In compliance with a request from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Harbor Breeze Bath Fans with Heater and Light exhaust fans sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores have been recalled by their manufacturer. The products included in this recall are white plastic Harbor Breeze bathroom fans measuring approximately 11 inches by 17 inches and equipped with a center light and a heater. The fan’s product packaging is imprinted with Model number 7109-01-L, Lowe’s item number 194492 and universal product code 820633985358. The fan blades pose a fire hazard due to a potentially malfunctioning fan blade that may cause the fan to overheat, according to the official recall notice posted on the safety commission’s website. To date, the manufacturer has received at least 11 reports of the fans overheating with smoke or flames, including 3 reports of minor property damage resulting from an overheating fan housing. Consumers in possession of affected bath fans should stop using the fans and contact the customer services department at Delta Electronics immediately to schedule a product repair. The fans included in this recall were manufactured in China by Delta Electronics(also known as Dongguan Company Limited) and imported into the United States by Homewerks Worldwide LLC, headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, for sale at Lowe’s hardware stores throughout the United States for an average price of around $90 between September of 2010 and March of 2012. These fans were also sold online via the lowes.com website.
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An estimated 5,600 Limelight Hot tubs and Hot Springs Spas have been recalled due to overheating and fires associated with their usage. Due to a loose electrical contact, these hot tubs can overheat and if left unchecked. According to consumer reports received by the manufacturer, these spas have overheated in at least 33 cases and ignited at least five fires in the past year. The manufacturer – Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, doing business under the name Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs, and located in Vista, California — recommends unplugging the products included in this recall immediately and contacting the company for further instructions and to schedule an appointment with a licensed technician who will come and replace the heating unit at no cost. The hot tubs included in this recall are 11 models of Hot Spring Spas and Limelight Hot Tubs brand spas installed with Therm Products No-Fault Water Heaters — the Aria, Envoy, Flair, Glow, Grandee, Jetsetter, Prodigy, Pulse, Sovereign, Vanguard and Vista. They were sold at independent spa dealers across the United States from March of 2011 to March of 2012 for between $6,000 and $12,000. This recall has been announced by the manufacturer on a voluntary basis in cooperation with a request from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is currently still interested in hearing reports related to this or other safety issues presented by this product. Reselling or attempting to resell a product that has been recalled due to safety issues is prohibited under United States law.
On June 28, 2012, Rigo International, a clothing distributor located in Los Angeles, California, issued a voluntary recall f0r an estimated 210,000 children’s lounge pants and boxer shorts. The garments, which were sold exclusively at Academy Sports and Outdoor stores throughout the state of Texas between January of 2010 and March of 2011 for an average estimated price of $8, violate the Federal Flammability Standard. One report has been made to Rigo related to a garment catching on fire and causing severe burn injuries to a nine year old boy’s legs. Products included in this recall are 100 percent cotton Academy pull-on lounge pants for boys and girls, and boxers for girls sold in a variety of colors and print designs, including guitars, bikes, skates, footballs, baseballs, softballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, deer, zebra, horses, penguins and leopards, or the words “cheer,” “champs,” “soccer stars,” “peaceful,” “dance” or “perfect 10″.These children’s apparel products were manufactured in China, and they can be identified by the identification numbers on a tag immediately beneath the size tag on the back section of the elastic or fabric waistband.The identification numbers of affected products include: 377676, 377677, 377678, 377679, 454818, 454819, 454820, 454821, 454822, 454823, 454824, 454825, 454826, 454827, 454828, 454829, 466629, 466630, 555571, 555572, 564822, 564904, 564938, and 564939. The garments were available in sizes extra small through large for boys and youth sizes 6 through 14 for girls. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is still interested in hearing consumer reports related to this or other safety issues posed by these garments.
