There is a critical recall notice today involving "Colgate Motion
Electric Toothbrush". Colgate-Palmolive is recalling their this
particular electric toothbrush over safety concerns, in particular, the
potential for the "Colgate Motion Electric Toothbrush" to explode in the
hands of the user. Consumers and retailers are being advised to contact
Colgate Palmolive regarding the recall notice of their electric toothbrush
at 1-800-268-6757 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain further
information regarding the Colgate Electric Toothbrush Recall.
Colgate-Palmolive reports there have been nine incidents in Canada
associated with the use of their "Colgate Motion Electric Toothbrush." The
incident reports submitted to the company indicated their Colgate battery
operated toothbrushes had "exploded". According to Colgate Palmolive, the
makers of the recalled Colgate Motion Electric Exploding toothbrush, none
of these incidents resulted in long-term injuries.
Health Canada recommends that consumers do not use the recalled Colgate Motion
Electric Toothbrush. It is also important to note that Colgate-Palmolive
is no longer manufacturing this exploding electric toothbrush, but it may
still be in stores across Canada until the recall has been completed.
Colgate Palmolive has assured Health Canada that they are monitoring,
investigating and responding to consumers regarding reports of exploding
toothbrushes and has stopped sale of the "Colgate Motion Electric
Toothbrush". The exploding battery operated electric toothbrush is no longer licensed for sale in Canada.
The Colgate Motion Electric Toothbrush is a battery-operated electric
toothbrush. The head of the unit contains both a rotating brush as well as
a stationary brush. The handle or base of the unit contains the motor and
Editor Note: If you look very carefully in the bottom right hand
corner of the back of the package, there is a little bit of text that says
"Made in China" Now is this a big surprise???
FDA ORDERS PROPOXYPHENE, Dextropropoxyphene,
Darvocet and others off Drug Store Shelves
The FDA has asked that Dextropropoxyphene aka Propoxyphene -
Trade-names for Propoxyphene include Darvocet-N and Di-Gesic
Darvon with APAP for dextropropoxyphene and paracetamol and Darvon
with ASA for dextropropoxyphene and asperin. According to the FDA
Report, Propoxyphene "puts patients at risk of potentially serious or even
fatal heart rhythms” and concluded its risks outweigh the benefits of
using Propoxyphene for pain relief. Darvon is propoxyphene alone, and
Darvocet combines that ingredient with acetaminophen (aka Tylenol)
Other brand names of Propoxyphene included in the recall are Darvon and
Darvocet, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals be removed from the US market. The
Propoxyphene recall will also effect generic Propoxyphne manufacturers and
the manufactorers of propoxyphene-containing products. The maker of the
branded version of the drugs, Xanodyne, has already said it will comply
with the Propoxyphene recall notice.
The FDA has told medical professionals to stop prescribing propoxyphene.
Patients who are taking the stated medications should not sinply stop
taking it, ut should contact their doctor soon as possible to discuss
switching to another pain-management therapy. The WSJ reports that in
2007, there were 20 million prescriptions written for the two drugs.
Propoxyphene is an opioid typically used to treat mild to moderate pain.
It was first approved by the FDA in 1957. It is sold by prescription under
various names alone or in combination with acetaminophen. Since 1978, the
FDA has received two requests to remove propoxyphene from the market.
Darvon has been controversial for years. Public Citizen started asking
for its removal way back in 1978 and today said the FDA’s move came too
late to save many lives. It called propoxyphene a “deadly but barely
effective painkiller.” (Though the Health Blog has been prescribed
Darvocet before and it certainly left us feeling no pain.)
In 2005, the UK ordered propoxyphene off the market on concerns that it
was too easy to overdose on the drug. Europe’s main medical regulator
recommended its removal in 2009.
About a month after the European decision, the FDA said it would require a
boxed warning on Darvon and Darvocet. It ignored the advice of an outside
advisory panel to pull the drugs entirely, saying they were an
“acceptable” option when used at recommended doses. It said it required
Xanodyne to conduct a new safety study and that those results are what led
to today’s action.
In January 2009, an FDA advisory committee voted 14 to 12 against the
continued marketing of propoxyphene products. At that time, the committee
called for additional information about the drug's cardiac effects.
