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Recalls this week: Children’s lamps, lawn mowers

Millions of IKEA children’s are being recalled this week after a child became entangled in its cord and died. Other consumer products being recalled include lawn mowers with blades that can break and televisions with an electronic component that can fail and catch fire.

Here’s a more detailed outlook:

CHILDREN’S LAMPS

DETAILS: IKEA children’s SMILA-series wall-mounted lamps sold in eight designs, including a blue star, yellow moon, pink flower, white flower, red heart, green bug, blue seashell and, an orange seahorse. The blue star is the STJÄRNA model with article numbers 501.944.49 or 500.108.79. The yellow moon is the MÅNE model with article numbers 701.944.48 or 700.108.40. The pink flower is the BLOMMA model with article numbers 901.944.47 or 000.979.50. The white flower is the BLOMMA model with article number 300-746-50. The red heart is the HJÄRTA model with article numbers 202.256.59 or 801.993.13. The green bug is the BAGGE model with article numbers 101.944.46 or 700.728.71. The blue seashell is the SNÄCKA model with article number 400-982-50. The orange seahorse is the SJÖHÄST model with article number 900-982-43.

The model name is printed on a label on the inside back of the lamp near the light bulb. The article number is printed on the lamp’s packaging. They were sold exclusively at IKEA stores nationwide, in IKEA’s catalog and online at ikea-usa.com from July 1999 through May 2013.

WHY: The cord poses a risk of strangulation.

INCIDENTS: A 16-month-old child in a crib died after getting entangled in the lamp’s cord. In a separate incident, a 15-month-old child in a crib became entangled in the lamp’s cord and nearly strangled. In both incidents, which occurred in Europe, the lamp cord was pulled into the crib by the infants, creating a strangulation hazard.

HOW MANY: There were 2.9 million of the recalled lamps sold in the U.S. In addition, 1.1 million were sold in Canada. There was a total of 23 million sold worldwide.

FOR MORE: Call IKEA at 888-966-4532 or visit www.ikea-usa.com and click on the Recall link at the top of the page for more information.

HOME PLAYGROUND TUBE SLIDES

DETAILS: Solowave Tornado brand home playground tube slides with port holes. The slides are green, six or seven feet long and have three or five port hole-style plastic windows in the sides. The slides were sold with Solowave’s Centennial, Centennial II, Lexington, Rocky Mountain Deluxe and Sheridan play systems, and were also sold separately. Solowave Design is stamped on the outside of the slides near the middle of each tube slide section. They were sold at Toys R Us and other stores nationwide, and online at toysrus.com from February 2008 through August 2013.

WHY: The plastic port hole-type windows in the tube slide can break, posing a laceration hazard to children.

INCIDENTS: 23 reports of minor injuries to children, including cuts and scrapes, from contact with broken port holes.

HOW MANY: About 10,800 in the U.S. and 9,900 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Solowave at 866-678-0376 or visit www.solowavedesign.com and click on Important Safety Notice for more information.

PERSONAL EMERGENCY SYSTEM TRANSIMITTERS

DETAILS: Linear PERS transmitters, which are components of Linear PERS products and allow users to push a button on the transmitter to summon assistance. Transmitter models DXS-LRC, DXS-LRC-LA, DXS-LRP and DXS-LRW made from June 2013 to July 2013 with date codes 1306 and 1307 representing the year and month, and 1329 (representing the 29th week of 2013) are included in the recall. The model and date codes appear on the back of the transmitter. They were sold at independent PERS distributors and dealers nationwide from June 2013 through August 2013.

WHY: The battery clips in the transmitters can corrode causing the transmitters to operate intermittently or not at all, without generating a warning.

INCIDENTS: One report of a transmitter that failed to operate. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 48,000.

FOR MORE: Call Linear at 855-554-2384 or visit www.linear-pers.com and click on Recalls for more information.

LAWN MOWERS

DETAILS: 2013 Exmark Commercial 30-inch Walk-Behind Mowers, model ECKA30 and serial numbers ranging from 313605897 to 313660824. The phrases “Commercial 30″ and “Exmark” are printed on the front of the black and red mower. “Exmark” is also printed on the side of the mower. The model and serial numbers are located on a decal affixed to the engine base above the left rear tire. They were sold by Exmark dealers nationwide from November 2012 through October 2013.

WHY: The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 6,900 in the U.S. and 330 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Exmark at 800-667-5296 or visit www.exmark.com and click on Service & Support and then on Safety Resources at the bottom of the page for more information.

