Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sony Recalls Computer AC Adapters Due to Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Sony VAIO Computer AC Adapters

Units: About 69,000

Manufacturer: Sony Electronics Inc. of San Diego, Calif.

Hazard: Insulation inside the AC adapter can fail over time, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sony has received four reports of adapters short circuiting. No incidents occurred in the United States. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled AC adapter model is the Sony VGP-AC19V17, which was supplied for use with the following Sony products:

Product Types Using the AC Adapters Product Models Using the AC Adapters
All-in-one VAIO Desktop Computers VGC-LT series and VGC-JS2 series
VAIO Docking Stations VGP-PRBX1 and VGP-PRFE1

Sold at: The SonyStyle stores and Web site, authorized electronics retailers and authorized business- to- business dealers nationwide from September 2005 through October 2009 for between $900 and $3300 for desktop computers and $250 and $300 for docking stations.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should turn off their computer, unplug it and stop using the recalled AC adapters immediately and contact Sony to arrange for a free replacement of the affected AC adapter.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Sony toll-free at (877) 361-4481 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at esupport.sony.com/ac19adapter .

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Near Strangulation of Children Prompts Recall of Roman Shades by Louis Hornick & Co.; Sold Exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Dublin Energy Solution Roman Shades

Units: About 364,000

Importer: Louis Hornick & Co. Inc., of New York, N.Y.

Retailer: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., of Union, N.J.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been two reports of children becoming entangled in the exposed inner cord on the back of the shade. In July 2008, while in his crib, a 20-month-old boy became entangled in the inner cord from a roman shade. His grandfather responded to the child's cries and removed the cord that left a red mark on the right side of his neck. In April 2009, the mother of a 3-year-old boy found her crying son with a cord mark that ran ear to ear on the front of his neck. The boy was able to free himself after becoming entangled in the inner cord. No permanent injuries were sustained in these incidents.

Description: This recall includes all sizes and colors of Dublin Energy Solution Roman Shades sold by Bed Bath & Beyond with exposed inner cords on the back. Colors include navy, chocolate, khaki and cream. On the backside of the head rail, a small orange, black and white warning label sticker in English and Spanish which read in part, "Cords and bead chains can loop around child's neck and STRANGLE. Always keep cords ...to get to cords."

Sold at: Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide and on-line at www.bedbathandbeyond.com from August 2007 through September 2009 for between $40 and $130.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Roman shades and contact Louis Hornick & Company to receive a free repair kit. The repair kit will be available by the end of November.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Louis Hornick & Company toll-free at (800) 517-3612 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET daily, or visit the firm's Web site at www.hornickindustries.com

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Halloween Flashlights Sold Exclusively at Target Recalled Due to Burn Hazard

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Halloween Flashlights
Units: About 610,000
Importer: Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Manufacturer: DGI LLC, of Warren, N.J. and Tien Hsing, of Wanchai, Hong Kong

Hazard: The flashlights can overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received eight reports of flashlights overheating and melting, including one report of burns to the hand.

Description: This recall involves two types of Halloween-themed flashlights: the mini flashlights and flashlights sold with stencils.

Mini Flashlights - The mini flashlights have a key ring extending from the bottom and were sold in a pack of three colors: orange, green and black. The orange and purple packaging has "Mini Flashlights (3 Pack)" printed on the front and "DGI", "Made in China" and "DPCI# 234-02-1813" printed on the back.

Standard Size Flashlights - Also included in the recall are standard sized flashlights with a black handle and an orange top. The flashlights were sold with six stencils in various colors and images: a pumpkin, ghost, spider, cat, witch and skull & cross-bones. "Flashlight with Stencil" is printed on the front and "Tien Hsing," "Made in China" and" 234 02 1838" is printed on the back of the packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide from August 2009 through September 2009 for $1 for the mini flashlights and $2.50 for the flashlights with stencils.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumer should immediately stop using the flashlights and return the product to any Target store for a full refund.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.target.com.

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Near Strangulation of Child Prompts Recall of Roman Shades by Whole Space; Sold Exclusively by Hanover Direct/Domestications

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Faux Suede Roman Shades

Units: About 90,000

Importer: Hanover Direct Inc., (also known as Domestications) of Weehawken, N.J.

Manufacturer: Whole Space Industries LTD, of Centereach, N.Y.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck.

Incidents/Injuries: In March 2008, a 2-year-old boy from Ocean View, Delaware climbed up on a toy chest to look out of a window and became entangled in the inner cords of the Roman shade. His parents removed the cord which left a temporary red mark around his neck. No permanent injuries were sustained.

Description: This recall involves all Faux Suede room darkening Roman shades with style number 12810A. The shades were sold in Ivory, Taupe, Gold, Plum, Wine Red, Midnight Blue, Moss Green and Dark Brown and have a head rail that measures 23, 27, 31, 35, 39 43 or 48 inches. The shades have a sticker on the head rail with the letters "WS" and "style 12810A" is printed on the packaging box.

