GM RECALLS 1.5 MILLION CARS DUE TO FIRE RISK

General Motors Corp is recalling nearly 1.5 million Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac mid-sized cars due to a potential leak of engine oil that could cause an engine fire. The recall applies to the 1997-2003 Buick Regal; 1998-2003 Chevrolet Lumina, Monte Carlo and Impala; 1998-99 Oldsmobile Intrigue; and 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix, GM said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A total of 1,497,516 vehicles, all equipped with a 3.8 liter engine, are involved in the recall.

According to GM, some of the vehicles have a condition in which drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold under hard braking. NHTSA says that could start a small fire that could spread to a plastic spark plug wire channel and beyond, increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire. GM dealers will remove the plastic spark plug retention channel and install two new spark plug wire retainers free of charge.

HYUNDAI RECALLS 500,000 VEHICLES

Nearly 500,000 Hyundai vehicles are being recalled due to faulty brake lamp systems. The cars, some of which were made at the company’s Montgomery plant, include the 2006-07 Sonatas and 2007 Santa Fe SUVs. The recall also covers 2005-07 Tucson trucks,2006-07Accents, 2007-08 Veracruz crossovers and each of the 2007 model Azeras, Elantras and Entourages.

The recall is being prompted because these vehicles’ brake lights may fail to activate when the brakes are applied or continue to operate after the brakes are released. The malfunction may even affect the vehicles’ electronic stability control and cruise control systems. If you have one of the affected Hyundai models you can have the system replaced without charge at your dealership. You can also call the Hyundai assistance line at 1-800-633-5151 for more information.

DEATHS PROMPT YAMAHA OFF-ROAD RECALL

As mentioned in a separate section of this issue, Yamaha Motor Corp. USA recalled about 120,000 off-highway recreational vehicles for repairs, after two models were involved in 46 deaths. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall. All Rhino 450 and 660 model vehicles were recalled for repairs designed to prevent accidents that resulted in 46 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The reported deaths occurred between the fall of 2003, when the vehicles were first distributed, through this year.

CLOTHING IRONS RECALLED BY CONAIR CORPORATION DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

About 45,000 clothing irons have been recalled by the distributor Conair Corporation, of Stamford, Conn. The clothing iron can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers. Conair has received three reports of overheating, including two fires resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves Conair clothing irons with model numbers DPP1500, DPP1500R and DPP3500. The model number is printed below the soleplate. No other models are included in this recall. The irons were sold at department and retail stores nationwide from October 2008 through March 2009 for about $50. Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled clothing irons and contact Conair to receive a free comparable product. For additional information, contact Conair at (800) 687-6916 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.Conair.com.

643,000 HIGH CHAIRS RECALLED

More than 640,000 high chairs have been recalled because of faulty screws that could cause infants to fall or choke, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The voluntary recall in conjunction with the high chair’s maker, Evenflo, came after more than 300 reports of seatbacks detaching or reclining unexpectedly. Additionally, there have been reports of screws falling out of the high chairs, which presented a choking hazard.

Recline fasteners and metal screws on both sides of the high chair can loosen and fall out, allowing the seatback to detach or recline unexpectedly. Children can fall backwards or fall out of the high chair and suffer bumps and bruises to the head, as well as abrasions and cuts. Detached hardware also could cause children to choke. Evenflo has received 320 reports of accidents.

All Evenflo Envision high chairs, including model numbers: 2891321, 2891321A, 2891333, 2891351, 2891351A, 2891365, 2891375, 2891403, 2891403A, 2891466, 2891466A, 2891478, 2891536, 2891536A, 2891573, 2891586, 2892351 and 2892351A are part of the recall. The model number can be found on a white label on the seatback. “Evenflo” and “Envision” are printed on the front of the tray, the CPSC said. The high chairs are made in China. The CPSC advises owners to immediately stop using the high chairs and contact Evenflo at (800) 233-5921 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.evenflo.com.

SUNKIDS CONVERTIBLE CRIBS RECALLED BY SUNTECH ENTERPRISES

Suntech Enterprises Inc., of City of Commerce, California has recalled about 1,900 SunKids Convertible Cribs. The sides of the crib are made of mesh that expands, creating a gap between the side and the crib’s mattress if it’s not zipped into place, or a gap between the side and an added mattress. A young child can slip into this gap and become entrapped or suffocate. Also, the crib’s drop side can fail to fully latch posing a fall hazard to young children. No injuries have been reported with this crib. However, CPSC is aware of the death of a five-month-old child in August 2008 involving another company’s nearly-identical crib that was recalled. The child became entrapped between the mattress and the mesh side and suffocated. The recall involves the SunKids convertible crib/playpen/bassinet/bed with model number PY256. “SunKids” is embroidered on the bottom left of the crib’s drop side.

