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RECALLS: RADIO FLYER CARS, MOUNTAIN BIKES

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Here are the latest recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). (For complete reports, go to http://www.cpsc.gov). Parents are urged to take all products away from children immediately and to discard or return to the manufacturers according to the following: Radio Flyer ride-on push cars: Radio Flyer has announced the voluntary recall of 15,000 Little Wooden Push Cars for purposes of repair. The car's horn can detach from the steering wheel, posing a small parts choking hazard. There have been Radio Flyer three reports of detached horns, but no injuries. The Push Car is about 24 inches long, 14 inches wide and 18 inches high. It has a natural wooden body, a red steering wheel column, a red metal bar on the back, and a red plastic horn on the steering wheel. "Radio Flyer" is written on both sides of the car. For kids ages 1-3, the child pushes the car with the feet. (Some of Radio Flyer's push cars do not have horns. Only Wooden Push Cars with horns are involved in this recall). Toy stores, catalogues and web retailers sold these cars nationwide from February 1999-June 2002 for about $60. Consumers are advised to take the recalled cars away from children immediately and contact Radio Flyer to receive a replacement steering wheel. For more information, call (800) 621-7613, log on to Radio Flyer www.radioflyer.com or email [email protected] To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02176.html. Mountain bikes: Dynacraft Industries has announced the voluntary recall of 4,700 Vertical XL2 mountain bicycles — the suspension forks have the potential to break apart, causing riders to lose control, fall, and suffer serious injury. Dynacraft has received six reports of forks breaking, resulting in abrasions, cuts, bruises and broken teeth. The recall involves only 24-inch Vertical XL2 mountain bikes with model number 8524-21. This model number is printed on a label on the frame near the crank housing. The bicycle is red, with the name "Vertical" written on the top tube, and "XL2" appearing on the down tube. Target stores sold these mountain bikes nationwide from August 1999-March 2000 for about $130. Consumers are advised to stop using these bikes immediately and contact Dynacraft at (800) 288-1560 or by visiting the company's website at www.dynacraftbike.com for information on receiving a free replacement fork and free installation. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02198.html. Next Ultra Shock bicycles: BY US International Co. has announced the voluntary recall of 132,000 Next Ultra Shock mountain bicycles with "Ballistic 105" front suspension forks. The forks have the potential to break apart, resulting in falls and serious injuries. There have been 20 such reports, with 19 riders suffering injuries ranging from abrasions to concussions to chipped teeth. The current recall involves only Next Ultra Shock bicycles. The bike is blue, with model numbers 8524-14 and 8526-20, manufactured April-November, 1999. A label affixed to the frame near the crank housing identifies the model and date of manufacture. "Ultra Shock" is written in white lettering on the down tube. Next Ultra Shock bicycles manufactured after November 9, 1999 did not use BY US-made ballistic forks, and are not subject to this recall. Wal-Mart stores sold these mountain bikes nationwide May 1999-December 2000 for about $150. Consumers are advised to stop using these bicycles immediately and call Dynacraft Industries at (800) 288-1560, or to visit their website at www.dynacraftbike.com for information on receiving a free replacement fork and free installation. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02183.html. Smatter spray foam Jakks Pacific is voluntarily recalling 296,000 cans of its aerosol "Smatter" spray foam — used at parties, celebrations, or games. If the pressurized can is left in a hot automobile, it can forcefully break apart and cause injury. There have been eight such reports. One child reportedly suffered a minor bump on the head when a can of spray foam broke apart after being in a hot car. In two cases, car windshields were cracked. Only early production of spray foam with the date codes "0492PT" to "0952PT" stamped on the bottom of the can are involved in this recall. "Smatter" is an aerosol product that sprays a soft foam material from the can when the nozzle is pushed. The spray foam is sold in three different varieties: "Original Smatter”, "Spit Smatter”, and "Fatter Smatter”. "SMATTER" appears in large print on the can and on the cardboard packaging. "Nickelodeon" is on the orange handle, and "Made in China" on the back. Discount department and toy stores sold these products nationwide from February-June, 2002 for about $10. Consumers should immediately take the recalled "Smatter" away from children and contact Jakks Pacific at (800) 554-5516, for information on receiving a free replacement "Smatter" product. You also can visit www.jakkspacific.com. The