Sold at: Hanover Direct/Domestications via internet at www.domestications.com and through catalog sales nationwide from January 2004 through December 2008 for between $20 and $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the Roman shades and contact Hanover Direct/Domestications for a free retrofit kit that removes both the operating cords and the exposed inner cords from the shades.

Consumer Contact: For information, contact Hanover Direct/Domestications toll-free at (800) 524-0597 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET daily, or visit the firm's Web site at www.domestications.com

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Risk of Strangulation Prompts Recall to Repair IKEA Roller Blinds

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: ISDANS, TUPPLUR, and ENJE Roller Blinds

Units: About 533,000

Distributor: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa.

Hazard: Strangulations can occur if the blind's looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child's neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves all ISDANS, TUPPLUR and ENJE roller blinds. These blinds are made of a solid or sheer fabric, measuring 24" to 79" wide, and have a metal top rail and a bead chain. ENJE has a glued label on the wall fitting showing the IKEA logotype, article number, 5-digit supplier number, four digit date stamp (YYWW) and "Made in Taiwan". The roller blinds have an orange warning label attached at the base of the blind that is marked with AA-136800-3.

Sold at: IKEA stores nationwide from July 2005 through July 2009 for between $10 and $55.

Manufactured in: Taiwan and France

Remedy: Consumers should immediately check the recalled roller blinds to make sure the tension device provided is attached to the bead chain and installed into the wall or floor. If not attached, consumers should immediately stop using the roller blinds and contact IKEA or visit their local IKEA store to receive a free repair kit. The repair kits for the roller blinds will be available the second week of November. If the consumer has difficulty installing the tension device, contact IKEA for additional information.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ikea-usa.com

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Belkin International Inc. Recalls SurgeMaster Surge Protectors Due to Shock Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: SurgeMaster Surge Protectors

Units: About 68,700

Importer: Belkin International Inc., of Compton, Calif.

Hazard: The molding of the plastic 360 degree rotating plug, which allows for easy cord movement, can crack or detach from the plug assembly, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Belkin has received seven consumer complaints about cracking of the plug molding. No injuries were reported.

Description: This recall involves the SurgeMaster Surge Protector, models F9G930-10, F9G930v10, F9G930-10-W and F9G930-10-SN, all manufactured in 2003. The model number and date of manufacture are located on the underside of the unit. Grey models F9G930-10-GRY and F9G930fc10G-CL are not a part of this recall.

Sold by: Independent distributors nationwide and the internet by www.belkin.com from September 2003 through December 2007 for about $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these power strips immediately and contact Belkin for a new replacement unit.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Belkin toll-free at 800-952-1465 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.belkin.com/recall

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Qualitest Pharmaceuticals Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Accusure® Insulin Syringes

Huntsville AL-Qualitest Pharmaceuticals today issued a voluntary nationwide recall of all Accusure® Insulin Syringes. The distributed syringes are of the following descriptions and NDC numbers: 28G 1/2cc, NDC 0603-6995-21;28G 1cc, NDC 0603-6996-21; 29G 1/2cc NDC 0603-6997-21, 29G 1cc, NDC 0603-6998-21, 30G 1/2cc, NDC 0603-999-21, 30G 1cc, NDC 0603-7000-21, 31G 1/2cc, NDC 0603-7001-21; and 31G 1cc, NDC 0603-7002-21. All Accusure® Insulin Syringes regardless of lot number are subject to this recall. These syringes were distributed between January 2002 and October 2009 to wholesale and retail pharmacies nationwide (including Puerto Rico). The syringes in these lots may have needles which detach from the syringe.

If the needle becomes detached from the syringe during use, it can become stuck in the insulin vial, push back into to the syringe, or remain in the skin after injection.

Consumers who have any Accusure® Insulin Syringes should stop using them and contact Qualitest at 1-800-444-4011 for reimbursement. You can find the lot number on the white paper backing of each individual syringe.

Qualitest is notifying all customers who received these syringes and arranging for the return of any affected product.

The recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers with questions may contact Qualitest at 1-800-444-4011 for more information.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either on line, by regular mail or by fax.

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Online:www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
Regular Mail: Use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at: www.fda.gov/medwatch/getforms.htm
Mail to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mars Snackfood US ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED PEANUTS In Dove Caramel Pecan Perfection Ice Cream

Mars Snackfood US announced a voluntary recall of its Dove Caramel Pecan Perfection ice cream with the lot number 931AB5YN07 because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No related illnesses have been reported to date. For consumers who do not suffer from a peanut allergy or sensitivity, this product is safe to eat. The lot number is found on the bottom of the containers.

This voluntary recall is limited to this specific lot number (931AB5YN07) and was distributed only in the United States, and specifically to the following states: AL, CO, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, NC, OH, OR, TX, UT, WA and WI.

Dove Caramel Pecan Perfection is sold in a brown and gold 15.10 fl. oz. pint container and pictures a ribbon of caramel, pecans and a square of Dove® Brand Chocolate on the front.