The convertible cribs have a drop side rail, stationary side rail, canopy assembly, and bassinet. The sides of the convertible crib are fabric and mesh. The mattress support, bassinet, canopy, and bed skirt are covered in fabric. The fabric and the mesh were sold in navy blue, light blue, pink, beige, white, beige checker, and pink heart. The cribs were sold at small juvenile product retailers in New York, New Jersey, and California from January 2007 through October 2008 for about $100. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled convertible cribs and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information, contact Suntech Enterprises toll-free at (888) 268-8139.

BEST BUY RECALLS TELEVISION SETS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

About 13,300 Insignia 26-inch flat-panel LCD model IS-LCDTV26 televisions have been recalled by Best Buy Co. Inc., of Richfield, Minn. The television’s power supply can fail, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Best Buy has received two reports of fires that included damage to the television and wall. One consumer reported minor burns to the hands. This recall involves Insignia 26-inch flat-panel LCD televisions, model number IS-LCDTV26. The model number is printed on the back of the television and the word “INSIGNIA” is printed on the bottom front. No other Insignia model televisions are involved in this recall.

The sets were sold exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide, at ww.bestbuy.com, and www.bestbuyforbusiness.com from August 2005 through June 2006 for about $800. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled televisions and contact the Best Buy hotline to receive a gift card for the value of a replacement television. For additional information, contact Best Buy at (800) 233-0462 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.bestbuy.com.

BRAVE PRODUCTS REANNOUNCES RECALL OF LOG SPLITTERS

Brave Products Inc., of Streator, Illinois has recalled its Log Splitters. The log splitter’s hydraulic cylinders can have defective rod retention, causing the seals to leak and the rods to detach. This can result in serious injury to the operator, as the rod can rapidly and unexpectedly extend the splitting wedge. Brave Products originally received 59 reports of leaking cylinders and/or rod retention failure. One consumer reported a hand amputation that could have been caused by this cylinder defect. There have been 26 additional reports of failure, including units previously thought to be unaffected by the earlier recalls. No new injuries have been reported.

The log splitters are made of steel and painted orange and black, or blue and black. They have trailer hitches and rubber tires. Each log splitter has a decal on the side that reads “Brave Products, Inc.” or “Iron & Oak” and “__ ton” (either 15, 22, 26, or 34). The log splitters were sold at Ace, True Value, and Do It Best Hardware stores and independent power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2002 through April 2007 for between $900 and $2,000. Consumers, including those who contacted the firm after the previously announced recalls, should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact the firm to receive a free replacement cylinder. For additional information, contact Brave Products at (800) 350-8739 or write to: Brave Products Inc., P.O. Box 577, Streator, IL 61364-0577. Consumers also can visit the company’s Web sites at www.logsplitters-ironoak.com, or www.braveproducts.com.

ATICO INTERNATIONAL USA RECALLS COFFEEMAKERS

Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has recalled Signature Gourmet™ 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemakers and Kitchen Gourmet® 10-Cup Coffeemakers. These coffeemakers can ignite due to an electrical failure, posing a fire hazard. Atico International USA, Inc. has received 23 reports of coffeemakers igniting, resulting in property damage. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves the following coffeemakers: Kitchen Gourmet® 10-Cup Coffeemaker, color White, model # XQ-673K, item # W14A3714; and Signature Gourmet™ 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, color Black, model # XQ-673BT or CM4193D, item # W14A5084.

The name of the coffeemaker is printed on the front of the unit. The model number and the item number are printed on a sticker located on the bottom of the unit. The coffeemakers were sold at Walgreens stores nationwide from June 2004 through March 2009 for about $20 and the Kitchen Gourmet® 10-Cup coffeemaker from August 2006 through December 2008 for about $10. Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled coffeemaker and contact Atico International USA for instructions on returning the product for a full refund. Consumers should call Atico International USA toll-free at (877) 546-4835, or visit the company’s Web site at www.aticousa.com.

STANLEY AND SOLARWIDE INDUSTRIAL RECALL STUD SENSORS

Solarwide Industrial Ltd., of Hong Kong has recalled about 78,000 Stanley® Stud Sensors 200 and Stanley® FatMax® Stud Sensors 400. The stud sensor can fail to calibrate properly and detect AC electrical wires behind the wall, posing a shock hazard to the user. The recalled stud sensor models include the Stanley® Stud Sensor 200 and Stanley® FatMax® Stud Sensor 400 with model numbers 77-720 and 77-730. The model number is located in a slide-out reference guide found in the base of the sensor’s handle.

