Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Recalls this week: Pacifier holder clips, rattles

A line of pacifier holder clips that can break and pose a choking hazard to children are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include baby rattles that also pose a choking hazard to children and gate latches that can fail.

Here’s a more detailed look:

PACIFIER HOLDER CLIPS

DETAILS: Playtex pacifier holder clips that attach a pacifier to items like clothing, diaper bags, and strollers. It is a plastic clip with a figure and a “Playtex” copyright logo that slides up and down to adjust the clip, a ribbon and a clear plastic ring that stretches to fit the pacifier. It was sold in green with a monkey figure, pink with a flower and blue with a tow truck, from July 2010 through October 2013.

WHY: It can crack and a small part can break off which poses a choking hazard to small children.

INCIDENTS: 99 reports of the holder cracking or breaking. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 1.25 million in the U.S. and 150,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Playtex at 888-220-2075 or visit www.playtexproducts.com and click on Recall for more information.

BABY RATTLES

DETAILS: Polyester knit fabric baby rattles with heads and arms to resemble a bear, monkey, and a lion. They measure about 7 inches in diameter by 2 inches thick. Sweet-ums and Midwest-CBK are printed on a hang tag on the rattles. A label sewn into the rattles has Midwest-CBK, the production date 04/2013 and the batch #:00001281 printed on it. They were sold from July 2013 through December 2013.

WHY: The head on the rattle can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.

INCIDENTS: One report of the head on a rattle detaching. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,900.

FOR MORE: Call Midwest-CBK at 800-394-4225 or visit www.mwcbk.com and click on Product Recall Information.

POOL GATE LATCHES

DETAILS: Magnetic gate latches marked with the “Trident” name and image on the face of the latch body below the key hole. The latch body, which is typically attached to a fence post, contains a knob and a key cylinder on the uppermost portion and a recessed area on the bottom portion designed to engage and retain the striker. The striker, which contains the magnet, is typically attached to the active gate portion of a fence gate assembly, and moves with the gate as it is opened and closed. The Trident Latches are frequently used to secure gates for pools. They were sold from February to October of 2013.

WHY: The magnet contained in the striker portion of the latch assembly can come loose, preventing the latch from securing a gate.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 2,500.

FOR MORE: Call Nationwide Industries at 800-409-3901, send email to Striker@NationwideIndustries.com, or visit www.nationwideindustries.com and click on “Info on Trident Striker replacements” for more information.

FITNESS MACHINES

DETAILS: Ascent Trainer by Matrix and Matrix Fitness Elliptical machines installed from November 2011 through December 2012. The machines involved in this recall have a decal at the center/bottom of the units with model numbers beginning with A3x, A5x, A7x, E3x, E5x or E7x. They were sold from November 2011 through December 2012.

WHY: Moisture from user perspiration or cleaning liquids can build up in the power socket on the unit, causing a short circuit, posing a fire hazard.

INCIDENTS: 44 incidents of sparking, smoking, charring and/or melting at the power cord and socket. There was one report of the power socket and cord catching fire. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 2,800 in the U.S.

FOR MORE: Call Johnson Health Tech North America at 866-218-3674 or visit www.matrixfitness.com and click on Safety Notice at the bottom of the page.

FLASHLIGHTS

DETAILS: Rayovac LED Industrial flashlights model ILED2AA with run times of 25 or 50 hours, Rayovac Value Bright LED plastic flashlights model BRSELED2AA-BA, and Rayovac Value Bright flashlights model BRSELED2AA-BDGDI. The following date codes are included in the recall: E/J-C, H/F-C, I/F-C, L/F-C, M/W-C, O/F-C, R/F-C, R/J-C, S/J-C, T/F-C, U/F-C and Y/J-C. The date code is printed on a white sticker inside the flashlight’s tube. They were sold from February 2012 through December 2013.

WHY: The flashlight can cause the batteries to overheat and melt the flashlight’s plastic casing, posing a burn hazard.

