Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Toro Recalls Power Clear Snowblowers and Recycler Mowers Due to Fire or 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: Toro Power Clear Snowblower and the Toro 20" Recycler Mower

Units:
Snowblowers: About 18,000 in the U.S. and 5,000 in Canada
Mowers: About 6,000 in the U.S. and 200 in Canada

Manufacturer: The Toro Company, of Bloomington, Minn.

Hazard: The carburetors on both products develop fuel leaks and can ignite when exposed to an ignition source, posing a fire or burn hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been about 500 reports of carburetor leaks. There were no reports of fire or injury.

Description:
Toro PC-421Q Snowblowers: The model/serial numbers are found on a decal on the underside of the rear of the unit. Model and serial numbers are:
Model Number | Serial Number
38588 | 310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311003576
38589 | 310000001 to 310999999 and 311000001 to 311999999

Toro 20" Recycler Mower: The model and serial numbers are found on a decal on the left rear of the mower. Model 20323; Serial number 310000001 to 310999999.

Sold at: Toro Dealers in the United States and Canada from September 2009-March 2011.

Manufactured in: Mower in Mexico; Snowblower in the United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the products and contact a Toro Service Dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, including the name of a dealer near you, contact Toro toll free at 877-738-4440 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, or visit Toro's website: www.toro.com

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Doctor's CarbRite Diet Issues Allergy Alert on Certain Chocolate Brownie Flavored Bars

Doctor’s CarbRite Diet of New Brunswick, NJ is voluntarily recalling all lots of the 2 oz. Chocolate Brownie Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Bar that are missing the allergen statement, “Allergy Alert: Made on equipment that also processes soy, milk, egg, peanuts and tree nuts”, due to possible peanut allergen cross-contamination. This allergy statement would be found at the end of the Ingredients list. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to a specific type of allergen (e.g., peanuts, tree nuts {chestnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, cashews}, eggs, and sulfites) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled lots of the Chocolate Brownie Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Bar extend to all fifty states and the bar was offered through a variety of distribution channels including health food stores, gyms, and internet-based e-commerce sites.

This recall affects only the Chocolate Brownie flavor for Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Bars, those marked with the UPC # 0 39442 08112 4.

Chocolate Brownie Doctor’s CarbRite Diet Bars have been produced for over 10 years for sale without any serious adverse events or allergic reactions reported in the United States.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the certain Chocolate Brownie flavored bars were distributed in packaging that omitted the appropriate allergen warnings: “Allergy Alert: Made on equipment that also processes soy, milk, egg, peanuts and tree nuts.” Examination of current lots of Chocolate Brownie revealed that the correct allergen warnings do appear.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who purchased any one of the affected lot numbers in question are asked to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or credit. Consumers with questions may contact Doctor’s CarbRite Diet directly at (732) 545-3130, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

June Deadline Set for End to Globe Fire Sprinkler Model J Sprinkler Recall Property Owners Should Act Now To Request Replacement of Sprinkler Heads

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. are urging residential and commercial property owners who have model J dry-type series fire sprinklers covered under the previously-announced recall and have not yet filed a claim to replace them, to contact Globe Fire Sprinkler immediately. Home and commercial property owners should immediately submit their claim, as the program for receiving replacement heads will end on June 1, 2011.

The voluntary replacement program, which was first announced in June 2007, included about 300,000 model J series dry fire sprinklers manufactured by Globe Fire Sprinkler due to a concern that these sprinklers can deteriorate over time and can fail to operate in a fire situation.

To participate in the replacement sprinkler program, property owners must submit "Proof of Claim" and "Waiver and Release of Claims" forms to Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation postmarked by June 1, 2011. Valid claims received prior to the deadline will qualify for replacement sprinkler heads.

Consumers can obtain the claim forms, additional information on identifying the sprinklers covered by this recall and instructions on filing a claim by visiting www.globesprinkler.com or by calling Globe Fire Sprinkler Corporation at (800) 248-0278 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

This deadline relates only to the Globe model J dry type sprinklers recalled on June 12, 2007. It does not involve additional models of sprinklers other than those named in the June 2007 recall announcement. Building owners need not take any further action if they have: (1) had replacement sprinklers installed by Globe Fire Sprinkler; (2) submitted a claim to Globe Fire Sprinkler that has been deemed complete and installation of the replacement heads is pending; or (3) confirmed that their sprinkler heads are not covered by the Globe Fire Sprinkler model J dry type recall. Building owners who have previously submitted an incomplete claim will be sent a reminder notice reminding them to send in any missing information or materials by the June 1, 2011 deadline or else their claim will be void.

Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp. urges all other building owners to consult with their fire sprinkler installer and/or check their system records as soon as possible to determine whether their sprinkler heads are covered by this program.

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Aquarium Heaters Recalled by United Pet Group Due to Fire 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro Aquarium Heaters

Units: About 1.2 million

Importer: United Pet Group, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Hazard: A wiring problem can cause the aquarium heaters to overheat or break during normal use, damaging the aquarium and posing fire and laceration hazards to consumers. Overheating can cause the heater to shatter or the acquarium glass to break.

