Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on November 11, 2010 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-new HORSE-ON-A-STICK TOYS About 8,800 Horse-on-a-Stick Toys sold at Love’s Travel Stop and Country stores nationwide from May 2010 through July 2010 for about $6.

The reins on horse-on-a-stick toy’s bridle are long enough to form a loop around a child’s head and neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children. The CPSC has received one report of a near strangulation involving a 2-year-old boy who became entangled in the reins at his neck. The boy’s mother freed him without injury.

IF YOU OWN ONE Remove or cut the reins to eliminate the hazard. For more information, contact the manufacturer at 888-908-8697 or go to

INLINE SKATES About 29,000 pairs Spark, Spitfire inline skates sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online from September 2009 through July 2010 for between $80 and $160.

The frame mounting bolts and wheel axle bolts can be loose on new skates. Loose wheels or frames on the skates can cause the rider to fall, posing a risk of injury. Rollerblade USA has received 31 reports of loose bolts, including one report of a fall resulting in minor injuries that required medical attention.

IF YOU OWN A PAIR Make sure that all wheel-axle and frame-mounting bolts are properly tightened. Rollerblade USA recommends regular inspection and tightening of bolts. For more information, call 800-232-7655  or go to for a video on how to tighten the bolts.

CAR SEATS About 23,000 Britax Chaperone Infant car seats sold at mass and independent retailers nationwide and on the Britax website from June 2009 to October 2010 for about $230.

The harness chest clip can break and pose a laceration hazard. Due to its small size it also poses a choking hazard. The firm has received four reports of the chest clip breaking. Injuries from three reports included minor lacerations and scratches to arms and a finger; and one report involved an infant placing the clip in his mouth.

IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Britax at 888-427-4829 or go to for information about a free repair kit which includes a replacement chest clip. Registered owners have been directly contacted by Britax.

CARABINERS About 16,000 Hunter Safety System carabiners sold at outdoor hunting retailers and directly from the company via telephone and the company's website from June 2010 through September 2010 for about $100.

The pins in the carabiners can detach, causing a climbing strap to break free from the safety harness. This can result in the climber falling. The company is aware of two reports of the carabiner pins detaching. No falls or injuries have been reported.

IF YOU OWN THEM Return them to the company for a free replacement. Call 877-296-3528 go to

For the latest information on all recalls, go to There you'll find recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among others.

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Robin Melen

Robin Melen

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