For those patients being removed from Propoxyphene, you should be aware
of the possible side effects of Opioid Withdrawl. In pure form,
dextropropoxyphene is commonly used to ease the withdrawal symptoms in
people addicted to opioids. Being very weak in comparison to the opioids
that are commonly abused, dextropropoxyphene can only act as a "partial"
substitute. It does not have much effect on mental cravings; however it
can be effective in alleviating physical withdrawal effects, such as
Some previously reported side effects of Propoxyphene
include Urinary Hesitancy, Itching, Drowsiness, Sore Throat,
Impaired Alertness, Confusion, and Serious or Fatal Heart Rhythms.
After years of foodborne outbreaks, illnesses and deaths — and more
than a year of delays — the Senate finally passed a food safety bill
today by a vote of 73 to 25. The new law would set higher standards
for food manufacturers, give the Food and Drug Administration more
authority to order food recalls, and require more frequent
inspections of food producers.
The legislation comes in the wake
of a series of food-related outbreaks, which led to recalls of
common foods such as eggs, cheese, lettuce, and peanut products. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are
325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths related to foodborne
diseases each year.
“Senate passage of this critically needed legislation represents
a major milestone for food safety reform and for greater consumer
protection from food-borne illness," said Jean Halloran, Director of
Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union—our publisher.
recalled Gorgonzola cheese sold in Colorado stores that tested
E. coli bacteria. The Gorgonzola was sold under the brand name
Mauri, with sell-by dates of 01/13/11 and 01/14/11. Consumers should
return the cheese to Costco for a refund.The FDA recommedns that
consumers who don't return the cheese should put it in a closed
plastic bag and place in a sealed trash can to prevent people or
animals from eating it.
E. coli infection often causes severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal
cramps, though it can also cause nonbloody diarrhea or no symptoms
at all. While most healthy adults typically recover within a week,
certain people--particularly young children and the elderly--can
develop a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that
can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.
This is the
second recall of cheese sold at Costco in a week. Last week an
E. coli breakout was linked to Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese
sold at Costco. Visit Consumer Reports Safety Blog for updates on
Salmonella and E. Coli outbreaks.
Foods, Inc., the largest producer and distributor of eggs in the
U.S., in cooperation with the FDA on Friday recalled 24,000
dozen(288,000) eggs that were sold in eight states - after eggs at
an Ohio supplier for the company tested positive for Salmonella. The
eggs were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas,
California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The eggs were sold under the brand names Sunny Meadow, Springfield
Grocer, Sun Valley, and James Farm. There have been no confirmed
Salmonella cases related to the purchased eggs. Consumers can return
the eggs to the store they were purchased at for a refund.
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in
young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened
immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often
experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Pfizer has announced that it plans to recall two more lots, or
approximately 38,000 bottles, of Lipitor. According to the company,
the recall is based on "two customer reports of an uncharacteristic
odor related to the bottles in which these lots of Lipitor were
The new recall
follows one last month, in which the company pulled 191,000
bottles of the statin, amid similar concerns. Pfizer says that the
odor is "consistent with the presence of 2, 4, 6 tribromoanisole (TBA),
which was found at a very low level in a complaint sample bottle
during the investigation leading to the first product recall."
According to Pfizer, the risk of health consequences "appears to
be minimal." Consumers can contact the company at 1-888-LIPITOR and
can report any concerns to the Food and Drug Administration at
Britax Child Safety is recalling 19,601 Chaperone infant seats in
the U.S. and Canada due to a defect with the product's chest clip.
The chest clip’s purpose is to positions the chest straps across a
child’s shoulders. Britax recalled the child seats after receiving
400 complaints of broken chest clips, and four reports of minor
According to Britax:
The Chest Clip supplied with the Chaperone Infant Car Seat
was incorrectly produced by the manufacturer which resulted in a
more brittle chest clip than was intended. As a result, the chest
clip which positions the harness straps across the infant’s
shoulders may break when the chest clip is engaged as the infant
is secured into the infant car seat. The sharp edges of the broken
chest clip create a risk of a skin laceration and the fractured
components of the chest clip may present a small parts/choking
If your chest clip breaks Consumer Reports recommends that you
discontinue use of the seat until you receive the remedy kit.
