Monday, April 21, 2014
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Recalls this week: strollers, pacifiers, beds

More than 200,000 strollers with a hinge capable of amputating a person’s finger and pacifiers that pose a choking hazard are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Other recalls include dehumidifiers and beds.

Here’s a more detailed look:

STROLLERS

DETAILS: Britax B-Agile, B-Agile Double and BOB Motion strollers made between March 2011 and June 2013. They have the following model numbers: U341763, U341764, U341782 and U341783 for the B-Agile strollers; U361818 or U361819 for the B-Agile Double strollers; and U391820, U391821 and U391822 for the BOB Motion strollers. The model number and the manufacture date in YYYY/MM/DD format can be found on label located on the inside of the stroller’s metal frame near the right rear wheel. They were sold from May 2011 through June 2013.

WHY: The hinge on the stroller’s folding mechanism can partially amputate consumers’ fingertips, break their fingers or cause severe lacerations, among other injuries, when they press the release button while pulling on the release strap.

INCIDENTS: Eight incident reports, including one partial fingertip amputation, one broken finger, and severe finger lacerations.

HOW MANY: About 216,000 in the U.S. and 8,800 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Britax at 866-204-1665, visit www.britaxusa.com or www.bobgear.com and click on “Safety Notice” at the top right corner or on “Learn More” at the bottom center of the page, or send email to strollerrecall@britax.com for more information.

DEHUMIDIFIERS

DETAILS: This recall involves 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE brand name. The brand name, model number, pint capacity and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. They were sold from April 2008 through December 2011. Model numbers include: ADER30LN, ADEW30LN, AHR30LL, AHR30LM, AHW30LM, ADER40LN, AHH40LL, AHR40LL, AHR40LM, ADEH50LN, ADER50LN, ADEW50LN, AHH50LM, AHR50LL, AHR50LM, AHW50LM, ADER65LN, ADEW65LN, AHR65LL, AHR65LM, and AHW65LM.

WHY: The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

INCIDENTS: Sixteen reports of incidents with the recalled GE-brand dehumidifiers, including 11 reports of overheating with no property damage beyond the units, and five reports of fires beyond the units which were associated with about $430,000 reported in property damage. This is in addition to more than 71 fires and $2.73 million in property damage reported with other brands of Gree-manufactured dehumidifiers in the previous recall. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 350,000 in the U.S. and 2,700 in Canada. Gree previously recalled 2.2 million dehumidifiers under 12 other brand names in September 2013.

FOR MORE: Call Gree at 866-853-2802 or visit www.greeusa.com and click on “Recall” for more information.

PACIFIERS

DETAILS: Fred & Friends Chill Baby Artiste, Volume and Panic pacifiers. The Artiste’s UPC is 728987021282, the Volume style’s UPC is 728987020599 and the Panic style’s UPC is 728987020605. They were sold from April 2013 through December 2013.

WHY: The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards. The beard on the Artiste and the knob on the Volume pacifiers can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. In addition, the ventilation holes on the Volume and Panic pacifier guards are too small.

INCIDENTS: One report of the knob on the Volume pacifier detaching. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 183,000 in the U.S. and 17,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Fred & Friends at 855-346-6372, send email to the firm at pacifiersconsumer@fredandfriends.com, or visit www.fredandfriends.com and click on “Pacifier Recall” for more information.

REMOTE-CONTROLLED MODEL HELICOPTERS

DETAILS: Blade 500 X BNF and Blade 500 3D RTF and BNF remote-controlled model helicopters with model numbers BLH 1800, BLH 1800M1, BLH 1850, and BLH 4080. They were sold at Hobby stores nationwide and at www.horizonhobby.com. Models BLH 1800, BLH 1800M1 and BLH 1850 were sold from December 2012 through September 2013; and Models BLH 1850 and BLH 4080 were sold from May 2013 through September 2013.

WHY: The tail rotor grip used for securing the tail rotor blade to the tail rotor hub can separate and release from the helicopter, posing a risk of a crash and injury hazard.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 1,980 in the U.S. and 200 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Horizon Hobby at 877-504-0233 or visit www.horizonhobby.com, and click on “ProductRecalls” listed under “Legal” at the bottom of the page for more information.