At the request of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a voluntary recall has been announced affecting more than 1,200 International/Durastar trucks that were manufactured between February 12, 2012 and March 19, 2012. This safety recall has been announced by Navistar Incorporated due to the possibility that the windshields and the backlight glass were installed in these vehicles without primer seal. If this primer seal has not properly applied, it may cause the windshield and/or backlight glass to separate from the cab causing personal injury or even death to the occupant or others sharing the road with this potential hazard. Owners of vehicles included in this recall will be notified of the potential safety issue by Navistar in the near future. Vehicles included in this recall can be returned to authorized dealerships where they will be inspected and if necessary repaired by licensed auto mechanics at no cost to the consumer. The trucks included in this recall are model year 2013 International Durastar Trucks equipped with cab codes 16030 or 16AAK. If the backlight glass and windshield installed on this truck has not been affixed to the vehicle frame with primer seal, they may become detached over time with routine use. If the glass becomes detached while the vehicle is in motion, it may cause a road hazard to other vehicles on the road and increase the likelihood that an accident causing serious injury or death will occur. Navistar has designated this safety recall as campaign number 12519.
In order to prevent the annual rise in all terrain vehicle related deaths this summer, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging people to stay safe on the trails. The urge everyone to stay safe by following some simple rules such as wearing the proper safety gear (helmet, gloves, goggles, etc.), Hands on training can greatly reduce injury and is highly recommended. If an all terrain vehicle has been designated as a single rider vehicle, do not ride as a passenger on it or carry a passenger if you are operating it. Children under 6 years of age should not ride as passengers in an adult sized all terrain vehicle, and children under the age of 16 years old, have not developed the fine motor skills required to safely operate an ATV, should never drive an all terrain vehicle manufactured to adult specifications. More than 9 out of ten all terrain vehicle related injuries suffered by children involve a vehicle operated by a child under the age of 16. Between the years of 2004 and 2010, according to data collected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 700 people were killed each year in all terrain vehicle related accidents, and approximately 136,000 people visited emergency room for the treatment of injuries, many of them serious, suffered in ATV incidents. In 2012 to date, 130 adults and 28 children have been killed in accidents involving an all terrain vehicle, according to a preliminary report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer, has recalled a product made by Ikea North America. The product is a white track lighting system that is used to hold and power light fixtures. The ground connection installed in these lighting fixtures may be defective, causing an electrical shock risk to users. This voluntary recall includes approximately 5000 units in the United States and about 97,000 world wide. The tracking systems affected by this recall are either 28 inches or 45 inches long and bear the brand name IKEA, 365+ and the supplier number and date stamp are printed on a white label affixed to the side of the track. The recalled tracks can be distinguished by model numbers 00149242 and 10149246, supplier number 21338 and date stamp 1134 through 1213. These track lighting units were available for purchase from September of 2011 through March of 2012 at Ikea retail stores for an average purchase price between $15 and $20. The official product recall notice, posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, recommends that consumers stop using the product immediately.The track lighting units affected by this recall can be returned to any authorized Ikea retailer, where they may be returned for a full refund or exchanged for a different product.For more information regarding this recall contact Ikea’s customer service department. Under United States law, selling or reselling a product being recalled for known safety issues is prohibited.
As of June 28 2012, Tracker Marine LLC, will begin a recall campaign including nearly 600 boat trailers. The recall was put into action because of a welding issue affecting the brake actuator shell. Approximately 600 units are effected and owners of the boat trailer models included in this recall will be notified in the near future. The boat trailer models included in this recall are model year 2012 and 2013 Trailstar Nitro 290 Sport, Nitro Z7, Nitro Sport Z7, Nitro Z8, Nitro Z9, Tahoe 195, Tahoe 215, Tahoe 22, Tahoe Q4, Tahoe Q5, Tahoe Q7, and Tahoe Q8 boat trailers. A variant bracket weld in the brake actuator shell may limit the master cylinder shaft rod’s range of motion, potentially causing the brakes to overheat. Overheating may lead to wheel bearing or brake failure, increasing the likelihood that the boat trailer will become involved in a collision causing serious injury or death.This recall, scheduled to begin early next month, has been issued voluntarily in cooperation with a request from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners of boat trailers affected by this safety recall, designated by manufacturer as recall campaign number TS-0027, can return them to authorized Tracker Marine dealerships, where they will be inspected and, if necessary, repaired by licensed technicians at no cost. For more information regarding this recall, contact Tracker Marrine LLC’s customer service department and reference the campaign number listed above.
