Thursday, September 30, 2010

Black & Decker Recalls Cordless Electric Lawnmowers Due to Laceration 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Black & Decker and Craftsman brand cordless electric lawnmowers

Units: About 160,000 (these lawnmowers were previously recalled in September 2002 for a fire hazard, and that recall was expanded in August 2006)

Manufacturer: Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md.

Hazard: The lawnmower's motor and blade can unexpectedly turn on after the mower's safety key is removed, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. Removing the safety key is designed to keep this from occurring.

Incidents/Injuries: Black & Decker has received 34 reports of the motor operating after removal of the safety key, including two incidents that resulted in finger lacerations, one requiring stitches.

Description: The recalled cordless electric mowers were sold under both the Black & Decker and Craftsman brand names. The recalled Black & Decker mowers have model number CMM1000 or CMM1000R. All date codes and types are included. The date code and type information are both located on a silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Black & Decker mowers have either an orange or green deck with a black motor cover. The Craftsman-brand mowers have model number 900.370520 and include all date codes and types. The model number is located on the silver and black label affixed to the rear door of the mower. The Craftsman-brand mowers have a dark green deck with a black motor cover.

Sold at: Home center, hardware and discount stores and authorized Black &Decker dealers nationwide from September 1995 through December 2006 for about $450. Craftsman-brand mowers were sold at Sears and Orchard Supply Hardware stores nationwide from January 1998 through December 2000 for about $450.

Manufactured in: United States, Canada and Mexico

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled lawnmowers immediately and call Black & Decker or Sears for a free inspection and repair, or a credit towards a new cordless lawnmower. Consumers who had their mowers repaired as a result of the previous recalls should also have their mowers inspected and repaired as part of this recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers with Black & Decker mowers should contact Black & Decker toll-free at (866) 229-5570 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.blackanddecker.com. Consumers with Craftsman-brand mowers should call Sears toll-free at (888) 281-5314 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday or visit the firm's website at www.sears.com

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Friday, September 24, 2010

General Mills Issues Voluntary Class One Recall of One Day's Production of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins

General Mills is voluntarily recalling a single day's production of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins because of a labeling issue. Product produced on this date may have been packaged incorrectly, and may contain allergens not listed on the box's ingredient label, specifically peanut butter.

A production error resulted in a limited number of properly-labeled, individually-wrapped Nature Valley Peanut Butter Flavor Granola Thins packages being inserted into 10-count boxes labeled as Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins.

There have been no reports of allergic reactions or illnesses associated with this product, however, the possibility of an unlabeled allergen makes this a Class One recall.

This voluntary recall includes only 10-count boxes of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins with one Better if Used By date printed on the top of the box:

05JUN2011 YO 12

Individually labeled foil packages of Nature Valley Peanut Butter Flavor Granola Thins are visibly different from the Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins product depicted on the incorrect box. Rather than containing Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins, the box could contain Nature Valley Peanut Butter Flavor Granola Thins.

Consumers allergic to peanuts, or who are unsure of whether they are allergic to peanuts, should not consume Nature Valley Granola Thins products from 10-count boxes bearing the Better if Used By date 05JUN2011 YO 12 on the top of the box, and should contact General Mills for replacement or a full refund.

No other varieties or production dates of Nature Valley products are affected by this recall.

Consumers requesting refunds or calling with further questions should contact General Mills Consumer Services at 1-800-231-0308.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Certain Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formulas That Did Not Meet Its Quality Standards

Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:

* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit www.similac.com/recall9, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected, or call (800) 986-8850.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.

About the Recall

* The company is implementing a plan to address this matter in the affected manufacturing facility, which is expected to be completed shortly. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.
* Abbott has consulted with the U.S. FDA regarding this recall.

Information for Parents and Caregivers

* Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
* Parents and caregivers can go to www.similac.com/recall10 or call Abbott's consumer hotline, (800) 986-8850, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
* Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.

Holger Liepmann, executive vice president, Abbott Nutrition said:

"Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers."

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Gerson Company Recalls Glass Vases Due to Laceration Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: 20" Glass Vases

Units: About 203,000 in the U.S. and 9,000 in Canada

Importer: The Gerson Company, of Olathe, Kan.