SMOKE DETECTORS

DETAILS: System Sensor’s reflected beam smoke detectors with model number BEAM1224S and date codes 2111 through 3053. The model number and date code are printed on a label on the back of the detector’s cover and on the product’s packaging. The reflected beam smoke detectors were used primarily in commercial buildings as part of the fire alarm system. Detectors used with acceptable power supplies, as listed on the company website, do not need to be replaced. They were sold from November 2012 through May 2013.

WHY: When used with certain power supplies, the reflected beam smoke detectors can fail to send a signal to the fire alarm control panel that sounds the alarm and fail to alert occupants of a fire.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 610.

FOR MORE: Call System Sensor at 800-736-7672 or visit from www.systemsensor.com and click on “Resources,” then “Product Info Library/Technical Field Bulletins,” then “Safety Bulletins” for more information and a list of acceptable power supplies.

HOCKEY ELBOW PADS

DETAILS: Reebok EP20K senior hockey elbow pads. The pads are white with grey and black colored fabric. The word “Reebok” appears on the upper and lower arm sections of each elbow pad, and the words “20K PRO” appear on the forearm of each pad. The product code K101SR EP20K is located on the inside label of each elbow pad and on the outside of the polybag in which some products were packaged. They were sold from April 2013 through November 2013.

WHY: The molded foam padding inside the elbow pads can become cracked, fractured or split, which poses a risk of injury to the elbow.

INCIDENTS: One incident in Canada which resulted in a broken elbow.

HOW MANY: About 2,100 in the U.S. and 1,600 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call CCM Hockey Inc. at 800-451-4600 in the U.S., visit http://reebokccm.com and then click on button marked “Recall,” or send email to returns@reebokccm.com.

COFFEE PRESSES

DETAILS: Bodum rose gold Chambord locking lid 8-cup glass coffee presses sold exclusively at Starbucks. The coffee press’ glass carafe, screen and plunger are held in place by a metal frame which is rose gold-colored with a black molded plastic base. The coffee press has a locking lid. Bodum is printed on the glass carafe. Bodum and SKU number 11029732 are printed on a white label on the bottom of the base. “Bodum” and “Made in Portugal” are embossed on the bottom of the black plastic base. They were sold from November 2013 through December 2013 for about $40.

WHY: The glass carafe can fall out of the metal frame and plastic base of the coffee press and break or shatter, posing laceration and burn hazards to consumers.

INCIDENTS: About 14 reports of the glass carafes breaking or shattering when the coffee press’ plastic base separated from the metal frame. There have been four reports of minor injuries, including two lacerations and two burns.

HOW MANY: About 28,000.

FOR MORE: Call Bodum at 855-378-6864, send email to Bodum at recall@bodum.com, or visit www.bodum.com and click on “Product Advisories” for more information.

BEDS

DETAILS: IKEA junior beds including the KRITTER and SNIGLAR models with a guard rail on one side. A label on the headboard or underside of the KRITTER bed has a date stamp of 1114 to 1322 representing the year and week of production (YYWW), a 600.904.70 model number, and 19740 supplier number. A label on the headboard or underside of the SNIGLAR bed has a date stamp of 1114 to 1318 (YYWW), a 500.871.66 model number, and 18157 supplier number. This recall expands the date stamp for SNIGLAR beds to 1049 to 1318. They were sold from July 2005 through May 2013.

WHY: The metal rod connecting the guard rail to the bed frame can break in use, posing a laceration hazard.

INCIDENTS: IKEA has received one additional report from the UK of a metal rod on a SNIGLAR bed breaking. A child received a small scratch to the arm from the broken metal rod.

HOW MANY: About 3,500, with 22,000 units previously recalled for repair in August 2013.

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

FOLDING BICYCLES

DETAILS: Jetty Express 2 and the Port Runner 2 folding bicycles that are designed for use in and around docks and marinas. The Jetty Express 2 has a blue and white frame and folds at a hinge in the middle. “Jetty Express 2″ is printed on the bike’s frame. The Port Runner 2 has a red frame and folds at a hinge in the middle. “Port Runner 2″ is printed on the bike’s frame. They were sold at West Marine stores nationwide, online at www.westmarine.com and in the West Marine catalog from March 2010 through July 2013.

WHY: The bicycle’s frame can break during use, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

INCIDENTS: Three reports of the bicycle’s frame breaking, resulting in bruises and scrapes to a rider.

HOW MANY: About 4,600.

FOR MORE: West Marine at 800-262-8464 or visit www.westmarine.com and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page for additional information.

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