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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.

Toys. Edushape Ltd. has recalled about 18,000 Mini Stars toy building sets because plastic knobs on these toys can break from the centre of the stars, posing a choking hazard to young children. The recalled Mini Stars measure three inches in diameter and are made of opaque plastic in red, green, yellow or blue colour. Each star has six circular knobs protruding from a ring-shaped centre. These toys were sold in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 pieces at small retail stores nationwide and on-line at Toys R Us.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com from January 2007 through December 2009.

Log Splitters. Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd. has issued a recall for approximately 20,000 Task Force 5-tonne electric log splitters because the splitter’s hydraulic arm poses a laceration or amputation hazard to individuals who place their hands on a handle while the splitter is in operation. Included in this recall are silver and black log splitters with model number 26083 and item number 241483. They were sold at Lowe’s stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011.

Diving Weight Systems. Diving Unlimited International Inc. is recalling about 1,454 diving weight systems in the United States and 46 diving weight systems in Canada because manufacturing defects in the lanyard connecting the handle to the pocket or the cable securing the pocket to the harness can prevent the weight pockets from easily detaching from the harness and releasing the weights when the handle is pulled, posing a drowning hazard. This recall involves the DUI Weight & Trim System Classic and the DUI Weight & Trim System II. These weight harnesses are made of heavyweight nylon and are black in colour with gray handles. The Weight & Trim System Classic has two small weight pockets on each side while the Weight & Trim System II has one large weight pocket on each side. Systems with large silver stripes on the sides have been inspected or repaired and are not affected by this recall. The recalled diving weight systems were sold by diving equipment retailers in the United States and Canada between July 2010 and April 2011.

Ceramic Heaters. Additional retail sales have prompted Meijer Inc. to re-announce a recall of approximately 13,000 oscillating ceramic heaters that were originally recalled in November 2010 because their oscillating mechanism can short out, posing a fire hazard to consumers. This announcement involves previously recalled Touch Point oscillating ceramic heaters with model number PTC-902. The grey/silver colour heaters are about 10-inches tall, have a black screen across the front and controls on the top. The model number and UPC code 7-60236-58339 are printed on a metal label/plate on the bottom of the heater. Some models have an additional digit in the UPC code, making it a 12-digit code, and some heaters have a UPC code 7-13733-29222 sticker on the bottom of the packaging box. These products were sold at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio from October 2009 through April 2011. Discount retailers, dollar stores, flea markets and retail liquidators nationwide also sold the heaters from November 2010 through April 2011.

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