A line of children's book with parts that pose a choking hazard and dehumidifiers that can overheat and catch fire are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include toy sets, motorcycle training wheels, and boat carts.
Here's a more detailed look:
DETAILS: Children's books titled "Count my Kisses, 1, 2, 3" and "Red, Green, Blue, I Love You." The board-shaped children's books have cut out covers that serve as a handle and include an embedded bar in the handle with beads for children to play with. "Ages 3+" is printed on the back covers and the ISBN numbers are also on the back covers near the bar code. Two titles are included. Count my Kisses, 1, 2, 3, ISBN: 978-0-316-13354-8, has five colored cylindrical wooden beads with printed hearts on the rod. I Love You, ISBN: 978-0-316-13353-1, has five colored circular wooden beads on the metal rod. They were sold from June 2013 to August 2013.
WHY: A metal rod holding small beads on the cover of books can detach and release small parts on which children could choke. A detached metal bar can expose a sharp edge posing a laceration hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 70,000.
FOR MORE: Call Hachette Book Group at 888-965-5802 or visit www.hachettebookrecall.com or www.hachettebookgroup.com and click on the link in the Recall/Important Safety Notice box on the home page.
DETAILS: 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima. They were made by Gree Electric Appliances of China. The brand name and the pint capacity are printed on the front of the dehumidifier. The model number and date code are printed on a sticker on the back, front or side of the unit. They were from January 2005 through August 2013. A full list with model numbers can be found here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Gree-Recalls-12-Brands-of-Dehumidifiers/
WHY: The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
INCIDENTS: 165 incidents, including 46 fires and $2.15 million in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 2.2 million in the U.S. and 52,500 in Canada
FOR MORE: Call Gree at 866-853-2802 or visit www.greeusa.com and click on Recall for more information.
MOTORCYCLE TRAINING WHEELS
DETAILS: Moose Racing brand training wheels for youth motorcycles and the replacement wheel kit. The training wheels have a black, one-piece, full-length metal axle with a plate that attaches to the underside of the motorcycle frame beneath the engine and two inflatable rubber wheels. The Moose Racing logo appears on the left and right sides of the axle. The replacement wheel kit is a set of two tires mounted on the wheel assembly. Replacement wheel kits and training wheels that fit the following youth motorcycle models are being recalled: Honda XR/CRF 50, Kawasaki KDX/Suzuki JR 50, KTM 50, Suzuki DRZ 70, Yamaha PW50 and Yamaha TTR 50. They were sold from July 2012 through June 2013.
WHY: Bolts and nuts securing the wheel can loosen and cause the rider to lose control, posing a crash hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 4,000.
FOR MORE: Call Cambridge Metal & Plastics at 800-457-0580 or visit www.cmp-wwm.com and click on Training Wheel Recall for more information.
DETAILS: L.L.Bean Deluxe Packaway boat carts used to haul canoes and kayaks into or out of the water by hand. The carts have a white and blue aluminum frame with rubber tires and have two black nylon straps marked L.L.Bean. They were sold from March 2012 through June 2013.
WHY: The cart's plastic wheel rims can burst when the rubber tires are over-inflated, posing an injury hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of the plastic wheel rims on the cart bursting, resulting in bruises to a consumer who was struck by broken, flying pieces. No injuries were reported in the second incident.
HOW MANY: About 2,200.
FOR MORE: Call L.L.Bean at 800-555-9717 or visit www.llbean.com and click on Product Recall and Safety Info at the bottom of the home page for more information.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEMS
DETAILS: Visonic Amber Classic and Amber SelectX Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Kits. The kit enables a user to push a button on a pendant to signal a request for assistance. Recalled Classic models have catalog number 0-7425 and serial numbers 0408044281 through 4410052723. The first four digits of the serial number are manufacture dates from January 2008 through August 2010 in WWYY format. Recalled SelectX models have catalog number 0-100729 and serial numbers 2308600299 through 3013079617. The first four digits represent manufacture dates June 2008 through July 2013 in WWYY format. The first two digits are week of manufacturer and the second two numbers are the year of manufacture. For example serial number 2308 600299 indicates a manufacturing date of the 23rd week of 2008 or roughly June 2008. They were sold at Visonic distributors and professional alarm installation firms January 2008 through August 2013.
