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CPSC Recalls Various Products Made in Mainland China

The CPSC has announced the following recalls of products made in mainland China.

Bracelet Kits. EKSuccess Brands, a division of Wilton Brands Inc., has recalled about 75,000 bracelet kits because the surface coating on some of the beads contains excessive lead levels. This recall involves the Pearly Beads & Ribbon 56-piece kit bracelets distributed under the American Girl Crafts name with SKU number 30-585331. The beads in the jewellery kit are pink, blue, orange and white. Some pink beads have darker pink butterflies imprinted on them. The ribbons in the kit are orange, red, blue and purple. These kits were sold by Michaels Stores and other retailers nationwide from September 2009 through June 2011.

Toy Helicopters. Excite USA has issued a recall for approximately 24,000 toy military helicopters because the plastic blades of the helicopter can detach during operation, posing a laceration hazard. The recalled toys are operated by manual rotary starters and sold as a unit with two sizes - 7 and 11 inches in length - of tan and black helicopters. The product comes in a blister pack with “Military Copter with 2 Launchers” marked on the package and “Military Copter” marked on both sides of the manual starter. Model number 9009935 and UPC code 680108044474 are printed on the back of the package near the bar code. These toys were sold exclusively at Rite Aid Corporation stores nationwide from January through May 2011.

Exercise Equipment. Harbinger Fitness is recalling about 4,169 Ab Straps exercise units because the plastic buckle on these units can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers. The recalled product consists of two 17.5 inch long straps made of black nylon webbing with padded nylon arm slings and plastic buckles. The straps are hung from an overhead structure and users place their arms in the slings to lift themselves to do abdominal exercises. This recall affects style 371100 Ab Straps with UPC code 000751510964. These products were sold on-line at Bodybuilding.com and Amazon.com as well as at Second Wind Fitness, Play It Again Sports, Advantis Nutrition and other general sporting goods and fitness specialty stores nationwide from August 2006 to April 2011.

Cutlery Knife Sets. Calphalon Corporation has announced a recall for some 217,000 cutlery knife sets in the United States and about 300 cutlery knife sets in Canada because the tips of the 8-inch slicing knife and/or the 8-inch bread knife can protrude through the bottom slot row on the wooden block holder, posing a laceration hazard. This recall involves all 17- and 21-piece Contemporary cutlery knife sets with model numbers KNS17C and KNS21C. The knife sets were manufactured from August of 2007 through 1 May 2011 and sold at Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Belk, Bloomingdales, Crate and Barrel, Dillard's, Kitchen Collection, Cutlery and More, Carlson Marketing, Maritz, Hinda, Calphalon Retail Outlets and stores nationwide, on-line by Amazon and Cooking.com and through the Chef's Catalog from 2007 through May 2011.

Air Conditioning and Heating Units. Sharp Corp. and GE Appliances and Lighting are recalling approximately 90,600 GE Zoneline air conditioners and heaters because an electrical component in the heating system can fail, posing a fire hazard to consumers. This recall involves GE packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps manufactured between January 2010 and March 2011. Recalled model numbers include AZ41 and AZ61 with serial numbers beginning with AT, DT, FT, GT, HT, LT, MT, RT, ST, TT, VT, ZT, AV, DV or FV. These products were sold by GE authorised representatives and HVAC distributors nationwide from March 2010 through March 2011.

Child Booster Seats. Target has expanded a previous recall of Circo child booster seats to include an additional 375,000 units (43,000 booster seats were already recalled in August 2009) because the seat’s restraint can open unexpectedly, allowing a child to fall from the chair and be injured. The expanded recall involves all Circo plastic booster seats, including those sold as early as 2005. The seats are blue with green trim, have a white plastic restraint buckle and attach to an adult chair to boost a child to a table. They were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009.

Girls’ Dresses. The TJX Companies Inc. has issued a recall for about 21,000 girls’ dresses in the United States and 2,600 girls’ dresses in Canada because decorative buttons on the front of these dresses can detach, posing a choking hazard. This recall involves the Emma’s Garden polka-dot dresses in sizes 12 months to 5T and black and white and pink and white colours. These dresses have three round, white decorative buttons that measure approximately 0.75 inches in diameter. Dresses sold in the United States have neck tags bearing tracking number TJX-80327TDS1. The recalled dresses were sold at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in the United States from February through May 2011 and at Winners stores in Canada from March through April 2011.

Bunk Beds. Big Lots has issued a recall for about 30,000 metal futon bunk beds because children behind the futon or in the ladder area of the bed can get entrapped when the futon and its metal frame are lowered from the seated to the flat position. In addition, the space between the last rung on the bunk bed’s ladder and the futon mattress is too small, which can allow a child’s body (but not the head) to pass through. This causes entrapment and asphyxiation hazards. The bunk beds have an upper bunk designed to hold a twin mattress and the bottom bunk has a convertible futon bed. Recalled beds have model number BFB1008 and were sold unassembled exclusively at Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2009 through April 2010.

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