Recall Horrors: Halloween, Baby Products & More

  • Recall Horrors

    Faulty consumer products could cause unintentional fright, or even injury following another rash of recalls. Pay special attention to the Halloween items on the list. Here’s what you should keep an eye out for. Photo Credit: Dreemreeper
    Spooky Candle Holder Recall
  • Spooky Candle Holder Recall

    What: A spooky Halloween haunted house candle holder could catch fire. About 7,800 $25 tea light holders have window panes with a clear coating that may be flammable, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Where: Yankee Candle stores nationwide and online at between August 2009 and September 2009. More from the CPSC. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Creepy Contact Lenses
  • Creepy Contact Lenses

    Contact lenses used as part of a Halloween costume might scare people who look you in the eye, but they could also injure your eyeballs, cause corneal ulcers or even leave you blind, warns the the Food and Drug Administration. Decorative contact lenses sold without a prescription, even when they’re not corrective lenses, are illegal, the FDA notes, but they’re definitely out there, particularly this time of year. More from the FDA.Photo Credit: L’Yoshka
    Burning Makeup
  • Burning Makeup

    Putting on Halloween face paint could have more effects than you’d expect. Recalled makeup causing burning and itching may still be on the market since the Food and Drug Administration “is not authorized to require recalls of cosmetics,” according to a report from Northwestern University. Halloween revelers using makeup should first test it on a small patch of skin and look out for a rash, swelling, burning and blistering which could be signs of an allergic reaction and could take a few days to appear. “Fragrances, preservatives, red dyes, and other added pigments are the leading causes of skin irritation,” the FDA told Northwestern. More from Northwestern University. Photo Credit: Looking Glass
    Botulism Risk for Babies
  • Botulism Risk for Babies

    What: Organic baby food could cause botulism, according to a recall by the Food and Drug Administration. Plum Organics has recalled its apple and carrot baby food with a May 21, 2010 expiration date and product code 890180001221. Scale: About 80,000 pouches of the apple and carrot baby food made with that expiration date have been recalled to make it easier for consumers to identify the recalled products, but the company believes that only 11,680 pouches were affected by the possible contamination, according to Plum Organics spokeswoman Katie Sobel. Where: The pouches were sold nationwide only at Toys R us and Babies R Us stores. More from the FDA. Photo Credit: FDA
    Dangerous Pacifiers
  • Dangerous Pacifiers

    What: $1 My Baby Soother silicon or latex pacifiers could cause babies to choke. The pacifiers come in blue, pink, red, white and yellow, have a heart-shaped mouth guard with two ventilation holes, and a ring-shaped handle, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. “The pacifiers failed to meet federal safety standards because the nipples can separate from the base easily,” the agency announced. Scale: About 16,500 pacifiers. Where: The pacifiers were sold at grocery stores, delis, and discount stores in New York between August 2007 and July 2009, the CPSC says. More from the CPSC. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Gagged with a spoon?
  • Gagged with a spoon?

    What: Twenty-piece flatware sets are being recalled following 28 reports that plastic decorative inserts detached from the handles. The recalled flatware includes sets with red, orange, yellow, green and blue inserts. Scale: About 13,000 sets have been recalled. Where: Recalled Fiesta Masquerade sets were sold for about $70 at JC Penney (Stock Quote: JCP), Federated Department Stores (Stock Quote:M), Bealls and Homer Laughlin between November 2008 and Home Olympic sets were sold between August 2008 and August 2009 at Target Stores (Stock Quote: TGT) for about $30. More from the CPSC. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Warm Robes Catch Fire
  • Warm Robes Catch Fire

    What: Chenille robes, jackets and tops could make you warmer than expected on a chilly day. The fuzzy garments were previously recalled in April when Blair has received three reports of the robes catching on fire, including one report of second-degree burns, but since then, there have been “nine reports of deaths allegedly due to the originally recalled robes catching fire … No injuries have been reported,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recalled garments were sold for between $20 and $40. Scale: About 138,000 robes, jackets and tops are being recalled, following a recall of 162,000 in April. Where: the products were manufactured by A-One Textile & Towel and sold at Blair retail stores and by mail order. More from the CPSC. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Riding Mowers Burn
  • Riding Mowers Burn

    What: Riding mowers are being recalled following six cases in which users were sprayed and burnt with hot coolant due to pressure buildup in the $13,000 to $17,000 mowers. Scale: About 4,100 liquid-cooled Toro Z Master ZRT Mowers were recalled. Where: The mowers were sold nationwide at Toro dealers between October 2005 and August 2009. More from the CPSC. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Switching on a fire?
  • Switching on a fire?

    What: Fears of house fires have led to the recall of $10 to $15, Handy Switch Wireless Light Switches following “14 reports of overheating, including nine reports of fire, five of which involved property damage such as minor damage to curtains, bedding or walls,” according to the CPSC. “The light switch receiver, which fits into the wall outlet, can overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers,” the agency says. Scale: About 1.3 million switches are being recalled. Where: The switches were sold at mass merchandisers and drug stores, through infomercials and online between March 2007 and July 2009. More from the CPSC. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Electronics on Fire
  • Electronics on Fire

    What: Rechargeable batteries sold with $140 to $275 Coby portable DVD, CD and MP3 players could overheat and catch fire, according to the CPSC. There have been ten reports of batteries overheating, eight of which caused fires and property damage. Scale: About 19,600 devices have been recalled. Where: The devices were sold at various retailers including electronics, toy, and discount stores nationwide between January 2007 and September 2009. More from the CPSC. Photo Credit: CPSC
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