The recall includes the following models manufactured from April
2009 through May 2010:
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Britax is mailing consumer notices and remedy kits to registered
consumers that include replacement clips and instructions. If your
seat is not registered you will not receive a kit. You can register
a Chaperone infant car seat on the Britax
website. The safety campaign should begin around Nov. 11. Owners
can also contact Britax at 1-888-427-4829 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236
Some of the spookiest complaints we’ve received in recent years are
from readers whose appliances seem to turn themselves on. It’s a
sporadic phenomenon that seems to haunt a range of small appliances,
including toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves and coffee makers,
posing a serious fire and burn hazard in many cases. Other readers
tell us their ghost won’t allow an appliance to turn off, even after
the toast pops up or the timer goes off. Some readers have had to
unplug the appliance to get it to shut down.
The “ghosts” have often turned out to be faulty electronics,
especially with toaster ovens. The problem was cited in at least 10
toaster oven recalls issued between 2005 and 2009. Last week,
Frigidaire and Electrolux cooktops and ranges were recalled
because they unexpectedly turned themselves on. In this case it was
from liquid pooling under the control knob. We’ve also heard reports
of a Magic Chef range that was inadvertently turned on and off by
the wireless signals from a nearby cell phone.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, we recommend taking the
precaution of unplugging toaster ovens and other heating appliances
when not in use. That’s not practical for large appliances like
ranges, ovens and washing machines (yes, we’ve heard horror stories
about those, too). Ultimately, eliminating these phantom switches
will require a larger effort to identify problem products and, if
needed, strengthen quality and safety standards. To do that,
consumers should report the problem whenever it happens.
Do you have a ghost in your appliance? If so, we want to hear from
Report your problem product and help Consumer Reports
keep you safe. Don’t forget to include the model name and number,
brand, when you bought it, and a detailed description of the
problem. It’s also important to share this information with
The ghosts and goblins roaming the streets on Halloween night
aren’t the only things that are scary—so are the accident
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the
number of deaths among child pedestrians (ages 5 to 14) is four
times as many on Halloween evening than any other evening of the
year. Aside from keeping kids safe on the streets, there are other
safety precautions that you can take to make Halloween a fun-filled
Buy costumes that are labeled “flame resistant” and avoid baggy,
billowing skirts and cloaks that might brush against a candle-lit
jack-o-lantern or luminary. Make sure your kids won’t trip over
their costumes and avoid accessories like swords and canes that
might have shape edges. And don’t allow your children to wear masks
that might block their vision.
Use of flashlights, glow sticks, and reflective tape will make your
child visible to drivers at night. Reinforce the rules of the road,
such as crossing streets only at corners and remind children not to
run out from between parked cars.
Safety at home:
Clear all obstacles from the path to your front door and make sure
it’s well-lit. If using plug-in decorations, make sure they are
safety listed by UL, ETL, or CSA. Electric, battery-operated candles
are much safer than ones with real flames. Set the rules: make sure
all trick-or-treaters stay together with friends—and adults, if they
are under 12. Have older children carry a cell phone and have them
check in regularly to let you know where they are. Remind them never
to enter someone’s house. And don’t let them eat any candy until
you’ve had time to thoroughly inspect it. And be aware of some
recent recalls of Nestle
Mega Pops lollipops.
SanGar Produce & Processing Co. of San Antonio, TX is recalling
celery due to possible listeria contamination. The
Texas Department of State Health Services traced 6 of 10 cases
listeriosis in the state to celery processed at a SanGar plant;
at least four victims of the food poisoning died.
The recall involves cut fresh produce in sealed packages
distributed to schools, restaurants, hospitals and other
institutions, but it’s not thought to be at supermarkets. It is not
currently known how much contaminated celery was processed or how
widely it was distributed. It’s also not known if the contamination
has spread to other produce handled at the plant. The
Food and Drug
Administration is investigating and considering expanding the
SanGar processed celery grown in California, but there was
apparently no problem with it until it got to the SanGar plant in
Texas. SanGar contested the results and initially refused to shut
down its facility. That’s when the Texas health department shuttered
the plant and ordered the recall. Texas health inspectors found
sanitation problems in the SanGar plant including a condensation
leak over the food-production area.
