Each month we hope that fewer product recalls will have been issued. But it appears that has not been the case recently. There have been numerous product recalls over the past weeks. Serious safety-related recalls have become rather commonplace. The following are some of the more significant recalls since those reported in the May issue. Readers are encouraged to contact our firm if more information is needed on any of the recalls. We would also like to know if we have missed any safety recalls that should be included in this issue.
Honda adds 833,000 Vehicles to Airbag Recall
Honda Motor Co Ltd expanded an earlier recall of Honda and Acura vehicles over replacement airbags that could deploy with too much pressure, causing injuries or fatalities. The expanded recall adds 833,000 vehicles for the model years 2001 through 2003. Honda is looking for 2,430 replacement airbags that could contain the defect. These additional vehicles were not included in earlier safety recalls because the original airbag modules on the driver’s side were not affected by the issue. But replacement airbags could contain the defect, according to Honda.
Honda said 2,430 faulty air bags were installed after crashes, but it doesn’t know which vehicles got them. So the recall is being expanded to include 833,000 vehicles that might need inspection. Honda originally announced the recall in November 2008, involving fewer than 4,000 2001 Accords and Civics. In February 2010, Honda added more than 378,000 cars to the recall, bringing the number of affected vehicles to 822,000.
The replacement airbag inflators could deploy with too much pressure, causing the inflator casing to rupture. This could result in injury or a fatality. The recall includes some 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic sedans, 2002 Odyssey minivans and 2002 and 2003 CR-V crossover vehicles. It also includes 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 3.2 CL vehicles.
According to Honda, the air bags can inflate with too much force and a casing can break and cause injury or death. Vehicles being added to the recall include some 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, 2002 Odyssey, 2002 and 2003 CR-V, 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL and 2003 Acura 3.2 CL models.
Honda said at the time it was aware of 12 incidents linked to the problem, with 11 injuries and one death. Owners were notified by mail in late May. If an owner is confident the air bag hasn’t been replaced, they can notify the company. All others should have their vehicle checked by a dealer.
Honda recalls 1,156 Civics
Honda is recalling 1,156 Civic vehicles due a seal in a gas line that may be misaligned, posing a fire hazard. The recall involves 2012 model year two-door and four-door Civics made between April 21, 2011 and May 2, 2011. In a statement, NHTSA said, “There is a possibility that an O-ring, which seals a connection in the fuel feed line, is misaligned. If the O-ring is misaligned, a small fuel leak may occur.” Honda said dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the fuel feed line assembly free of charge. Consumers can call 888-327-4236 for information.
KIA MOTORS RECALLS SPECTRA COMPACT CARS
Kia Motors Corp. is recalling more than 58,000 Spectra compact cars registered in cold-weather states, because the fuel tanks could drop to the ground and cause a fire. The recall affects Spectra LD models from the 2004 to 2007 model years.
GM RECALLS CHEVROLET CRUZE
GM has recalled every Chevrolet Cruze built at the Lordstown complex. The decision to recall was made to ensure the intermediate steering shaft was properly installed, according to GM. The problem could cause a driver to lose steering power. Of the recalled vehicles, 120,295 of them may have an additional problem with automatic-transmission shift links improperly installed. That problem could cause the vehicle to shift gears unexpectedly. GM doesn’t want the steering problem to be confused with the 2,100 Cruzes recalled in April, when one steering wheel detached from its column. GM decided to announce the steering recall, along with the transmission recall at the same time.
GM says the issues arose during manufacturing, but so far the company hasn’t given the details. Lordstown had previously installed a Dynamic Vehicle Testing system, which can identify engineering-related problems. GM representatives said no accidents or injuries have been reported because of the two-tiered recall. The company and dealership representatives said recall inspections shouldn’t take more than an hour.
GM RECALLS PICKUP TRUCKS DUE TO WIPER DEFECT
General Motors has recalled more than 4,500 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks because nuts in the windshield wipers may not have been sufficiently tightened. If a nut in the wiper’s motor crank arm were too loose, the wiper might not work if there were a build-up of snow or ice. The nut could also loosen if the wiper were operated on a dry windshield. At a certain point, the nut could be loose enough for the wipers to stop working. GM said the trucks, which are for the model year 2011, were built from late September to early November of last year.
NISSAN RECALLS 270,000 SERENA MINIVANS IN JAPAN AND HONG KONG
Nissan Motor Co has recalled about 270,000 Serena minivans in Japan and Hong Kong to repair several defects including a glitch in the fuel tank that could cause the engine to stall. No accidents have been reported from the problems, according to Nissan.
