Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on January 26, 2011 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-new SWIVEL CHAIRS About 165,000 Steelcase Cachet Swivel Chairs sold by authorized Steelcase dealers and retail outlets including Healthy Back Store, CSN, Home Office Solutions, Office & Company, and Sam Flax stores nationwide and online between May 2002 and November 2009 for up to $600. The front seat support part of the chair can crack and fail, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The firm has received one report of a chair support failure resulting in a back injury.

IF YOU OWN ONE  Steelcase will replace chairs for individual consumers who purchased chairs online or from retail outlets listed above. For all commercial customers who purchase chairs in quantity, Steelcase will replace the chair support parts. Chairs should be inspected for cracks in the front seat support according to the instructions posted at Contact Steelcase at 800-391-7194 or go to for more information.

REMOTE-CONTROLLED TANKS About 67,000 remote-controlled toy tanks sold exclusively at Family Dollar stores nationwide from September 2010 through December 2010 for about $5. The tank's controller can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Family Dollar has received five reports of the controllers overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.

IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and return the toy to a Family Dollar store for a full refund. Contact Family Dollar at 800-547-0359 or go to for more information.

JOGGING STROLLERS About 22,000 phil&teds jogging strollers sold by specialty juvenile stores nationwide from May 2008 through July 2010 for between $350 and $450. When folding and unfolding the stroller, a consumer's finger can become caught in the hinge mechanism, posing amputation and laceration hazards. Phil&teds has received three reports of incidents resulting in injuries to the adult users including a finger tip amputation and two reports of lacerations.

IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and contact phil&teds USA at 877-432-1642 or go to to arrange for the shipping of a free hinge-cover kit and repair instructions.

STEP LADDERS About 38,000 Frontgate closet ladders sold at Frontgate stores in Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio, in Frontgate and Sky Mall catalogs nationwide and on the Internet at and from December 2005 through July 2010 for about between $90 and $150. The ladders can unexpectedly break, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The retailer, Cinmar, has received about 860 reports of the ladders breaking, including 28 reports of injuries such as bruises and lacerations to the knees, shins, ankles and feet.

IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using it and contact Frontgate at 888-298-4651 or go to for instructions on how to receive a merchandise credit for the amount of the ladder. Frontgate is directly contacting all known consumers.

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

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P. W.

04:54:57 PM on Mon Feb 7 2011

In your January 2011 ShopSmart magazine, which I receive, on page 37, it states products not suggested for parents to buy for their kids. It included bedside and co-sleeping devices for infants. I just bought for my daughter's baby shower a First Years - close and secure sleeper which was on her registry. Is this not a good product to use? Please let me know, asap. Thank you.

Robin Melen

10:39:20 AM on Tue Feb 8 2011

Dear PW~
Sorry, but no. Here's a note from one of our experts:

Nope, it’s not OK. This is intended to be used in the parents’ bed, which is still a no-no - it’s possible that a parent could still roll over onto the “secure sleeper” and either tip the unit (rolling the baby to the opposite side with the potential of his face being pressed against the side wall, possibly smothering him) or a parent could roll right over onto the baby (the “walls” are soft foam and mesh, and the foot area piece (the triangular foam thing) appears to be just a recycled sleep positioner).

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