By Nancy Paradis, Times Staff Writer
Published May 14, 2007
Evenflo Embrace infant car seat/carriers
Company: Evenflo Company Inc.
Why? When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward, allowing the infant to fall on the ground.
What models? Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before April 8 with model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599. Models beginning with "5" are units sold with the travel system (compatible stroller).
Where sold? Department and juvenile products stores.
What to do? Contact Evenflo for free repair kit. Do not use handle until repair kit has been installed. Product may continue to be used as properly secured car seat.
For information: Toll-free 1-800-490-7497; www.embracehandle.com.
Rooster kitchen stools
Company: CBOCS Distribution Inc.
Why? The stools can unexpectedly collapse during use, causing the user to fall.
What models? The stool is about 2 feet tall and 1 foot in diameter and has item number 260161 on a sticker under the seat.
Where sold? Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations.
What to do? Return to any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for refund.
For information: Toll-free 1-800-333-9566; www.crackerbarrel.com.
Orange/Red glassware pieces
Company: Pier 1 Imports.
Why? The glassware can crack or break unexpectedly, posing a laceration hazard.
What models? Large and small tumblers, goblets and margaritas that are half orange, half red.
Where sold? Pier 1 Imports stores and Web site.
What to do? Return to any Pier 1 Imports store for refund or merchandise credit.
For information: Toll-free 1-800-245-4595; www.pier1.com.
Halogen table lamps
Company: L G Sourcing Inc.
Why? The lamps can short circuit, posing a fire hazard.
What models? Item number 101988 is printed on the bottom of the lamp base.
Where sold? Lowe's retail stores.
What to do? Return to any Lowe's for refund.
For information: Toll-free 1-866-284-9162; www.lowes.com.
Heartfelt carpet tiles
Company: InterfaceFLOR LLC.
Why? Pin-like needles can be embedded in the carpet tiles, posing a puncture wound hazard.
What models? The carpet tiles are made from a blend of wool and Kenaf, measure 20 inches by 20 inches and come in colors Corazon (beige), Herz (gray), and Coeur (light gray).
Where sold? FLOR's Web site, home decor boutiques and in the firm's catalog.
What to do? Return tiles for refund or free replacement tiles of an equal value.
For information: Toll-free 1-866-219-2197; www.florcatalog.com.
Gurley's Golden Recipe Cranberry Trail Mix
Company: Gurley's Foods Inc.
Why? Undeclared sulfites, which can pose serious or life-threatening reactions to those allergic to sulfites.
What models?: 7.25 ounce packages (UPC77449 49872) with code numbers 0508, 0608, 0618, 0678, 0758, 0888, 0898, 0938, 1158.
What to do? Return to place of purchase.
For information: Toll-free 1-800-426-7845.
Archer Farms Four Cheese Risotto
Company: Aulcorp Food Marketers Inc.
Why? Potential salmonella contamination.
What models? Four Cheese Risotto flavor, 6 ounces, in paperboard box with "Best If Used By 16JUL2008AA."
Where sold? Target.
What to do?: Return to nearest Target store for refund.
For information: Toll-free 1-800-440-0680.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns of the dangers of using counterfeit electrical products because they can cause fires, explosions, shocks and electrocutions. Many counterfeit products are made in China and CPSC is working with the Chinese government to reduce the number of unsafe products that are exported to the United States.
Follow these tips to avoid counterfeit hazards:
- Scrutinize the product, the packaging and the labeling. Look for a certification mark from an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the manufacturer's label. Trademarked logos that look different than the usual logos may signal that the product is a counterfeit.
- If the price is "too good to be true, " it could be because the product is an inferior and unsafe counterfeit.
- Be extra vigilant when buying from an unknown source such as a street vendor, nonauthorized dealer, dollar store, online retailer or an individual. Ask about the business or individual's return policy. Get a receipt and look for missing sales tax. Businesses selling counterfeit goods often don't report their sales.
- Report safety-related incidents to the manufacturer or CPSC.
- For more information, go to www.cpsc.gov.