Product Recalls and Consumer Updates
By Mary Ann Pekara
Consumer Alerts for Defective Products
The world is full of dangerous products, and sometimes recalls are not issued until serious harm has been done to one or more individuals. If you have been injured by a product, whether or not a recall has been announced, you deserve to learn about your rights by speaking with an injury attorney. Simply fill out this form for a free case evaluation by an attorney in your area.
Defective Product Recalls
The FDA issues consumer alerts and product recalls daily. The chances of a product defect causing problems are relatively small, but when products are defective they can lead to drastic consequences like permanent injury or even death.
The recall of items produced under poor inspection and manufacturing standards in China from 2007 is a perfect example of the grave dangers that could be involved in product recalls. The massive recalls of millions of products, including tires, children's toys and dog food, came about as a result of massive defects: many toys contained lead in their construction or in paint, and tread separation in the defective tires resulted in several deaths.
Hydroxycut-branded Products Recalled - Health Risk
Iovate Health Sciences USA, Inc. voluntarily recalled its Hydroxycut products after the FDA advised that there have been 23 recorded cases of liver-related issues associated with Hydroxycut.
Cantaloupe Melons Recalled in N.C., S.C. and Va. - Salmonella Risk
L&M Companies, Inc. is recalling one lot of whole cantaloupes because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella
. The whole cantaloupes were sold between May 10-15, 2009 in Walmart Supercenter Stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, and in the Walmart Supercenter Store located at 315 Furr Street in South Hill, Virginia.
Under Armour Athletic Cups Recalled - Severe Injury Hazard
The cups can break if hit, posing a risk of serious injury hazard to athletes. This recall involves all athletic cups that have the Under Armour logo, including adult, teen, and youth sizes. The cups were sold individually and as part of a set with compression, slider, or jock shorts.
GE Profile™ Freestanding Dual Fuel Ranges Recalled - Fire and Burn Hazard
The wiring in the rear of the range can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. This recall involves GE Profile 30” Freestanding Duel Fuel ranges. The ranges were sold in white, black, bisque and stainless steel. The model and serial numbers can be found on the left inside corner of the bottom drawer. These ranges were sold in department and appliance stores nationwide from June 2002 through December 2005 for between $1,300 and $2,000.
Fisher-Price High Chairs Recalled - Fall Hazard
This recall involves the 3-in-1 High Chair to Booster™, which converts from a high chair to a toddler booster seat. It includes a removable tray, height adjustment and folds for storage. The product number (P5369) is printed on the side of the seat, on a label on the seat pad, and on the product’s packaging. The seat can fall backwards from high chair frame if the booster seat release is unlatched while the child is in the product. Also, the seat back can detach if not fully snapped in place, posing a fall hazard and risk of serious injury to young children.
Tippmann® A-5® Paintball Markers Recalled - Injury Hazard
The end cap assembly on the rear of certain A-5® markers can break and eject during use, posing a risk of injury to the operator. This recall involves Tippmann A-5® markers with serial numbers 0409301 to 0422200. The serial number appears on the packaging accompanying each marker and is engraved on the left side of the marker near the front grip. Serial numbers ending in an “R” have already been repaired and are not included in the recall.
Salsa Bicycles Recalled - Fall Hazard
The handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the consumer. The recall includes all CroMoto S.U.L. stems sold as individual aftermarket units and on these models of complete Salsa bicycles: Ala Carte, El Mariachi, Casseroll Triple, Casseroll Single and La Cruz. The aftermarket stems are black and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The complete bike stems are painted to match the bike model color and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The recalled stems range from 75 through 105-degree rise and extension length from 90 to 120mm.
Old Navy Recalled Stuffed Toys - Choking Hazard
The stuffed animal and creature toys are made out of cotton and have plastic button eyes. They come in a variety of styles, such as a rabbit, penguin and reindeer. The stuffed toys have two button eyes that could detach from the toy, posing a choking hazard to young children.
LG 830 "Spyder" Cell Phones Recalled - Poor Connection to Emergency Call Service
The recalled phones can have difficulty sustaining a connection or have poor voice quality on calls to emergency 911. Phones in the recall are the LG 830 “Spyder” touch-screen slider cell phones with software versions T83LGV03 and T83LGV04, which were sold for use with the following regional wireless carriers: Cellular South, Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular, Centennial de Puerto Rico, Appalachian Wireless, Illinois Valley Cellular, Northwest Missouri Cellular, Inland Cellular, Leaco, Golden State Cellular, Thumb Cellular, Silver Star Communications, and Nex-Tech Wireless.
The cell phone model number can be found underneath the battery. The software version can be verified by going into the menu of the cell phone, selecting “Settings” then “Phone Information” then “Version.” No other LG cell phones, software versions or wireless carriers are included in this recall.