The voluntary recall was initiated after Dove Caramel Pecan Perfection containing peanuts in lot number 931AB5YN07 was discovered. Mars Snackfood US was able to quickly confirm that only this lot is affected and, out of an abundance of caution, issued a voluntary recall for potentially affected containers of the ice cream.

Mars Snackfood US will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are not on store shelves. In the event that consumers believe they have purchased products affected by this voluntary recall, they should return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call our toll-free number: 800-551-0895 between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.

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CPSC Urges Parents and Caregivers to Stop Using "My Baby Soother" Pacifiers Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to immediately stop providing "My Baby Soother" pacifiers to their children. The pacifiers were distributed by T & L Trading Corp., of Brooklyn, N.Y. The pacifiers failed to meet federal safety standards because the nipples can separate from the base easily, posing a choking hazard to infants and toddlers.

CPSC is issuing this warning because T & L Trading has refused to recall these pacifiers.

About 16,500 "My Baby Soother" pacifiers were sold at grocery stores, delis, and discount stores in Bronx, Brooklyn, Broadway, and Coney Island of New York from August 2007 through July 2009 for about $1.

The "My Baby Soother" pacifier has a ring-shaped handle and a blue, pink, red, white or yellow heart-shaped mouth guard with two ventilation holes. The nipple is made of either silicon or latex. The pacifier package has the words "My Baby Soother" printed on the top and a picture of an infant on the background.

Distributors and retailers who purchased the "My Baby Soother" pacifiers from T & L Trading should immediately stop distributing the pacifier and call CPSC. Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from infants and toddlers and discard them.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Unilever Issues Allergy Alert on Wheat in a Limited Number of Tubs of Breyers® Ice Cream

Unilever United States, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling a limited number of tubs of Breyers® ice cream because it was mispackaged and may contain undeclared wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product.

On a limited number of tubs, the lid describes the product as "Breyers® All Natural Cookies & Cream" ice cream, and the tub portion of the package describes the product as "Breyers® All Natural Mint Chocolate Chip" ice cream. The product inside of the tub is "All Natural Cookies & Cream." The ingredient statement on the tub does not declare wheat, which is an ingredient of the Cookies & Cream product.

The mispackaged ice cream product was distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Trinidad and Virginia through retail stores in these locations and adjoining areas. The affected product is being recalled from consumers and retailer store shelves, back rooms and warehouses.

The affected mispackaged product was distributed in 1.5-quart (1.41L) paperboard tubs marked with UPC # 077567254245 located on the side of the tub and in combination with "Best If Used By" dates of FEB1711GH, FEB1811GH and FEB1911GH located on the bottom of the tub.

The allergy alert and recall relates only to the above mentioned mispackaged Breyers® ice cream. No other Breyers® ice cream products are affected.

No adverse reactions have been reported to date. In addition to working in cooperation with the FDA, the company is also issuing an alert through the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.

The recall was initiated after the company received a few consumer complaints about the mispackaged product. It was determined that product containing wheat was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of wheat in the ingredient list on the tub.

Consumers who have purchased the mispackaged Breyers® ice cream with UPC # 077567254245 and in combination with "Best If Used By" dates of FEB1711GH, FEB1811GH and FEB1911GH are urged to discard it immediately and contact the company at 1-877-270-7402 for a full refund. For consumers outside the United States, please send an email to comments.breyers@unilever.com for a full refund.

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Flatware Recalled by Cambridge Silversmiths Due to Choking Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Fiesta Masquerade and Home Olympic Flatware

Units: About 13,000

Distributor: Cambridge Silversmiths Ltd. Inc., of Fairfield, N.J.

Hazard: The plastic decorative inserts on the flatware's handles can detach during dishwashing, posing a choking hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: The company has received 28 reports of a plastic insert detaching from the flatware. One incident of injury reported, no specifics provided.

Description: This recall involves the Fiesta Masquerade and the Home Olympic 20- piece flatware sets. The Fiesta Masquerade flatware set is silver-colored and the handles have plastic decorative inserts in red, orange, yellow, green and three different shades of blue. The Home Olympic flatware sets are charcoal and the handles have decorative black inserts.

Sold exclusively at: Fiesta Masquerade at JC Penney, Federated Department Stores, Bealls and Homer Laughlin from November 2008 through May 2009 for about $70 per 20-piece set; Home Olympic at Target from August 2008 through August 2009 for about $30 per 20-piece set.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled flatware sets immediately and contact the company to return the product and obtain a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cambridge Silversmiths at (800) 890-3366 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the company's Web site at www.cambridgesilversmiths.com or email service@cambridgesilversmiths.com .

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Blair Expands Recall To All Women's Chenille Apparel Due to Burn Hazard; Additional Reported Deaths Prompt Re-Announcement of Robe Recall

Blair Expands Recall To All Women's Chenille Apparel Due to Burn Hazard; Additional Reported Deaths Prompt Re-Announcement of Robe Recall; 9 Reported Deaths in Total; Consumers Urged to Stop Use of Flammable Wearing Apparel


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa., are expanding Blair's voluntary recall of women's full length chenille robes to include additional chenille robes and three other chenille products all manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel. CPSC and Blair also are re-announcing the earlier recall of women's robes.

