Nearly 5 million strollers spanning various brands with a hinge that can amputate a child’s finger are being recalled this week. Other recalled consumer products include candles that pose a fire hazard and multitools with a defective locking mechanism.
Here’s a more detailed look:
DETAILS: Eleven Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. They were sold between August 2000 and November 2014. All models are a single-occupant stroller with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle. Strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 are included in the recall. Model numbers and the date of manufacture are printed on the white label located at the bottom of the stroller leg just above the rear wheel. Details on the model names and numbers can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Graco-Recalls-11-Models-of-Strollers/
WHY: The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.
INCIDENTS: 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration.
HOW MANY: About 4.7 million sold in U.S., about 202,000 in Canada, and about 10,300 in Mexico.
FOR MORE: Call Graco Children’s Products at 800-345-4109 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.gracobaby.com and click on the “Help Center” at the top and Recall and Safety Notifications for more information.
DETAILS: DD branded candles sold at Hobby Lobby stores nationwide and online at HobbyLobby.com from June 2014 through October 2014. The DD logo and the word Handcrafted are in raised letters on the front of the jars. The candle fragrance and size are printed on a hang tag attached to the mouth of the jars. The SKU number is on a label on the underside of each container. Details on the specific candles involved in the recall can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/CoScentrix-Expands-Recall-of-DD-Brand-Candles/
WHY: The candles’ high flame can ignite the surface of the wax, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: 29 reports of the candle’s surface igniting and nine reports of property damage. One injury has been reported.
HOW MANY: About 256,000 (about 126,000 candles sold in tins were previously recalled in April 2014).
FOR MORE: Call CoScentrix at 888-298-2722 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit www.coscentrix.com and click on “Recall Information” at the bottom of the page.
DETAILS: Black Diamond Whippet and Whippet Carbon ski poles made May 2013 through January 2014. Recalled poles have picks with polished surfaces, a notch in the top of the pick and a date code between 13121 and 14015 etched on the pole. The date code can be found by removing the locking mechanism on the middle shaft of the Carbon Whippet and the lower shaft of the Whippet. They were sold from January 2014 to November 2014.
WHY: The stainless steel pick in the handgrip can break and fail to slow or stop users from sliding downhill on a snow or ice covered slope, posing a risk of injury.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 3,000.
FOR MORE: Call Black Diamond Equipment at 800-775-5552 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit www.blackdiamondequipment.com and select Customer Service at the top of the page then click on Product Recalls in the drop-down menu for more information.
DETAILS: Power Bank chargers, which are self-contained energy sources used to charge cellphones and other devices when an electrical outlet is not available. The unit is rectangular in shape and measures approximately 3.6 inches long by 1 inch high by 1 inch wide. It has a white top and the sides are black, dark blue, lime green, light blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white or yellow. On the white top of the charger in black letters are “OUT DC5V” and “IN DC5V”. Units with a period after the lettering – reading “OUT DC5V.” – are not involved in this recall. The name and/or logo of the organization that gave away the charger as a promotional item appears on the side of the power bank. Power banks were given as promotional items at various meetings, trade shows and industry conventions from November 2013 to August 2014.
WHY: When the unit is being charged or being used to charge another device, it can overheat, causing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: Three reported incidents of the Power Bank overheating. One incident resulted in fire damage. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 172,000.
FOR MORE: Call AP Specialties at 888-877-7221 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.apspecialties.com and click on Product Recall or go directly to www.powerbankrecall.com for more information.
DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDERS
DETAILS: Olympus digital audio recorders with model number DS-5500. “Olympus” and “Digital Voice Recorder DS-5500” are printed on the front of the recorder. They were sold at camera and electronics stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from February 2014 through June 2014.
WHY: They can overheat when charging, posing a burn hazard to consumers and property.
INCIDENTS: Three reports of the recorders overheating. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 500.
FOR MORE: Call Olympus Imaging America Inc. at 800-622-6372 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.getolympus.com and click on “Repair Your Product” under the “Support” tab for more information.