The sensors are made of black plastic with a wide yellow stripe down the center. “Stanley” or “FatMax” are printed on the front of the product. A date code is printed on the inside of the battery cover. Affected sensors have date codes that do not begin with the letter “R.” Consumers should contact Stanley to determine if their stud sensor is included in the recall and to receive a free replacement sensor. For additional information, contact Stanley toll-free at (866) 215-1132 between from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, visit the firm’s Web site at www.stanleytools.com or e-mail Stanley at stanleytools@stanleycustomercare.com.

SIMPLICITY PLAY YARDS RECALLED

About 25,000 Travel Tender Play Yards have been recalled. One or more rails can collapse unexpectedly, posing a fall or entrapment hazard to young children. The CPSC is aware of at least five reports of one or more rails collapsing. No injuries have been reported. The recalled play yards are portable and were sold with a bassinet, changing table and mobile features. The play yards bear the “Simplicity” logo. The model numbers are 5500DRM, 5500WDS, 5500FEL, 5501FEL, 5502MON, 5520PRO, 5550HAN, 5700MAN, and 5750MIR. The model number is located on a sticker on one of the legs underneath the play yard.

They were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide and online at Babiesrus.com, Target.com and Kohls.com from March 2005 through January 2009 for about $100. Consumers should immediately stop using the play yards and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement product. For additional information, contact the following retailers: Burlington Coat Factory, (888) 223-2628; Babies R Us, (800) 869-7787 or www.babiesrus.com; Target, (800) 440-0680 or www.target.com; Kohl’s Department Stores, (866) 887-8884 or www.kohls.com.

GE RECALLS RANGES DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

GE Consumer & Industrial has recalled about 28,000 GE Profile™ Freestanding Dual Fuel Ranges. The wiring in the rear of the range can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. GE is aware of 47 reports of overheated wiring, including 33 reports of wiring that caught fire. Of these, one fire caused structural damage to the home and there have been 14 reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves GE Profile 30” Freestanding Duel Fuel ranges. The ranges were sold in white, black, bisque and stainless steel. The model and serial numbers can be found on the left inside corner of the bottom drawer.

Consumers should immediately stop using the oven and contact GE for a free repair. Consumers can continue to use the cooktop burners. For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 352-9764, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.geappliances.com.

WOMEN’S SHOES RECALLED BY WAL-MART DUE TO FALL HAZARD

About 200,000 pairs of women’s shoes have been recalled by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Arkansas. The shoes were manufactured by Joyfair Footwear, of Taipei, Taiwan. Heels on the shoes can easily detach, posing a fall hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported. This recall involves women’s sling-back, pointed-toe shoes sold under the George brand. The shoes were sold in three colors, black, grey and purple, and in sizes 5 ½ to 11. The shoes were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from June 2008 through December 2008 for about $13. Consumers should immediately stop wearing the shoes and return them to the nearest Wal-Mart for a full refund. For additional information, contact Wal-Mart Stores at (800) 925-6278 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.walmartstores.com for more information.

COFFEEMAKERS RECALLED BY PHILIPS CONSUMER LIFESTYLE

About 155,000 Philips Senseo One-Cup Coffeemakers have been recalled by Philips Consumer Lifestyle, of Stamford, Connecticut. An electrical fault and the build-up of calcium from hard or medium water can cause an obstruction in the coffeemaker. If this happens, the boiler can burst, posing a burn hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported in the United States. The firm has received 17 reports of incidents in Europe, including six reports of minor personal injury involving first degree burns to the hands, arms and abdomen. This recall involves Senseo one-cup coffeemakers with model numbers HD 7810, HD 7811, HD 7815, HD 7820, HD 7832, and HD 7890. Model numbers are located on the bottom of the coffeemaker. Date codes are printed on the bottom of the coffeemaker. Coffeemakers made in China have date codes 0727 through 0847; coffeemakers made in Poland have date codes 0627 through 0847.

The coffeemakers were sold by Wal-Mart, Target and Safeway stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com between July 2006 through March 2009 for between $60 and $140. Consumers should immediately stop using the coffeemakers and contact Philips for instructions on receiving a free replacement unit. For additional information, contact Philips toll-free at (866) 604-0051. Consumers can also visit the firm’s Web site at www.senseoexchange.com.

FITNESS BALLS RECALLED AFTER BURSTING

About three million fitness balls sold in department stores and sporting good retailers nationwide have been voluntarily recalled following 47 reports that they unexpectedly burst, in some cases causing injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The balls — carrying the names Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit – were distributed by EB Brands of Yonkers, NY and made in China. They were sold between May 2000 and February 2009 for between $15 and $30. The 55-, 65- and 75-centimeter sizes are involved in the recall, and were sold with a pump and inflation instructions. The CPSC believes the balls burst because they were over-inflated. Consumers should contact EB Brands by calling 800-624-5671 in order to receive updated inflation instructions.

