Recalls: Blowers, Bikes, Batteries & More

  • Recall Roundup

    A number of products that could lead to serious injury are being recalled, including electrical equipment, health care devices and dietary supplements. Here’s what to watch out for.
    Leaf Blowers
  • Leaf Blowers

    What’s been recalled: Consumers could be lit up by their Homelite leaf blowers. About 85,000 backpack blowers are being recalled because their fuel tanks could leak and pose a fire hazard. The company says it received 18 reports of fuel tanks leaking, including one case resulting in skin irritation. Where they’re from: The recalled backpack blowers were sold in Home Depot (Stock Quote: HD) stores and other refurbished product retailers nationwide from September 2007 to October 2009 for $90 to $140. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Falling from Trees
  • Falling from Trees

    What’s been recalled: About 13,000 Gander Mountain Company treestands, which hang on trees in a fixed position for hunting, are being pulled from the market. The clasp on the treestand strap could open unexpectedly, causing the treestand and the user to fall.  There were two reports of consumers falling, including one case that caused a broken pelvis and broken arm. Where they’re from: The recalled treestands were sold exclusively at Gander Mountain stores between July 2008 and July 2009 for $60 to $80. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Bikes Crack
  • Bikes Crack

    What’s been recalled: About 6,400 Easton Sports bicycles are being recalled because of a risk of serious injury due to faulty frame stems that could crack and cause riders to fall off their bikes, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commision.  The recalled EA30 bikes stems have also been sold separately for after-market modifications. Where they’re from: The recalled bikes were sold at independent bike shops across the country between August 2007 and August 2009 for $500 to $1,200. The stems sold separately were sold between August 2007 and September 2009 for about $30, the CPSC says. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Batteries Could Catch Fire
  • Batteries Could Catch Fire

    What’s been recalled: About 1,900 AMX rechargeable batteries used in home audio and visual system touch screens are being recalled because they could rupture and fail to work if they’re not recharged for more than three months. In addition, the rupturing could cause the batteries to catch fire, according to the CPSC. Where they’re from: The recalled touch screen batteries were sold at AMX dealers across the country between May 2008 and June 2009 for $2,400 to $4,200. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Hard Drive Hazard
  • Hard Drive Hazard

    What’s been recalled: IBM (Stock Quote: IBM) hard drive adapters are being recalled on concerns that live electrical contacts could be exposed and cause a shock hazard for users. The adapters came with IBM RDX removable back-up hard disk drives, reports the CPSC. Where they’re from: The adapters were sold along with the data storage devices by IBM authorized distributors and resellers nationwide from January 2009 through July 2009 for between $330 and $760. Photo Credit: CPSC
    Defibrillators Fail to Work
  • Defibrillators Fail to Work

    What’s been recalled: Several models of automated external defibrillators are being recalled after 64 complaints from users including two cases where the devices failed to work when trying to resuscitate a patient. Where they’re from: The devices were made by Cardiac Sciences (Stock Quote: CSCX) and the company expects the fault may be found in about one in 75,000 of the devices made between August 2003 and August 2009. Photo Credit: acme
    Surgical Spine Implants
  • Surgical Spine Implants

    What’s been recalled: Vertebra replacements could collapse, posing a risk of nerve injury, pain and spinal compression fracture, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which issued a class I recall on the product. This is the class of recalls used when there’s a “reasonable probability” that a product could cause injury or even death. Where they’re from: The recalled device was made by Synthes USA between June 8, 2007 and Sept. 9, 2009 and sold from July 2, 2007 to Sept. 8, 2009. Photo Credit: warrenski
    Mislabeling Spread
  • Mislabeling Spread

    What’s been recalled: Con Agra Foods and the Food and Drug Administration are recalling certain Blue Bonnet Spread containers due to mislabeling of their contents. Because of the mislabeling, whey, a potential allergen, isn’t disclosed as an ingredient. Where they’re from: The recalled spread was sold at grocers nationwide and carry the UPC 27000-00930, the batch code 2247923200 and a March 18, 2010 sell-by date. Photo Credit: FDA
    Supplements with Steroids
  • Supplements with Steroids

    What’s been recalled: Dietary supplements including Grow Tabs, Mass Tabs and Ripped Tabs from IDS Sports are being recalled because they contain ingredients that the Food and Drug Administration considers steroids. Steroids can cause “shrinkage of the testes and male infertility, [and] masculinization of women,” the FDA warns. Where they’re from: The steroid-laced supplements were sold at retailers nationwide and online for about $50 to $100. Photo Credit: d_vdm
    Chemicals in Weight Loss Supplement
  • Chemicals in Weight Loss Supplement

    What’s been recalled: A weight loss supplement from GMP Herbal Products called Pai You Guo has been found to contain phenolphthalein, a cancer-causing substance used in chemical experiments. Additionally, the FDA hasn’t even approved the treatment as a drug and hasn’t determined the safety or effectiveness of the supplement, the agency says. Where they’re from: The recalled supplement was sold online at various Web sites. Photo Credit: sunshinecity
    Caffeine and Booze May Not Mix
  • Caffeine and Booze May Not Mix

    This isn’t a recall yet, but the Food and Drug Administration is demanding proof from 30 beverage companies that their alcoholic energy drinks are safe.  The FDA never actually approved the drinks for sale, notes Consumerist, and the agency is giving the companies 30 days to respond. Photo Credit: gwire
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