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RECALLS: WAL-MART KIDDY CHAIRS; STACKING RINGS; TRAMPOLINES

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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: Truck puzzles: Small World Toys is recalling 3,000 Puzzibilities Recycling Truck puzzles. One of the puzzle pieces (shaped like a stack of newspapers) poses a small parts choking hazard. This is a preventive measure; no injuries have been reported. The puzzle consists of nine wooden pieces that form a green recycling truck, three workers, a container for plastics, a bundled set of newspapers, and a recycling bin. The words "Recycling Truck" appear at the top of the puzzle, with the model number 2574 and "2003 Small World Toys®" printed on the bottom. Toy stores nationwide sold the puzzles between February-August 2003 for about $10. Consumers should return the puzzle to its place of purchase for a refund. For more information, call (800) 421-4135 between 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday, or visit www.smallworldtoys.com. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03171.html. Kids’ Sling Chairs: Wal-Mart is recalling 75,000 Home Trends Kiddy Sling Chairs. The small plastic bolt covers pose a choking hazard to small children. There have been two reports of children removing the small covers and placing them in mouths. No injuries have been reported. The chairs are steel outdoor chairs with a white frame and a pink or blue sling fabric seat and back. The chairs measure about 9.5 inches in height. The seats have two small plastic covers located behind the back of the seat and two covers under the seat. Consumers should remove the plastic bolt covers or return the chair to Wal-Mart for a refund. Call (800) 925-6278 or visit www.walmartstores.com. Falcon toy jets: C.D.X. Trading Inc. is recalling 1,500 Falcon Action Toy Jets. The jet has small pieces that can detach, posing a choking hazard. No injuries have been reported. The recalled toy is a battery-operated, multi-colored jet airplane measuring about 9 inches in length and width. A pilot with his hands on the controls can be seen through the clear plastic cover over the cockpit. The jet plays music and flashes its lights when propelled by its two small front wheels. The words "Made in China" and "C.D.X. Toys CDL-22338D" are embossed on a label on the battery compartment lid. Labels on the wings read "FALON" ("Falcon" is misspelled). Variety and gift stores, flea markets and street-sale vendors sold the toy jets throughout the New York and New Jersey region from November-December 2002 for $5-$7. Consumers can return the jets to their place of purchase for a full refund or mail them to C.D.X. Trading Inc., 1576-78 Gates Avenue, Ridgewood, N.Y., 11385-2728 to receive a refund, including postage. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03172.html. Toy stacking rings: International Playthings Inc. is recalling 5,000 Earlyears Bobbie Bear Stacking Rings. The plastic knobs on the rings can detach, posing a choking hazard. Three reports have been received of the knobs detaching, but no injuries. Designed for ages 6-24 months, the recalled product has two multi-colored stacking rings, blue and orange rounded bottoms, and an orange plastic bear head topper. The toy makes a rattling sound when shaken and can be spun like a top. A model number of E00421 can be found on its packaging. Specialty toy stores sold the stacking rings nationwide from April 2002-March 2003 for about $10. Consumers should contact the company at (800) 445-8347 or by going to www.intplay.com/recall.htm to receive instructions on returning the toy for a free replacement item of similar value. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03165.html. Trampolines: The Hedstrom Corp. is recalling 116,000 of its trampolines. The welds on the frame can break during use, causing falls and injuries. So far, Hedstrom has received approximately 700 reports of one or more welds breaking from the frame, resulting in 10 minor injuries. Sold under the brand names "Hedstrom" and "NBF", the 12-foot, 13-foot, and 14-foot trampolines have model numbers of 10136, 101366, 101442, 10146, 102369, 102949, 10321, 103217, and 10381, with four-digit date codes ranging from 0403-2103 (with the last two digits always being "03"). Model I.D. labels showing the number and date code appear on one of the frame rail legs. The trampolines were sold at department, toy and discount stores nationwide from January-May 2003 for 160-$225 for single trampolines, $320-$360 for trampolines banded together with safety enclosures. To receive a free in-home repair kit from Hedstrom, call (800) 841-4351 between 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, or go to the company's website at www.hedstrom.com. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03168.html. "Wolf" Bicycle forks: Cervelo Cycles Inc. is recalling 317 of its "Wolf" bicycle forks. The forks can develop cracks near the crown area, posing a risk of injury to the rider. No injuries have been reported. The recall involves the "Wolf" all-carbon road bike forks with a 1-inch diameter threadless steer tube. The forks were sold with 2003 model "Soloist Team" and "Super Prodigy" bicycles and frame sets. The Cervelo logo is printed in white outlined letters on both fork legs. Bicycle specialty stores sold the recalled product nationwide from April-July 2003 for about $3,000. Consumers should return the bikes with the recalled forks to the dealer where they were purchased to receive a free replacement. For more information, contact Cervelo at (866) 296-3137 between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.cervelo.com. To view a picture of the recalled product, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtm103/03169.html. 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 info@cpsc.gov.


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