Here are just a few recent product recalls as announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit cpsc.gov and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.
Name of Product: Stride Rite Girls’ “Joanna” Sandals
Hazard: The metal flower on the shoe can detach, posing a choking hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received six reports of the flowers detaching and 11 reports of flowers loosening. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The “Joanna” girls’ sandals have an ankle strap, three bands and a flower on top. They were sold in white with a silver-colored metal flower, and brown with a copper-colored metal flower in girls’ sizes 8.5 through 10. The name “Joanna,” the style number CG40723 (white shoe) or CG40725 (brown shoe) and the size are printed on the underside of the front shoe strap. “StrideRite” appears on the bottom of the shoe.
Sold at: Contact Stride Rite stores and other department stores nationwide, and online at striderite.com and various online retailers from December 2011 through May 2013 for between $30 and $42.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled shoes away from children, and contact Stride Rite to receive a prepaid envelope for the return of the shoes. Upon return, customers will receive a voucher for the purchase price redeemable at Stride Rite stores or striderite.com.
Consumer Contact: Contact Stride Rite at 800.365.4933, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday, or online at striderite.com (click on Product Safety Information under Customer Service for more information). Consumers may also email JoannaReturns@striderite.com.
Name of Product: Dan-Dee “Chicken Dance” Tap Dance Easter Chicks
Hazard: The toy’s music can reach decibel levels that exceed the ASTM F963 standard, posing a hearing damage hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recalled toy is a yellow chick in a furry multicolored Easter eggshell that has a shell top with bunny ears and bright orange feet and nose. It has a music player and is approximately 9.5 inches tall. The chick plays music and dances when the left wing is squeezed. The sewn-on label reads “DanDee Collector’s Choice,” with the manufacture date and batch number also imprinted as follows: 11/2012 120613670.
Sold at: Select Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska from February to March 2013 for about $20.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the toy, and return it to the store where purchased for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Contact Fred Meyer toll-free at 888.247.4439, from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm PT Monday through Friday, and from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm PT on Saturdays and Sundays. Press 3, then 1, to speak to a representative; or online at fredmeyer.com, click on Recall Alerts under Services at the bottom of the page for more information.
Name of Product: Pottery Barn Kids Sweet Lambie Crib Bumper
Hazard: The thread in the decorative stitching on the bumper can loosen, posing an entanglement hazard to infants.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reports of the decorative stitching coming loose and entangling children, including reports of the thread wrapping around a child’s neck. No serious injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves Pottery Barn Kids Sweet Lambie Bumpers manufactured from April 2009 through July 2012. The cotton bumpers are padded and fit standard cribs. Lambs in grass and lambs with trees are embroidered on the interior and exterior of the bumpers. They were available in the colors pink, blue and ivory/oatmeal. Model number “708859,” “708917” or “7988348” and “Sweet Lambie Bumper” appear on a tag fastened to the bottom edge of the bumpers. The date of manufacture in MM/YYYY format is printed on a tag attached to the bumper near the model-number tag.
Sold at: Pottery Barn Kids stores and catalogs and Pottery Barn Outlet stores nationwide, and online at potterybarnkids.com from April 2009 through July 2012 for between $129 and $149.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately check the tag on the bumper for the month and year of manufacture and stop using the bumper if the date is 04/2009 through 07/2012. Consumers with recalled bumpers should contact Pottery Barn Kids for instructions on how to return the bumpers to receive a gift card in the amount of a full refund or a replacement bumper and to receive free return shipping for recalled bumpers.
Consumer Contact: Contact Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at 855.323.5138, from 7:00 am to midnight ET daily, or online at potterybarnkids.com (click on Safety Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information).