CPSC also urges consumers to never leave any aerosol can in a hot car because it could break apart, possibly causing injury. To see a picture of the recalled products, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02203.html. Vacation Station freebie children’s chairs Hilton Hotels is voluntarily recalling 27,000 Vacation Station children's cooler/chairs. When the chair collapses, the folding mechanism can pose a crushing, cutting or severing hazard to fingers. There has been one report in which part of a 2-year-old boy's fingertip was severed when the chair collapsed. The recalled product can be used as both a child's chair or a food/beverage storage cooler. They were given to hotel guests as a welcoming gift at participating Hilton, Doubletree, and Hilton Garden Inn hotels and resorts between May-June 2002. The chairs have either a purple aluminum frame with a purple fabric seat and green cooler bag, or a green aluminum frame with a green fabric seat and a blue cooler bag. ‘Vacation Station’ is printed on the front of the cooler bag. Consumers should stop using the recalled item immediately and contact Hilton Hotels for information on returning it and receiving a free replacement item. Call toll-free (877) 221-2424 or visit one of the participating brand websites at www.hilton.com/families, www.doubletree.com/families or www.hiltongardeninn.com/families. To see a picture of the recalled product, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml02/02202.html. Summer fun, summer dangers Summer means fun in the sun, but according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it also means more injuries. From June-August 2001, more than 3.7 million consumers were treated for product-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms — about 836,000 more than in January, February and March of the same year. To avoid becoming a 2002 statistic, the Commission suggests the following tips: • Wearing a helmet and other safety gear when biking, skating and skateboarding, and when riding scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and horses. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent. • Use layers of protection (such as placing barriers, and door and pool alarms) to prevent a swimming pool tragedy. Supervise your child and be prepared in case of an emergency. • Never bring charcoal grills indoors. Burning charcoal produces deadly carbon monoxide. • When using an outdoor gas grill, check the air tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders or food grease, as well as for cracks, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make certain there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing. Do not use the grill if you detect a leak. • Make sure your home playground is safe. Have a safe surface; 60 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls. Use at least nine inches of wood chips or mulch. • Use softer-than standard baseballs, safety-release bases, and batting helmets. • Moveable soccer goals can cause fatal injuries. Anchor the goal securely at all times. Remove nets when the goal is not in use. • Be aware of the possibility of suffocation death during hide-and-seek games. (Children have been known to crawl inside cedar chests, latch-type freezers, refrigerators and the like). • If you need heat in your tent while camping, use a heater equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS). Traditional camping heaters, charcoal grills, camping lanterns and gas generators can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. • Install window guards for your child's safety. Keep furniture away from windows to discourage children from climbing near them. • Keep children out of the yard while during yard work. Never carry a child on a riding mower. Another company fined for illegal toys Ameri-China International and its president, Austin Wu, have agreed to pay a $140,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that they knowingly imported more than 755,000 children's toys that violated federal safety standards. The settlement also imposes an injunction on the company and Wu, mandating that they abide by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, providing age-appropriate labeling and no small parts on toys for children less than 3 years of age. Toys with small parts are banned as hazardous substances. The CPSC claimed that Ameri-China imported various toys, including cars, helicopters, phones, and bubble-blowing plastic hammers, all of which violate the small parts standard. The company also purchased, for purposes of resale, bouncing balls, mini pool table sets, art sets and balloon helicopters containing labeling violations. A crazy ribbon party spray imported by Ameri-China was found to be flammable, qualifying it as a banned hazardous substance. How to report a problem: To report a dangerous product or product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772. CPSC’s website can also be accessed at www.cpsc.gov. Consumers can report product hazards to [email protected]


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