Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on July 20, 2011 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-new TOY BUILDING SETS About 18,000 Mini Stars building sets sold at small retail stores nationwide, online at Toys R, and CSN on from January 2007 through December 2009 for between $10 and $50. Plastic knobs can break from the center of the stars, posing a choking hazard to young children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Edushape have received two reports of the knobs breaking off from the center of the stars. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN THIS SET Contact Edushape at 800-404-4744 for information about a free replacement set or credit toward another Edushape product of equal or lesser value.

CLIMBING LANYARDS About 375,000 Petzl Scorpio and Absorbica shock-absorbing lanyards sold at authorized Petzl dealers nationwide and in Canada from January 2002 through May 2011 for $75 to $220. Some lanyards are missing a safety stitch on the attachment loop, which can cause the lanyard to disconnect from the climbing harness, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Petzl America Inc. at 877-740-3826 or go to for information about a free inspection and replacement of any non-conforming products. 

CERAMIC HEATERS About 13,000 Touch Point oscillating ceramic heaters sold at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio from October 2009 through April 2011 for about $25. Discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets and retail liquidators nationwide sold the heaters from November 2010 through April 2011 for various prices. The heaters were sold after the original recall was announced in November 2010. The oscillating mechanism in the heaters can short out, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Meijer has received two reports of incidents involving fires that resulted in property damage. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to the nearest Meijer retail store for a full refund of the purchase price. Consumers who purchased heaters from other retailers should contact Meijer at 800-927-8699 or go to to arrange a refund. 

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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