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K-State Today

September 5, 2012



Consumer Product Safety Commission August recalls

By Steve Galitzer

Recall news from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for the weeks ending Aug. 31.

Sears Recalls Kenmore® Dehumidifiers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

Patio Bistro Sets Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled Due to Fall Hazard; Made by Midas Lin Co. When the chair support bar is not fully engaged, the chair poses a fall hazard to a consumer who sits in the partially engaged chair. 

Children's Pajamas Recalled by My Clothes Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard. The pajamas fail to meet the federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injury to children.  

CPSC Sues Zen Magnets Over Hazardous, High-Powered Magnetic Balls Action Prompted by Ongoing Harm to Children from Ingested Magnets. In an effort to prevent children from suffering further harm, CPSC staff filed an administrative complaint today against Zen Magnets LLC, of Denver, Colo., alleging that their products contain defects in the design, packaging, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury to the public. 

GE Recalls GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint® Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard. An electrical failure in the dishwasher's heating element can pose a fire hazard.  

Gerber Recalls Bear Grylls Parang Machetes Due to Laceration Hazard. A weakness in the area where the handle meets the blade can cause the handle or the blade to break during use, posing a laceration hazard.

Corsair Ceiling Fans Recalled by Emerson Air Comfort Products Due to Injury Hazard. The ceiling fan's hanger bracket can spread apart due to heat from the motor and/or out-of-balance operation, causing the fan to fall from the ceiling. This poses a risk of injury to bystanders.  

Babylicious Recalls Cloth Crib Fringe Due to Strangulation Hazard. The narrow fabric strip connecting individual fabric triangles presents a strangulation hazard to young children.

LG Electronics and Sears Recall LG Electronics and Kenmore Elite® Gas Dryers For Repair Due to Fire Hazard. The gas valve in the recalled dryers can fail to shut off properly, continuing to heat the dryer and its contents after the drying cycle is complete. High temperatures inside and on the exterior surface of the dryers can scorch the drum, as well as burn or damage the dryer contents, posing a risk of burn, fire and smoke inhalation. 

Kickboard USA Recalls Children's Scooter Due to Laceration Hazard. The one-piece plastic platform that covers the front wheel base can break, posing a laceration hazard to children. 

Energizer Recalls Rotating Night Lights Due to Burn Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target. The night lights can overheat and smoke, posing a burn hazard to consumers. 

CPSC Starts Rulemaking to Develop New Federal Standard for Hazardous, High-Powered Magnet Sets. CPSC staff estimates that small, high powered magnet sets were associated with 1,700 emergency room-treated injuries between 2009 and 2011. The majority of injuries (70 percent) have been to children 4 to 12 years of age. If swallowed, these magnets can link together inside a child's intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal damage from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects. 

Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers Recalled by JCS Due to Burn Hazard. 

Shimano Recalls to Repair PRO VIBE Bicycle Handlebars Due to a Fall Hazard. 

Inflatable Recreational Tubes Recalled by Tractor Supply Due to Chemical Burn and Irritation Hazard.

BatteriesPlus Expands Recall of Battery Packs Used with Cordless Tools Due to Explosion Hazard. 

Avalanche Airbags Recalled by Snowpulse Due to Risk of Injury. 

DeVilbiss Air Power Co Recalls Air Compressors Due to Fire Hazard.

Cost Plus Recalls Silk Floor Mats Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Cost Plus World Market. 

Specialized Bicycle Components Expands Recall of Bike Brake Levers Due to Crash Hazard. 

Meijer Stores Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard. 

Hurricane Isaac Warning: Keep Generators Outside and Far Away from Homes; CPSC and USFA Warn Carbon Monoxide from Generators Can Kill.