In April 2009, Blair recalled 162,000 chenille robes after it learned of three robes catching on fire, including one report of second degree burns. Blair then received several reports of deaths allegedly due to robes catching fire. This prompted a second news release in June 2009 to again alert consumers to the burn hazard for the chenille robes. After this re-announcement, Blair received four additional reports of deaths allegedly due to the robes catching fire. Three of these victims were cooking and a fourth was tending a pellet stove; three of the four victims were in their 80s and one was in her 70s. All nine reported deaths occurred prior to the April 2009 announcement of the recall.

Blair has received one report involving one of the additional garments described below catching fire; no injuries have been reported related to these garments. Blair decided to expand the recall to include all women's chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel.

Name of Products: Full Length Women's Chenille Robes, Women's Chenille Jacket, Women's Chenille Lounge Jacket, Women's Chenille Top

Units: About 138,000; 162,000 units were previously recalled in April 2009

Manufacturer: CA-One Textile & Towel, of Karachi, Pakistan. A-One Textile & Towel manufactured all of the products recalled in April 2009. Blair is expanding its recall to all women's chenille wearing apparel manufactured by A-One.

Retailer: Blair LLC, of Warren, Pa.

Hazard: Some of these products fail to meet the federal flammability standard and present a risk of serious burns to consumers if the garments are exposed to an open flame.

Incidents/Injuries: Since announcing the recall in April 2009, Blair has received nine reports of deaths allegedly due to the originally recalled robes catching fire. Blair has received one report on one of the additional garments catching fire; no injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves the following items:

Full Length Women's Chenille Robe. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The robe has a shaped stand collar, horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs, a full-button front with seven matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two side seam pockets. "100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 1083401 Pastel pink, 1083402 Mint, 1083403 Light lavender, 1371801 Light blue, 1371802 Light purple, 1371803 Indigo, 1743401 Sea foam, 1743402 Medium pink, 1743403 Light blue, 3470311 Blue, 3470312 Coral, 3470313 Yellow, 3927211 Mint, 3927212 Light blue, 3927213 Light pink

Women's Chenille Jacket. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The jacket has three front buttons, pointed lapels, long sleeves, and two front patch pockets. "100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 1392801 Gold, 1392802 Red, 1392803 Navy, 1392804 Hunter Green

Women's Chenille Lounge Jacket. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. One-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The jacket has a shaped stand collar, and horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs, a full-button front with five matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two side seam pockets. "100% Cotton, RN81700, Made In Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 4526401 Lavender, 4526402 Aqua, 4526403 Light pink

Women's Chenille Top. The item number is identified on a label in the garment's neckline. One-piece, pullover garment made of plush sculpted chenille. The top has a rounded neckline, long sleeves, a straight bottom with side vents, and ribbed binding at the neckline and cuffs. "100% Cotton, RN81700, Made In Pakistan" is on the label. Item numbers/colors are: 1811201 Light purple, 1811202 Rose, 1811203 Dusty blue, 1811204 Sage green



Sold at: Blair catalogs and Web site, and Blair stores in Warren, Pa., Grove City, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., from July, 2000, through April, 2007, at the following prices:

Full Length Women's Chenille Robes for about $30 to $40
Women's Chenille Jacket, about $25 to $29
Women's Chenille Lounge Jacket, about $20 to $23
Women's Chenille Top, about $20 to $23

Manufactured in: Pakistan

Remedy: Consumers are urged to stop wearing the garments immediately. Contact Blair LLC for information on returning the products and to receive a refund or a $50 gift card for Blair merchandise.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Blair toll-free at (877) 392-7095 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, visit the firm's Web site at www.blair.com/recall, or contact the firm by e-mail at blairproductrecall@blair.com

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Coby Electronics Recalls Rechargeable Batteries Sold with Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Players Due to Fire Hazard

/PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Rechargeable batteries sold with portable DVD/CD/MP3 players

Units: About 19,600
Importer: Coby Electronics Corp., of Lake Success N.Y.

Hazard: The rechargeable batteries can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Coby Electronics has received 10 reports of batteries overheating, including eight reports of fires resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall involves Coby DVD/CD/MP3 players with an 8 1/2 inch screen and product number TF-DVD- 8501. The rechargeable batteries sold with the DVD players have serial numbers that begin with "HY." The serial number can be found on a white sticker affixed to the battery. "Coby" is printed on the front cover and the product number is on the bottom of the unit.

