Recent product recalls

By Robin Melen on January 18, 2012 12:01:00 am

Recall-alert-newPORTABLE ELECTRIC HEATERS About 19,000 Honeywell Surround Select portable electric heaters sold at Best Buy, Meijer and Walmart stores nationwide from July 2011 through December 2011 for between $50 and $70. The heater’s internal housing, including the fan, heating element and circuitry, can detach, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact the distributor, Kaz USA, Inc., for a full refund. Call 800-370-8137 or go to for more information.

FLOOR LAMPS About 43,700 five-light floor lamps sold exclusively at Big Lots stores nationwide from April 2010 through November 2011 for between $30 and $50. The wiring for the lamp’s light sockets can become exposed, posing a risk of electric shock to consumers. In addition, use of the recommended standard 40 watt light bulbs can generate excessive heat, which can melt the double plastic shades over the bulbs. The firm has received four reports of melting lamp shades. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Return it to a Big Lots store for a full refund. Call 866-244-5687 or go to the website for more information.

CHILD BICYCLE TRAILERS About 44,000 Chariot Carriers bicycle trailers and 70,000 bicycle trailer conversion kits sold at specialty bicycle stores nationwide and on various websites from December 2005 through August 2010 for between $400 and $925 for Chariot bicycle trailers and from October 2002 through August 2011 for between $40 and $70 for bicycle trailer conversion kits. The bicycle trailer’s hitch mechanisms can crack and break, causing the trailer to detach from the bicycle. This poses an injury hazard to children in the bicycle trailer. The firm has received 24 incident reports worldwide, three of which occurred in the United States, involving the bicycle trailers and the conversion kits. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Chariot Carriers for a free repair kit which you can install. Call 800-262-8651 or go to for more information.


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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