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 500 people die
of listeriosis each year in the U.S., and another 2,500 become
seriously ill. Listeriosis causes flu-like symptoms including fever,
muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. More severe symptoms
include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or
convulsions. Symptoms typically occur 3 to 70 days after exposure.
The elderly, young children, pregnant women, and those with weak
immune symptoms are particularly at risk.
We are alerting schools to the sickening celery through our
School Safety Alert Program. You may want to advise children not
to eat celery in their school cafeteria until the extent of this
food poisoning is more clearly identified, and you might want to
skip it in restaurants too. Although SanGar cliams that their
produce is distributed only on Texas, there are some reports that
the listeriosis may be more widespread. Watch this blog for future
updates and analysis.
We're stunned that Graco took so long. The deaths occurred more than
five years ago, between 2003 and 2005, according to the CPSC. The
agency is also aware of five reports of infants who were trapped,
but not killed, and suffered cuts, bruising, and near strangulation.
CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson told us that agency staff uncovered a
pattern of incidents with the Graco strollers when they were
reevaluating stroller injuries. The discovery wound up prompting
today's record recall.
Today's recall involves the Graco Quattro Tour and the MetroLite
strollers and travel systems (strollers that include a removable car
seat/carrier). The Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems were
manufactured prior to November 2006. The MetroLite strollers and
travel systems were manufacturerd prior to July 2007. Consumers who
own a Graco Quatro or MetroLite stroller should
check the recall notice to see if their model is affected. If
so, the CPSC advises that consumers stop using the stroller
immediately and contact the company for a free repair kit. Call
Graco at 877-828-4046 or visit the Graco's website at
The current and safer version of the Graco Quattro Tour Sport is our
top rated traditional stroller and the Graco MetroLite is rated a
Best Buy. Our full
Ratings and report on strollers appears in the subscriber
section of ConsumerReports.org.
Stricter standards mean safer strollers
The hazard with the recalled Graco Quatro and MetroLite strollers
was addressed by recent changes to the
ASTM-International safety standard on strollers, which became
effective in January 2008, after the recalled Graco strollers were
made. Compliance with the ASTM standard is voluntary; virtually all
manufactures follow it and most big retailers insist on it.
But our most recent tests of strollers uncovered some newer models
that didn't comply with the standard; they had the same hazard as
the Graco strollers recalled today. We brought the issue to
the attention of the CPSC last April and the
Valco Baby and
Tike Tech jogging strollers were recalled on October 6 before
there were reports of any injuries.
Those models, like today's recalled Graco ones, have a risk of
entrapment and strangulation, which can occur when infants are left
unharnessed in the strollers. If an infant's body slides down under
the stroller's tray, his or her head can get stuck between the tray
and the seat bottom. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at
serious risk of strangulation. (Watch our video, right, for a
demonstration of the hazard.)
It's wrong that hazardous products like the Graco strollers recalled
today remain on the market and in consumers' homes well after
serious hazards are uncovered. Strollers, like any other juvenile
product, are often passed down from one child—and even one
generation—to the next. Relying on manufacturers to promptly recall
dangerous products makes it way too easy for children to be
endangered for a long time to come. Unless manufactures like Graco
start ramping up their safety programs, we have to rely on recalls
to keep us out of harm's way. It is, at best, an imperfect response,
and at worst, a deadly one.
Pfizer also recalled
bottles of Lipitor, the statin drug for lowering cholesterol.
Their recall affects five lots (0855020, 0819020, 0842020, 0843020,
and 0854020) of 40-milligram tablets packaged in 90-count bottles.
All have an expiration date of 01/13.
In both cases, the odor
was identified as 2,4,6 tribromoanisole, which is thought to come
from a fungicide used in shipping packages or pallets. McNeil
describes the odor as musty or moldy, but Pfizer simply states that
it’s an “uncharacteristic odor.” Both companies say that the odor is
unlikely to cause adverse health affects, although there have been
complaints of nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and diarrhea with
recalled Tylenol products.
Pfizer recommends that patients continue to take Lipitor as
prescribed by their doctor, but return the tablets to their
pharmacist if they experience an uncharacteristic odor. Pfizer can
be contacted about Lipitor by calling 1-888-LIPITOR. McNeil
recommends that consumers stop taking the recalled Tylenol and
contact the company at their
website or 1-888-222-6036 to receive a refund or product coupon.