DETAILS: Large and small Altitude shag area rugs. Large rugs came in sizes 59 inches by 84 inches with SKU number 1000012476 or 1000037219, 72 inches by 120 inches with SKU number 1000012477 and 84 inches by 120 inches with SKU number 1000037220. Small rugs came in sizes 24 inches by 36 inches with SKU number 1000037217 and 24 inches by 48 inches with SKU number 1000037218. The rugs are made of polyester and were available in the colour gold. “Altitude Gold”, the size and the SKU number are on a label on the underside of the product. They were sold at The Home Depot stores nationwide and online at HomeDepot.com from August 2013 through September 2014.
WHY: The large rugs fail to meet federal standards for flammability and could ignite, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. The small rugs fail to meet federal labeling requirements. Small rugs are not required to meet the federal flammability standard; however, they are required to be permanently labeled with the following statement: “FLAMMABLE (FAILS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE STANDARD FF 2-70): SHOULD NOT BE USED NEAR SOURCES OF IGNITION.”
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 101,000 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and about 2,800 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Mohawk at 877-737-8343 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit www.mohawkflooring.com and click on “Safety Recall” in the “Customer Care” section at the bottom of the page.
GUN BORE CLEANER
DETAILS: Hoppe’s Semi-Auto Gun Bore Cleaner. The recalled item number is SA904 and can be found above the UPC code on the label. They were sold at Gander Mountain, Walmart and various retail distribution outlets from January 2010 through July 2014.
WHY: Bottles have a child-resistant cap that can become loose. Chemicals in this product can cause skin irritation, internal injury or death if ingested.
INCIDENTS: One report of a child opening a loose cap and spilling the product on himself. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 110,000.
FOR MORE: Call Hoppe’s at 800-796-4760 Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, or visit at www.hoppes.com and click on the link entitled “Hoppe’s Semi-Auto Bore Cleaner Recall.”
DETAILS: Leatherman Leap multi-purpose tool that was designed for users age nine and up. The words Leatherman and LeapTM appear on one side of the multi-tool. They were sold at Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s and retailers nationwide, including knife and sporting goods online stores, from August 2014 through September 2014.
WHY: The lock mechanism on the optional knife blade can inadvertently release the blade, posing a laceration hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 8,000 in the U.S. and 400 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Leatherman at 888-212-2438 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday visit at www.leatherman.com and click on Safety Recall under the Support section at the bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: The CRZ and XRZ model riding mowers sold exclusively at Bob-Cat dealerships nationwide from January 2013 to April 2014. The words “Bob Cat” appear in red lettering on the front of the mower and on top of the mower deck, and in a red and white designed logo on the sides of the mower. The words “TufDeck” and “Professional Cut” appear in white lettering on the front face of the mower deck. The plate containing the serial and model number is located under the seat on the frame cross-member. Details on the serial and model numbers can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/Recall-Alerts/2015/Bob-Cat-Recalls-Zero-Turn-Mowers/
WHY: The steering control arm component can break under normal use, causing driver to lose control and crash.
INCIDENTS: Twenty-two incidents involving control arm failure, including failure during use and initial set up. There have been no reports of injuries.
HOW MANY: About 4,900.
FOR MORE: Call Bob-Cat at 866-469-1242 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.bobcatturf.com and click on the Customer Service tab at the top of the page, then click on the Product Recall Information in the drop down menu or write to Schiller Grounds Care, Inc., One Bob-Cat Lane, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin 53038.
FIRE ALARM CONTROL PANELS
DETAILS: Simplex 4100ES Fire Alarm Control Panel, which is an addressable fire alarm control panel that can support up to 2,500 addressable points, fire alarm and emergency voice communications and peer-to-peer networking operations. The metal cabinets containing the panel are red or white and measure about 22 inches to 56 inches in height, 24 inches in width and 7 inches in depth. The panels have Simplex 4100ES printed on the front of the panel. They were sold at SimplexGrinnell from March 2014 through June 2014.
WHY: A defective chip in the alarm panel can cause premature battery failure and prevent activation of devices during alarm conditions, posing a risk of injury and property damage.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 750.
FOR MORE: Call Tyco at 800-746-7539 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.tycosimplexgrinnell.com and click on the Recall Alert button.