St. Petersburg Times
Special report
Video report
  • For their own good
    Fifty years ago, they were screwed-up kids sent to the Florida School for Boys to be straightened out. But now they are screwed-up men, scarred by the whippings they endured. Read the story and see a video and portrait gallery.
  • More video reports
Multimedia report
Print Email this storyEmail story Comment Letter to the editor
Fill out this form to email this article to a friend
Your name Your email
Friend's name Friend's email
Your message


Consumer product safety information

By Times Staff
Published November 12, 2007


Aqua Dots

Company: Spin Master

Why?Coating on the beads that causes them to stick to each other when water is added contains a chemical that can turn toxic when many are ingested. Children can become comatose, develop respiratory depression or have seizures.

What models? The toy is a craft kit that allows children to create various multidimensional designs using small colored beads. The beads fuse together when sprayed with water. The product is available in various different kits with accessories such as a drying fan, applicator pen, design templates for the beads, and spray bottle. The product is labeled for ages 4 or older.

Where sold? Mass merchandisers.

What to do? Contact Spin Master to return for free replacement beads or a toy of equal value.

Information: Toll-free 1-800-622-8339;

Ground beef products

Company: Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.

Why? The products, more than 1-million pounds of ground beef products, may be contaminated with E. coli.

Models? Century Farm, Giant, Giant Eagle, Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Wegmans, Weiss Premium and other branded products. Please see for the full list of products affected.

Where sold? Retail stores.

What to do? Return or discard the products.

For information: Toll-free 1-877-455-1034.

Pull-Back action toy cars

Company: Dollar General Merchandising Inc.

Why? Surface paint on the cars contains excessive levels of lead.

What models? Two styles of "pull and release" toy cars, including a four pack of Super Wheels (UPC #400016576344) and a two pack of Super Racer cars (UPC # 883788965002).

Where sold? Dollar General stores.

What to do? Return to any Dollar General store for a refund.

Information: Toll-free 1-800-678-9258;

Packaged Terminal air conditioners and heat pumps

Company: Carrier Corp.

Why? An electric heater in the unit can break, posing a fire hazard.

What models? Carrier-brand packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps manufactured between 2001 and 2005. Model numbers are 52C, 52P and unbranded model 84 units sold through the Bryant and FAST channels. Serial and model numbers are on the rating/data plate on the right front of the unit, underneath the removable front panel. A list of the serial numbers involved in this recall can be found at The units were sold with 208/230 and 265 volts, and have capacities of 7,000, 9,000, 12,000 and 15,000 BTUs.

Where sold? HVAC dealers and factory-direct sales.

What to do? Stop using the heating mode of the recalled units until they are inspected in accordance with Carrier's inspection instructions, which can be found at Consumers should contact Carrier to receive a free repair.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-761-8492;

Laugh & Learn Learning Kitchen toys

Company: Fisher-Price Inc.

Why? Pieces of the faucet or the clock hands can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

What models? The play kitchen learning toy with a pretend refrigerator, range and sink. The product's item number L5067 is stamped in several locations on the toy and printed on the product's packaging above the UPC.

Where sold? Retail and toy specialty stores nationwide.

What to do? Contact Fisher-Price for a free repair kit.

For information: Toll-free 1-888-812-7187;

Schylling Associates various toys

Company: Schylling Associates Inc.

Why? Surface paints on the toys contain excessive levels of lead.

What models? The "Robot 2000" is a battery-operated, tin robot standing 12 inches tall. It has a red light on the head and chest panels that open. The Dizzy Ducks Music Box is a windup music box with ducks that spin as music plays. The Winnie the Pooh spinning top is primarily metal and has wooden handles. The top is printed with Winnie the Pooh characters. Tops with plastic handles are not included in this recall. The Duck Family collectible windup toy consists of a large windup duck, which pulls three little ducks. They are made of tin and are primarily yellow in color.

Where sold? Specialty toy stores and gift shops.

What to do? Contact Schylling for a refund or free replacement toy.

For information: Toll-free 1-800-767-8697;

Dragster and funny car toy

Company: International Sourcing Ltd (ISL).

Why?: Surface paint on the wheels and engine of the toys contains excessive levels of lead.

What models?: Plastic models of a dragster and funny car. The dragster is approximately 22 inches long, black in color with various sponsor decals on the toys. The funny car is approximately 14 inches long and is also black in color. Both models have the ISL logo imprinted on the underside.

Where sold?: National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) events through Schumacher Racing, and Matco Tools through door to door sales.

What to do?: Take the toy from children and return it to International Sourcing Ltd. for a full refund or replacement product.

For information: Call International Sourcing Ltd. toll-free at 1-877-404-1584 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

"Big Red" wagons

Company: Northern Tool & Equipment Co.

Why?: Surface paints on the wagon and handle contain excessive levels of lead.

What models?: The recalled wagon has a red painted, steel deck with removable wooden sides. The wheels have ball bearings and air-filled tires.

Where sold?: Northern Tool & Equipment catalog, Web site and retail stores nationwide.

What to do?: Take the recaled wagon from children and return it to any Northern Tool store for a free replacement.

For information: Call Northern Tool & Equipment Co. toll-free at 1-800-222-5381 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats

Company: Hartz Mountain Corp.

Why?: One or more bottles within one lot may have been potentially contaminated with salmonella.

What models?: The product involved is 3,600 bottles of Hartz Vitamin Care for Cats, lot code SZ- 1637 1, UPC number 32700-97701, which was manufactured by a third party manufacturer, UFAC (USA) Inc., in Baconton, Georgia.

Where sold?: Retail stores nationwide.

What to do?: Discontinue use of the product and discard it in a proper manner.

For information: Call Hartz toll-free at 1-800-275-1414.

Warm Mist Carefree Humidifier

Company: Hunter Fan Co.

Why?: Water used in the humidifier can leak into the unit’s electrical compartment, posing a fire hazard.

What models?: This recall involves Warm Mist CareFree humidifiers sold in white and black with blue or green tinted water tanks. "Hunter" and "NiteGlo" are printed on the humidifier. Model numbers are listed on a white label on the bottom of the humidifier. Model numbers: 36200, 35201, 36201, 35202, 36204, 35203, 36203, 37203, 35207, 36207, 35253 and 36253.

Where sold?: Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, discount and hardware stores nationwide, as well as through mail order catalogs and Web retailers.

What to do?: Stop using and unplug the recalled humidifiers and contact Hunter Fan to receive a free replacement humidifier or refund.

For information: Call Hunter Fan Co. toll-free at 1-877-288-1145 anytime, or visit

Skippy pool toys

Company: Swimways Corp.

Why?: The elastic tongue of the fish can break and forcefully come out and cut the users’ hands during launching of the toy.

What models?: The rubber pool toy shaped like a fish; the fish are blue, purple or green colored and measure 8 ½ inches long by 5 inches wide. A loop of elastic tubing shaped like a tongue comes out of the mouth of the fish and is used for launching the fish across the water like a slingshot. "WARNING. Do not aim at another person. Made in China" is printed on the bottom of the fish.

Where sold?: Mass merchandisers and independent pool supply stores nationwide.

What to do?: Take the toy from children and contact Swimways for a free replacement toy.

For information: Call Swimways toll-free at 1-888-559-4653 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

[Last modified November 9, 2007, 23:06:19]

Share your thoughts on this story

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Subscribe to the Times
Click here for daily delivery
of the St. Petersburg Times.

Email Newsletters