Our Take: This contaminated packaging is likely
to expand beyond Tylenol and Lipitor. Until all sources of the odor
are identified, we recommend you sniff each bottle of medication you
open and report any musty or moldy odors to the manufacturer of the
products as well as to the
As we told you
here, these aromatherapy kits were
originally recalled in January 2009 after the CPSC received 88
reports of exploding jars that included 13 injuries to children.
Since that time, there have been 12 additional reports of exploding
unvented jars and another 13 injuries. The new injuries include
irritated eyes and skin and one eye injury from projectile jar lids.
Pressure from the buildup of carbon dioxide in the jars that come
with the kits can cause the unvented lids to blow off, posing
explosion and projectile hazards. The flying pieces also can cause
property damage. Additionally, the mixture of water with the Bath
Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies can create citric acid. This acid can
get into consumers’ eyes when the jars explode, posing a risk of eye
The kits were sold at Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and other
stores nationwide from August 2008 through August 2010 and continue
to be available in some stores. Consumers should immediately take
the toy’s jars and caps without vent holes away from children,
dispose of any jar lids without vent holes and contact JAKKS Pacific
to receive free jar lids with vent holes. Contact JAKKS toll-free at
(877) 875-2557 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through
Friday, visit the firm’s
email at email@example.com.
The recall was
issued after Consumer Reports’ tests showed that the seat can crack
and the harness can loosen in simulated 30-mph frontal crashes,
which could leave a child inadequately restrained. Failures
occurred when the seat was tested in its five-point harness mode,
though no problems were found when the seat was used as a
booster-seat. Consumer Reports shared its test results with Evenflo,
who worked with NHTSA to initiate the recall.
Evenflo issued a
press release announcing the recall this morning. The company
advises owners of affected seats to contact Evenflo for a free
reinforcement kit by calling 800-233-5921 in the U.S. or
800-265-0749 in Canada. Their website includes a video showing
owners how to install the kit.
For more information or to see a video of our crash test results
on the Evenflo Maestro, see our
Babies & Kids Blog.
Sold at Home Depot from January 2001 to July 2003 for $100, the HP
1802M is powered by an 18 volt rechargeable NiCad battery. The
drills are blue and black with "Ryobi" appearing in red and white on
the left side. The model number can be found on a white label on the
right side of the drill.
200,000 Roman shades joined the recall of all Roman shades and
roll-up blinds that began in
December of last year because their design poses a strangulation
risk to children. Strangulation could occur if a child were to place
his or her neck between the shade and the exposed inner cord, or
pulls the cord out altogether and wraps it around his or her neck.
Consumer Product Safety Commission reported the recall. The
consumers use cordless window coverings in homes where children live
or visit. No injuries were reported in connection to this specific
batch of recalled shades.
The manufacturer, Green Mountain Vista,
voluntarily added its name to the list of other companies that have
been recalling window shades and blinds because of the same
strangulation hazard. The shades were sold for $40 to $120 at
specialty stores and mail order companies nationwide from September
2004 through August 2010.
Consumers with a shade labeled RN#107875 should contact the
Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) for a free repair kit at (800)
506-4636, or visit
www.windowcoverings.org. For more information contact Green
Mountain Vista at (800) 639-1728 or visit
Adding to the list of millions of drop-side cribs already pulled
from the market, Alexander Designs Ltd is recalling
11,400 drop-side cribs sold at J.C. Penney.
hardware can break or fail, leading to a suffocation, strangulation,
and fall hazard. The cribs were sold from March 2003 through April
CPSC has received two reports of incidents involving drop-side
malfunctions on Alexander Designs drop-side cribs. In one incident,
which involved a crib that had been misassembled, the plastic
hardware broke and the drop-side rail fell unexpectedly. In a second
incident, a hardware failure caused the drop-side rail to detach
from the crib. No injuries were reported.
Stop using the crib immediately and contact the manufacturer,
Jardine, at (800) 295-1980 or on their
website for a free repair kit that will immobilize the drop side
This is the second crib recall in five months from Jardine. In
June the company recalled
130,000 drop-side cribs sold at Kids R Us stores.