Hazard: The glass vases can break or fracture, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Injuries/Incidents: The firm has received nine reports of the vase shattering, including nine reports of lacerations to the hands.

Description: The recalled vases are made of clear glass and stand about 4" wide x 20" tall. The SKU# 405334 and UPC: 0-37916-88960-3 are printed on a label on the bottom of the vase.

Sold at: Michael's stores nationwide and in Canada from July 2006 through March 2010 for about $15.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled vase and discard them immediately. Contact the firm for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gerson toll-free at (877) 461-6298 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, visit the firm's website at www.gersoncompany.com or email to recall@gersoncompany.com

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Monday, September 20, 2010

iForce Nutrition Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Reversitol a Product Marketed as a Dietary Supplement Containing ATD

Tribravus Enterprises, LLC d/b/a/ iForce Nutrition, LLC, 1305 Hot Spring Way #103, Vista CA 92081, announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all Lot Codes of the company's dietary supplement product sold under the name Reversitol, which was marketed “for promoting hormonal regulation…,” and contains 6-Etioallochol-1,4-Diene-3,17-Dione, also known as ATD, an aromatase inhibitor. iForce Nutrition is conducting this recall after being informed by representatives of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it is FDA’s opinion that 6-Etioallochol-1,4-Diene-3,17-Dione does not meet the definition of a dietary ingredient and therefore the product is in violation of provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Though it disagrees with FDA, iForce Nutrition has agreed to the recall because it had already ceased selling the product. This recall does not include iForce Nutrition’s Reversitol V2, which contains 84 capsules and does not contain 6-Etioallochol-1,4-Diene-3,17-Dione (ATD).

FDA has requested that iForce Nutrition inform consumers that adverse events associated with the use of aromatase inhibitors could include the following: decreased rate of bone maturation and growth, decreased sperm production, infertility, aggressive behavior, adrenal insufficiency, kidney failure, and liver dysfunction. Consumers with liver, kidney, adrenal, or prostate abnormalities are at higher risk for developing adverse events. iForce Nutrition has not received any adverse event reports nor are they aware of any adverse events associated with the use of these products.

Reversitol had been sold nationwide, both in retail stores and direct to consumers, but was discontinued by iForce Nutrition on December 10, 2009. The product was sold in red bottles with a white cap, containing sixty (60) capsules and was Manufactured for Distribution by Tribravus Enterprises, LLC. Although this product was discontinued nearly a year ago, it has come to the attention of iForce Nutrition that some online retailers may still have remaining inventory that they are offering for sale.

Consumers who have Reversitol in their possession should stop using it immediately. If consumers experience any adverse side effects due to consumption of this product, they should contact a physician right away. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to iForce Nutrition or to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax. Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm9 Regular Mail: use postage-paid, preaddressed Form FDA 3500 available at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm10or Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178.

The Company is advising consumers who have Reversitol to return any unused portion to the retail location from which it was purchased or if purchased directly from iForce Nutrition to return any unused portion to: iForce Nutrition, 1305 Hot Spring Way #103, Vista CA 92081; Attention: Reversitol Recall. Please note that this recall does not include iForce Nutrition’s Reversitol V2, which contains 84 capsules and does not contain 6-Etioallochol-1,4-Diene-3,17-Dione (ATD).

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact the company at 1-877-743-6460 Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, PST. Consumers who have purchased this product and have medical concerns should consult with their health care providers.

This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kilosports Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Clomed

KiloSports Inc. of Phoenix, AZ is recalling 60 Count bottles of Clomed because it may contain an Aromatase Inhibitor. KiloSports Inc. has been informed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that adverse events associated with the use of Aromatase Inhibitors could include the following: decreased rate of bone maturation and growth, decreased sperm production, infertility, aggressive behavior, adrenal insufficiency, kidney failure, and liver dysfunction. Consumers with liver, kidney, adrenal, or prostate abnormalities are at higher risk for developing adverse events. The FDA concludes that products containing aromatase inhibitors have a increased probability of developing adverse reactions in at risk consumers.

Clomed was distributed throughout the United States and could be purchased by consumers via retail stores, mail order and Internet Sales.

Clomed comes in plastic black bottles with black safety caps contains 60 Count white or clear capsules with the UPC Code (8 58515 00265 7 & 8 5851500096 7 ) All lot numbers are being affected by this voluntary recall.

