
Description: This recall involves LaJobi-manufactured Graco® wood cribs. The full size cribs were sold in cherry, espresso, natural and white finishes. The production date, item number, purchase order number and finish name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard. "LaJobi" and the crib model name are printed on a product sticker located on the stabilizer bar or bottom rail of the crib. Affected models are listed below.


PictureNameModel Numbers
Picture of Recalled Crib: Ashleigh Drop SideAshleigh Drop Side3280142
3280154
3280181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Hampton Drop SideHampton Drop Side3080136
Picture of Recalled Crib: Jason Convertible Drop SideJason Convertible Drop Side3290235
3290254
3290281
Picture of Recalled Crib: Kendal Drop SideKendal Drop Side3570170
3570181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Lauren Drop SideLauren Drop Side3250235
3250242
3250247
3250254
3250281
3250282
3150281
3150282
Picture of Recalled Crib: Rachel Convertible Drop SideRachel Convertible Drop Side3300236
3300281
Picture of Recalled Crib: Sarah Drop SideSarah Drop Side3000135
3000136
3000142
3000147
3000154
3000181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Shannon Drop SideShannon Drop Side3010136
3010154
3010181
Picture of Recalled Crib: Tifton Drop SideTifton Drop Side3090136
3270136

Sold at: Children's product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200.
Manufactured in: China and Vietnam
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LaJobi toll-free at (888) 842-2215 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.LaJobi.com
For more information on Crib Safety, visit CPSC's Crib Information Center.

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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames Recalled


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2010
Release #10-211
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation

One Infant Death Reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the recall of all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. This recall includes fixed-side and drop-side cribs. These cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers.
The crib's tubular metal mattress-support frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib.
CPSC has received a report of a one-year-old child from North Attleboro, Mass. who suffocated when he became entrapped between the crib mattress and the crib frame in April 2008. CPSC is aware of 13 additional incidents involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to the metal mattress- support frame bending or detaching, including one child entrapment that did not result in injury, and one child who suffered minor cuts to his head when his mattress collapsed and he fell out of the crib.
CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs.
Due to the fact that Simplicity and its successor, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, CPSC has limited information about the number of cribs sold. All Simplicity drop-side cribs have previously been recalled for a hazard involving the drop side. Simplicity drop-side cribs could still be in use by parents or caregivers who are unaware of the recalls or by those who received a repair kit to immobilize the drop side from Simplicity when the firm was still in business. This recall involves ALL Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames regardless of model number.
Crib NameModel Number
All Simplicity Cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames regardless of model numberModel numbers unknown
Some of the known model numbers include:
Aspen 4-in-18755
Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8324
Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System4600
Graco Aspen 3-in-18740
Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo8994
Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System8676
Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib8910
Some model numbers are followed by letters, indicating the color or finish of the crib. The name "Simplicity Inc." or "Simplicity for Children" appears on a label on the crib's mattress-support frame and/or the crib's end panels. The cribs were manufactured in China.
The recalled cribs were sold at Walmart, Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide for between $150 and $300. Consumers should contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib or store credit.

Important Message from CPSC:

CPSC would like to remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any disengagement can create a gap, which could fatally entrap a child. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib with tape, wire, rope or by other means. Infants and toddlers have died in cribs with makeshift repairs.
For more information on Crib Safety, visit CPSC's Crib Information Center.
Picture of a Recalled Crib           Picture of Detached Tubular Support Frame



Picture of Bent Tubular Support Frame


Picture of Bent Tubular Support Frame


Picture of End Panel Label       Picture of Support Frame Label

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MiDAS Foods International Recalls Instant Beef Soup dry mix and Instant Beef Stroganoff sauce mix

MiDAS Foods International Recalls Instant Beef Soup Mix And Instant Beef Stroganoff Sauce Mix Because Of Possible Health Risk


