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Recalls: Kids’ Stuff, Meat, Knives & More

A Rash of Recalls

With so many product recalls issued by manufacturers and government agencies, it’s difficult not to sound like a fear monger. But as consumer advocates concerned about safety, MainStreet keeps an eye out for faulty household products that could put you or your family at risk.

Here are some of the more recent items recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Car Seat Carriers

What: After reports of an infant head injury as well as bumps and bruises caused by faulty handles on baby carriers, about 447,000 combination car seat/carriers are being recalled. The recall affects 36 different product models, including those with Disney (Stock Quote: DIS), Eddie Bauer, Cosco and Safety 1st brand names.

Where: The car seat/carriers were sold at department stores and children’s stores nationwide between January 2008 and December 2009 for $120 to $220.

For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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IKEA High Chairs

What: Snap locks on Ikea high chairs can break off causing a falling or choking hazard, according to the CPSC. The snap lock holds the child seat onto the frame, and if broken, the seat and child can fall through the frame. Worldwide furniture retailer IKEA received 11 reports of faulty snap locks resulting in one case of bruised legs and one case in which a detached lock was found in a child’s mouth.

Where: IKEA stores nationwide from October to November 2009 for about $60. The frame sold for $40 and the seat for $20.

For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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Vicks Dayquil

What: About 700,000 24-count packs of Dayquil Cold & Flu Liquicaps are being recalled on concerns that small children could get a hold of the packages, which aren’t child resistant. Product labels were supposed to indicate that the product, manufactured by Procter & Gamble (Stock Quote: PG), were for households without small children. If a child were to swallow several of the capsules, health problems and even death could result, the CPSC reports. The affected packages have the UPC number 3 23900 01087 1.

Where: The recalled Dayquil packages were sold at drug and grocery stores as well as other retailers across the country between September 2008 and December 2009 for about $5. Households with small children should make sure their Dayquil supply isn’t affected by this recall.

For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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Tainted Ham

What: About 312 pounds of ham products are being recalled on worries that they may be contaminated with Listeria, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. The ham bears the label: “Super Trim, Shurfine, Imported, cooked ham, water added, 98% fat free,” and comes in 16-ounce packages.

Where: The ham was sold by retailers in Maine and New Hampshire. It was produced on Nov. 25, has a sell by date of “10JA24,” and lists the establishment number 141 along with a Canadian inspection seal.

For more information, visit usda.gov.

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Contaminated Beef

What: Federal health officials have linked a number of illnesses with restaurants using certain blade tenderized steaks that may be contaminated with E. coli. Skirt steaks, sirloin steaks, beef tips, sirloin tips, bacon-wrapped beef filet, shoulder marinated tender medallions and boneless beef trimmings are included in the recall. The recalled beef has the packaging dates “10/12/2009,” “10/13/2009,” “10/14/2009” or “10/21/2009,” according to the USDA. While that was more than two months ago, the beef may have been frozen.

Where: Linked illnesses have been reported in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, South Dakota and Washington, the agency reports. The USDA warns all consumers that the color of beef is not a good indicator that it has reached a safe internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which kills harmful bacteria including E. coli. A meat thermometer should be used.

For more information, visit usda.gov.

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Scuba Gear

What: Ellipse Black MC5 scuba diving regulators, which are meant to allow scuba divers to control air flow for breathing underwater, are being recalled because inaccurate pressure gauge readings pose a drowning risk. There have been three reports of inaccurate readings, but there have been no known injuries.

Where: The faulty regulators were sold online and at dive shops nationwide between March and August 2009 for between $280 and $309.

For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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Utility Knives

What: About 204,000 utility knives and tactical knives pose an unintentional laceration hazard according to the CPSC. The recalled “tool bench utility” knives slide past blade supports during use causing one reported incident involving an accidental laceration. The approximately 19,000 recalled tactical knives could cause lacerations due to the knife’s failure to lock in the open position.

Where: The recalled utility knives were sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Greenbacks and Deal$ stores nationwide from April through October 2009. The faulty tactical knives were given away free as a promotion between September and December 2009.

For more information on the utility knives and tactical knives visit cpsc.gov.

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Outdoor Fireplaces

What: Outdoor fireplaces may be a beautiful way to enjoy winter nights on the patio without suffering too much from the cold, but certain Verandah Patio Fireplaces are being recalled after one report that exterior paint on the product caught fire.

Where: The recalled outdoor fireplaces were sold at Badcock Home Furnishings Center stores and Badcock Home Furniture & More stores between September 2008 and November 2009 for about $300, according to the CPSC.

For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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ATVs


What: Following prior all-terrain vehicle recalls earlier this year, ATV manufacturer Polaris Industries is recalling 8,500 of its 2009-2010 vehicles that pose a risk of injury and even death due to a front suspension ball joint stem that can separate from the steering knuckle resulting in a loss of steering control, according to the CPSC. Polaris reported 19 cases in which drivers lost steering control in these vehicles, but no injuries were reported.

Where: The newly recalled Polaris ATVs were sold at Polaris across the country between February and November 2009 for $7,500 to $10,800. Earlier this year, 2009 model year Polaris all-terrain vehicles were recalled due to a fault that could cause the driver’s seat to catch fire.

For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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Hazelnut Health Hazard

What: Certain bulk hazelnuts, mixed nuts, trail mixes and gift baskets containing hazelnuts are being recalled on concerns that they may have been contaminated with Salmonella, according to several FDA reports. Where: The recalled nuts were distributed in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York, Arizona, Texas and Colorado at retailers including Whole Foods Market (Stock Quote: WFMI).

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