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Consumer product safety information
By Times Staff
Published December 23, 2007
Honda walk-behind lawn mowers
Company: American Honda Motor Corp.
Why? The blades could rotate under power when the control lever is released. The mowers do not comply with federal safety standards. The spinning blade poses a laceration hazard.
What models? Honda walk-behind lawn mowers with model numbers HRB217HXA (all serial numbers), HRX217HXA and HRX217HMA (serial numbers 1000001-1513628). The model and serial number are printed on a label on the upper rear of the mower deck. The lawn mowers are dark gray with a red fan cover.
Where sold? Honda Lawn and Garden dealers and Home Depot stores.
What to do? For free repair, call Honda toll-free at 1-800-426-7701 or visit www.hondapowerequipment.com.
Valucraft booster cables
Company: AutoZone Parts Inc.
Why? Clamps were assembled incorrectly, resulting in reverse polarity. This poses an electrical shock and explosion hazard.
What models? Valucraft 8-gauge and 10-gauge booster cables, which are orange and have "8GA" or "10GA" printed on them.
Where sold? AutoZone stores and Web site.
What to do? Return to an AutoZone store for a refund or replacement, call toll-free 1-800-230-9786 or visit www.autozone.com.
Hooker bunk beds
Company: Hooker Furniture Corp.
Why? The beds have gaps between parts of the upper bunk that could allow a child's body, but not head, to pass through, poseing an entrapment or strangulation hazard.
What models? The bunk beds come in twin-over-twin, twin-over-full and loft beds with these model names: "Albany Park," "Swedish Accents," "Mariner's Landing" and "Chelsea's Place." The beds come in cherry, white and black finishes.
Where sold? Hooker Furniture retailers.
What to do? Contact the retailer where bought to schedule an in-home repair. For more information, call Hooker toll-free at 1-877-705-8408 or visit www.hookerfurniture.com.
Full body safety harnesses
Company: Gorilla Inc.
Why? The harnesses could fail, resulting in a hunter falling from the tree stand.
What models? Pullover Style Full Body Safety Harnesses, model SP40300, that were included as an accessory with Gorilla 2007 ladder stands. The harnesses bear batch code numbers 020507, 030507 and 040507. The model and batch code are on the label on the harness.
Where sold? The harness was an accessory with 2007 ladder stands at sporting goods retailers.
What to do? Contact Gorilla for a free replacement harness at toll-free 1-877-685-7817 or visit www.gorillatreestands.com.
Infantino lion teethers
Company: Infantino LLC.
Why? The plastic nose can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
What models? The yellow and orange plastic teethers have date codes 6116, 6129, 6158, 6137, 0606, 0806, 0906 and 1006. The date codes
are on the back of the lion’s head, above the Infantino logo.
Where sold? Babies “R” Us, Pottery Barn
Kids and other specialty stores.
What to do? Contact Infantino for a replacement teether or a product of equal value at toll-free 1-888-808-3111, or visit http://service.infantino.com/.
Giant measuring chart
Company: Discount School Supply.
Why?: The paint on the grow chart contains excess levels of lead.
What models?: The Giant Grow Chart measures a child’s growth with a giant yellow ruler-shaped plastic chart. The grow chart also has a picture of a bean stalk painted on it from top to bottom.
Where sold?: Discount School Supply catalogs and the company’s Web site.
What to do?: For a refund or credit, call Discount toll-free at 1-800-919-5242, visit www.discountschoolsupply.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soldier Bear toys
Company: AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service).
Why?: The surface paint on the toys contains excessive levels of lead.
What models?: The wooden toys and a plastic military vehicle toy playset. The style number, UPC codes and “Soldier Bear” logo are printed on the toy’s packaging. The toy, description, style and UPC code: Wooden Pull-Along Learning Blocks Wagon (alphabet blocks in a wooden wagon) 6320 834162002158; Time Teacher (magnetic shapes & clock in pull cart) 6231 834162002646; Wooden Riding Horse 6349 834162003698; Vehicle Playset (blue military vehicle with action figures 1007 4895130810072.