Safety Commission just announced the recalls of two jogging
strollers for hazards that Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer
Reports, brought to their attention earlier this year. Our testing
uncovered safety hazards with these strollers and we rated them a
“Don’t Buy: Safety Risk”. In total, there are 12,800 strollers
being recalled for risk of strangulation.
12,000 Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers are
being recalled because the opening between the grab bar and seat
bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through
and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a
strangulation hazard to a young child who is not harnessed. “Valco
Baby” is printed on the head rest and the padding on the footboard.
The grab bar is optional and can be removed from the stroller. The
stroller’s model numbers are located on a white sticker on the left
hand side of brake bar. The Valco Baby strollers were sold at
juvenile product stores and websites including Amazon.com between
November 2007 and March 2010 for between $480 to $700. Consumers
should immediately remove the grab bar from the stroller and contact
Valco Baby at (800) 610-7850,
www.valcobaby.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a
free replacement grab bar.
800 Tike Tech Single City X3 and X3 Sport Jogging Strollers are
also being recalled for the same grab-bar hazard as the Valco Baby
strollers. “Tike Tech” is printed on the footrest and on the back of
the stroller on the left and right sides. The ID codes are located
on the interior left side frame. The Tike Tech strollers were sold
at juvenile product stores nationwide and websites including
www.amazon.com from October 2009 through February 2010 for about
$300. Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar from the
stroller and contact Tike Tech Tech at (800) 296-4602, at
or email the firm at email@example.com to receive a free
replacement grab bar.
The bulbs were sold in discount stores in New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut from January 2008 to
December 2008. One CFL can pretty much look like another, so
carefully check the label on the base for “Trisonic” and the model
numbers TS-EN 15W/SP, TS-EN 20W/SP, TS-CFL 22WB or TS-EN 25W/SP.
Immediately stop using the bulb and contact the company for a
refund. Don’t just throw CFLs in the garbage; they contain small
amounts of mercury, a neurotoxin, so some states and municipalities
don’t allow them in the trash. And if a CFL breaks, it should be
cleaned up carefully.
trikes are a hazard because the pretend key that sticks up can
cause serious injury if a child falls on it. The company has 10
reports of injuries, including six that required medical attention.
infant activity centers have valves on the inflatable balls that
can come off. Fisher-Price knows of 46 valves that have come off, 14
were found in children’s mouths, and three reports of a child
beginning to choke. And the green and purple cars from the Fisher
Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway have wheels that
can come off. No injuries have been reported.
about all the recalls, including model numbers, can be found in the
linked CPSC press releases. In all cases, take the product away from
your child and contact Fisher Price at (800) 432-5437 or its
for a free replacement.
recalling 950,000 high chairs (an additional 125,000 are being
recalled in Canada). Children can fall on or against the pegs on
the rear legs of the high chair resulting in injuries or
lacerations. The pegs are used for high chair tray storage. There
are reports of 14 incidents, including seven reports of children
requiring stitches and one tooth injury.
This recall involves the
Healthy Care, Easy Clean and Close to Me High Chairs with pegs on
the back legs intended for tray storage. The high chairs have a
folding frame for storage and a three-position reclining seat. The
model number and date code of the high chair is on the back of the
seat. All Easy Clean and Close To Me High Chairs are included in
this recall. Only Healthy Care High Chairs manufactured before
December 2006 are included in the recall. If the fourth digit in the
date code is 6 or less, the Healthy Care High Chair is included in
the recall. The high chairs were sold at sold at mass merchandise
retail stores nationwide from September 2001 through September 2010
for between about $70 and $115.
If you have one of these high chairs, stop using it immediately
Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 for instructions and a free
Two versions of electroluminescent
night lights are being recalled by Molenaar LLC of Minnesota
because they can get hot and melt. They were given away free as
promotional products from October 2001 through November 2009 and may
be imprinted with a company name.
The firm is aware of four
incidents of the plug-in lights melting; no injuries have been
reported. The lights glow green when plugged in, and have 71980
U.S.A. molded into the back panel. One is shaped like a house; the
other is square with a rounded top.
If you have one of these, throw it away. For more information,
you can call Molenaar at (877) 719-4442 or go to
Abbott is recalling certain packages of
Similac powder infant formula because they “did not meet its
quality standards.” Translation: the company “detected the remote
possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product”
in one of its facilities.