Contact:
Richard Elias
(248)544-4574

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 27, 2010 - MiDAS Foods International of Oak Park, MI is recalling Instant Beef Soup dry mix and Instant Beef Stroganoff sauce mix because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The dry soup mix and dry sauce mix were not distributed for retail sale to consumers. This notice is to make consumers who may inadvertently come across a package of this product aware of the recall. The products were distributed to food service establishments in the states of Florida and Tennessee.
The dry Instant Beef Soup Mix is packaged in brown cardboard cases dimension: 15"x 7.75"x 5.7" with a brown label titled "Instant Beef Soup Mix" and bearing "Code: AS493060"; Mfg. Date: MAR 10, 2010-01 and produced by MiDAS Foods International / American Saucery. The individual units inside the box are 7" x 6.5" white plastic sealed pouches with plain black lettering "Instant Beef Soup" at the top, and the product code "AS493060" in the bottom right of the text.
The dry beef stroganoff mix is packaged in brown cardboard cases dimension: 15"x 7.75"x 5.75" with a white label titled "Instant Beef Stroganoff Sauce" and bearing "Code: AS605010" in the lower right corner.; Mfg. Date: JAN 21, 2010-01 and produced by MiDAS Foods International / American Saucery. There is a single, unlabled clear plastic bag containing the mix inside the box.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall is the result of notification by one of our vendors that a flavor used in the soup mix contained an HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein) produced by Basic Food Flavors of Nevada which had the potential to contain salmonella. Although the flavor used in the soup was tested by an independent lab, and found to be negative for the bacteria, we are proceeding with this notice for precautionary food safety reasons.
Although the soup and sauce mixes are not directly available to the public, if you have obtained a box or package of Instant Beef Soup mix or box of Instant Beef Stroganoff Sauce mix as described above, return it to the place you obtained it. Further information may be obtained by calling the manufacturer at (800) 328-8632 M-F between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. EST

NHTSA Vehicles Recalls 29 April 2010

FARBER ( 10V166000 ) (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 FARBER SPECIALITY VEHICLES (FSV) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2010 FSV SPEACILITY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED BETWEEN DECEMBER 17, 2007 AND DECEMBER 18, 2009 AND FITTED WITH RICON PUBLIC USE LIFTS. ...
BLUE BIRD ( 10V170000 ) (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 BLUE BIRD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2009 VISION NON-SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 19, 2003 THROUGH JULY 2, 2008. THE POWER CABLES RUNNING TO THE POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT ...
BLUE BIRD ( 10V169000 ) (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 BLUE BIRD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 THROUGH 2009 VISION SCHOOL BUSES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 30, 2003 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 24, 2008. THE POWER CABLES RUNNING TO THE POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT ...
TRANS TECH ( 10V168000 ) (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 20, 2010 TRANSPORTATION COLLABORATIVE INC. (TCI) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 SCHOOL BUSES MODELS SST 30 PAK, STH4+9, STH4, STH5RL, ST5, ST4, DW4+9139, DW5193FRL, DW5139, DW5+9195, DW5+9159FRL...
FORD ( 10V153000 ) (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:00:00 EST) Dated: APR 02, 2010 COMM-TRANS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2007-2009 ADA CONVERSION VANS BUILT ON FORD E-150, E-250, AND E-350 CHASSIS BETWEEN DECEMBER 7, 2007 AND DECEMBER 23, 2009 AND FITTED WITH CERTAIN RICON S S...