KiloSports Inc. has received no reports of any adverse effects or Illness of any type since first marketing Clomed since 2005.

Consumers who have purchased Clomed are asked to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may contact the company at 1.480.545.3489 9AM – 5PM Monday - Friday.

Adverse reaction or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online, by regular mail, or by fax. Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm. Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to address on the pre-addressed form. Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178.

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The Coleman Company Recalls Water-Activated Spotlights Due to Risk of Impact Injury

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Coleman(r) WaterBeam(tm) 4D Water-Activated Floating Spotlights

Units: About 50,000 units

Manufacturer: Sky City Holdings International LTD, China

Distributor: The Coleman Company, Inc., of Wichita, Kansas

Hazard: The lens assembly can come apart from the main housing of the spotlight with force and pose a risk of impact injuries to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Coleman has received 33 reports of the lens assembly coming apart, 18 of which resulted in reports of impact injuries such as bruising, lacerations and minor burns.

Description: The recalled spotlights are Coleman(r) water-activated hand-held spotlights, model number 5338-782 (orange) UPC 76501 222733, model number 5338-792 (yellow) UPC 76501 222753 and model number 2000000153 (blue/white) UPC 76501 226683. A white label is affixed to the inside of the spotlight lens with the model number and production date information printed on the label.

Sold at: Various sporting good stores and retail outlets nationwide from January 2005 through June 2010 for between about $20 and $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the batteries and stop using the spotlights. Visit www.coleman.com for additional instructions on how to obtain a replacement light.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Coleman at (800) 835-3278 between 7 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.coleman.com or via e-mail at colemanrecall@coleman.com

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Albee Baby Recalls C & T International/Sorelle Brand 'Prescott' Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards

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Name of product: Sorelle brand "Prescott" fixed-sided cribs
Units: About 130
Retailer/Distributor: Albee Baby, of East Rutherford, N.J.
Manufacturer: Simplicity Inc. (firm is no longer in business)

Hazard: These cribs are re-labeled fixed-sided Simplicity cribs that contain tubular metal mattress-support frames recalled in April 2010 PR#10-211. The mattress support frames can bend or detach, causing part of the mattress to drop, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib.

Incidents/Injuries: In the April 2010 Simplicity recall, CPSC reported the death of a one-year-old child from Attleboro, Mass. who suffocated when he became entrapped between the crib mattress and the crib frame. In addition, CPSC has received reports of 29 incidents involving the Simplicity cribs where the cribs collapsed due to the metal mattress support frame detaching or bending. These include one child entrapment that did not result in injury and one child who suffered minor cuts when his head struck the broken mattress support bar. CPSC has received one report of a consumer who, in April of 2010, removed the Sorelle Prescott label from the crib and found a Simplicity crib label underneath. (The consumer purchased the crib in July of 2009, prior to the Simplicity mattress support recall.)

Description: These are full-sized fixed-sided cribs sold in an oak finish, as 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 convertible cribs. "Sorelle Furniture" along with the company's address, the crib's model number and a manufacturer's code are printed on a label attached to the headboard or footboard.

Sold at: This recall is limited to Sorelle "Prescott" cribs sold online by AlbeeBaby.com between July 2009 and October 2009 for between $180 and $210.

Manufactured in: China.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact Albee Baby for a replacement crib, store credit or refund. C&T International/Albee Baby is attempting to directly contact known consumers who purchased the recalled crib online from July 2009 through October 2009. In the meantime, find an alternate, age appropriate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Albee Baby toll-free at (877) 692-5233 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.albeebaby.com.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Recalls Roll-Up Blinds due to Risk of Strangulation

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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bamboo Roll-up blinds with valance

Units: About 1,800

Distributor: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, of Hudson, Ohio

Hazard: Strangulation can occur when the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child's neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop, or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves all bamboo roll-up blinds with valances. The blinds were sold in two sizes: 36"x72" and 48"x72."