Sold at: Discount, electronics, music, toy, office supply stores and distributors of electronic products nationwide from January 2007 through September 2009 for between $140 and $275.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the recalled batteries from the unit and contact Coby Electronics to receive a free replacement battery. Consumers can continue to use the DVD/CD/MP3 players with AC or DC power adapters.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Coby Electronics toll-free at (877) 305-2629 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.cobyusa.com.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Haunted House Screen Candle Holders Recalled by Coyne's & Co. Due to Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Yankee Candle

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Haunted House Screen Tea Light Holders

Units: About 7,800

Distributor: Coyne's & Company, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The window panes on the screen can ignite, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received three reports of the window pane catching fire. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves haunted house screen tea light holders made of black metal with a transparent coating on the glass windows. The haunted house measures 15-inches wide by 15-inches high by 4-inches deep and can hold up to six tea lights. Tea light candles are not involved in this recall.

Sold exclusively at: Yankee Candle stores nationwide and online at YankeeCandle.com between August 2009 and September 2009 for about $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the candle holders and contact Coyne's & Company or Yankee Candle for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Coyne's & Co. at (800) 336-8666 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Thursday or visit the firm's Web site at www.coynes.com. Consumers can also email the firm at custserv@coynes.com .

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Off-Road Utility Vehicles Recalled by Bad Boy Enterprises Due To Crash Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Classic Buggies

Units: About 3,900

Manufacturer: Bad Boy Enterprises LLC, of Natchez, Miss.

Hazard: The off-road vehicles can accelerate without warning, posing a risk of injury to the user and/or bystander.

Incidents/Injuries: Bad Boy Enterprises has received 32 reports of unexpected acceleration, including reports of injuries such as a fractured toe, rotator cuff injury and sore muscles.

Description: This recall involves Bad Boy Buggy Standard model off-road utility vehicles. The Bad Boy Buggy Standard model has one row seat that allows two persons (the driver and passenger) to sit side-by-side while the vehicle is operated. The Standard has an open air design (no doors or windows), but has a roof. The Bad Boy Buggy Standard models come in Realtree camouflage pattern, Hardwoods camouflage pattern, hunter green, red and black colors. The affected models have serial numbers between 85004828 and 95010404. The serial number is located on a sticker in a cubby on the driver's side.

Sold by: Authorized dealers nationwide from June 2007 through July 2009 for about $10,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the buggies and contact their Bad Boy Buggy dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bad Boy Enterprises toll-free at (866) 678-6701 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.badboyenterprises.com .

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Idea Village Recalls Wireless Light Switches Due to Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Handy Switch, Wireless Light Switches

Units: About 1.3 million

Distributor: Idea Village Products Corp., of Wayne (formerly of Fairfield), N.J.

Hazard: The light switch receiver, which fits into the wall outlet, can overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 14 reports of overheating, including nine reports of fire, five of which involved property damage such as minor damage to curtains, bedding or walls.

Description and Model: The Handy Switch is a white plastic wireless remote light switch with model number KS-080 printed on the back of the receiver. On the front of the receiver is a blue electroluminescent nightlight.

Sold at: Mass merchandisers and drug store chains nationwide, through television infomercials and the Internet from March 2007 through July 2009 for between $10 and $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the product and contact IdeaVillage to learn about free remedy options.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Idea Village toll-free at (888) 655-4339 between 5 am and 6 pm PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.handyswitchrecall.com



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Urgent Food Recall Due to Undeclared Peanuts

/PRNewswire/ -- International Bazaar Inc. a Dayton, Ohio firm is voluntarily recalling a single lot of "Kroger Hazelnut Spread", packed in Italy by Nutkao S.r.L. The product has a March 2011 sell by date, is packaged in a plastic jar, contains 13 ounces of product and has a the UPC code 11110-87825. Consumers who have an allergy to peanuts may run the risk of a serious allergic reaction if they consume product containing such ingredients.

The recall applies only to the "Kroger Hazelnut Spread" with a "Sell By March 2011" date code. Approximately 65 cases were distributed to Kroger stores in as many as 16 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia).

Nutkao received a complaint from 2 consumers in France that had an allergic reaction after consuming product from the same batch that was distributed under a different label. Testing revealed the product was found to contain trace amounts of peanuts. The Company has not received any reports of illness or allergic reactions caused by consuming Kroger Hazelnut Spread and has issued this recall as a precautionary measure. Consumers who are not allergic to peanuts face no safety risk.

Consumers who have purchased Kroger Hazelnut Spread with a sell by date of March 2011 may return it to any Kroger store for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Jim Uryga at 937278-3533 ext 102 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Plum Organics Voluntarily Recalls Select Batch of Apple & Carrot Portable Pouches Due to Potential Health Risk

Plum Organics ™ announced today that it is taking the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling one particular batch of its 4.22oz. Apple & Carrot Portable Pouch baby food with the best by date May 21, 2010 and marked with the following universal product code (UPC) #890180001221 located on the bottom of the package. These pouches are sold individually at Toys-R-Us and Babies-R-Us locations nationally.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with this product and no other Plum Organics products are affected. As a further precaution, samples from every Plum Organics product manufactured before and after this batch were tested and found to be within quality standards.