Polar Bear Gift Shop Recalls Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings

Children's Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Polar Bear Gift Shop Due to Strangulation Hazard (Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:20:00 GMT) The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.
Name of Product: Children's hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings
Units: About 300
Importer: Polar Bear Gift Shop, of Anchorage, Alaska
Hazard: The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines (pdf) (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves children's hooded sweatshirts sold in sizes small through extra large. "John Moose" and "Alaska" screen print logos are printed on the front of the yellow sweatshirts. The "Gaxiani" brand name and RN# 55774 are sewn on the neck tag inside of the garment.
Sold exclusively at: Polar Bear Gift Shop in Anchorage, Alaska from February 2008 through August 2009 for about $15.
Manufactured in: Mexico
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring to eliminate the hazard. Consumers can also return the sweatshirt to Polar Bear Gift Shop for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Polar Bear Gift Shop collect at (907) 274-4387 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.polarbeargifts.net
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Reannouncement of Coby Electronics Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player Recall

Low Return Rate and Additional Reports of Fires Prompt Reannouncement of Coby Electronics Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player Recalls (Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:20:00 GMT) The rechargeable batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Name of Product: Rechargeable Batteries sold with Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Players
Units: About 32,600; 13,000 previously recalled in October 2008 and 19,600 in October 2009
Importer: Coby Electronics Corp., of Lake Success, N.Y.
Hazard: The rechargeable batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Coby Electronics has received 22 reports of the battery overheating. Eighteen additional incidents of the battery overheating in the TF-DVD 1020 model, 17 of which resulted in property damage ranging from minor up to $9,650. No additional incidents have been reported for the TF-DVD 8501 model.
Description: The recall involves Coby DVD/CD/MP3 players with product numbers TF-DVD 1020 and TF-DVD 8501. "Coby" is printed on the front cover and the product number is on the bottom of the unit. The serial numbers on the recalled rechargeable batteries are printed on a label on the following batteries:

Product NumberSerial NumberDescription
TF-DVD 1020DG240043D503000001-1006Swivel screen
 DG240006D503000001-400 
 DG240039D603000001-3000 
 DG240111D603000001-2000 
 DG240143D602000001-3000 
 DG240106D602000001-2000 
 DG240106D702000001-2000 
 DG240183D942000001-100 
 DG240071DB02000001-1400 
 DG240115D702000001-2500 
TF-DVD 8501Begin with "HY"8 ½ inch screen
Sold at: Discount, electronics, music, toy, office supply stores and distributors of electronic products nationwide. The TF-DVD 1020 units were sold from May 2007 through July 2008 for about $168.The TF-DVD 8501 units were sold from January 2007 through September 2009 for between $140 and $275.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the players with the recalled batteries and contact the firm to arrange for a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled batteries from the unit, consumers can continue to use it with the AC or DC power adapter.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Coby Electronics toll-free at (866) 945-2629 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.cobyusa.com

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TF-DVD 1020

TF-DVD1020 battery pack with white sticker and serial number






Picture of Recalled TF-DVD 8501 Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player  Picture of Serial Number on Recalled TF-DVD 8501 Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player Battery

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TF-DVD 8501

The Step2 Company LLC Recalls Basic Rhythms Drum Toys

Step2(r) Recalls Basic Rhythms Drum(tm) Toys Due to Choking Hazard (Tue, 27 Apr 2010 16:20:00 GMT) The plastic clips used to attach the drumsticks to the drum can break. The small broken pieces present a choking to young children.
Name of Product: Step2® Basic Rhythms Drums™
Units: About 21,000
Importer: The Step2 Company LLC, of Streetsboro, OH
Hazard: The plastic clips used to attach the drumsticks to the drum can break. The small broken pieces present a choking to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves Step2® Basic Rhythm Drums™ intended for preschool age children. The toy drum is sold with two drumsticks that can be stored in clips on the side of the drum. A red "Step2®" logo in printed on the side of the drum.
Sold at: Toys "R" Us, Burlington Coat Factory and other retail stores nationwide from August 2009 through March 2010 for between $10 and $15.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toy from children and contact Step2 to request a replacement toy.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Step2 toll-free at (866) 860-1887 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.step2.com
Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1025

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Discount School Supply Recalls Double Egg Shakers

