Recalls: Chargers, Strollers, Jelly Bellies & More

  • Recall Roundup

    A number of recalls affecting consumers, kids and pets have been announced, including some products that could lead to serious injuries. Photo Credit: Hugo
    Nokia rechargers
  • Nokia rechargers

    What: About 14 million Nokia phone chargers are being recalled, reports the Associated Press. Model numbers AC-3E and AC-3U, made between June 15 and Aug. 9, as well as model number AC-4U made between April 13 and Oct. 25, are affected by the recall. The chargers were manufactured by battery maker BYD Co. Where: Europe and North America. For more information, visit Nokia’s Web site. Photo Credit: Nokia
    Stroller amputation scare
  • Stroller amputation scare

    What: About a million Maclaren strollers are being recalled after hinge mechanisms have caused 12 child fingertip amputations and lacerations, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. All single- and double-umbrella strollers are affected, including the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller models. Where: The strollers sold for between $100 to $360 at Babies“R”Us and Target Stores as well as other retailers selling children’s products nationwide between 1999 and November 2009. For more information, visit the CPSC or Maclaren Web site. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Microwaves shock
  • Microwaves shock

    What: About 43,000 Samsung microwaves are being recalled due to a shock hazard if an installation bolt contacts an electrical component when the microwave is plugged into an ungrounded outlet, according to the Consumer Product Safety Comission.  Only Samsung 1000-watt over-the-range microwaves are affected by the recall. Where: The microwaves were sold in stores across the country between January and July of this year and cost between $180 and $200. For more information, visit the CPSC Web site. Photo Credit: SqueakyMarmot
    Travel mugs burn
  • Travel mugs burn

    What: About 15,000 Life is Good brand Newbury Travel Mugs could pose a burn hazard, reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ironic name, given that life would seem anything but good to someone with a lap full of hot coffee. The mugs were sold in blue, green and orange, with a navy blue lid, and have a graphic of a heart, peace symbol or daisy on the outside. There have been three reports of excessive heat through the mugs and one report of a minor burn. Where: The recalled travel mugs were sold nationwide at retail stores and on between July and September of this year for about $20. For more information, visit the CPSC Web site. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Dangerous Car Seats
  • Dangerous Car Seats

    What: Following previous child car seat recalls, Consumer Reports has issued a “Don’t Buy” rating on Orbit Infant Car Seats.  The car seat does meet federal safety standards, but Consumer Reports testing, the car seat detached from its base. “We’re concerned about the seat’s safety, and do not feel comfortable recommending it to parents because – when it comes to child safety – we believe no failure is acceptable,” Consumer Reports said on its Web site. Photo Credit:
    Lead paint on kids’ easels
  • Lead paint on kids’ easels

    What: About 10,000 Young Artist Easels made by Calif. manufacturer MacPherson’s have been recalled due to high levels of lead on chalkboard surfaces.  The easels have a whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other, and bear the item number AA13301 and the UPC number 082435133010 on the original packaging. Where: The easels were sold at art supply stores nationwide and online between July 2004 and June of this year for about $75. For more information, visit the CPSC Web site. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Rotting swing sets
  • Rotting swing sets

    What: About 275,000 backyard swing sets in the United States and 6,800 in Canada are being recalled due to wood that could rot and weaken, posing a fall hazard to children.  More than 1,400 reports were made about rotting, plastic-coated ladders on the swing sets, including 16 injuries and nine emergency room visits, according to the CPSC.  “The injuries include arm fractures, lacerations, scrapes and bruises,” the agency reported. Where: The swing sets were sold at Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT), Toys R Us, Academy Sports, Menards, and Mill stores across the country and online at and, as well as and through the DMSI catalog between January 2004 and December 2007 for $300 to $600. For more information, visit the CPSC Web site. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Salmonella in pet treats
  • Salmonella in pet treats

    What: Both humans and animals could be exposed to Salmonella from certain Pet Carousel pet treats. Pig Ears and Beef Hooves pet treats may have been cross-contaminated, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Where: The recalled pet treats were sold in bulk and retail packaging in pet food and retail stores nationwide, the FDA says. For more information, visit the FDA’s Web site. Photo Credit:
    Recalls at PetSmart
  • Recalls at PetSmart

    What: Retail chain PetSmart stores also announced a recall of its Dentley's Bulk Cattle Hooves with the UPC number 73725703323 and Dentley's 10-Pack Beef Hooves with the UPC number 73725736055 due to Salmonella concerns.  The recalled treats were sold between Oct. 2 and Nov. 3 of this year. Where: The treats were shipped to certain PetSmart stores from distribution centers in Ottawa, Ill.; Groveport, Ohio and Newnan, Ga. For more information, visit the FDA’s Web site. Photo credit: PetSmart
    Jelly Belly recall
  • Jelly Belly recall

    What: Certain 7.5-ounce packages of Jelly Belly 49 Flavors jelly beans are being recalled due to mislabeling that could lead to unexpected and severe allergic reactions to peanut products.  The packages were not labeled as containing peanut butter and peanut flour, according to the Food and Drug Administration.  The affected products have the lot code 090925, 090928, 090929 or 091001 and the UPC number 071567989398. Where: The recalled packages were shipped to about 200 stores nationwide between September 29 and October 30. For more information, visit the FDA’s Web site. Photo Credit: House of Sims
    Supplements contain steroids
  • Supplements contain steroids

    What: Certain dietary supplements could have more of an impact on your health than you bargained for.  The Food and Drug Administration says it believes that 65 types of supplements sold online contain ingredients that should be classified as steroids.  The ingredients are known as Superdrol, Madol, Tren, Androstenedione, and Turinabol. Where: The supplements were sold through For more information, visit the FDA’s Web site. Photo Credit: FDA
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