WHY: A single Amber Base station set to Common Area Mode will not detect a low battery or dead battery warning signal from the remote pendant that notifies the end user or system administrator to replace the pendant battery.
INCIDENTS: One report of a pendant that failed to operate due to a low battery undetected by the base station in Common Area Mode. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 24,000.
FOR MORE: Call Visonic at 800-223-0020 or visit www.visonic.com and click on North America and click on Product News under the Solutions & Products tab for more information about the recall.
DETAILS: Monster Science Growing Spider toy sets, with model number 7280 for product sold at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Spirit Halloween and model number 7289 for product sold at Target. The sets contain marble-sized polymer ball "spider eggs" that can absorb from 300 to 800 times their weight in water and can grow up to eight times their original size. The sets consist of one polymer spider and three "spider eggs." The Be Amazing! Toys star logo and the words Monster Science Growing Spider, Ages 8+, Just drop in water, Grow Giant Spider Eggs and Eggs Grow Up to 8X Original Size are printed on the front of the packaging. The model number is on the bottom of the back of the packaging. The front and back of the packaging have warnings not to use the toy without adult supervision. They were sold at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores from August 2011 to August 2013, Spirit Halloween stores from August 2011 to November 2011 and from August 2012 to November 2012, and Target stores September to November 2012.
WHY: The soft and colorful product can be mistaken by a child for candy. When the marble-sized toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child's body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and could be life threatening. The toys do not show up on an x-ray and need surgery to be removed from the body.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 26,500.
FOR MORE: Call Be Amazing! Toys at 877-798-9795 or visit www.beamazingtoys.com, then click on Safety Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: Cosmo Beads Jumbo Size Colorful Water Balls and Jumbo Multipurpose Colorful Water Balls toys. The toys are water absorbing beads that when placed in water will hydrate up to the size of a racquetball. Cosmo Beads Jumbo Size were sold as single packets of beads in various colors: clear, green, purple, red and mixed colors. Each packet contains a variety of bead sizes. The front of the Jumbo Size package has a picture of a hand holding two water balls and the words "Grows up to 600X (1.5") Size." Cosmo Beads Jumbo Multipurpose came in three packets per set. Each packet contains beads in one size and comes in clear, dark purple and orange colors. The front of the Jumbo Multipurpose packet has a picture of flowers in a glass vase and the words "Deco Centerpiece: Toys-Games: Plant-Vacation watering." They were sold from June 2011 through August 2013.
WHY: The hard and colorful toy can be easily mistaken for candy by a child. When the bead is ingested, it expands and can cause intestinal obstructions inside a child's body, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and could be life threatening. The toys need surgery to be removed from the body. Similar toys have not shown up on x-rays.
INCIDENTS: None reported. CPSC is aware of one incident where an 8-month-old girl ingested a similar water-absorbing polymer ball that had to be surgically removed.
HOW MANY: About 3,500.
FOR MORE: Call Eco Novelty Corp. at 231-222-4200 or send email to email@example.com.
DETAILS: Round ceiling-mounted light fixtures made by Dongguan Young Long Electric Co. Ltd. And imported by Dolan Designs Inc. They were sold in satin nickel, bronze, polished brass, antique brass, white, or bronze finishes with a domed white or amber glass shade. The 16 recalled light fixtures were sold as Dolan Designs models 502-30, 522-09, 522-14, 522-18, 522-22, 522-30, 522-32, 522-60, 522-78, 5332-133, 5372-66, 5372-78, 5382-20, 5382-55, 5382-100 and 5392-20. The brand name and model number are on the inside of the fixture pan, visible when the glass shade is removed. They were sold from September 2008 through October 2009.
WHY: The fixture's socket wire insulation can degrade and lead to charged wires becoming exposed, causing electricity to pass to the metal canopy of the fixture. This poses a fire and electric shock hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of defective fixtures. No injuries have been reported to the firm.
HOW MANY: About 8,000.
FOR MORE: Call Dolan Designs at 855-553-6526 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Consumer Discretionary