DRAIN COVERS RECALLED
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled about one million pool drain covers. The recall could cause the temporary closing of hundreds of thousands of pools across the country. We have written on numerous occasions about the hazards and safety risks to children who can be entrapped in swimming pools or spas because of the defective drain covers. The suction at the drains is extremely strong. Since we got this recall notice just as this issue was going to the printer, we don’t have all of the information that is needed concerning this recall. If you want more information, including the manufacturers of the recalled drain covers, you can contact Shanna Malone at Shanna.Malone@BeasleyAllen.com or you can contact the industry’s drain cover recall hotline at (866) 478-3521 or go to www.apsp.org/draincoverrecall.
KOHLER RECALLS LAWN TRACTOR ENGINES
About 10,000 Kohler Courage Engines have been recalled by the manufacturer Kohler Co., of Kohler, Wis. A wire connector on the engine can become disconnected causing the operator’s seat switch to fail. When this happens, the blades will not shut down, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. This recall involves Kohler Courage twin-cylinder engines sold with three brands of lawn tractors: Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, and Troy-Bilt. The vertical-shaft gasoline engines range in horsepower from 20 to 25. Engines included in this recall have serial numbers with the first five digits beginning with 41028 through 41056. Serial numbers can be found on the black engine cover. The engines were sold at Lowe’s, Tractor Supply Company stores, and by authorized Cub Cadet dealers nationwide from February 2011 through April 2011 for between $1,500 and $5,700. Consumers should immediately stop using the lawn tractors and contact an authorized Kohler dealer or the retail location where the tractor was purchased for a free inspection and repair. For additional information, contact Kohler Co. at (800) 451-2294, or visit the firm’s website at www.kohlerengines.com.
BUNK BEDS RECALLED DUE TO COLLAPSE AND FALL HAZARDS
Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados has recalled Wooden bunk beds. This includes about 445,000 in the United States and 21,700 in Canada. The wooden side rails that run from the headboard to the footboard and hold the bunk bed’s mattress in place can split and cause the bunk bed to collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers. CPSC and Dorel Asia have received 23 reports of the side rails cracking or breaking, including seven reports of minor bruises or abrasions. The model number, date of manufacture, “Made in Vietnam” and the firm’s phone number are printed on a white label located on one of the bunk bed rails. Some of the labels include the name “Dorel Asia SRL.” The beds were sold at Walmart, Kmart and Target stores and online at www.walmart.com, www.kmart.com and www.target.com from September 2004 through September 2009 for about $190. Consumers should immediately contact Dorel Asia to receive a free repair kit. Until consumers obtain and install the repair kit, consumers should take down the bunk beds and only use them as separate twin beds.
YAKIMA RECALLS FRONTLOADER UPRIGHT BIKE MOUNT
Yakima Products has recalled its FrontLoader, a top of car bike rack. A small number of units shipped to dealers from March 2010 through December 2010 have malfunctioned. There have been no injuries related to this malfunction and the issue has been addressed in the current generation of the FrontLoader that began shipping in February 2011. Yakima is in the process of contacting all affected dealers who will receive replacement product. FrontLoaders subject to the recall can be identified by the front wheel hoops. Units with four wheel position options are part of the recall. Current units with five positions are not part of the recall.
Yakima and its retailers will be reaching out directly to those consumers that have purchased the affected product. Consumers that have purchased a FrontLoader produced or shipped to dealers between March and December 31, 2010 should cease use of the racks, remove them from their vehicle and execute the product return per the instructions posted on www.yakima.com/frontloaderrecall beginning April 28, 2011, or call 1-888-925-4621.
DREAM ON ME RECALLS DROP-SIDE CRIBS
About 22,000 Full-Size and Portable Drop-Side Cribs have been recalled by Dream on Me, Inc. of Piscataway, N.J. The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler’s body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. The drop-side rail hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib or fall unexpectedly. In addition, the portable crib mattress support hardware and the drop-side release latch can break easily, and the slats can loosen or break and detach from the crib. Children can also cut themselves on exposed hardware inside the cribs.
According to the CPSC, the firm knows of 69 reports of incidents involving these cribs. The cribs are drop-side wooden cribs, painted or stained in black, cherry, dark brown, natural, white, and pink. Full-sized cribs: Models 613, 615, 616, 617, 619, 628, and 639 are included in this recall. The model number and “Dream on Me Inc.” are printed on a label located on the inside of one of the end panels. The label lists a manufacture date between January 2006 and December 2009.