Alltrade Tools has issued a recall for approximately 45,000 Kawasaki cordless drills. It has been reported that the drills’ trigger switches have a tendency to short, resulting in potentially dangerous levels of heat. Alltrade Tools has provided a list of affected models, and users of the defective products are urged to stop operating the drills and register for a free replacement. This recall has been announced in a cooperative effort with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission due to at least 33 consumer complaints reporting safety issues regarding this product, including at least one instance in which a user suffered minor burn injuries while operating a Kawasaki cordless drill. The products included in this recall were manufactured in China by Wuxi Xinju Electric Tools Company and imported into the United States by Alltrade Tools LLC, headquartered in Long Beach, California. This recall affects Kawasaki Cordless Drills bearing model number 691761 and equipped with a 19.2v battery. These Kawasaki cordless drills were sold in a green and black color combination exclusively at Costco retail stores for an average price of about $50 between May of 2011 and February of 2012. A label affixed to the right side of the drill bears the model number and a serial number included in one of the following ranges: from 11030 30201 to 11030 33656, from 11040 00001 to 11040 17120, from 11060 00001 to 11060 07340, from 11070 00001 to 11070 05984, or from 11070 16801 to 11070 20640. More information regarding this recall is available at the product distributor’s website.
On June 27, 2012, the United Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for nearly 20,000 king and queen size Bordeaux bed frames. This specific model of bed frame was sold between August 2009 and April 2012. The official recall notice, posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, states that these beds may present a potential injury risk due to the possibility that the head and foot boards may become detached from the frame. This recall has been issued in a cooperative effort with the furniture distributor Samuel Lawrence Furniture, headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, which imported these bed frames from their manufacturer, Poh Huat Furniture Industries, located in Malaysia. The official recall notice suggests that consumers should stop using this bed frame until they receive the repair kit through Samuel Lawrence Furniture. The bed frames affected by this recall are cherry finish Bordeaux Collection king and queen size sleigh beds with wooden headboards and footboards and two matching wooden side rails. A white label affixed to the back of the headboard and footboard bears model numbers 8070 272 and 8070 273 for the king size bed frame and 8070 252 and 8070 253 for the queen size bed frame. These frames were sold at furniture stores nationwide for and average price ranging from $400 to $500 between August of 2009 and April of 2012. More information about this recall can be obtained by calling the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s toll free customer service hotline.
Banner Mountain Sprouts has announced a voluntary recall including some of their organic sprouts due to fears of a possible salmonella contamination. Specifically, their 4 ounce packages of zesty greens, 5 ounce packages of sprout salad, 4 ounce packages of clover, 2 pound packages of clover, 4 ounce packages of alfalfa and broccoli, 4 ounce packages of alfalfa sprouts, and 1 pound and 2 pound bags of alfalfa sprouts. These products are packaged in resealable bags or clam shell plastic packaging. Affected products have a sell by date between June 17, 2012 and July 6, 2012. Consumers in possession of this product have been instructed immediately discard it, according to the official product recall notice posted on the website for the United States Food and Drug Administration, and call the customer service department at Banner Mountain Sprouts if they have further questions. This recall was issued in cooperation with a request from the Food and Drug Administration due to traces of salmonella discovered by food inspectors during routine product testing. Salmonella is a strain of bacteria that may cause serious illness in individuals with weakened immune systems or temporary symptoms such as vomiting, fever and diarrhea. The products affected by this recall were sold at retail stores and wholesalers throughout the state of California. More information on this and other product recalls can be found at the Food and Drug Administration’s official website, or by calling the FDA’s toll free product safety hotline.