WAL-MART RECALLS 91,000 PAIRS OF CHILDREN’S SHOES

Wal-Mart is recalling about 91,000 pairs of “CARS” Fleece Clog Children’s Shoes. The shoe has four decorative wheels that can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Wal-Mart has received one report of a decorative wheel detaching from the shoe. No injuries have been reported. The shoes were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in the United States and Canada from September 2008 through March 2009 for between $6 and $10 (U.S.) and for about $13 (CAN). Customers should immediately take this product away from children and return it to the nearest Wal-Mart store for a full refund. Consumers should contact Buster Brown & Co. for more information at (888) 869-1044.

TOASTER OVEN/BROILERS RECALLED BY HAIER AMERICA

About 106,000 Toaster Oven/Broilers have been recalled. Electrical connections in the toaster oven/broilers can become loose, posing electrical shock and burn hazards. Haier America has received two reports of minor burns and one report of a minor electrical shock to consumers, and one report of minor property damage. This recall involves toaster oven/broilers with model number RTO1400SS. The units are stainless steel and black plastic. “Haier” is printed on the front and the model number is printed on a label on the back of the toaster oven/broilers. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toaster oven/broilers and contact Haier America to receive a free replacement toaster oven/broiler. For additional information, contact Haier America at (866) 927-4810 anytime, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.haieramerica.com.

ROBES FOR WOMEN RECALLED DUE TO BURN HAZARD

Blair LLC, of Warren, Pennsylvania, has recalled about 162,000 full length women’s chenille robes. Some robes fail to meet federal flammability requirements and present a risk of serious burns to consumers if they are exposed to an open flame. Blair has received three reports of the robes catching on fire, including one report of second-degree burns. The recall involves the Full Length Women’s Chenille Robe with the following item numbers: 3093111, 3093112, 3093113, 3093114, 3093115, and 3093116. The item number is identified on a label in the garment’s neckline. This is a one-piece garment made of plush sculpted chenille, a shaped stand collar, and horizontal chenille front and back yolks and cuffs. The robe has a full-button front with seven matching button closures, long sleeves with self cuffs, a straight bottom with self hem, and two sideseam pockets.

The robe’s sewn in label states: “100% Cotton, RN 81700, Made in Pakistan”. Robes with other item numbers are not included in the recall. The robes were sold in Blair catalogs and the Blair Web site, and Blair stores in Warren and Grove City, Pennsylvania, and Wilmington, Delaware, from January 2003 through March 2009 from about $20 to $40. Consumers should stop wearing the garment immediately. Contact Blair LLC for information on returning the robe and to receive a refund or a $50 gift card for Blair merchandise. For more information, call Blair toll-free at (877) 392-7095, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.blair.com/recall, or contact the firm by e-mail at blairproductrecall@blair.com.

LEG CURL FITNESS MACHINES RECALLED DUE TO CRUSHING HAZARD

Paramount Fitness Corp., of Los Angeles, California has recalled about 150 Leg Curl Machines. A consumer’s hand can become caught between the cylindrical counter weight and the frame of the fitness machine, posing a crushing hazard that can result in lacerations and finger amputation. Paramount has received three reports of incidents, including a finger amputation and two finger-crushing injuries. This recall involves the Paramount Fitness PL2100 leg curl machine. The single station weight machine is designed to exercise the hamstring muscles. Serial numbers involved in this recall include: PL21-9301-000 through PL21-9510-099. The serial number is printed on the back of the weight stack frame on the lower right. Model number PL2100 is printed on the exercise procedure label on the front of the machine. The Paramount Fitness logo is printed vertically on the frame. Consumers should immediately stop using the fitness machines and contact Paramount Fitness to receive a free repair kit. For additional information, contact Paramount Fitness at (888) 825-8905 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PT daily, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.paramountfitness.com.

CALIFORNIA PLANT RECALLS PISTACHIO PRODUCTS

A California food processing plant is voluntarily recalling up to 1 million pounds of roasted pistachio products that may have been contaminated with salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall. The nuts came from Setton Farms in Terra Bella, California, about 75 miles south of Fresno. They were largely distributed in 2,000-pound containers to food wholesalers who would then package them for resale or incorporate them as ingredients in other products, such as ice cream and trail mix. No illnesses have been linked to this case, according to Dr. David Acheson, FDA’s associate commissioner. But salmonella strains were found during routine tests by Kraft Foods, one of about three dozen companies that purchase pistachios from Setton Farms. Kraft notified the FDA on March 24th.

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