The portable cribs are smaller than the full-size cribs mentioned above. The ends fold in to facilitate portability. Model numbers 621, 625 and 627 are included in this recall. The model number and “Dream on Me Inc.” are printed on a label located on the mattress board. The label lists a manufacture date between August 2007 and February 2009.
The cribs were sold at Toys R Us, Walmart and Target stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com. The full-size cribs were sold from January 2006 to December 2009 for about $200. The portable cribs were sold from September 2007 to December 2009 for about $150. Consumers should immediately stop using these cribs and contact the company. Full-size cribs: Consumers will be given a free kit that will immobilize the drop side. Kits will be available beginning June 30, 2011. Portable cribs: Consumers can receive a free replacement portable crib with fixed sides. Replacement cribs will be available in mid-July 2011. For additional information, contact them toll-free at (877) 201-4314, or visit the company’s website at www.dreamonme.com.
STIHL RECALLS YARD POWER PRODUCTS DUE TO BURN AND FIRE HAZARDS
About 2.3 million gas-powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap have been recalled by STIHL Inc., of Virginia Beach, Va. The level of ethanol and other fuel additives can distort the toolless fuel cap, allowing fuel to spill, posing a fire and burn hazard. STIHL has received 81 reports of difficulty installing and/or removing the fuel caps and fuel spillage. No injuries have been reported.
You can visit STIHL’s website, www.stihlusa.com for model numbers included in this recall and for additional photos of the power tools involved and photos of the toolless fuel cap. They were sold at authorized STIHL dealers nationwide from July 2002 through May 2011 for between $190 and $650. Consumers should immediately stop using these products and return them to an authorized STIHL dealer for a free repair. Consumers can contact STIHL for instructions on identifying these toolless fuel caps. For additional information, contact STIHL toll-free at (800) 233-4729 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit STIHL’s website at www.stihlusa.com or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAL-MART RECALLS GE FOOD PROCESSORS DUE TO LACERATION AND FIRE HAZARD
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., has recalled General Electric® Food Processors. The safety interlock system on the recalled food processor can fail, allowing operation without the lid secured which poses a laceration hazard. In addition, the product can emit smoke, or catch fire, posing a fire hazard. Wal-Mart has received a total of 58 incident reports: 24 reports of the food processor operating without the lid in place, of which 21 resulted in injuries to fingertips; and 34 reports of the unit smoking, including three reports of fires. This recall involves GE-branded digital, 14-cup food processors. The food processors are black with stainless steel trim, and model number 169203 is imprinted on the underside of the unit. The food processors were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide and Walmart.com from September 2009 through February 2011 for a retail price of about $50. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled food processor and return the product to any Wal-Mart for a full refund.
TWEEN BRANDS RECALLS BEADED CURTAINS
About 36,000 beaded curtains have been recalled by GMA Accessories Inc., of New York, N.Y. and Tween Brands Inc., doing business as Justice, of New Albany, Ohio. The beaded curtains are prone to entanglement. When an adult or child plays with or runs through the beaded curtains, the risks of entanglement and strangulation are posed. The firm has received two reports of consumers becoming entangled in the curtains. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves two styles of Justice-brand beaded door curtains, the diamond beaded curtain, and the disco ball beaded curtain. These multi-colored curtains are used as a decorative divider in a doorway and measure 72 inches long. Each curtain is sold with two plastic mounting brackets, each measuring 12 inches wide. The name of the product is printed on the packaging and the curtains have tracking numbers 904598.1735 and 904597.1735 printed on labels located on one of the mounting brackets and on the packaging. The curtains were sold at Justice stores nationwide and online at www.shopjustice.com from August 2010 through March 2011 for approximately $20. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled curtains and return them to any Justice store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Tween Brands at (800) 934-4497, or visit its website at www.shopjustice.com.
GIRL’S HOODED SWEATER RECALLED DUE TO STRANGULATION HAZARD
About 300 Girl’s Hooded Sweater with Drawstring have been recalled by El Gringo Imports of Seattle. The hooded sweaters have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a strangulation or entrapment hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines, which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997, to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. The recalled product is a hand-knitted wool sweater with a hood in sizes 1 through 10. The sweater has a drawstring in the hood with multi-colored yarn tassels. The sweaters are multi-colored with a front zipper. “El Gringo Imports” is written on a black neck tag. The sweaters were sold at Pike Place Market in Seattle from November 2009 to August 2010 for between $20 and $25. Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the sweatshirt to eliminate the hazard or contact El Gringo Imports for instructions on how to receive a full refund.
