Posts Tagged ‘Recalls’

Recall issued for some Simmons infant mattresses

This was in the Atlanta Business Chronicle this morning.

Atlanta mattress maker Simmons has issued a recall for about 20,000 Simmons Kids Crib mattresses sold at Pottery Barn and other nursery furniture retailers due to an entrapment hazard to infants, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

The American-made mattresses were sold under the names Pottery Barn Kids by Simmons Kids Lullaby, Simmons Kids Slumber Time Evening Star Luxury Firm, Simmons Kids Baby Mattress Series 400 and Simmons Kids Baby Mattress 234 Coil Count from July 2006 through May 2008 for between $100 and $150. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said some of the crib mattresses can measure smaller than the 27-1/4 inch minimum width requirement for cribs, creating a gap between the mattress and crib side rails, posing an entrapment hazard to infants.

Simmons Kids and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have received one report of a six-month-old baby becoming wedged between the mattress and crib’s frame. The baby was removed from the crib without injury.

Consumers should measure the width of their mattress by removing all outer coverings, putting the mattress on floor and measuring the width near the middle, from the outside edge of the tape binding to the opposite side of the mattress. If it measures less than 27-1/4 inches, consumers should stop using the mattress and contact Simmons Kids to receive a free replacement mattress, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Backyard and Beyond Metal Water Bottles Recalled for Lead Paint

Another recall from a China-made product. About 18,000 Backyard and Beyond Metal Water Bottles sold between February 2006 and February 2008 have been recalled by Downeast Concepts Inc. because the paint applied during manufacturing in China is laced with lead.

The metal bottles are green, pink or blue, they have a black sip-top, and they have colorful animals or insect graphics on the exterior. Look for model numbers 67402, 67404, 67442, 67444, 67742, 60442, 67744, 67746, 67748 and 60448 printed on the hang tag.

The bottles were sold at major retailers, gift shops, convenience stores, mass merchandise and drug stores nationwide for about $8 apiece.

Lead can permanently damage the brain, and in high doses cause death. Children, and pregnant mothers, should not consume any lead, as it can cause irreversible brain damage.

For a refund, contact Downeast Concepts at (800) 343-2424 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or e-mail productsafety@downeastconcepts.com.

Read more at the CPSC website.

Mega Brands recalls toys

MEGA Brands Recalls MagnaMan Magnetic Action Figures; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards Read more….

MEGA Brands Recalls Magtastik and Magnetix Jr. Pre-School Magnetic Toys; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards Read more….

More Toy Recalls: Battat, Inc. toys sold at Target and Dollar Store

Toy airplanes, cars and motorcycles sold at Dollar stores recalled due to excessive lead paint. Read more….  

Toy Sundae sets sold at Target recalled by Battat Inc due to chocking hazard Read more….

Battat Recalls Additional Magnetic Construction Sets; Ingested Magnets Pose Aspiration and Intestinal Hazards Read more….

Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix recall

I need to check my pantry. I think we have some of this mix. Yikes! 

Business Week 
March 4, 2008

The Quaker Oats Co. said Tuesday it is recalling a limited number of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix products because of potential salmonella contamination from raw or undercooked ingredients.

The company said a small quantity of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix: Original, Original Complete and Buttermilk Complete products are included in the recall. The recalled products are sold in 2 pound and 5 pound boxes with best-before dates of Feb. 8, 2009 through Feb. 16, 2009 stamped on the top.

The company added that no illnesses have been reported.

Quaker said any consumers with the recalled products can return them to the place they were purchased for a full refund.

The company said it has identified the warehouses involved and is in the process of recovering any products that were potentially contaminated.

Chicken recalled over bacteria scare

Another recall I found today…

By The Associated Press

A New York company recalled nearly 7,000 pounds of chicken and meat products Tuesday while three other companies recalled another 16,332 pounds of a chicken product because the foods could be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is a microorganism that can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported to date, according to the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which sampled the products.