The recall was undertaken as a precaution due to the risk of potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and sometimes lifethreatening condition. Consumers should not use these products, even if they appear to be normal, because of the possible health risk. Symptoms of botulism poisoning in humans include general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

"The product did not meet the FDA guidelines for proper acidity level," said Dr. Paul Gerhardt, a Food Science Ph.D. and member of the Plum Organics action team. "Though the risk of illness from this one batch is minimal, Plum Organics is taking the extraordinary step of recalling all Apple & Carrot Baby Food Pouches with best by date May 21, 2010."

"As a mother, the safety and satisfaction of our customers and their children is my highest concern," said Plum Organics Founder Gigi Lee Chang. Due to a mixing error during production, one batch of this product was improperly blended. As a result, it did not meet our company’s standard for quality. We are taking the extra step of recalling all Apple & Carrot Portable Pouches with this date to eliminate any question in the minds of consumers about the safety of our products. Plum Organics was founded on the vision of superior quality and nutritious baby food; we are committed to these values and our consumers."

Consumers who have purchased the Plum Organics Apple & Carrot pouch-based baby food with a best by date May 21, 2010 and with the UPC # 890180001221 can return the product for a full refund at any Toys-R-Us or Babies-R-Us store.

The recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Consumers with any questions are asked to call 888-974-3555 between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm PST, or email info@plumorganics.com.

Plum Organics is the leading premium organic baby food brand in the nation.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Raynor Marketing Recalls Quantum Office Chairs Due to Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Office Depot Stores

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Quantum Realspace PRO(tm) 9000 Series Mid-Back Multifunction Mesh Chair and Multifunction Mesh Chair with Headrest

Units: About 150,000

Importer: Raynor Marketing LTD, of West Hempstead, N.Y.

Manufacturer: Comfort Office Furniture, LTD, China aka Evergood Co. Ltd.

Hazard: The bolts attaching the seatback on the recalled chairs can loosen and detach, posing a fall and injury hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Raynor has received reports of 33 seatback detachments and 14 injuries involving bumps and bruises.

Description: This recall involves the Quantum Realspace PRO(tm) 9000 Series Mid-Back Multifunction Mesh Chair SKU # 510830 and the Quantum Realspace PRO(tm) 9000 Series Mesh Chair with Headrest SKU # 690690. The Realspace PRO(tm) Mesh Guest Chair is not involved in this recall.

Sold: Exclusively at Office Depot stores nationwide and on the Web at www.OfficeDepot.com from May 2006 through August 2009. The mid-back chairs sold for about $300 and the chair with headrest for about $350.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled office chairs and contact Raynor to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information and to receive a free repair kit, contact Raynor toll free at (866) 244-8180 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.Quantumchair.com/recall

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Friday, October 16, 2009

TGF PRODUCTION LLC Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Herring Salted

TGF PRODUCTION LLC 191 CENTRE STREET BROOKLYN NY 11231 is recalling Herring Salted because the product was found to be uneviscerated.

The recalled Herring Salted was distributed nationwide in 1.3kg ( 2.86lb) round plastic containers with the code numbers 24.08.09 and 13.07.09. The Herring Salted is a product of Russia.

The Herring Salted was sampled by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector during a routine inspection. Subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirmed that the Herring Salted was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

The sale of uneviscerated fish is prohibited under the New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.

This product may be contaminated with Clostridium Botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness. Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers that have purchased Herring Salted are advised not to eat it and should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact TGF PRODUCTION LLC, at 646 546 5847.

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Single Meter Sockets Recalled by Milbank Manufacturing Due to Fire and Electrocution Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Single Meter Sockets

Units: About 1,400

Manufacturer: Milbank Manufacturing Co., of Kansas City, Mo.

Hazard: A short may occur while in use due to an incorrect bridge installed in the product, to which the meter clips are attached. If the manufacturing defect exists, all metal parts of the meter could create a shock or burns can occur if the cover is off and the meter socket is energized.

Incidents/Injuries: Three incidents have been reported of the unit shorting out. No injuries were reported.

Description: The single meter 200 amp/4 terminal sockets are used for underground utility meter installations. The meter socket is 20 3/4 inches high by 9 inches wide and 4 1/2 inches deep with 1 meter position. It is used by the approving utility to mount their electric meter to measure how much electricity a residence uses. It can be used for an underground residential application. The recalled model number 9090 appears on the right or left side of the installed meter socket. If not installed, model numbers U9090-O or R9090-O will appear on the label on the outside of the box.

Sold at: Electrical supply distributors in N.Y., Pa., Vt. and Mass. and at local hardware stores in N.Y. from May 2009 through August 2009 for about $70.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and contact the electrical supply contractor who installed the sockets. Contractors will contact Milbank Manufacturing for a replacement or reimbursement. Milbank will contact all distributors and stores where the recalled product was sold.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Milbank Manufacturing's Sales Engineer toll-free at (888) 537-0881 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.milbankmfg.com

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Electra Bicycle Company Expands Recall of Bicycles with Front Trays or Baskets; Trays and Baskets Can Come Loose and Pose Fall Hazard to Riders

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: 2009 Model Electra Bicycles with Front Trays or Baskets

Units: About 6,400 (3,000 units were previously recalled in March 2009)

Importer: Electra Bicycle Co., of Vista, Calif.