INCIDENTS: 12 flashlights overheating and melting during use. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 225,000 in the U.S. and 7,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Spectrum Brands at 855-752-6660 www.spectrumbrands.com or www.rayovac.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.

AIR HOSES

DETAILS: Suunto scuba high-pressure air hoses used with submersible pressure gauges and dive computers. The hose has silver fittings on both ends and “5000 PSIG PRESSURE TESTED – MADE IN THE U.S.A,” the batch code “1812″ and the product code are printed on it. The hoses were sold separately and as a component of the Cobra, Cobra 3, SM-36 model pressure gauge and gauge combos, and with the Vyper and Zoop model dive computers or analog pressure gauges when purchased as combos. They were sold nationwide from November 2012 to July 2013.

WHY: The high pressure air hose may leak or rupture leading to a loss of breathing gas posing a drowning hazard.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,300.

FOR MORE: Call Suunto Support at 855-258-0900, send email to support@suunto.com, or visit www.suunto.com and click on Recall at the bottom of the page for more information.

CHANDELIERS

DETAILS: Oversized Morovian Star Pendant Chandeliers made of antiqued mirrored glass and metal. The pendants come in two styles or SKUs depending on whether they require a compact fluorescent bulb or non-compact fluorescent bulb. Both styles look identical and include SKU 2275188 and 2379394. They were sold at Pottery Barn stores nationwide, at potterybarn.com, and through the Pottery Barn Catalog nationwide from September 2013 through December 2013.

WHY: The joints can fail to support the weight of the pendant causing it to fall, posing the risk of injury.

INCIDENTS: Three reports of the pendant chandelier’s mirrored glass detaching from the metal fixtures and falling. No injuries were reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,100.

FOR MORE: Call Pottery Barn at 855-849-2202 or visit the firm’s website at www.Potterybarn.com and click on Safety Recalls for more information.

FLUSHING SYSTEM

DETAILS: Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System installed inside toilet tanks that were made from March 2008 through June 2009. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. Previously recalled systems were made from October 1997 through February 2008. Recalled units have a date code/serial number that is 16 characters long and is located on the label on the top of the Flushmate III. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code range for units included in this recall in MMDDYY format is 030108 (March 1, 2008) through 063009 (June 30, 2009). The date code range for previously recalled systems in MMDDYY format was 101497 (October 14, 1997) through 022908 (February 29, 2008).

WHY: The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.

INCIDENTS: Three reports of the units included in this recall bursting, resulting in property damage and no reports of injury.

HOW MANY: About 351,000 in the U.S. and about 9,400 in Canada. The Series 503 Flushmate III was previously recalled in June 2012.

FOR MORE: Call Flushmate at 800-303-5123 or visit www.flushmate.com and click on “Flushmate III Recall” in the black box on the top left of the page for more information.

TELEVISION WALL MOUNTS

DETAILS: Ergotron Interactive wall mounts designed for flat panel displays and televisions which allows users to reposition their display angles. The wall mounts consist of three parts including a wall mount plate for securing the system to the wall; an extendible arm that allows the user to adjust the position of their television in multiple directions and a monitor plate for securing the arm to the television. The model number and date codes are printed on the underside of the arms of the PLAY and ITV models. The date code label for the OM80FM, OBFM120 and OBFM60 models is printed on the front surface of the wall mount bracket. Model and part numbers can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Ergotron-Recalls-Television-Wall-Mounts/

WHY: The weld between the “VESA” style mounting plate and the mounting ring can fail, allowing the monitor or TV to fall. This poses a risk of injury to bystanders.

INCIDENTS: Three reports of the monitor plate separating from the wall mount system. Consumers reported property damage to components of the wall mount unit. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 195,000 in the U.S., 60 in Canada, and 21,000 in Mexico.

FOR MORE: Call Ergotron at 800-888-5458 or visit www.ergotron.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom right footer of the home page for more information.

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