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:
Nike USA is recalling 225,000 pairs of its Jordan Trunner LX and Jordan Trunner 2000 Mid cross-training shoes. The shoes have a thin metal strip on the outside of the heel that can protrude and form a sharp cutting edge. There have been 16 reports of cuts to the lower legs from the metal strip on these shoes, including several reports of people requiring stitches.
The metal strip, on the upper part of the back of the shoe, is about four inches long and encased in plastic. These shoes are size 6 and up, and bear either model number 136040 (the Jordan Trunner LX) or model number 136050 (the Jordan Trunner 2000 Mid). The Trunner LX, available in various color combinations, has a Velcro strip instead of laces, and has the word "Jordan" on a cloth strip just below the Velcro strap, and also on the bottom of the shoe. The Trunner 2000 Mid comes in two color combinations: white and black with metallic silver trim, and black and gray with fluorescent yellow trim. The name "Jordan" appears in block letters near the shoelaces and on the bottom of the shoe, and the word "Trunner" appears on the back heel of the shoe over the metal strip. The shoes were sold nationwide May 2000-February 2001 for $100-$125.
Consumers should immediately return the shoes to the store where purchased to receive a substitute product or a store credit. For more information, call Nike at (800) 344-6453, or visit www.nikebiz.com.
To see a picture of the recalled products, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01090.html.
By Us International of Taiwan, is recalling 40,000 Ballistic front suspension forks installed on certain Brunswick mountain bicycles. The forks on these bicycles can break apart, causing riders to lose control and fall.
This is the second recall on these forks; the company previously announced the recall of 13,500 of them last May. There have been 26 reports of forks on these bicycles breaking, resulting in nine riders, including teenagers, suffering serious head and bodily injuries, abrasions, bruises and chipped teeth. The recalled forks were installed on Mongoose S-20 and MGX S-20 bicycles (which are orange), and the Roadmaster Ridge Rider bicycles (which are red). The forks are black with decals that read "Ballistic" and "105" on the sides of the suspension fork legs.
Discount department stores, including Wal-Mart, and toy stores, including Toys R Us, sold the bicycles with these forks nationwide from June 1998-June 2000, for $125-$150. Consumers should immediately stop using these bicycles and call Brunswick Bicycles to determine if the fork on their bike is part of the recall. Have available the serial number of the forks (located on the inside of the suspension fork leg). Consumers with recalled forks will receive a free replacement fork and free installation.
For more information, call Brunswick at (877) 211-3525, or go to: www.mongoose.com.
To see a picture of the recalled products, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01091.html.
Bicycle water bottles
Pacific Cycle is recalling 42,000 water bottles included in the handle bags of girls'16-inch blue Mongoose Heart Breaker bicycles. The drinking valve on the cap can detach, presenting a potential choking hazard. There have been two reports of the drinking valves detaching; no injuries have been reported.
The recalled water bottles are 12-oz. translucent blue with a white cap and a silver decal that bears the "Heart Breaker" logo. The bicycles with the water bottle were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide and on the Wal-Mart website from July 2000-January 2001 for about $60. (This recall does not include water bottles included with Roadmaster Heart Breaker bicycles).
Consumers should take the bottles away from children immediately and discard them. To receive a replacement water bottle, call Pacific Cycle at (800) 626-2811, 10am-7pm weekdays, or visit their website: www.mongoose.com. To see a picture of the recalled product, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01103.html.
Simmons Juvenile Products is recalling more than 68,600 cribs for repair. Bracket hooks that are used to position the height of the mattress can break, causing the mattress to collapse. Babies can become trapped and suffocate when this happens.
In the past four months, Simmons has received more than 800 reports of bracket hooks breaking. In one case, a six-month-old hit his chin on the side rail when the mattress dropped. Simmons is offering a free repair kit, which includes replacement brackets and instructions. The repair can be made easily in the home.
Most of the recalled Simmons cribs, sold under the name ÒLittle FolksÓ, were made in 1998. Those sold at Sears were made in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Simmons and the two-digit year of manufacture (the two-digit number following the model number) are written on a label affixed to the crib's headboard. "Little Folks" is on another label affixed to the headboard. The cribs are constructed of maple or ash, and are painted or stained in more than a dozen different colors, including natural, golden and white.
