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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.

Power Strips. The Container Store Inc. has recalled about 7,200 Lush Life power strips because they have undersized wiring and the wiring and plastic strip fail to meet fire resistance requirements. This recall involves three designs of brightly-coloured, six-outlet power strips with model number 8001-6 embossed on the back. Power strip designs include Pop Power Strip in Scroll (black with white scroll), Dot (blue with orange, white and lime green dots and a lime green cord), and Zebra (black and white zebra stripes). The power strips have three-foot power cords and were sold at The Container Stores nationwide and on the firm’s Web site from October through December 2011.

Candle Warmers. Christmas Tree Ships has issued a recall for about 5,700 tea light candle warmers because the warming bowl is positioned too close to the tea light candle, posing fire and burn hazards. This recall involves holiday-themed tea light candle warmers in the shapes of snowmen and gingerbread houses. A warming bowl with wax fragrance tablets is suspended above the tea light candle. The Snowmen model has SKU/UPC 000016005396 and the Gingerbread house model has SKU/UPC 000016005372 printed on a label on the bottom of the product. The tea light candle warmers are about eight inches tall and were sold exclusively at Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest from November through December 2011.

Lights. Christmas Tree Shops is recalling approximately 4,500 Hurricane style lights because an electrical short circuit can occur in the light’s internal wiring, causing smoke and posing a fire hazard. The recall involves circular lamps with a white metal basket and moveable handle for hanging or carrying at the top. They have a coloured glass insert in blue, pink or green and use a mini light bulb. Model number DML0593 and SKU/UPC number 000015806710 are printed on the price tag attached to the product. These lights were sold at Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions from December 2010 through November 2011.

Floor Lamps. West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma Inc., has announced a recall of about 5,750 overarching floor lamps because a short circuit can occur in the lamp’s wiring, posing a shock hazard to consumers. The recalled lamps are 77 inches tall with a 19-inch diameter base and a curving arm that extends the lamp about five feet from the base. The lamps have a three-way on/off switch and their arm and base are made of polished nickel. They were sold with a linen shade in natural, white or charcoal colour at West Elm retail stores nationwide, on-line and through West Elm catalogues from March through November 2011.

Printers. Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. has recalled approximately 8,430 printers because they can short circuit and overheat during use, posing a fire hazard. This recall involves four desktop models of laser colour printers: Magicolor 4750DN, Magicolor 3730DN, Bizhub C35 and Bizhub C35P. The printers are dark and light grey in colour and have "Konica Minolta" printed on the top of the front door. They were sold by various value-added resellers, direct retail sales and authorised Konica Minolta dealers from June 2010 through March 2011.|

Sleeper Ottomans. LTD Commodities LLC has issued a recall for approximately 2,650 fold-out sleeper ottomans with a brown slipcover because the welding joints on the legs can break, posing a fall hazard. The ottoman unfolds to three cushions on a black steel frame and Velcro straps secure the cushions to the frame when in the unfolded sleep position. A tag with the manufacturer's registration number "VA18265(CN)" is attached to one of the three cushions. These ottomans were sold by LTD Commodities, ABC Distributing and The Lakeside Collection both on-line and through catalogues between June and October 2011.

Fax Machines. Hewlett Packard Co. is recalling some 928,000 fax machines in the United States and about 240,000 fax machines in Canada and Mexico because they can overheat due to an internal electrical component failure, posing fire and burn hazards. This recall involves HP Fax 1040 and 1050 models, which are dark grey fax machines that measure about 11 inches high by 14.5 inches wide. They were sold on-line and at electronics, computer and camera stores nationwide  from November 2004 through December 2011. Some of the recalled fax machines were replacement units for a June 2008 recall involving HP fax model 1010.

Lamps. Designs Direct has announced a recall of about 2,000 lamps because the electrical cord can fray near the base of the lamp, posing a fire or shock hazard. This recall involves Living Traditions 21-inch rooster-themed lamps. The brown poly-resin lamps have an off-white shade and a carved nine-inch rooster affixed to the base. A label on the underside of the base reads “Distributed By Fred's Inc.” and “SKU 61589.” The lamps were sold exclusively at Fred's Inc. stores nationwide between October and November 2011.

Chandeliers. Spectrum Home Furnishings has recalled approximately 165 crystal chandeliers because they contain a mounting loop that can fail during use, causing the chandeliers to fall from the ceiling and injure bystanders. The recall involves three models of chandeliers with model numbers a83-21502/36+1, a83-1502/36+1 and a46-490/30 printed on the exterior of the box in which the products were shipped. Models a83-21502/36+1 and a83-1502/36+1 are clear crystal chandeliers measuring about 52 inches wide and 60 inches high. Model a46-490/30ed is black wrought iron with clear crystals measuring about 46 inches wide and 46 inches in height. These chandeliers were sold on-line from January 2007 through December 2010.

Coffeemakers. BSH Home Appliances Corp. has recalled some 835,000 coffeemakers because the plastic disc that holds the coffee or tea can burst and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers, posing a burn hazard. This recall involves Tassimo brewers with the Bosch brand name and Tassimo Professional brewers. The brewers use plastic T discs that are filled with coffee or tea to brew hot drinks. The Bosch-brand brewers were sold in black, white, anthracite, grey, silver, red, titanium and white/gray colours. The Tassimo Professional brewers were only sold in black. Model numbers affected by this recall include TAS100, TAS200, TAS451, TAS46, TAS651 and TAS6512CUL. These coffeemakers were made in mainland China and Slovenia and sold at department, mass merchandise and home improvement stores nationwide and on various Web sites from June 2008 through February 2012.

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