Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on March 23, 2011 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-new DROP-SIDE CRIBS The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Delta Enterprise Corp., of New York, N.Y. are re-announcing the 2008 recall of more than 985,000 drop-side cribs with "Crib Trigger Lock and Safety Peg" hardware. In January 2011, CPSC and Delta learned of a 2009 death in which 7-month-old girl from Colorado Springs, Colo. became entrapped and suffocated between the detached drop-side and mattress of her recalled crib. The crib was purchased secondhand and re-assembled without safety pegs in the bottom tracks.

Missing safety pegs can create a situation where the crib's drop-side rail disengages from the track. This can create a hazardous space in which an infant can become entrapped and suffocate. The cribs were sold at major retail stores including Kmart, Target and Walmart between January 1995 and December 2005 (through September 2007 for model 4624) for about $100. Go to the link above for specific model numbers.
IF YOU OWN ONE Stop using in and contact Delta at 800-816-5304 or go to www.cribrecallcenter.com to receive a free, easy-to-install repair kit.

TOILET BOWL CLEANERS About 74,760 Scotch brand Instant Power Toilet Bowl Restorer sold at Menards, True Value Hardware, Ace Hardware, GEBO's and other retail stores nationwide between February 2009 and January 2010 for about $5. The contents can leak from the cap when the bottle is turned on its side. When this happens, the cleaner can come into contact with consumers and property, posing a risk of chemical burns and irritation to the skin and eyes. Scotch has received seven reports of bottles leaking, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Scotch at 800-613-4242 or go to www.scotchcorp.com for disposal instructions and a full refund.

POGO STICKS About 169,000 pogo sticks distributed by Bravo Sports and sold at mass merchandisers nationwide and online by Web retailers from May 2010 through March 2011 for between $25 and $40. The bottom of the pogo stick's frame tube can break or come apart and a pin holding the spring in place can break, posing laceration and fall hazards to consumers. Bravo has received 123 reports of incidents involving the pogo sticks, including nine reports of injuries. Injuries include one report of a child who chipped a tooth and required stitches for a facial laceration, another child who chipped a tooth and one child who fell after the pogo stick broke and knocked out a tooth.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Bravo at 877-992-9905 or go to www.bravopogorecall.com to receive a full refund.

BACKPACK BLOWERS About 18,000 Maruyama gasoline-powered backpack blowers and mister dusters sold by Authorized service dealers nationwide from April 2008 through December 2010 for between $320 and $820. The gasoline tank can split and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Maruyama has received 25 reports of leaking tanks. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to the nearest dealer for a free replacement fuel tank or call 866-783-7400 or go to www.maruyama-us.com for more information.

For the latest information on all recalls, go to Recalls.gov. 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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