The recall notice says the Food and Drug
Administration “has determined that while the formula containing
these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility
that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their
larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and
refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI
tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a
physician should be consulted.”
Included are certain Similac products in plastic containers and
in a variety of sizes of cans. No liquid products have been
recalled. To determine whether a particular product is affected,
plug the lot number into the
company’s finder or call the consumer line at (800) 986-8850.
The website and hotline also have instructions on how to return
recalled cans to the company for a refund.
If you are having trouble getting to the list of recalled formula on
Similac's site, you can access a PDF on
D&D Distributing-Wholesale, a Washington State company, is recalling
19,000 Love Tester/Are You in the Mood?
mood rings and 4,000
necklaces for high levels of lead. The jewelry was made in China
and sold in small stores from September 2005 through June 2010.
Lead can be toxic to young children if ingested, and can cause a
range of health problems. Take the jewelry away from children
immediately and return it to the store where it was purchased for a
refund or replacement. You can also contact the company at (800)
www.dddist.com. There have been no injuries reported.
Gerson Company, a Kansas firm, is recalling more than 200,000
glass vases sold at Michaels stores in the U.S. and Canada
because they can break or fracture.
It seems a bit odd, since any glass vase can break or shatter,
but these appear to be especially problematic; the firm has received
nine reports of the vases shattering, all of which resulted in
Michaels sold the 20 inch square vases from July 2006 through
March 2010 for about $15. Instructions for obtaining a refund can be
found on Gerson’s
website. You don’t need to return the vase; just dispose of it
safely. (But unless you have a receipt, don’t dump it before taking
a photo to send as proof of purchase.)
This is the 24th recall since May 2009 for garments sold by Burlington
Coat Factory for the same hazard. In total, about 154,000 garments
have been recalled. But most of these recalls were not for products
sold recently. This may be a matter of doing some late housecleaning
and paying for past sins.
Step2 Company is
recalling 56,000 Sand and Water Transportation Station toys
because the wheels can come off the train and pose a choking hazard
to young children. (An additional 7,700 are being
recalled in Canada.)
The round plastic table has sections for sand and water, and comes
with blue, red, and yellow plastic trains. It was sold at Target and
other retailers and online from December 2008 through June 2010. No
injuries have been reported.
Take the trains away from children immediately and contact Step2 at
(800) 347-8372 or at www.step2.com
for free replacement cars. (Children can continue to play with the
rest of the set.)
Joining a host of other manufactures and retailers that have
recalled Roman shades and roll-up blinds,
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores have added their name to
list. There have been tens of millions of shades and blinds
recently recalled because their cords can pose a strangulation risk
to young children.
Black & Decker is
recalling some 192,000 random orbit sanders after receiving 73
reports of the sander’s disk breaking or falling apart. There were
15 reports of injuries from flying pieces, one of which involved a
serious facial laceration.
recalling74,700 bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs
because they may be contaminated with salmonella. The 8-ounce bags
have lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519. They were imported
from a Brazilian supplier. The company has received no reports of
animals or humans becoming
Don’t feed these treats to your dog.
recall notice says to dispose of the product in a proper manner,
which we presume means in a way that pets can’t get to them. You can
contact Hartz at 800.275.1414 for information on how to get a
Far too often, recalls and safety alerts don’t reach the consumers
that need them the most. There’s typically only a 10 to 30 percent
consumer response rate to recalls. That puts a lot of consumers who
may never have received the information in harm’s way. Children are
particularly vulnerable to risk of injury, illness, or death from
unsafe foods and products. Busy parents are bombarded with
information and often don’t hear about vital safety issues and
recalls. So Consumers Union set out to find a way to get safety
into the homes of parents with school-age children.