Spa Factory™ Aromatherapy Fountain & Bath Benefits Kits Recalled - Explosion and Projectile Hazard
JAKKS Pacific has recalled the purple caps on jars in the Spa Factory™ Spa Fantasy Aromatherapy Fountain and the Bath Benefits™ Kit toys. The jars are used to make Bath Bombs/Balls and Bath Fizzies. Pressure from the buildup of carbon dioxide in the jars of Bath Bombs/Balls or Bath Fizzies can cause the caps on the jars to blow off, posing explosion and projectile hazards. The mixtures also can contain citric acid, which can get into the eyes during an explosion, posing a risk of eye irritation. The item number is located on the bottom of the product’s packaging.
Skull and Crossbone Necklaces Recalled - Lead Exposure
Spencer Gifts has recalled a necklace with a “skull-and-crossbones” symbol and a metal clasp. The skull has eleven pieces of rhinestones on its forehead and one rhinestone on both ends of the crossbones. The skull and metal clasp of the necklace contain high levels of lead. Lead can be toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Boy's Pajamas Recalled - Burn Hazard
Mad Dog Concepts is voluntarily recalling about 25,000 Tony Hawk Boy’s Pajama Sets. This sleepwear fails to meet the federal children’s sleepwear flammability standard, and poses a risk of burn injury to children. The recall involves the following skateboard-themed boy’s pajama sets: “Boards Estate” (item # TH005LSB), “Heathen Skull” (item #TH006BSB), “Backspray” (item #TH007GSB) and “Stix Jester” (item #TH008RSB). The name of the product and item number are sewn in the neck and pant. The items were sold in sizes 4 to 14.
Jumbo Snow Globes Recalled - Fire Hazard
Hallmark has recalled snowman snow globes after two reports of the globes igniting nearby materials on fire. When exposed to sunlight, the snow globes can act as a magnifying glass and ignite nearby combustible materials, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves a Hallmark Jumbo Snow Globe in the shape of a snowman with model number 1XAG5093 and UPC code 795902066666. The snow globe measures 11 by 12 by 17 inches. The model number and the UPC code can be found on the back of the hangtag.
Munire Cribs Recalled - Health Hazard
The red paint which is underneath the black finish paint on some of the cribs and matching furniture exceeds federal lead limits. If ingested by young children lead can cause adverse health effects. The recalled cribs and furniture are made of wood and have a rubbed black finish. Only the “Newport Rubbed Black” cribs and matching furniture manufactured in Indonesia between April 2006 and November 2008 are included in this recall. The model number, date, and country of manufacture are printed on the label attached to the side panel of the crib and the date of manufacture is on the back panel of the furniture.
Atomic Skis USA Bindings Recall - Fall Hazard
The heel housing of the bindings can crack, causing the binding to release unexpectedly. This can cause the skier to lose control or fall and suffer injuries. The recall affects the heel components of the following Atomic alpine ski bindings: Race 310, Race 412, RaceRace 310, RaceRace 412, Xentrix 310, Xentrix 311, Xentrix 412, C310, C311, C412, CR 310, CR 412, R 310, R 412, SX 310, SX 412, Device 311, Device 412, Centro 310, Centro 412, and Dynamic ADX 312, RD10, X412, Centro 412. The recall includes only those bindings manufactured from 1998 through 2002 The year of manufacture can be located on the underside of the heel lever.
Insulin Syringes Are Recalled - Overdose Danger
Covidien Ltd. is recalling 471,000 disposable insulin syringes. The syringes are reportedly mislabeled and can cause patients to receive an overdose of insulin, according to federal regulators. Patients using the defective ReliOn syringes could receive as much as 2.5 times the intended dose, according to a statement by the Food and Drug Administration. The defective syringes were sold at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores.
Recall of Nintendo Wii Wireless Guitars - Danger of Leaking Batteries
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of 57,000 Rage Wireless Guitars. These guitars are a controller for the Wii version of the extremely popular Guitar Hero music game. The guitars have a defective circuit board that can cause the AA batteries to leak if they are installed incorrectly, exposing consumers to the risk of chemical burns. So far, only one Rage Guitar user has reported an injury from the controller. The Rage Wireless Guitar game controller is blue or white and is 31 inches long. It has battery-operated LED lights on the fret buttons that go up the neck of the guitar. The Rage Wireless Guitar controller for Wii game systems was manufactured in China and sold across the U.S. from June 2008 through September 2008 for between $40 and $60.
Nissan Recalls 200,000 Vehicles with Defective Airbags
More than 200,000 Nissan vehicles are being recalled for repairs to a defective sensor system. The defect could prevent the passenger side airbag in the vehicles from being deployed during a crash. The Associated Press reported that the recall includes approximately 140,000 2007 and 2008 model Nissan Altima cars. The recall also includes the 2007 and 2008 models of the Infiniti EX35, G35 Sedan, G37 and the Nissan 350Z, Murano and Rogue. The defect in these vehicles could possibly be caused by an electronic component in the control unit located in the passenger seat cushion that may have been built out of specification. This defect could cause a signal interruption in the sensor system that prevents the passenger side airbag from deploying during a crash. Nissan believes that the defect affects only about 1 percent of the recalled vehicles, but it is important that all vehicles be checked to avoid any possible airbag-related injuries to passengers.
