Recall Roundup: Canopies, Heaters & Bears (Oh My!)


NEW YORK (MainStreet) —  Retailers added a few recalls to the list of those taking place in 2011. MainStreet rounded up a few of the bigger ones.

Pottery Barn Kids is recalling approximately 7,700 bed canopies sold in its stores nationwide as well as on its website from December 2003 until August 2011 for $150 to $300. They are being recalled because the connections of the posts to the top rails of the canopy can come apart, allowing components of the canopy to fall on consumers.

The canopies are part of the Madeline Bedroom Collection. It was sold separately or with twin-, full- and queen-sized Madeline Beds in white, antique white, blade green, Sun Valley blade green, Sun Valley light green and Sun Valley espresso.

Consumers are being advised to remove the canopy from the bed and contact Pottery Barn Kids to schedule a free repair. They can do so by calling (855)662-4114 between 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. PST daily or by visiting the retailer’s website.

Navien America Inc. is recalling approximately 13,000 tankless water heaters due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The water heaters have an unstable connection that can cause the vent collar to separate or detach if pressure is applied. A detached collar poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to the consumer, though no injuries have yet to be reported in relation to the recall.

The water heaters were sold by wholesale distributors to in-home installers nationwide from February 2008 through March 2009 for between $1,500 and $2,100.

Consumers can identify the water heaters, which are white with "T-Creator" and "NAVIEN" on the front, by checking for the model numbers CR-180(A), CR-210(A), CR-240(A), CC-180(A), CC-210(A) and CC-240(A) manufactured in 2008.  These numbers can be found on a label on the side of the water heater.

Consumers who own one of these heaters should stop using them immediately and contact Navien to schedule a free repair. They can do so by calling (800)244-8202 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday or by visiting its website.

Finally, Build-a-Bear is recalling 284,000 Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears because they pose a choking hazard. Though no injuries have been reported, the bear’s eyes could loosen and fall out. 

The bears were sold at Build-A-Bear Workshops nationwide and online from April 2011 through December 2011 for about $18 in the U.S.

Consumers are being advised to take the recalled teddy bear from children and return it to any Build-A-Bear store to receive a coupon for any of the retailer’s available stuffed animals. They can contact at the company at (866)236-5683 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. CST Monday through Friday, on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST and on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST. They can also contact the company through its website or by emailing

This year saw some major recall action. Here are the biggest recalls of 2011.

—Jeanine Skowronski is staff reporter for MainStreet. You can reach her by email at, or follow her on Twitter at @JeanineSko.

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