Recall Wednesday: June 9-15, See the 6 Latest CPSC Product Recalls!

These are the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls that have been issued between June 9 – June 15, 2010.

Although not seen this week, a common CPSC recall includes sweatshirts that contain drawstrings around the neck.  Please be aware:

In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines(pdf) (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

Be sure to check old hand-me-downs for this!

You can find even more detailed information on all recalled products mentioned below on CPSC.gov. All information below comes directly from the CPSC website.

1. Name of Product: GE Front-Load Washing Machines

Hazard: A wire can break in the machine and make contact with a metal part on the washtub while the machine is operating, posing fire and shock hazards to consumers.

Description: This recall involves GE front-load washing machines without auxiliary water heating. Model and serial numbers are listed in the chart below. Recalled washing machines were manufactured between December 2006 and February 2010. The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom right side and on the bottom door frame of the washers.

Brand Model Number Begins With: Serial Number Begins With:
GE WBVH5 AM, AR, AS, AT, DM, DR, DS, FM,
FR, FS, GM, GS, HM, HR, HS, LM,
LR, LS, MM, MR, MS, RM, RR, RS,
SM, SR, SS, TM, TR, TS, VM, VR,
VS, ZL, ZM, ZR, ZS

Sold at: Department and various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through May 2010 for about $700.

To learn more about this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10259.html

2.  Name of Product: Beado handheld bead play toys

Hazard: The toys’ plastic wires can detach from the hubs due to insufficient adhesive, allowing the beads to slide off. The loose beads pose a choking hazard to young children.

Description: This recall involves the Beado hand-held beaded play toy with model number 1501 and date code 02910 04323A. The product measures six inches in diameter and is composed of four blue plastic “hubs”, six white plastic “wires” and twelve multi-colored beads that slide along the wires. The model number and date code are printed on the bottom of the packaging and the date code is also inside of the blue hubs (see picture below). Beados that have a date code different than 02910 or have a date code of 02910 and an inspection sticker on the bottom of the packaging and a black mark by the date code inside the blue hub (see picture below) are not included in this recall.

Sold at: Specialty toy and juvenile retailers from March 2010 through May 2010 for about $12.

To learn more about this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10260.html

3.  Name of Product: Roller, Roman, and Roll-Up blinds

Hazards:

Roller Blinds: Strangulations can occur if the blind’s looped bead chain is not attached to the wall or the floor with the tension device provided and a child’s neck becomes entangled in the free-standing loop.

Roman Blinds: Strangulations can occur when a child places his/her neck between the exposed inner cord and the fabric on the backside of the blind or when a child pulls the cord out and wraps it around his/her neck. An additional hazard exists when the Roman blind has a continuous looped bead chain that if not attached to the wall or floor, which poses a strangulation hazard to children.

Roll-up Blinds Strangulations can occur if the lifting loops slide off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Description: This recall involves roller blinds that do not have a tension device attached to the bead chain, all Roman blinds and all roll-up blinds.

Sold at: IKEA stores nationwide from January 1998 through June 2009 for between $5 and $55.

To learn more about this recall: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10261.html

4.  Name of Product: Dritz Quick Cut™ Electric Scissors

Hazard: The electric scissors can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.

Description: The electric scissors are white and blue, about 10″ long and include an AC adaptor. “Dritz” is written on the handle on the blue grip.

Sold at: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and other craft stores nationwide from September 2009 through February 2010 for about $50.

To learn more about this recall:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10262.html

5.  Name of Product: Roll-up blinds

Hazard: Strangulations can occur if the lifting loop slides off the side of the blind and a child’s neck becomes entangled on the free-standing loop or if a child places his/her neck between the lifting loop and the roll-up blind material.

Description: This recall involves the French Antique Gold, Zen Moss, Tropic Ginger, and Kansas White roll-up blind models. The roll-up shades are gold, green, tan and white and are made from natural fiber-paper, jute, and polyester.

Sold at: Online retailers including Overstock.com, Bestwindowtreatments.com, Bedbathstore.com, Unbeatablesale.com, Bonton.com, Linensource.com, and Solutions.com from April 2006 through March 2010.

To learn more about this recall:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10263.html

6.  Name of product: Succulent plant-shaped decorative candles in a pot

Hazard: The wax in this candle melts quickly inside and overflows outside the pot and can ignite, posing a serious burn and fire hazard to consumers.

Description: This recall involves a set of nine succulent plant-shaped green candles in clay pots that were sold in a black container with a SKU number of 557-806. The SKU numbers are on the bottom of the original packaging.

Sold at: Crate and Barrel stores and online at www.crateandbarrel.com from February 2010 through April 2010 for about $7.

To learn more about this recall:  http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10264.html

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