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K-State Today

June 5, 2013



Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls for May

By Steve Galitzer

News from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC. Recalls from the weeks ending May 31.

Williams-Sonoma agrees to $987,500 civil penalty, significant internal compliance improvements for failure to report defective Pottery Barn wooden hammock stands. The CPSC announced that Williams-Sonoma, Inc., of San Francisco, Calif., has agreed to pay a $987,500 civil penalty. The firm knowingly failed to report a defect involving Pottery Barn wooden hammock stands. Williams-Sonoma imported the wooden hammock stands between March 2003 and July 2008, and distributed them exclusively through Pottery Barn and PBteen catalogs and websites, and Pottery Barn Outlet stores.

Surly Bikes recalls Pugsley bicycle forks due to fall hazard. The bicycle fork can bend above the disc brake mount, posing a fall hazard to the rider. Photos are available online.

Family Dollar Stores recalls Optimus Tower Quartz heaters due to overheating and fire hazards. The heaters can overheat posing a fire hazard. Photos are available online.

Toro recalls Z Master(r) riding mowers due to fire hazard. The idler pulley can rub against the mower's fuel tank, posing a fire hazard. Photos are available online.

To help prevent further deaths and injuries to young children, the CPSC voted today to approve a notice of proposed rulemaking to create a federal safety standard for strollers. The proposed stroller standard incorporates the published voluntary ASTM F833-13 standard, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers, with one modification. The modification would require the addition of language in the standard to address scissoring, shearing, and pinching hazards associated with folding or foldable strollers. A copy of the NPR is available online.

Optimus recalls portable Infrared Radiant Quartz electric space heaters due to fire hazard. The heater design can fail to prevent ignition of nearby combustible materials that come in contact with the unit, posing a fire hazard to the consumer. Photos are available online.

Deezo children's hooded sweatshirts with drawstrings recalled by Zulily Due to strangulation hazard. The sweatshirts and jackets have drawstrings through the hood which pose a strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines about drawstrings in children's upper outerwear. In 1997, those guidelines were incorporated into a voluntary standard. Then, in July 2011, based on the guidelines and voluntary standard, CPSC issued a federal regulation. CPSC's actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts. Photos are available online.

Avon recalls microwave popcorn maker due to burn and fire hazards; new instructions provided. When cooked too long, the popcorn can overheat in this popcorn maker and ignite, posing a fire or burn hazard to consumers. Photos are available online.

Powell Company recalls Anywhere Lounger bean bag chairs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards. Bean bag chairs without a permanent zipper closure allow young children to unzip, ingest or inhale the small beads inside of the bean bag chair, posing a suffocation and strangulation hazard. Photos are available online.

Lea Industries recalls children's panel, loft and bunk beds due to fall hazard. The bed's side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard. Photos are available online.

GNU snowboard bindings recalled by Mervin Manufacturing due to fall hazard. The ankle straps can break posing a fall hazard. Photos are available online.

H&M reannounces recall of children's water bottles due to choking hazard. The water bottle's spout can break off, posing a choking hazard to children. Photos are available online.

Vive La Fete recalls children's two-piece pajamas due to violation of federal flammability standard. The pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injuries to children. Photos are available online.

KTM North America recalls KTM and Husaberg Motorcycles due to crash hazard. During use, the throttle cable can malfunction and result in an uncontrollable throttle. This poses a crash hazard to the rider. Photos are available online.

Pottery Barn Kids recalls Sweet Lambie crib bumpers due to entanglement hazard. The thread in the decorative stitching on the bumper can loosen, posing an entanglement hazard to infants. Photos are available online.