Gourmet Boutique LLC of Jamaica, N.Y., recalled 6,970 pounds of 12 meat and poultry products, which each bear the production code GBD 08058 on the package. These products, which are mostly chicken but also include meatloaf and turkey, were sent to stores in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin, as well as distribution centers in New York.

In separate announcements this week, three importers recalled 16,332 pounds of Discover Cuisine Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice, with a best buy date of Dec. 18 this year, because the food also could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This was sent to stores nationwide.

This product’s recall includes 3,780 pounds from Inovata Foods of Alberta, Canada; 10,368 pounds from Costco Wholesale of Issaquah, Wash., and 2,184 pounds from Meijer Distribution Center of Grand Rapids, Mich.

For more information on the curry chicken and rice recall, consumers can call Inovata at 780-454-8665 ext. 236. For more information on the recall from Gourmet Boutique, consumers can call 718-977-1200.

Combi recalls 67,000 infant car seats

Combi USA, Inc. Announces a Voluntary Safety Recall of the Centre, Centre ARB and Shuttle Rear Facing Infant Restraints

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Mill, SC March 3, 2008 – Combi USA, Inc. (Combi) is announcing a voluntary safety recall of the Centre, Centre ARB, and Shuttle Rear Facing Infant Restraints. The Centre and Shuttle were manufactured from October 19, 2005 to December 15, 2007. No other models are affected by this recall. Combi USA, Inc., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Transport Canada conducted numerous in-vehicle laboratory tests to analyze the overall effectiveness of the Centre and Shuttle in motor vehicle frontal crashes. In some cases these tests exceeded the requirements of the current US standard. The test data revealed that the seat of the restraint could potentially separate from its base, when tested under these conditions.

All Centre and Shuttle restraints have consistently met existing government safety standards. While Combi has not received any owner reports of these seats separating from the base in real-world crashes, Combi is initiating this voluntary safety recall to address the potential for seat separation as demonstrated in testing of the seat in motor vehicles. Combi will conduct a voluntary recall campaign with the intent of providing car seats with enhanced protection under these in-vehicle test conditions.

Number of Units Affected: approximately 67,000 Date Produced: October 19, 2005 to December 15, 2007

Model numbers affected are: 8065, 8074, 8086, 8087 and 8520 and associated Travel systems containing the Centre and Shuttle (Model #4400, 4515, 4520)

The model number and date of manufacture may be found on a sticker located on the underside of the car seat.

Combi will mail all registered owners a notification letter describing how to obtain a free retrofit kit. Those consumers who have not registered their product should immediately visit our website at www.combi-intl.com or call Combi Consumer Relations Department at 1-800-543-7734 Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to place an order for your free retrofit kit. You will not incur any shipping costs and your order will arrive within 6-8 weeks. Until you receive and install your retrofit kit, Combi recommends that consumers use the Combi Centre and Shuttle without the base. Please refer to your instruction manual for proper installation without the base. These seats are designed for and safe to use without the base. There is no need to return the affected seats to the retailer.
Our first priority at Combi is to provide the highest level of safety and quality to the children we protect. We are taking this action in the interest of children who use our products and to ensure the public’s trust in our products.

Source: Combi USA, Inc.

Recall Database

Wonder if something you own has been recalled? It’s very hard to keep up these days. But there are many online databases where you can search through various recalls. 

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a searchable database on their website where you can browse by category or product type. It’s cumbersome and involves a decent amount of reading, but it’s comprehensive of all recalls that have been filed with them. I also like the fact that they post images as well.

The database goes back pretty far — at least to the mid-1970’s. So, check out those hand-me-downs and second-hand items you may have in your home.

This database covers children’s products, toys, household products, outdoor products, sports and recreation products and specialty products. Check it out.

Babycenter.com also has its own recall finder database

The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) also has their own online recall database. It also lists market withdraws and safety alerts.

The FDA also has a pet food recall database.

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