Incidents/Injuries: United Pet Group has received 38 reports of fires resulting in property damage and 45 reports of broken aquarium glass. United Pet Group has received one report of a consumer who suffered an eye injury when the aquarium heater forcefully broke while he held it.

Description: The recall involves the following Marineland Stealth and Stealth Pro acquarium heaters. The heaters are black plastic tubes and have a temperature adjustment knob at the top. The model name "Stealth" (in white letters) or "Stealth Pro" (in red letters) is printed on the side of the heater. The model number and the wattage rating are printed below the model name. Stealth Pro heaters were also sold as part of aquarium starter kits.

Marineland Stealth Models: Wattage | Model
25W | ETP25 50W | ETP50 | 50W | ML90448-00
75W | ETP75
100W | ETP100
150W | ETP150
200W | ETP200
250W | ETP250

Marineland Stealth Pro Models: Wattage | Model #
25W | ML90447-00
50W | ML90448-00
75W | ML90449-00
100W | ML90450-00
150W | ML90451-00
200W | ML90452-00
250W | ML90453-00
300W | ML90454-00

Sold at: Pet stores nationwide and on various websites from January 2004 through February 2011 for between $20 and $300.

Manufactured in: China and Italy

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled aquarium heaters and contact United Pet Group for a free replacement aquarium heater or a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Contact: For additional information, contact United Pet Group at (800) 338-4896 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.marineland.com

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Lennox Industries Recalls to Repair Garage Heaters 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: Garage heaters

Units: About 440

Distributor: Lennox Industries Inc., of Richardson, Texas

Manufacturer: Lennox Industries Inc., of Richardson, Texas or Advanced Distributor Products (ADP) LLC, of Grenada, Miss.

Hazard: Some heaters were manufactured without a required flame rollout switch, which is a back-up device that shuts down the heater in the event of a heater failure. This poses a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Lennox garage heaters with heating capacity, model number, and serial number listed below. The brand name "Lennox", the model number and the serial number can be found on the nameplate located inside the control cabinet.

Heating Capacity | Model Number | Serial Number Range
60,000 BTUH | TUA060SNAF1 | 5609H#### to 5610M#####
100,000 BTUH | TUA100SNAF1 | 6004G#### to 6010L#####, 5604G#### to 5610L#####
100,000 BTUH | TUA100SNSF1 | 6004G#### to 6010L#####, 5604G#### to 5610L#####
125,000 BTUH | TUA125SNAF1 | 6004G#### to 6010L#####, 5604G#### to 5610L#####
125,000 BTUH | TUA125SNSF1 | 6004G#### to 6010L#####, 5604G#### to 5610L#####

Sold at: Lennox Industries dealers and distributors nationwide from July 2004 through April 2011 for between $2,700 and $4,200.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recalled heaters immediately. Consumers should contact Lennox to schedule an inspection and, if necessary, repair of the garage heater.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Lennox at (888) 584-2353 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website www.lennox.com

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Williams-Sonoma Recalls Hot Chocolate Pots Due To Burn and Laceration Hazards

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: Hot chocolate pots

Units: About 28,000 units in the United States and 700 in Canada

Importer: ICI USA, LLC, of Seattle, Wash.

Distributor: Williams-Sonoma Inc., of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: The handle of the hot chocolate pot can break off during use, posing burn and laceration hazards.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 28 reports of handles breaking off of the pots, including eight reports of injuries involving minor burns or cuts.

Description: This recall involves the Whirly Whip hot chocolate pots sold individually as item number 2981454 or 4986535, and as part of the Whirly Whip hot chocolate pot gift set item number 3021714. The item number can be found on the product's box, below the bar code. The pot is made of white porcelain and has a red handle. The lid has a red knob and a frother attached to the underside of the lid knob.

Sold at: Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide, online at www.williams-sonoma.com and through Williams-Sonoma catalogs from October 2010 through January 2011 for between $30 and $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hot chocolate pots and either return the product to any Williams-Sonoma store or contact Williams-Sonoma for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Williams-Sonoma toll-free at (855) 643-4206 between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. PT seven days a week or visit the firm's website at www.williams-sonoma.com

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Pampers(r) Natural Stages Pacifiers Recalled by Key Baby 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Pampers(r) Natural Stages Infant Ortho and Bulb Pacifiers

Units: About 29,000

Importer: Key Baby LLC, of Lutz, Fla. (Note: Pampers(r) licensed their brand name to Key Baby)

Manufacturer: Tahoe Enterprises, of China

Hazard: The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards and pose a choking hazard to young children.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: The pacifier comes in yellow, pink or blue colors and is made of silicone. Only "Stage 1" pacifiers are recalled. "Stage 1" and "Ortho" or "Bulb" are printed on the package. The recalled pacifiers have an oval-shaped mouth guard and "Pampers" molded on to the handle side of the mouth guard. The product comes two per package.

Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from April 2010 through February 2011 for about $6.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled pacifiers away from infants and contact Key Baby for instructions on returning the product for a full refund or $10 coupon toward the purchase of any Pampers(r) Natural Stages products.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Key Baby toll-free at (800) 447-1224 anytime, or visit the company's web site at www.key-baby.com

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