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Car seat manufacturer Britax has issued a defective product recall for children’s safety seats and boosters due to a potential choking hazard. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the chest pads in these safety seats are made of a softer material that could come apart if the child bites or chews on it. If that happens the pieces could become a choking hazard. The recall involved 55,455 restraints.
Once the recall begins, Britax will provide replacement pads made of firmer material, with instructions on how to install them. Those who own these seats are asked to remove the current pads and continue to use the seat until the replacements arrive. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Britax at 1-888-427-4829.
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Kellogg has issued a defective product recall for its Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats cereal because the products may be contaminated by metal mesh fragments. According to a CBS News report, the recall involves nearly 2.8 million boxes of the cereal including Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size products. The “use by” dates for these products range from April 1, 2013 to Sept. 21, 2013. Kellogg had posted the recall information on their web site on October 8, 2012.
However, consumers were not made aware of the potential problem until three days later, on October 11, 2012. Kellogg officials say the public is not at a high risk as a result of the contamination. So far, no injuries or illnesses have been reported due to these recalled products. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact 1-800-962-1413.
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Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 12,000 bicycles because a part can break off and cause riders to fall down and get injured. According to a news report in The Associated Press, the company made the announcement along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stating that the front fork of the bicycles can break. So far, the company has received four reports of these front forks breaking. Victims have suffered facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries as well as lacerations as a result of these defective bicycles.
The recall includes some 2008 and 2009 models of Globe bicycles for both women and men, which were sold from July 2007 through July 2012. Consumers are asked to stop using these recalled bicycles right away and take them to an authorized dealer to have the faulty fork uninstalled and replaced at no cost.
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Michigan-based Blind Xpress is issuing a defective product recall for about 139,000 custom-made vertical and horizontal blinds after a toddler was strangled by the cord loop of a vertical blind. According to a Consumeraffairs.com report, the incident occurred in 2009 when the 2-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Michigan, died from strangulation injuries. The loop of the cord in that case was not attached to the wall or floor. Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds apparently have an adjustment cord and sometimes, a weighted device at the bottom. The horizontal blinds don’t have inner cord stop devices to prevent the accessible inner cords from being pulled out. This exposes children to the risk of becoming entangled in the cord loop.
The recall involves all Blind Xpress vertical blinds that do not have a cord-tensioning device that attaches to the wall or floor and all horizontal blinds that do not have inner cord stop devices. The blinds, which were made in the United States, were sold at various blind specialty stores from January 1995 through December 2011 for between $16 and $380. Anyone who has these window coverings at home is asked to stop using them immediately and contact the Window Covering Safety Council at 800-506-4636 to receive a free repair kit.
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Sunbeam Products Inc. has issued a defective product recall for about 600,000 Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing Systems for potential burn injury hazards. According to a news report in Consumeraffairs.com, a build-up of steam in the water reservoir can force the brewing chamber open and expel hot coffee grounds and water, posing a burn hazard to consumers. So far, the company has received 164 repots of the brewing chamber opening and 59 reports of burn injuries to consumers’ face, upper torso and hands, in the United States and Canada.
The recalled coffeemakers, which were manufactured in China, were sold by retailers nationwide including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, Lowe’s, JC Penney and Bed Bath & Beyond from September 2010 through August 2012. The coffeemakers were priced between $60 and $80. Consumers are asked to stop using these defective coffee brewers immediately and contact the manufacturer at (800) 993-8609 to receive instructions about obtaining a free replacement unit.
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada have issued defective product recalls for more than 2 million Summer Infant baby bath seats because they pose a serious risk of head injury to young children. According to Consumer Reports, the company’s Mother’s Touch and Deluxe Baby Bathers can suddenly collapse when parents lift them causing the baby to fall out of the bather. So far, CPSC and Summer Infant have received seven reports of incidents in the United States including five incidents where the babies suffered head injuries after a fall from the bather.
Four children between two weeks and two months old suffered skull fractures, including one infant who required intensive care for bleeding in the brain. A fifth child suffered a head injury that required emergency room treatment. Anyone who owns these recalled baby bathers are asked to stop using them right away and call Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a lock strap and installation instructions. Consumer Reports recommends that parents use infant bathtubs and that they always keep one hand on the child at all times.
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Bumbo International Trust has issued a defective product recall for four million of its popular baby seats after receiving at least 50 reports of infants falling, including 19 reports of skull fractures. According to a CBS news report, since this recall, there have been an additional 34 reports of infants who suffered falls from an unknown elevation. Two of those reported cases resulted in skull fractures as well.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging those who own these seats to stop using them immediately and order a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt. These defective baby seats were sold at retailers including Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, USA Babies, Wal-Mart and other children’s stores. They were sold between August 2003 and August 2012 for between $30 and $50.
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General Electric has issued a defective product recall for 1.3 million dishwashers because of a potential fire hazard. According to Consumer Reports, the appliance recall includes 1.3 million GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint dishwashers. Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) say that an electrical failure in the heating element in these dishwashers can pose a fire hazard. This serious issue has led to 15 reports of heating element failure, seven reports of fires and three reports of extensive property damage.
These defective products were sold for $350 to $850 at appliance dealers and home improvement stores from March 2006 through August 2009. Anyone who has purchased a GE dishwasher during those years should check their serial number to determine if the appliance they own is included in this recall. Owners of these defective dishwashers are urged to immediately disconnect its power supply and to contact GE for a rebate toward a new dishwasher. More
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Michelin has issued a defective product recall for about 841,000 BFGoodrich and Uniroyal tires because the tread on these tires can separate causing rapid air loss. According to an Associated Press news report, so far, no injuries or fatalities have been reported as a result of these recalled tires, which were made as replacement tires for commercial light trucks and full-sized heavy-duty vans from April 2010 until early this year. The recalled tires will be replaced at no charge.
The tire defects were noticed by quality control workers who reported problems. Company officials said they noticed tread separation in less than 150 tires, but decided that the voluntary recall was needed to protect the safety of drivers. They say the problem was detected early. Michelin’s internal testing shows that the problems with the tires have been corrected for those manufactured recently. The tires being included in this recall are BFGoodrich commercial tires LT 235/85 and LT245/75 and Uniroyal Laredo tires LT 235/85 and LT245/75. More
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a defective product recall for hundreds of thousands of Kenmore dehumidifiers for fire and burn hazards. According to a CPSC report, approximately 795,000 of these defective dehumidifiers are part of the recall. Officials say there have already been 107 reports of incidents resulting in $7 million in property damage and three reports of inhalation injuries. The affected units are 35-, 50- and 70-pint dehumidifiers made by Kenmore between the years 2003 and 2005. The defective products were sold at Sears and Kmart. Anyone using these devices is urged to stop using them and return them to the store for a refund.
This massive recall is not the first time that Kenmore has had an issue with defective and dangerous products. In November of 2009, Kenmore recalled gas ranges because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. In August 2009, Kenmore issued a recall on electric ranges for potential fire hazards. Similarly, in May 2008, Kenmore had to recall their wall ovens for fire and burn hazards. More