LAWN MOWERS

DETAILS: 2013 Toro TimeMaster 30-inch and 2013 Toro TurfMaster 30-inch lawn mowers with the following model and serial numbers: Model number 20199 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313020271; model number 20200 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313007366; and, model number 22200 with serial numbers ranging from 313000101 to 313007146. The phrases “TimeMaster” or “TurfMaster” and “Toro” are printed on the front of the black and red mower. “Toro” is also printed on the side of the mower. The model and serial numbers are located on a decal affixed to the engine base above the left rear tire. They were sold at Toro dealers nationwide from November 2012 through October 2013.

WHY: The mower’s blade can break and injure the user and others nearby.

INCIDENTS: 10 reports of blades breaking. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 34,500 in the U.S. and 1,600 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Toro at 855-340-7686 or visit www.toro.com and click on Product Recall Information at the bottom of the page for more information.

TRIMMERS

DETAILS: efco brand gas trimmers from Emak USA used in both residential and professional applications for cutting grass and light brush. Three models are recalled in two engine sizes measured in cubic centimeters. They are: 36cc models 8371 S and 8371 T, and a 40.2cc model 8421 T engine displacement. The brand name “efco” and model number are printed on the front of the engine and the brand name also appears on the wand. They were sold at authorized efco dealers at both retail stores and online, and Menards stores between June 2009 and July 2013.

WHY: The muffler on the trimmer’s engine can break during use and pose a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: Eight reports of incidents, including one resulting in singed hair. No serious injury or property damage have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,400 in the U.S. and 166 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Emak USA at 800-800-4420 or visit www.efcopower.com and click on Recall Information at the bottom of the home page.

ANTI-BED BUG SYSTEMS

DETAILS: PackTite heating units for bed bug control. Consumers place items for bed bug treatment inside PackTite’s black canvas bag and turn the heater on inside the bag. The white heaters are attached to a black wire frame that fits in the bag. PackTite is printed in white on the bag. The bags measure 36 inches long by 19 inches wide by 24 inches tall. The recalled heaters do not have any visible text on the up-facing side of the heater casing, but they do have reset instructions on the underside of the heater. They were sold at pest control companies and pest control product distributors nationwide, including Atlantic Pest Solutions, Bedbug Central, Bedbug Supply, Broadway Exterminating, Dana Pest Control, Do My Own Pest Control, Grainger, M&M Environmental Isotech, K-9 Sweeps, Orkin, Pestaway, Round-the-Clock Pest Control, Steritech, Stern Environmental, Tallman Scientific, Univar, and US Bedbugs from October 2009 through January 2013.

WHY: The bed bug heaters can overheat, melt and cause a fire, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: Three consumer complaints of heaters overheating, melting and, in one case, the items being treated were singed. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 9,000.

FOR MORE: Call PackTite at 866-520-7952, send email to recall@packtite.com, or visit at www.packtite.com and click on Product Recall for more information.

HOODED JACKETS

DETAILS: IQ Girls’ hooded pink leopard jackets. “IQ girls” is printed on the sewn-in label located on the back of the neck. The model number included in the recall is 86557 and can be found printed on a sewn in label in the back of the neck. This recall involves jacket sizes girls 4 through 12. They were sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide from October 2010 through August 2013.

WHY: The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 756.

FOR MORE: Call Ram’s Imports at 855-346-5950 or visit www.ramsimports.com and click on “product recall” for additional information.

CARPET

DETAILS: Aristocrat II brand wall-to-wall carpet with style number 7L514. The carpet was sold in one color, “Pale Clay.” A date stamp on the back of the carpet reads “USA 760 MEA 52545,” the date “06-07-2013,” a time range between 00:45 and 3:00 and the words “Pile: 100% Polyester.” The stamp is repeated every six feet. It was sold at Lowe’s stores nationwide between June 2013 and September 2013.

WHY: The carpet fails to meet federal flammability standards, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 16,300 yards.

FOR MORE: Call Shaw Industries at 800-241-4031 or visit www.shawfloors.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

TELEVISIONS

DETAILS: Black Coby 32-inch flat screen televisions with model number TFTV3229 and serial numbers beginning with LG and that have M07 or M10 in the 9th, 10th and 11th position of the serial number. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label on the back of the televisions and Coby is printed on the front. Coby USA is out of business.