EDGE AND HOG BUOYANCY CONTROL DEVICES RECALLED DUE TO DROWNING HAZARD
WRK Enterprises doing business as Edge Dive Gear of Macon, Ga., has recalled Edge and HOG (Highly Optimized Gear) Buoyancy Control Devices (BCD). This includes about 750 in the U.S. and 20 in Canada. The spring in the over pressure valve can corrode and break preventing the buoyancy control device from retaining air, posing a drowning hazard to consumers. This recall affects Edge Freedom and Stealth models, and the HOG 32lb Wing model.
The Freedom is a jacket-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon. It is black and has a blue arch on the lower right side. The word “Freedom” is printed in white letters on the right front and the word “Edge” is located on a flap over the corrugated hose. Freedom BCDs with the serial numbers in the table below are affected. The serial number is printed on a tag that is located in the front right zipper pocket.
The Stealth is a back flotation-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon. It is black and gray with the word “Stealth” printed in white letters on the right-hand strap, and the word “Edge” on a flap over the corrugated hose. Stealth BCDs with serial numbers 000658 to 000697 are affected by this recall. The serial number is printed on a tag that is located in a small zippered pocket under the left weight pocket.
The HOG 32lb Wing is an oval-shaped, donut-style BCD made of heavyweight black nylon. It is designed for single-cylinder diving with a back plate or soft pack harness system. The HOG logo, a picture of a wild boar with the words “Highly Optimized Gear” and “HOG” inside an oval, is on the top strap of the device. HOG 32lb Wing BCDs with serial numbers 9042128 to 9042128 are affected by this recall. The serial number is inside a zippered compartment on a tag attached to the inner bladder of the wing.
They were sold at authorized Edge and HOG dealers nationwide, and in Canada from May 2009 through October 2010 for $199 to $250. Consumers should immediately stop using the BCDs and return them to an authorized Edge dealer for a free spring replacement at no charge. For additional information, contact Chris Richardson at 1-888-370-3483 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.edge-gear.com.
BRISTOL-MYERS RECALLS COUMADIN BLOOD THINNER
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has recalled one production lot of its blood thinner Coumadin after finding an oversize tablet. The company said it tested a returned bottle of Coumadin and found that one tablet was more potent than expected. An excessive dose of Coumadin, or warfarin, could create an increased risk of bleeding.
The recall affects 5-milligram Coumadin tablets with an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2012. The production lot is number 9H49374A. The New York drugmaker said it has notified the Food and Drug Administration about the recall. It said patients taking 5-milligram tablets should not stop taking them, but should talk to their pharmacist to find out if their prescription was filled with tablets that have been recalled.
SHEET SANDERS RECALLED BY ONE WORLD TECHNOLOGIES
About 300,000 Ryobi ¼ Sheet Sanders have been recalled by One World Technologies, Inc., of Anderson, S.C. Pieces of the fan can break off from the fan assembly and be ejected from the product, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. The firm has received 31 reports of broken fan pieces being ejected from the sander, including two reports of minor lacerations. This recall involves Ryobi brand sheet sanders, model S651D. The sander is blue and black. The word “Ryobi” is on the left side. The model number can be found on the data plate located on the side of the sander just below the handle. The sanders were sold at Home Depot, Gardner, Inc., Tap Enterprises, Inc., Direct Tools Factory Outlets, Amazon.com, and ToolKing.com from June 2005 through August 2010 for about $30. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sander and contact One World Technologies to receive a free replacement sander. For additional information, contact One World Technologies Customer Service at (800) 597-9624 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.ryobitools.com
TELSTAR RECALLS ENERGY-SAVING LIGHT BULBS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD
About 317,000 Light Bulbs have been recalled by Telstar Products d/b/a Sprint International Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y. The light bulbs can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Telstar Products has received two reports of fires. In one incident, the fire was contained to the light fixture. The other reported incident resulted in a residential fire.
This recall involves energy-saving light bulbs sold under the Telstar and Electra brand names. The bulbs were sold in two styles: spiral and the “3-Us” shape. The Telstar bulbs were sold in 20 and 23 watts with model number LB-1020 and LB-1023 printed on the packaging. The Electra bulbs were sold in 18, 20, 23, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36, 38 and 40 watts with model numbers LB-18, LB-20, LB-23, LB-26, LB-28, LB-30, LB-1018, LB-1020, LB-1023, LB-1026, LB-1134, LB-1136, LB-1138 and LB-1140 printed on the packaging. “CE 110V,” “China” and the wattage number are printed on the bulb. The bulbs were sold at discount stores throughout New York and New Jersey from August 2010 through March 2011 for between $1 and $1.50 Consumers should immediately stop using the light bulbs and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund.