Where sold?: AAFES stores worldwide.
What to do?: Return to the nearest AAFES store for a full refund or call AAFES toll-free at 1-800-866-3605 or visit www.AAFES.com.
Cedarlane low fat bean rice & cheese style burritos
Company: Cedarlane Natural Foods.
Why?: They contain undeclared casein, a milk protein. People who have an allergy, or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
What models?: Cedarlane Low Fat Bean Rice & Cheese Style Burritos are available in a 6-ounce plastic film wrapped packaging as well as cartons of an 8-count, 6-ounce family pack. The affected open code dates are from “062808A” (June 28, 2008) through “082908A” (Aug. 29, 2008) and are located on the bottom right, after the heating instructions, of the print plastic wrap of the individual burrito. The open code date of the outside printed carton is similar to that of the individual units but without the ‘A’ and can be found on the right hand side panel, near the bottom of the carton.
Where sold?: Stores nationwide.
What to do?: Return to the store of purchase for a full refund before June 1, call Cedarlane toll-free at 1-800-826-3322 or e-mail email@example.com.
King Brand dried turkish apricots
Company: Kadouri International Foods, Inc.
Why?: They contain undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.
What models?: The 28-pound boxes marked with lot #35-105 on the side and with an expiration date of 15-07-2008 stamped on the side.
Where sold?: Retail stores nationwide.
What to do?: Return to the place of purchase for a full refund or call 1-718-381-6100.
King Chief brand dried kudzu
Company: Domega International Ltd. Inc.
Why?: The product contains undeclared sulfites. People who have a severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.
What models?: King Chief Brand Dried Kudzu is sold in uncoded 6-ounce plastic packages.
Where sold?: Stores nationwide.
What to do?: Return to the place of purchase or call 1-646-938-7345.
Specialized bicycle helmets
Company: Specialized Bicycles.
Why?: The helmets fail testing required under CPSC’s safety standard for bicycle helmets and can pose a head injury hazard to riders in a fall.
What models?: Specialized helmets, model 2D, which is printed on the sides of the helmet in the rear. The helmets were sold for men and women in matte black, white, silver, blue, pink and team colors.
Where sold?: Authorized retailers and online stores nationwide.
What to do?: Return to an authorized retailer to receive a replacement or refund, or call toll-free 1-877-808-8154 or visit www.specialized.com.
Heat recovery ventilators
Company: Venmar Ventilation Inc.
Why?: The thermal protector can fail, posing a potential fire hazard.
What models?: Venmar 40225; Venmar AVS 457XX, 16016XX, 43XXX, 451XX, 45400, 45709IEH, C32042; Vane 458XX, 16016XX, 43405, 43828, 45405, 45808; Rheem, Ruud, Protech 84-ERVXXX, 84-HRVXXX; Carrier ERVCCLHU1200, HRVCCLHA1250, HRVCCSVU1200, ERVCCLHU1150, HRVCCLHA1150, HRVCCLVU1150, HRVCCLVU1200, HRVCCSVU1150; Bryant ERVBBLHU1200, HRVBBLHA1250, HRVBBSVU1200; Broan ERV200HC, HRV200H, HRV100H
Where sold?: Heating, ventilating and air conditioning wholesale distributors, dealers and contractors, and building supply stores nationwide.
What to do?: Turn off and unplug the ventilators and call Venmar toll-free at 1-866-441-4645 or visit www.venmar.ca.
Holiday cosmetics stuffer bears
Company: Victoria’s Secret.
Why?: The neck medallion zipper pull can detach, posing a choking hazard.
What models?: The cosmetic stuffer bear was designed to hold cosmetics and/or gift cards. It is a plush bear with a zipper down the body. A “VS” neck medallion serves as the zipper pull. The bear was sold in pink and leopard.
Where sold?: Victoria’s Secret Web site.
What to do?: Victoria’s Secret has sent consumers a postage paid return mailer enclosed. Customers returning the bear will receive a refund, postage and a $10 gift certificate. For additional information, call toll-free 1-877-260-8419 or visit www.victoriassecret.com.
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