Recent product recalls; window warning from CPSC

By Robin Melen on April 13, 2011 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-new SPRAY MOUSSE About 1 million Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Mousse Foam sold in 10.58- and 2-ounce size cans sold at hair salons and beauty supply stores nationwide from January 1998 through February 2011 for between $4 and $16. The aerosol container's liner can corrode over time, posing a risk of the cans rupturing and expelling its contents. Redken has received 41 reports of cans rupturing. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN SOME Stop using it, record the product's lot code, then discard the contents by spraying it into a waste container in a well ventilated area. Prior to disposing of the container, consumers should obtain the lot code from the container, then contact Redken for information on receiving a refund of the purchase price. Call 888-241-9504 or go to for more information.

GIRLS’ TOPS About 90,000 My Michelle girls’ tops sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Dillard's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's, Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES), K & G Fashion Superstore and other retail stores nationwide from January 2011 through March 2011 for about $38. The jewelry and decorative trim attached to the girl's garments contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
IF YOU OWN ONE  Call 800-960-8791 or go to for more information on receiving a full refund. Consumers can also email the firm at

 TENTS About 19,000 Active Leisure folding canopy tents sold exclusively at Costco stores from January 2011 through February 2011 for about $190. The tents do not meet the flammability label claim on the unit, posing a fire hazard.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to any Costco store for a full refund. Call 877-730-1583 for more information.


Safety first with open windows

As temperatures go up, so do windows in many homes. Opening windows in your home to enjoy the warmer temperatures may seem harmless, but open windows have proven to be sources of injury and death for young children.

This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission joins the National Safety Council in recognizing National Window Safety Week and urges parents and caregivers to be aware of the dangers of leaving windows open when young children are present.

According to CPSC data, falls from windows result in an average of about eight deaths yearly to children five years or younger, while an estimated 3,300 children ages five and younger are treated each year in U.S. hospital emergency departments. On average, one of every three children, about 34 percent, required hospitalization after falling from a window.

These deaths and injuries frequently occur when kids push themselves against window screens or climb onto furniture located next to an open window. These incidents increase dramatically during the spring and summer months.

“We want parents and caregivers to think ‘safety first’ before opening windows where young children are present. The deaths and life-altering injuries are heartbreaking and in many cases preventable,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

To help prevent injuries and tragedies, CPSC recommends the following safety tips:

•Safeguard your children by using window guards or window stops.

•Install window guards to prevent children from falling out of windows.

•For windows on the 6th floor and below, install window guards that adults and older children can open easily in case of fire.

•Install window stops so that windows open no more than 4 inches.

•Never depend on screens to keep children from falling out of windows.

•Whenever possible, open windows from the top - instead of the bottom.

•Keep furniture away from windows to discourage children from climbing near windows.

Some jurisdictions require landlords to install guards. Check your local regulations.




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