We’ve created a unique coalition of government agencies, parent
organizations, and school administrators to disseminate recalls and
safety alert information to parents and caregivers. The National
School Safety Coalition, currently comprised of 21 members, puts the
word out through
Morningland Dairy of Mountain View, Missouri, is recalling
68,957 pounds of cheese because it may be contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes and has the potential to be contaminated with
The recall involves the Bella Kitchen model WJ-5000DE 5-quart
programmable slow cooker with date codes 0907 or 0909. They were
sold exclusively at Kohl’s Department Stores from July through
Lakeshore Learning Materials, a California company, is recalling
18,500 magnetic picture boards. The plastic wand can separate
and expose a magnet that can be a choking hazard to children. And if
a child swallows two magnets (the boards were sold individually and
in sets), there’s a risk of perforated intestines or blockages.
Milestone AV Technologies is
recalling 131,000 wall mounts for flat screen TVs because the
components don’t fit together properly and the TV could come
tumbling down. The Sanus Vision Mount model LF228-B1 wall mounts and
Simplicity model SLF2 were sold from June 2009 through July 2010,
the former through independent dealers and the latter through
The model numbers can be found on the UL sticker on the
The units, which were made in China, were sold at Williams-Sonoma
stores and through the company's website and catalogs in June and
July of this year. They’re green with an orange temperature dial. "Beaba"
is printed on the base and model number 9602 is printed on the
underside of the warmer.
Industries of Buffalo, NY is recalling some 380,000 pounds of
deli meat that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The meat was made into sandwiches sold exclusively at Walmart under
the “Marketside Grab and Go” label.
The USDA says, “Listeriosis
can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea.
Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as
serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune
systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection
or undergoing chemotherapy.”
Egg producer Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa
its voluntary recall of specific
Julian dates of
shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the
potential to be contaminated with salmonella. An estimated 380
million eggs are affected. Hundreds of people have already been
sickened in four states; no deaths have been reported.
Last week, two consumer groups, the
Consumers for Auto
Reliability and Safety (CARS) and
Center for Auto Safety (a
non-profit advocacy organization co-founded 40 years ago by
Consumers Union), filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) to order
to fix all recalled vehicles on their lot before they rent them out
to customers. This comes three months after Enterprise admitted
liability in a California case that they rented out a recalled
Chrysler PT Cruiser that caught on fire and crashed killing two
young women. The family of the sisters was awarded $15 million.
Nearly one out of every 25 restaurant-associated foodborne
illness outbreaks with an identified food source was traced back to
contaminated salsa or guacamole, according to
research by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. The study covered the period
from 1998 through 2008.
Here’s one royal flush you’ll want to avoid: Merrick Pet Care has
expanded its August 3rd
recall of 10 oz. bags of Texas Hold ‘Ems and Beef Filet Squares
treats for dogs because they may be contaminated with salmonella.
All bags, which were shipped nationwide, are now being recalled.
The Texas manufacturer says that no illnesses have been reported,
and that “pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have
diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will
have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but
otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or
humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these
symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately.”
Wright County Egg, an Iowa producer, is recalling cartons of 6, 12,
eggs for possible salmonella contamination. The eggs were sold
nationwide under the brand names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy,
Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh,
Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.
The eggs are labeled with
Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413
and 1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg
carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the
number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example:
You may barely have noticed that days are just a bit shorter than
last week and the week before that, but now it hits you that you are
indeed turning the lights on a bit earlier. Just be sure that one of
them isn’t this rocketship portable
night light, which was recalled last December for shock hazard.
The LED Rocketship PalPODzzz portable night lights are from Osram
Sylvania. It can also be used as an emergency light or a flashlight.
It’s shaped as a rocket ship and sits in a plastic recharging base
that plugs into the wall. The model number 72174 and date codes
“0808” or “0908” are printed on the label attached to the bottom
cover of the recharging base. They were sold at Home Depot, Stop &
Shop, and other stores, and online at Amazon.com and other
retailers from October 2008 through November 2009.
Before the recall, the firm had received three reports of the
bottom of the recharging base breaking and consumers touching
internal electrical components that resulted in minor electric
shocks. If you still have one of these, stop using it. Don’t take it
back to the store. Instead, contact Osram Sylvania at 877-423-3772
or visit the firm’s web site at www.sylvania.com.
Gadhia presented a wide range of issues and concerns including:
Sleep environment safety. While supporting CPSC
efforts to reduce injuries to children caused by nursery products
such as cribs, play yards, and bassinets, the groups urged the
agency to extend their safe-sleep efforts to other products,
sleep positioners, and infant
comforters and pillows.