Recalls This Week: Firepot fuel, strollers, lamps
Saturday, June 25, 2011
This week’s biggest recall involves containers of fuel for lighting firepots used to decorate patios or other outdoor spaces. About 460,000 bottles and jugs are being recalled because the fuel can ignite or splatter if someone pours fuel in a firepot, without knowing that it’s still burning. Some consumers are finding it’s hard to tell whether the pots are burning, because the flame may burn clear.
Four other recalls this week involve products used by children: strollers, as well as sandals, pain and fever medication, and tennis rackets intended for kids.
Here are the recalled items this week:
DETAILS: NAPAfire and FIREGEL gel fuel bottles and jugs. The fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of firepots and other decorative lighting devices and ignited. The one-quart plastic bottles and one-gallon jugs were distributed by Napa Home & Garden of Duluth, Ga., and sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Restoration Hardware, and other home and garden stores between December 2009 and June 2011.
WHY: The fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter on people and objects nearby when it’s poured into a firepot that’s still burning. The problem is that consumers apparently can’t always tell whether the flame in the firepots is completely extinguished. The flame can burn blue or clear with little smoke. Pouring more gel on a still-burning pot can lead to dangerous flares or burns.
INCIDENTS: 37 reports of incidents, including 23 burn injuries to consumers.
HOW MANY: About 460,000
DETAILS: Child “B-Nimble” strollers imported from China by Britax Child Safety Inc. of Charlotte, N.C., sold at juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide and online retailers between September 2010 and June 2011.
WHY: An audible click heard when the brake pedal is pressed can give a false impression that the brake is fully engaged. When the brake is not engaged, the stroller can move unexpectedly, which could lead to an injury to the child in the stroller.
INCIDENTS: Seven reports of the brake not being fully engaged. No injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 20,000
DETAILS: Circa Aloma brand infant girls sandals that Target Corp. imported from China and sold exclusively at Target stores and Target.com nationwide from January 2011 to May 2011. The recalled infant girls’ sandals are white with decorative plastic flowers attached to the toes and sides.
WHY: The decorative plastic flowers can detach, posing a choking hazard.
INCIDENTS: Eight incidents. No injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 51,700
CHILDREN’S PAIN & FEVER DROPS
DETAILS: Rugby brand children’s pain and fever drops made by Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Aquebogue, N.Y., and distributed by Rugby Laboratories Inc. of Duluth, Ga. The recalled medication was sold at drug stores, grocery stores and other retailers nationwide between January 2009 and June 2011.
WHY: The over-the-counter medicine contains acetaminophen, which calls for child-resistant packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. Although the original bottle has child-resistant packaging, a separate dropper unit provided for dispensing the drug to children does not. When the medicine is being administered, a child can access it, posing serious health problems or death if the child gets an overdose.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 898,000
FOR MORE: Call 800-258-2471; visit www.cpsc.gov .
DETAILS: Animated safari and aquarium lamps imported by Nantucket Distributing Co. Inc., of Middleboro, Mass., and sold at Christmas Tree Shops stores primarily in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions from December 2009 through May 2011.
WHY: Defective wiring in the lamps can cause an electrical short, posing fire and shock hazards.
INCIDENTS: Three reports of lamps sparking. No injuries or property damage reported.
HOW MANY: About 35,000
EDGER ATTACHMENTS FOR TRIMMERS
DETAILS: TrimmerPlus edger attachments manufactured by MTD Products Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, and sold at Lowe’s and other hardware and home improvement stores nationwide and online between March 2011 and April 2011.
WHY: The steel shaft that drives the edger blade can break during use causing the edger blade to detach, posing a laceration hazard to the user or people nearby.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 14,500.
CHILDREN’S TENNIS RACKETS
DETAILS: Quick Kids Junior tennis rackets made in China for Gamma Sports of Pittsburgh, Pa. The 23-inch aluminum rackets were sold online at www.gammasports.com , www.atssports.com and www.holabirdsports.com from December 2010 through March 2011. Recalled racquets have lot number”F:3:10:08” stamped on the bottom of the racquet grip below the “G.”
WHY: The orange grip tape on the tennis racket’s handle contains high levels of lead, which is toxic.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 2,000
PORTABLE GENERATOR BATTERIES
DETAILS: Generator batteries manufactured by American Honda Motor Co. of Torrance, Calif. The Chinese-made generators were sold at Honda power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2011 to March 2011. Only portable generator model numbers EM4000SX, EM5000SXK3 and EM6500SXK2 with hazard labels printed in Japanese are affected.
WHY: The hazard labels on the batteries in the generators are printed in Japanese instead of English, so consumers handling the battery may not understand the risks associated with batteries.
INCIDENTS: None reported
HOW MANY: About 2,500