"Simmons" is written on the top rail. Discount, mass merchandise, juvenile product and department stores, including Sears, sold the cribs nationwide from January 1998-December 2000, for $200-$600. Simmons will help consumers identify if their crib is recalled. Owners should stop using these recalled cribs immediately and contact the company to receive free replacement brackets by overnight mail. Call (800) 421-2951 any time, or go to: www.simmonsjp.com
To see a picture of the recalled products, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01087.html.
Portable cribs/ play yards
Baby Trend is repeating its announcement of the 1995 recall of Home and Roam and Baby Express portable cribs/play yards. These cribs/play yards can collapse and entrap an infant.
In January 2001, a nine-month-old baby died of asphyxiation when her neck was caught in the V-shape created by the collapsed sides of her crib/play yard. There have been three other deaths and three reports of babies found not breathing (who were revived) associated with these products.
In 1995, Baby Trend offered a free repair for the cribs/play yards. To encourage consumers to search for these recalled items, the company is now offering a free, new play yard to consumers who find and return the recalled product. Baby Trend is launching a new effort to reach caregivers by including flyers in new products and putting notices in newsletters distributed by child advocacy organizations. This summer, recall posters will be displayed in post offices around the country.
There were 100,000 "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express" Portable cribs/play yards sold between 1992 and 1994. The crib/play yard can appear to be set up properly even if the top rails are not fully locked. If the item is not set up so that each top rail is securely locked in position, a baby can be caught by the neck and strangle.
All Home and Roam and Baby Express model cribs/play yards are recalled. The words "Home and Roam" or "Baby Express" and "Baby Trend" appear along the top rails. The cribs/play yards were priced from $60-$130, and were sold nationwide from 1992-1994.
Consumers should stop using these items immediately, and call Baby Trend at (800) 328-7363 to get a free, new play yard. Baby Trend portable cribs/play yards sold since 1994 have different side rails and are not recalled.
The CPSC has previously announced the recall of several other portable cribs/play yards with rotating top rails that can collapse and entrap a child in the folded top rails. The CPSC is aware of 14 deaths to children because of collapsing rails. A new voluntary standard requires that the top rails of play yards automatically lock into place when the unit is fully set up.
In addition to the Baby Trend "Home and Roam" and "Baby Express" models, the CPSC obtained voluntary recalls of the following play yards with top rails that people had to turn into place when setting up the unit: Evenflo "Happy Camper, Happy Cabana, and Kiddie Camper; Century models 10-710 and 10-810; and Kolcraft "Playskool Travel-Lite Model". The CPSC also issued a safety warning about All Our Kids Models 742 and 762 play yards imported by a firm that is out of business.
You can check all secondhand products against CPSC recall lists at www.cpsc.gov or by calling (800) 638-2772.
Happy Meal toys
McDonald's is recalling 234,000 "Scooter Bug" toys, distributed with McDonald's Happy Meals for children under three years of age. The bug's antenna can break off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
McDonald's has received two reports of children choking and one report of a child gagging on the broken off antenna. The toy is about 3 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. When rolled across the floor, the bug's legs move back and forth. The bug has a yellow face with red antennae, orange feet and a purple body with green spots. The words "Fisher Price" are on the top of the toy. The words "MFG.FOR MCD CORP.CHINA" are on the rear of the toy.
McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. and Canada distributed the toys with Happy Meals from November 2000-February 2001. Parents should take the toy away from children immediately and return it to any McDonald's restaurant for a replacement. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com. Questions about this recall should be directed to CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772.
Burger King riverboat toys
Burger King and Alcone Marketing are recalling 400,000 "Rattling, Paddling Riverboat" toddler toys, distributed in Burger King Kid's Meals, because of a potential choking hazard to young children. Metal pins with plastic caps that attach the paddle wheel to the riverboat toy can come out and pose a choking hazard. There have been 10 reports of the pin detaching; one child was found with the pin in her mouth.
The red plastic boats are 2-3 inches in diameter. The captain figure squeaks when it is pushed down. When the boat is moved across the floor, beads in the boat's paddle wheel make a rattle sound. Burger King restaurants nationwide distributed the riverboat toys inside Kid's Meals in January and February 2001.
Parents should immediately take the toy away from children and call (800) 661-9173 for instructions on returning the item for a free, replacement toy. Information also is available at Burger King's website: www.burgerking.com.