UJ TRADING RECALLS KNIGHT HAWK TOY HELICOPTERS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD
UJ Trading, of Houston, Texas, has recalled about 18,500 Danbar Knight Hawk Toy Helicopters. They were previously recalled in January 2010. The battery housing under the helicopter canopy can overheat while charging, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves Danbar Toys Knight Hawk remote control helicopters. The helicopter can be identified by model number 006047 marked on the back of the controller and the Knight Hawk logo on the front of the controller. The body of the helicopter also contains the markings: “AH-64” and “helicopter.” The toy helicopters were sold at toy, hobby and other stores, including mall kiosks, nationwide and online at www.UJToys.com from April 2010 through April 2011 for about $36. Consumers should immediately take the recalled helicopters away from children and contact UJ Trading to receive a full refund. UJ Trading will provide consumers with a postage paid label to return the product. For additional information, contact UJ Trading at (800) 536-2691 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit its website at www.UJToys.com.
GERBER AXES RECALLED
Gerber Legendary Blades Gator Combo Axe have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Unless otherwise indicated, discontinue use of this product immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about the products, call the manufacturer or CPSC’s toll-free hot line, 800-638-2772.
The axes were sold at retail stores nationwide, including The Sportsman’s Guide, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shops, American Rod & Gun and online since March 2005 for about $28 to $60. The knife in the ax handle can come out when the ax is used for chopping or hammering, posing a laceration hazard to the user. Consumers should immediately remove the knife from the ax handle and contact Gerber to receive a free handle cap, which will hold the knife in the ax handle during transport and storage, instructions for the use of the handle cap, and a warning label to affix on the ax head.
US REISSUES 2009 MACLAREN STROLLER RECALL
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reissued a recall notice for certain Maclaren strollers, saying there have been 37 reported injuries since the stroller was originally recalled in November 2009. Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers made before November 2009 had a hinge mechanism that could cut or even amputate a child’s finger when the stroller was being opened. The government said there have been five fingertip amputations, 16 lacerations and 16 fingertip entrapments reported since the strollers were recalled.
About one million strollers sold between 1999 and November 2009 were affected. All have the word “Maclaren” printed on the stroller. Maclaren will provide a free hinge cover to repair the defect. There have been a total of 149 reported incidents with the strollers. Maclaren strollers are now made with a different hinge mechanism. Consumers who need a repair kit should contact Maclaren USA at email@example.com or call 877-688-2326.
MORE STROLLERS RECALLED DUE TO CHOKING RISK
Lan Enterprises has recalled 2,300 strollers due to strangulation risks. This recall was because of an opening between the armrest bar/snack tray and seat bottom of the stroller that is big enough for an infant to slide through and become trapped at the neck. The CPSC announced the recall late last month.
KATIE BROWN TEA LIGHT CANDLE SETS RECALLED BY MEIJER INC.
Meijer Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., has recalled about 7,600 Katie Brown 12-piece tea light candle sets. The clear plastic candle holder can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard to consumers. Meijer has received one report of the resin cup catching fire and melting. No injuries or property damage have been reported. The recalled wax tea light candles in clear plastic holders were sold in five different colors/scents: vanilla, spruce, snappy spice, sunny tuscany and sweet love. Model numbers are 50181MKB, 50182MKB, 50183MKB, 50184MKB and 50185MKB printed on the bottom of the tea light holder. The wax tea light candles measure approximately 2 inches in diameter. The Katie Brown logo is printed on the clear packaging cover of the tea lights. Printed on a label on the bottom of each 12-piece pack of tea light candles is “Distributed by Wholesale Merchandisers, Inc. 2929 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544. Made in India. www.katiebrown.meijer.com”
The candle sets were sold exclusively at Meijer Stores in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana from October 2010 through March 2011 for about $8. Consumers should stop using the tea light candles immediately and return all tea light candles sets to any Meijer Store for a full refund. For additional information, contact Meijer at (800) 927-8699, or visit its Web site at www.meijer.com.
If you need more information on any of the recalls listed above, or would like information on a recall that you are aware of that we haven’t listed, please visit our firm’s web site at www.BeasleyAllen.com/recalls. We would also like to know if we have missed any significant recall that involves a safety issue this month. If so, please let us know. You may also contact Shanna Malone at Shanna.Malone@beasleyallen.com for more recall information.