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Recalls

By Nancy Paradis, Times Staff Writer
Published May 7, 2007


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Take-Apart Townhouse toys

Company: Small World Toys

Why? Small magnets used to connect the wooden pieces to the sides of the townhouse can fall out, be swallowed by young children, posing a risk of intestinal blockages or perforations, which can be fatal.

What models?: The nine-piece wooden toys, for children ages "18+ months, " are shaped like houses measuring 8.5 inches high by about 4.5 inches wide with a green chimney and a blue and yellow striped pillar with a purple base at each corner. Model number 2408808 appears on the packaging.

Where sold? Toy stores and other retailers.

What to do? Take away from children and contact firm for free replacement.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-421-4153. www.smallworldtoys.com.

Parents Magazine Record-A-Voice toy cell phones

Company: Battat Inc.

Why? The metal pin inside the hinge of the cell phone flip-top can fall out, posing a choking hazard to young children.

What models? The toy cell phone, which plays different songs, sound effects and user-recorded messages, was sold in polka dot, swirl, floral and stripe patterns. The Parents logo is visible inside the flip-top and on the battery compartment cover. Only items bearing date codes 090106 through 101206 are involved.

Where sold? Target.

What to do? Contact Battat for refund or free replacement.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-247-6144; e-mail cellrecall@battatco.com.

Coast spas with Franklin electric motors

Company: Coast Spas Manufacturing Inc.

Why? The circulating pump and motor assembly can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

What models? Spas manufactured from January 2002 through October 2004 with red or yellow pump and motor assemblies. The date code is noted in the spa compartment.

Where sold? Spa dealers.

What to do? Contact Coast Spas for installation of a free retrofit.

For information: Toll-free 1-877-534-5255; www.spamotorretrofit.com.

Children's Religious Fish necklaces

Company: Oriental Trading Co. Inc.

Why? High lead content.

What models? The recalled necklaces have a silver fish pendant that hangs from a black cord.

Where sold? Oriental Trading Co. Inc.

What to do? Contact company for refund information.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-723-6155; www.orientaltrading.com.

Soft Blocks Tower Toys on Graco Baby Einstein Discover and Play Activity Centers

Company: Graco Children's Products Inc.

Why? The plastic covering on the soft block towers can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants.

What models? Only model number 4635BEE with serial numbers 012705 through 063005.

Where sold? Army & Air Force Exchange Service AAFES, Babies "R" Us, Toys "R" Us, Meijer, Shopko, Target, various specialty retailers, Wal-Mart.com and Target.com Stores.

What to do? Remove Soft Blocks toy from activity center and contact Graco for free replacement Tower toy without plastic film.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-345-4109; www.gracobaby.com.

Anima - Bamboo Collection Games

Company: Target

Why? High lead content.

What models? The games contain 38 bamboo pads, four ghosts and one dice.

Where sold? Target.

What to do? Remove from children and return to nearest Target for full refund.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-440-0680. www.target.com.

Children's Airwalk Compel shoes

Company: Payless ShoeSource Inc.

Why? Plastic rivets used to attach the strap to the shoe can detach, posing a choking hazard to children.

What models? Airwalk Compel clog shoes sold in prewalk sizes 3 through toddler size 10.

Where sold? Payless ShoeSource and Pamida stores and payless.com.

What to do? Return to place of purchase for refund.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-654-0697; www.payless.com.

Perfect Flame four-burner gas grills

Company: Sagittarius Sporting Goods

Why? A possible missing hose that connects the grill manifold to the side burner poses a risk of fires and burn injuries.

What models? 25-inch by 18-inch Perfect Flame brand, four-burner, stainless steel gas grills with date codes JU, JV, JW, JX, JY or JZ and model number 2518SL.

Where sold? Lowe's.

What to do? Contact Sagittarius for free replacement hose.

For information: Toll-free 1-888-804-7455.

Char-Broil two-burner gas grills

Company: Char-Broil LLC

Why? An incorrect heat shield that does not fit the grills could allow the propane tank, hose and regulator to overheat and become damaged, presenting a fire and burn hazard if a propane leak occurs.

What models? Model number 463720407 with serial numbers ranging from G305040611002821 to G305040611003420.

Where sold? Big Lots stores.

What to do? Contact Char-Broil for correct heat shield and installation instructions.

For information: Toll-free 1-888-804-7455.

90cc Youth Model ATVs

Company: Stateside Powersports

Why? Lack of adequate tire labeling, tire pressure gauge, adequate stop-engine switch and other safety requirements could result in injury to consumers.

What models? All Long Chang Lion 90cc ATVs sold in black, blue, green and red.

Where sold? ATV dealerships and online.

What to do? Contact Stateside Powersports or local dealer for a free repair.

For information: Toll-free 1-888-801-4424; www.statesidepowersports.com.

Cautions

- The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission warns of potential risk of lead exposure from baby bibs with cracked or peeling vinyl surfaces. Discard bibs that are in poor condition.

- The Food and Drug Administration has issued a caution about the dangers of buying drugs over the Internet after discovering that 24 apparently related Web sites may be involved in the distribution of counterfeit prescription drugs. The drug products contained other drugs than those listed, or only talc and starch. See pharmacycall365.com for list of Web sites. Consumers should be wary if there is no way to contact the Web site pharmacy by phone, if prices are dramatically lower than the competition or if no prescription from your doctor is required. See www.fda.gov/buyonline/ for additional information prior to making purchases of prescription drugs over the Internet. The 24 Web sites appear on pharmacycall365.com.

[Last modified May 4, 2007, 11:55:18]


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