Hazard: The front tray or basket on the bicycles can come loose and contact the front tire, posing a fall hazard to riders.

Incidents/Injuries: Electra Bicycle Co. has received 15 reports of the front tray or the basket coming loose including two reports of minor cuts and bruises.

Description: This recall involves the 2009 Delivery 3i, Delivery 8D, Holiday 3i, Holiday 8i and Surf 3i bicycles with front-mounted trays or baskets. The trays have an alloy frame with wooden slats. The baskets are wicker with a removable tote bag. The trays were sold as original equipment on the bicycles and as aftermarket items. The baskets were sold only as aftermarket items.

Sold by: Authorized Electra Bicycle dealers nationwide from October 2008 through August 2009 for between $600 and $750 for the bicycles and about $100 for after-market trays and baskets.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding these bicycles and contact an Electra Bicycle dealer for a free inspection and repair of the trays that came as original equipment on the bicycles, or a refund for trays and baskets purchased as aftermarket items.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Electra Bicycle at (800) 261-1644 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.electrabike.com

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SI Tech Recalls Diving Suit Hoses Due to Drowning Hazard; One Death Reported

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Diving Air Hose for Dry Suits

Units: About 65,000

Manufacturer: SI Tech AB, of Brastad, Sweden

Hazard: The hose contains an insert that can dislodge during diving and restrict air flow to the diver, posing a drowning hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: SI Tech has received six reports of hose inserts dislodging, including one that was involved in the death of a diver in Los Angeles, Calif.

Description: This recall involves a dry suit inflation hose that connects a diver's dry suit to the air supply and allows for the pumping of air into the suit to set up a positive pressure arrangement to help keep it watertight. The hose contains an air flow restricting insert that may be either black, blue or green in color. The batch code is stamped on the threaded metal end of the hose. They were sold with dry suits and also sold separately. Contact SI Tech for a list of batch codes included in this recall or visit the firm's Web site, www.sitech.se

Sold at: Diving equipment retailers and distributors nationwide from July 2006 through February 2009 for about $45.

Manufactured in: Sweden

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using diving equipment that contains the recalled low pressure inflation hoses and contact SI Tech for the location of an authorized dealer for a free repair which involves removal of the hose insert, or to receive instructions on how to repair the hose.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact SI Tech at (877) 348-3529 anytime, visit www.sitech.se, or email the firm at recall@sitech.se

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Moser Enterprises Recalls Schwalbe Brand Bicycle Tires Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Schwalbe Ultremo R Bicycle Tires

Units: About 5,000

Importer: Moser Enterprises, of Canada

Manufacturer: Ralf Bohle GmbH, of Germany

Hazard: The tire layers could separate causing the inner tube to rupture, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall includes Schwalbe Ultremo R bicycle tires. "Schwalbe" and "Ultremo R" are printed on the sidewall of the tires.

Sold at: Bicycle specialty stores and on the Web at www.schwalbetires.com from April 2009 through May 2009 for about $75.

Manufactured in: Indonesia

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles with the recalled tires and contact their local bicycle dealer for a free replacement set of tires.

Customer Contact: For more information, contact Moser Enterprises toll-free at (888) 700-5860 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.schwalbetires.com

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Daiso Recalls Children's Toys, Purses and Pen Cases Due to Violation of Lead Paint and Phthalate Limits

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Children's Toys, Purses and Pen Cases

Units: About 130

Importer: Daiso California LLC, of Burlingame, Calif.

Hazard: The surface paint on the balancing toys and zippers of the purses and pen cases contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint ban. The inflatable baseball bat toys contain excessive levels of DEHP, violating the federal phthalate standard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves balancing toys in the shape of dragonflies, children's purses in the shape of the head of a lion, frog or bear, children's purses with rainbow stripes, children's pen cases shaped like a piece of candy with stitching "cool ice cream," "sweet cake," or "fad hamburger" on the front, and inflatable baseball bats with "Home Run" printed on the side. Daiso is printed on the product's packaging.

Sold at: Daiso stores in California from March 2008 through May 2009 for between $1 and $4.

Manufactured in: China and Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled products away from children and contact Daiso for a free replacement product or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: : For more information, contact Daiso toll-free at (888) 580-8841 between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firms' Web site at www.daisorecall.com

Additional Injuries Prompt DeVilbiss to Reannounce Recall of Pressure Washers and Air Compressors Due to Fracture and Laceration Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: DeVilbiss Air Power Company Pressure Washers and Air Compressors

Units: About 620,000 pressure washers and 72,000 compressors previously recalled in December 2006

Manufacturer: DeVilbiss Air Power Company, of Jackson, Tenn.