Discount School Supply Recalls Double Egg Shakers Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:00:00 GMT) Surface paint on the red eggs contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Name of Product: Double Egg Shakers
Units: About 3,000
Importer: Discount School Supply, of Monterey, Calif.
Hazard: Surface paint on the red eggs contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: This recall involves egg shakers sold in packages of two. The words “Double Eggs” and “Breeded to produce great sound” are printed on the front of the package. Only the red eggs are subject to the violation of the lead paint standard.
Sold at: Discount School Supply stores nationwide from April 2009 through December 2009 for about $3.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled eggs away from children and contact Discount School Supply for a purchase credit.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Discount School Supply at (800) 606-3807 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday though Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.discountschoolsupply.com



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Bombardier Recreational Products Inc Recalls BRP Ski-Doo snowmobiles

BRP Recalls Snowmobiles Due to Laceration Hazard from Projectiles (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:00:00 GMT) The drive pulley bolts on the snowmobiles can break due to oil contamination during the assembly process. This can cause debris to come off the vehicle and act as projectiles, posing a laceration hazard to riders or bystanders.
Name of Product: BRP Ski-Doo snowmobiles
Units: About 1,500
Manufacturer: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., of Quebec, Canada and BRP Finland Oy, of Finland.
Hazard: The drive pulley bolts on the snowmobiles can break due to oil contamination during the assembly process. This can cause debris to come off the vehicle and act as projectiles, posing a laceration hazard to riders or bystanders.
Incidents/Injuries: BRP has received three reports of projectiles flying off of the snowmobiles, including one report of a minor foot injury.
Description: The recall involves Ski-Doo model year 2009-2010 SKANDIC SWT V-800 and model year 2010 GSX 1200, GTX 1200, MXZ 1200, and Renegade 1200 Snowmobiles. The model name and number are displayed on the engine compartment and the serial number is on the right side of the vehicle below the seat on the frame.
Sold at: Ski-Doo dealerships nationwide from July 2008 through February 2010 for between $8,000 and $9,000.
Manufactured in: Canada and Finland
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these snowmobiles immediately and contact their local Ski-Doo snowmobile dealer to schedule a free repair. All known owners of the recalled snowmobiles have been directly notified about this recall by mail.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call BRP at (800) 366-6992 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.brp.com


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Jo-Ann Stores Inc., of Hudson, Ohio, to Pay $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban

Jo-Ann Stores to Pay $50,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Federal Lead Paint Ban (Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:00:00 GMT) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Jo-Ann Stores Inc., of Hudson, Ohio, has agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty for allegedly importing and selling children's products that violated the federal lead paint ban.
The penalty settlement (pdf) which has been provisionally accepted by the Commission, resolves CPSC staff allegations that Jo-Ann Stores knowingly imported and sold Robbie Ducky™ children’s products that contained lead paint in excess of the federal government’s regulatory limit from January through November 2007. At the time of the violations, the federal limit on lead in paint was 600 ppm (0.06 percent).
As a result of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, the regulatory limit on lead in paint and surface coatings was reduced in August 2009 from 600 ppm (0.06 percent) to 90 ppm (.009 percent).
The following Robbie Ducky™ children’s products allegedly violated the federal lead paint ban and were later recalled by Jo-Ann Stores:

  • Robbie Ducky™ children’s watering cans – 6,000 recalled on August 28, 2007
  • Robbie Ducky™ children’s toy rakes – 16,000 recalled on September 26, 2007
  • Robbie Ducky™ children’s toy rakes – An additional 97,000 toy rakes were recalled on October 25, 2007
  • Robbie Ducky™ holiday water globes – 60 recalled on December 13, 2007
In agreeing to the settlement, Jo-Ann Stores denies CPSC's allegations that it violated federal law.
Picture of Recalled Robbie Ducky Kids Watering Can
Robbie Ducky™ Watering Can

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Robbie Ducky™ Toy Rake

Picture of Recalled Holiday Water Globes
Robbie Ducky™ Holiday Water Globes