Melamine-Tainted Cookies Recalled
Lotte USA Inc. is recalling Koala's March creme-filled cookies. The cookies have been removed from shelves in U.S. stores because they were manufactured in China and could be contaminated with melamine. The cookie recall covers king-size chocolate, strawberry, chestnut, Hawaii chocolate and Hawaii pineapple flavors. These cookies were reportedly sold nationwide and in Canada. The Michigan-based company initiated the product recall on September 29 and says that it is not aware of any illnesses as a result of the product. Melamine is an industrial chemical and is blamed for the deaths of four infants and for making an additional 54,000 children ill in China.
GM Recalls 2004 Cadillac SRX
More than 17,000 Cadillac SRX SUVs have been recalled by GM because of a problem with the automatic transmission in the vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the transmission shift lever in the SUVs can be knocked from the Park position when the brake is not depressed and when the ignition is off. This problem has the potential to cause serious injuries if the vehicle is parked on a hill or at an angle and the vehicle slips out of Park and begins to roll.
Fujifilm Battery Chargers Pose Risk of Electric Shock
Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc. has announced the recall of about 5,300 BC-50 battery chargers after discovering that the plastic portion of the unit's power plug could crack or detach and pose a risk of electrical shock to consumers. The defective battery chargers covered in the recall were sold with the Fujifilm FinePix F100fd digital cameras and can be identified by the production lot codes WCAA and WCAB. The code can be found on the back of the battery charger unit in the lower right-hand corner. More of the defective battery chargers were sold separately and as an optional accessory for the Fujifilm FinePix F100fd and F50fd digital cameras. These chargers can be identified by the production lot codes WBAD and WFBA, also located on the back right-hand corner of the unit. The chargers were sold from March through September for about $60.
Toy Speed Boats Recalled Due to Burn Hazard
Approximately 200,000 battery operated toy speed boats are being recalled by Dollar General Merchandising Inc. The toy boats can pose a potential burn hazard to consumers when the two battery terminals come in contact with each other and cause the batteries to overheat. The defective toy boats are approximately 12 inches long and 8 inches wide and made of lightweight plastic. They are supported by an inflatable hull with an outboard motor that uses two AA batteries. The boats were sold at Dollar General stores from March through July for $3 each.
Bar Magnets Recalled - Violation of Federal Lead Paint Standard
Approximately 400 Alnico bar magnets are being recalled by Home Science Tools because the surface paints on the magnets contain excessive levels of lead. The recall involves Alnico 3-inch long bar magnets. The red and blue paint on these magnets violates the federal lead paint standard. The magnets were originally sold in pairs or packaged with a science kit. They were sold as item number MG-BAR3AL by Internet retailers and mail order sources between May and September for approximately $6.
Fall Hazard - Folding Game Chairs Recalled
Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corp. has recalled approximately 1,700 "Colonial" folding game chairs. The chairs can pose a fall hazard to consumers when the retaining washers on the legs loosen and cause the chair to become unstable. This defective product recall involves only the "Colonial" model of folding wooden chairs, sold in sets of two for use with game tables. The chairs have either a cherry or chestnut finish and a black seat cushion. They were sold by Brunswick dealers from March 2007 through March 2008 for about $400 per set.
Youth ATV's Recalled for Faulty Safety Shutoff Switch
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of more than 1,000 2008-2009 Can-Am Youth ATVs. These ATVs have a defective shutoff switch. If the rider is ejected from the vehicle, the ATV's engine doesn't properly shut off. It has led to uncontrolled ATVs crashing into bystanders, vehicles and other objects. The ATVs were sold nationwide at authorized Can-Am dealers from August 2007 through September 2008.
Soccer Goals Recalled Due to Choking Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 190,000 MacGregor Folding Soccer Goals and Mitre Folding Soccer Goals, distributed by Regent Sports Corporation. The problem is that the fixed knot flexible openings are too large and can allow a child to get his head caught in it. The goals have caused the choking death of at least one child, who was found with his arm and neck tangled in the netting. Both soccer goals have a white frame with a white net attached by Velcro. The ones being recalled have gaps measuring 5 inches on each side. They were sold at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and general sports and toy stores between May 2002 and May 2008.
Dangerous Baby Cribs Recalled-Entrapment & Suffocation Risk
Various models of the Drop-Side Baby Cribs made by Simplicity Inc. have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. About 600,000 units are found to be defective because of sizing problems with the crib's hardware. This can cause the drop side to come off its tracks and create a gap that a baby can get stuck in and possibly suffocate. The models that are being recalled have the following MFG codes: 05DH, 05GB, 06GB, 06DH, 07GB and 07DH.