WHY: An electronic component can fail, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing fire and burn hazards.

INCIDENTS: Six incidents involving the televisions overheating, smoking or catching fire. One incident involved a television catching on fire and scorching a wall. Another involved a fire that was limited to the television. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 8,900

FOR MORE: The U.S. company is out of business so eight retailers have stepped up to voluntarily recall the televisions. They include:

ABC Warehouse at 855-510-0070 or www.abcwarehouse.com for more information.

Best Buy at 800-566-7498 or www.BestBuy.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Fry’s Electronics at 877-688-7678 or www.frys.com for more information.

h.h. Gregg at 888-723-7385 or www.hhgregg.com for more information.

Nebraska Furniture Mart at 800-359-1200 or www.nfm.com for more information.

P.C. Richard & Son at 866-312-4493 or www.pcrichard.com for more information.

Sears/Kmart at 888-852-3571 or www.sears.com or www.kmart.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Toys R Us at 800-869-7787 or www.toysrusinc.com and click on Product Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

BICYCLES

DETAILS: Model year 2013 Trek Madone bicycles with model numbers 5.2, 5.9, 6.2, 6.5, 7.7 or 7.9, and serial numbers starting with WTU and ending with G or H. A list of all serial numbers included in the recall is at www.trekbikes.com. Some of the recalled models are custom-ordered Project One Madones. The model number is printed on the bicycle frame. The serial number is printed on a sticker underneath the frame of the bicycle. The bicycles were sold in a variety of colors at stores nationwide from July 2012 through December 2013.

WHY: The bicycle’s front brake can fail, posing a crash hazard.

INCIDENTS: Five reports of loose front brake attachment bolts. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 6,800.

FOR MORE: Call Trek at 800-373-4594 or visit www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety and Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

TOYS

DETAILS: Doodlebutt Jelly BeadZ, Jumbo BeadZ, and Magic Growing Fruity Fun water-absorbing polymer toys. The toys can absorb from 300 to 500 times their weight in water and can grow up to eight times their original size. They were sold in a package consisting of three separate 2.5-inch by 2-inch clear, resealable bags inside a 3.5-inch by 4-inch clear, resealable bag. Each smaller bag had eight to 12 water balls of slightly different sizes. The balls came in clear, blue, red, orange, yellow, green and purple colors. The front of the larger bag had a multi-colored label with the words “Jelly BeadZ,” ”Easy to follow directions” and had instructions for use.

Magic Growing Fruity Fun toys are water-absorbing polymers in the shapes of apples, bananas, butterflies, cherries, grapes, pineapples, roses and strawberries. They were sold in 3.5-inch x 4-inch, clear, resealable bag with seven assorted shapes in it. They came in blue, green, orange, pink, red and yellow. The label on the front of the bag has the words “For ‘Kidz’ of All Ages,” ”Jelly BeadZ,” ”Bouncy and Beautiful,” ”Colorfast,” ”Non Toxic,” ”Safe for the Environment,” and other words that describe uses for the product. The back of the package has two smaller labels. One label contains instructions for use and the other has a barcode with “XU00EC1JRN” beneath it. They were sold at Amazon.com from February 2012 through September 2013.

WHY: The toys can be mistaken by a child for candy. When swallowed, they can expand inside a child’s body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening. Similar toys have not shown up on x-rays and needed surgery to be removed from the body.

INCIDENTS: None reported. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of one incident with a similar water-absorbing polymer ball product in which an 8-month-old girl ingested the ball and it had to be surgically removed and two cases outside of the U.S. with one death.

HOW MANY: About 1,500.

FOR MORE: Call Doodlebutt, collect, at 239-313-9779 or send email to whitmana@live.com.

CHAIRS

DETAILS: Black wooden accent chairs with a shaped wood top rail and center back splat sold at Hobby Lobby. The chairs have a black and white chevron print seat cushion. Item number 5218300 and PO number 9099294 are printed on the chair’s hang tag and a tag affixed to the underside of the chair. They were sold at Hobby Lobby Stores nationwide from March 2013 to August 2013.

WHY: The front legs on the chair can loosen and detach, posing a fall hazard and risk of injury to the consumer.

INCIDENTS: One report of the chair collapsing.

HOW MANY: About 1,400.

FOR MORE: Call Hobby Lobby Stores at 800-326-7931 or visit www.hobbylobby.com, and click on the “Recall” tab at the bottom of the page for additional information.

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