Hazard: The pressure washers and air compressors have pneumatic tires with plastic hubs that can burst, posing fracture and laceration hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: DeVilbiss has received more than 100 injury reports, including hand and finger fractures and lacerations and reports of minor property damage and damage to vehicles. The December 2006 recall announcement reported more than 26 reports of injuries.

Description: The recalled pressures washers and air compressors were sold under the following brands and model numbers:

Brand | Model Numbers | Manufacture Dates

Pressure washers:

Delta | DTH2450, DTH2450-1, D2750H, D2400H-2, D2400H-3, D2700K-1, DTT2450 | 1/27/04 through 8/3/05
Excell | XR2750-1, XR2600, XR2600-1, XR2600-2, XR2500-1 | 1/26/04 through 11/2/05
Porter-Cable | PCV2250-2, PC2525SP-1, PCE1700-3, PCH2401-1, PCK3030SP-1, PCV2500, PCH2800C, PCE1700-2, PCH2425-2 | 6/4/04 through 10/24/05
Pressure-Wave | PWH2500, PWH2500K | 1/6/05 through 10/31/05
Water Driver | WHAB2627-1 | 6/11/04-7/19/05

Air Compressors

Porter-Cable | CFFR350B-1, C3151-1, C3551-1, PTA51 Service Kit | December 16, 2004 to May 5, 2006

The pressure washers' brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the name plate on the rear of the engine base. On the air compressors the brand, model number and manufacturing date are located on the front of the motor housing. Only pressure washers and compressors with pneumatic tires with plastic tire hubs are affected; pressure washers and compressors with solid tires or metal tire hubs are not affected.

Sold at: Both products were sold at home centers and hardware stores nationwide. Recalled pressure washers were sold from January 2004 through November 2005 for between $300 and $1,400. The recalled air compressors were sold between December 2004 and October 2006 for between $300 and $500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these products immediately and contact DeVilbiss to obtain the location of the nearest service center to receive a free replacement of the tires.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact DeVilbiss toll-free at (866) 323-9867 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.devap.com (pdf).

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Directors Chairs Sold at Lowe's Stores Recalled Due to Fall Hazard; Made by White Tiger

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Folding Directors Chairs

Units: About 84,000

Importer: L G Sourcing Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C.

Manufacturer: White Tiger Traders Co. Ltd, of Taiwan

Hazard: The chair back supports can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Lowe's and White Tiger have received 10 reports of chairs breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall conducted by White Tiger involves red and blue folding director's chairs with white frames. "Garden Treasures" is printed on the chair's packaging.

Sold exclusively at: Lowe's stores nationwide from June 2009 through July 2009 for about $40.

Manufactured in: Indonesia

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and return them to any Lowe's store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: : For additional information, contact White Tiger at (877) 251-5558 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT, or visit www.lowes.com .

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Guardian Full-Face Diving Masks Recalled by Ocean Technology Due to Visor Separation Hazard

/PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Guardian Full-Face Masks

Units: About 900


Manufacturer: Undersea Systems International Inc., dba Ocean Technology Systems, of Santa Ana, Calif.

Hazard: If significant pressure is applied vertically to the top and bottom of the visor clamp, the clear plastic visor may dislodge causing the mask to flood.

Incidents/Injuries: Ocean Technology Systems has received three reports of visors dislodging. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the Guardian full-face mask which is a scuba diving mask that incorporates the second stage regulator into the mask allowing it to cover the diver's full face.

Sold by: Direct sales and diving equipment retailers nationwide from March 2009 through August 2009 for $800.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the diving masks and contact Ocean Technology Systems to receive a free repair. Ocean Technology Systems is providing consumers stainless steel clamps to secure the plastic visor.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact Ocean Technology Systems toll-free at (877) 270-1984 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.otscomm.com. Consumers also can email the firm at OTSrecall@otscomm.com.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Diving Equipment Recalled by Halcyon Manufacturing Due to Drowning Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Halcyon Diving Equipment

Units: About 20,300

Manufacturer: Halcyon Manufacturing Inc., of High Springs, Fla.

Hazard: The over pressure valves (OPVs) in the diving equipment could fail allowing the buoyancy compensator devices (BCDs) and the diver lift inflatable devices to leak, posing a drowning hazard to divers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Halcyon diving equipment including the Halcyon Explorer, Eclipse, CCR35, Evolve and Pioneer Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs) and Halcyon Surface Marker Buoys (SMBs), Lift Bags, Diver Alert Markers (DAMs) Surf Shuttle and Diver Lift Raft Inflatable Devices. "Halcyon" is printed on the diving equipment.

Sold at: Diving equipment retailers and distributors from January 2006 through December 2008 for between $350 and $450 for the buoyancy compensator devices (BCDs) and between $50 and $275 for the inflatable devices.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using recalled diving equipment and return it to an authorized Halcyon distributor or dealer for a free inspection and, if necessary, free replacement of the overpressure valve spring.

Consumer Contact: : For more information, contact Halcyon at (800) 425-2966 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm's Web site at www.halcyon.net/opv-recall, or email the firm at techservices@halcyon.net .

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