Sold exclusively at: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide between April 2009 and December 2009. The 36"x72" blinds were sold for $25 and the 48"x72" blinds for $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the roll-up blinds and return the product to the nearest Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores toll-free at (888) 739-4120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email the firm at guest.services@joann.com. Consumers can also visit the firm's website at www.joann.com

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Black & Decker Recalls Random Orbit Sanders Due to Laceration Hazard

/PRNewswire/ -- 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Black &  Decker Random Orbit Sanders
Units: About 192,000
Manufacturer: Black &  Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md.

Hazard: The black plastic disc (called the platen) that holds the sandpaper can fly off or break apart during use and the disc, or pieces of the disc, can hit the user or those nearby, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Black &  Decker has received 73 reports of incidents involving the sander's black plastic disc (platen) breaking or falling apart, including 15 reports of injuries from flying pieces, one of which involved a serious facial laceration.

Description: This recall involves Black & Decker random orbit sanders with model numbers RO400, RO400G, RO410, RO410K, RO410LW and FS3000ROS and date codes between 200701 and 200929. The sanders are orange and black. "Black &  Decker" is printed on the sanders. The model number is printed on a label on the sander. The date code is stamped on the underside of the sander where the dust bag is inserted.

Sold at: Home center, hardware and discount stores and by authorized Black & Decker dealers nationwide from January 2007 through July 2009 for about $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sanders and contact Black & Decker for a free replacement platen to hold the sandpaper.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Black &  Decker toll-free at (866) 220-1767 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.blackanddecker.com.

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Rechargeable Spotlights Recalled by Innovage Due to Burn 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: FIXIT One Million Candlepower Rechargeable Spotlights

Units: About 1.4 Million

Importer: Innovage LLC, of Foothill Ranch, Calif.

Hazard: The spotlight's charging adapter can overcharge the battery, forcing it to rupture and leak battery acid. This poses a chemical burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 13 reports of incidents involving minor skin chemical burns and battery acid burn holes in upholstery, clothing and carpeting.

Description: This recall involves the One Million Candlepower Spotlight, a rechargeable halogen light. The handheld spotlight is made of yellow plastic and has a black label that reads, "FIXIT Tools UP TO 1,000,000 CANDLE POWER" or "FIXIT Rechargeable Spotlight." The spotlight is sold with an AC power charger and a 12 volt car utility adapter.

Sold at: Walgreens, Rite Aid, Bealls, Tuesday Morning, Ace Hardware, Boscov's and Winn-Dixie stores nationwide from October 2003 through October 2009 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the spotlights and contact Innovage for a full refund of the regular retail price. For purchases made above the regular retail price, additional refunds will be offered with valid receipts. Consumers are asked to return the product, via a self-addressed stamped envelope or box that will be provided. Instructions for returning the product are posted at www.spotlightrecall.org and are also available from the Innovage call center.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Innovage toll-free at (888) 408-1140 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.spotlightrecall.org - Consumers can also email the firm at info@spotlightrecall.org

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Land of Nod Recalls Toy Vegetables Due to Laceration Hazard

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Name of Product: "Play With Your Veggies" toys

Units: About 2,100

Manufacturer: The Land of Nod, of Northbrook, Ill.


Hazard: The metal wire in the toy asparagus can become exposed, posing a laceration hazard to children.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received a report of an exposed wire in the asparagus. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves The Land of Nod toy vegetables sets made of felt wool. The toy set has six vegetables: radish, onion, asparagus, tomato, lettuce and carrot. The asparagus is the only toy vegetable involved in this recall.

Sold exclusively at: The Land of Nod stores in Illinois and Washington, the Land of Nod catalog and www.landofnod.com from October 2007 through February 2010 for about $25.

Manufactured in: Nepal

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the toy asparagus from children and return the product to the company for a free replacement asparagus.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact The Land of Nod at (800) 933-9904 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, visit the firm's website at www.landofnod.com, or email the firm at recall@landofnod.com.

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Subwoofer Speakers Recalled by Paradigm Electronics 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Paradigm Cinema 70 CT Subwoofers

Units: About 2,200

Importer: Paradigm Electronics, of Ontario, Canada

Hazard: The subwoofer can overheat when the speaker system is played at high outputs for an extended period of time, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a subwoofer overheating causing minor property damage to the carpet beneath the speaker. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves subwoofer speakers sold as part of the Paradigm Cinema 70 CT 120 volt and Paradigm Cinema 70 CT 230 volt system. The speakers have a black finish and serial numbers beginning with 111028 and higher. The serial number is located on the amp panel on the back of the subwoofer. The speaker system includes two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center channel and subwoofer. Subwoofers with an amperage rating of 1.25A L 250 volt are not included in this recall. The amperage rating is located on the back panel of the subwoofer.