To see a picture of the recalled product, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01100.html
Eden is recalling 5,800 toy drums sold nationwide in department, specialty, gift and toy stores, including FAO Schwarz, from May 2000-February 2001 for about $12 (when sold alone) to $45 (when sold as part of a set). The toy drum is shaped like a soft, stuffed, green crab with multi-colored stuffed feet and blue stuffed claws. The crab's center is a yellow plastic with green spots.
The drums, sold under the name "Little Lessons Music MakersÓ, have labels on the front and near the right leg that say "EdenÓ. The mallet sold with the toy has spheres on each end that can pose a choking hazard if they become lodged in a young child's throat.
Parents should take the drums away from children immediately and call Eden at (800) 658-8373, 9am-5pm weekdays, for instructions on returning the toy and receiving a replacement toy.
Lakeshore Learning Materials is recalling 13,000 children's educational games - Concept Classification Activity Kits, sold to teachers and schools nationwide January 1992-January 2001, for $50.
Each game has various disks that say "Hot, "Cold", "LightÓ, "Heavy", etc. Children then match the appropriate game piece to the disk that best describes the characteristics of the object. One of the objects is a silver-covered metal weight, shaped like a disc, measuring about 11/4 inches in diameter with a small loop at the top. Imprinted on one side of the disc is the partial face of a bird and the number 4. On the other side, it states, "4 Woody GardenaÓ.
The Opposites Take-Home Pack, a transparent backpack with blue trimming, was sold to teachers and schools nationwide January 1999-January 2001 for $10. Games inside include opposite picture cards, crayons, paperback book, and various objects. One of the objects is a silver-covered metal weight, same as the one mentioned above.
Metal weights found in the games contain lead, which presents a lead poisoning hazard to children. Consumers should immediately remove and discard the metal discs. To receive a lead-free replacement piece, call Lakeshore Learning Materials at (800) 421-5354, 11am-8pm weekdays.
EMSCO is recalling 2,200 children's toy brooms - The Ti-dee Helpers are about 37 inches long with a wood handle painted yellow and natural straw bristles. A silver label on the handle reads, MADE IN MEXICO. The plastic packaging reads, "Ti-dee Helper child's broom", and the model number 6089.
Toy, discount and grocery stores sold these brooms from April 2000-February 2001, for about $9. The paint on the handles contain high lead levels. Consumers should take these brooms away from children immediately, and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, call EMSCO at (800) 458-0839, 8am-5pm, weekdays; or visit www.emscogroup.com.
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IMT Accessories is recalling 70,000 Barbie sunglasses because the frames can break, allowing the petroleum distillate and floating glitter to leak out. Petroleum distillates could be harmful to children's eyes and skin and could be fatal if ingested. There has been one report of a six-year-old child who received chemical burns in her right eye as a result of petroleum distillates leaking from the sunglasses when she was playing.
The recalled sunglasses have a pink tint, and floating glitter in the temple; and say "Barbie" and "Mattel" on the left side of the earpiece, and "China" on the right side. The sunglasses were sold nationwide in Target, Walgreen's and Bradlee's, from June 1999-August 2000, for about $6.
Children should be stopped from wearing the sunglasses immediately and the glasses should be returned to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumers can call IMT Accessories at (800) 868-7870.
To see a picture of the recalled products, link to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01086.html.
Graco Children's Products is recalling 860,000 high chairs because the legs can come out, causing the chair to fall to the ground. Graco has received 108 such reports, including 105 injuries which have included a mild concussion, two broken noses, six cuts requiring stitches, black eyes, and bumps and bruises.
The model number (with 3170, 36051 or 74001) and serial numbers (the first six numbers indicate the date of manufacture) are located on a sticker beneath the seat. The recalled high chairs were manufactured from January 1, 1995-December 8, 1997 (or from 010195 through 120897). The high chairs have a white plastic seat with white metal legs, and "Graco" is printed on the front of the tray. Mass merchandise, juvenile products and discount department stores nationwide sold these highchairs from January 1995-June 1998, for $30-$35.
Consumers should stop using the highchairs immediately and call Graco at (800) 617-7447 anytime to receive a free repair kit. Additional information is available at www.gracobaby.com. Consumers also can write to Customer Affairs, Graco Children's Products, Inc., Box 100, Elverson, Pa., 19520. (Have the high chair in front of you when you call). High chairs with push pins on the legs that snap into the seat are not part of this recall.
How to report a problem:
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSCÕs hotline at (800) 638-2772. CPSCÕs website can also be accessed at www.cpsc.gov. Consumers can report product hazards to [email protected]