Sold at: Small specialty stores and independent audio products dealers nationwide and online at Amazon.com from July 2009 through August 2010 for about $700.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled speakers and contact Paradigm for a repair kit. The kit contains a replacement fuse and detailed instructions on how to remove the fuse and install a new one. Consumers will also receive a revised fuse rating label to be applied directly over the original label.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Paradigm toll-free at (877) 419-1994 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.paradigm.com

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Step2® Recalls Children's Transportation Station Toys Due to Choking Hazard

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

Name of product: Sand & Water Transportation Station Toys
Units: About 56,000 in the United States (7,700 in Canada)
Importer: Step2 Company, of Streetsboro, Ohio

Hazard: The light blue plastic wheels on the train cars can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The Step2 ® Sand & Water Transportation Station is a standalone play station for children ages two and up. The toy station consists of: a round blue plastic table, including train tracks, train cars in blue, red and yellow, toy sailboats and a hand rake/shovel. A red Step2 logo decal is on the side of the table. Train cars with grey wheels are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Target and other major retailers, specialty stores and by online retailers from December 2008 through June 2010 for between $49 and $59.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the train cars away from children and contact Step2 for free replacement cars.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Step2 at (800) 347-8372 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.step2.com.

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The Hartz Mountain Corporation Recalls Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

The Hartz Mountain Corporation is voluntarily recalling one specific lot of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs due to concerns that one or more bags within the lot may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella. Hartz is fully cooperating with the US Food and Drug Administration in this voluntary recall.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, all of whom are at particular risk from exposure and should avoid handling these products.

Salmonella symptoms may include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea in both dogs and humans. Anyone experiencing the symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek immediate medical attention. Owners of dogs exhibiting these symptoms should also seek veterinary assistance.

Hartz Mountain Corporation is recalling 74,700 8-oz bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs, lot code BZ0969101E, UPC number 32700-11519, which were imported by Hartz from a Brazilian supplier, Bertin S.A., and which were distributed to a number of customers in the United States. While regular testing conducted by Bertin (prior to shipment to the US) did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any packages of this product, random sample testing conducted by FDA did indicate the presence of Salmonella. Hartz is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

Although Hartz has not received any reports of animals or humans becoming ill as a result of coming into contact with this product, Hartz is taking immediate steps to remove the product from all retail stores and distribution centers. Dog owners having purchased this product should check the lot code on their bag, and, if the code is not visible, or if the bag has lot code BZ0969101E imprinted thereon, they should immediately discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

Consumers can contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414 at any time with any questions they may have and for information on how to obtain reimbursement for purchased product.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Toshiba Recalls T Series Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite ProT130 Notebook Computers

Units: About 41,000 worldwide

Manufacturer: Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., of Irvine, Calif.

Hazard: The notebook computers can overheat at the notebook's plug-in to the AC adapter, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Toshiba has received 129 reports of the notebook computers overheating and deforming the plastic casing area around the AC adapter plug, including two reports of minor burn injuries that did not require medical attention and two reports of minor property damage.

Description: This recall involves certain Toshiba Satellite T135, Satellite T135D and Satellite Pro T130 notebook computer models. "Toshiba" is printed on the top of the notebook computer. The model name and number are printed on a label on the bottom of the notebook computers.

Sold at: Electronics stores and other retailers nationwide and online, including at Toshibadirect.com and other websites, from August 2009 through August 2010 for between $600 and $800.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately download the latest version of Toshiba's BIOS computer program to their notebook computer at http://laptops.toshiba.com/about/consumer-notices. This new computer program will detect whether the notebook computer is overheating, and if so, disable the notebook computer's external power and display a message directing the consumer to contact Toshiba for a free repair. Consumers who do not have Internet access should contact Toshiba to arrange for installation of the updated BIOS.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Toshiba at (800) 457-7777 anytime or visit the firm's website at http://laptops.toshiba.com/about/consumer-notices

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