Here are just a few of the recent product recalls announced by the U.S. 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: Thermobaby Aquababy Bath Ring Seats
Hazard: The bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards, including the requirement for stability. Specifically, the bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall includes Aquababy Bath Ring Seats in pink or blue designed for children five months to ten months old. The seat is made of white plastic with blue, pink or green trim and has four suction cups on the bottom. An oval-shaped arm rail runs from the seatback and connects two side posts and the seat front post. There are three spinning toys on the front of the seat rail above the front post. “Thermobaby Z.I. De Kerbois,” “Aquababy” and “Ref. 1953 Made in France” is engraved underneath the bath seat.
Sold exclusively at: Amazon.com from June 2012 through January 2013 for about $35.
Manufactured in: France
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bath seats and contact the firm for instructions on returning the bath seat and receiving a $35 refund.
Consumer contact: Call SCS Direct Inc. toll-free at 888.749.1387 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday. You may also email email@example.com or visit SCSdirectinc.com and click “Recall Notices” for more information.
Name of product: Fast Lane FA-005 Radio Control 3-Channel Helicopter with Gyro Stabilizer and Charger (Remote-controlled 3-channel helicopters)
Hazard: The rechargeable battery inside the helicopters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers or nearby items.
Incidents/Injuries: Toys R Us has received 11 reports worldwide of the rechargeable battery overheating. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the Fast Lane FA-005 Radio Control 3-Channel Helicopter with Gyro Stabilizer and Charger, model number 5F5F2F5. The model number is printed on the front of the product packaging and on the underside of the helicopter. The double-rotor helicopters are blue and white, approximately nine inches high and have the Fast Lane logo on the top of the helicopter. They were sold with a remote control unit, a battery charger and a carrying case.
Sold exclusively at: Toys R Us stores nationwide and online at toysrus.com from September 2012 through January 2013 for about $100.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the remote-controlled helicopter, and return all components to a Toys R Us store for a full refund or store credit
Consumer contact: Call Toys R Us at 800.869.7787 from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm ET Monday through Saturday, and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm ET on Sundays. You may also go online at toysrus.com, and click on “About Us,” then select “Safety” at the top of the page and then “Click here” under Product Recalls for more information.
Name of product: Jeep Liberty Strollers
Hazard: The inner tube of the tire on the stroller can rupture causing the wheel rim to fracture and fly off as a projectile, posing a risk of bodily injury and property damage.
Incidents/Injuries: Kolcraft and the CPSC have received 39 reports of inner tube ruptures causing the wheel rim to fracture and fly off as a projectile. Of these, 18 included reports of injury, with 14 occurring while adult caregivers were filling the tire with air. Two children received lacerations to their chin or leg while standing near the stroller and 16 adults received abrasions, contusions and/or lacerations to their arms, legs, stomach or head/face. Two of the reports included property damage.
Description: The recall includes Jeep Liberty branded strollers with model numbers starting with JL031, JL032, JL034, JL035 or JL036 manufactured between June 2010 and September 2011. The model number and date of manufacture are printed on a white tag on the rear upper center of each seatback pad. The three-wheeled strollers were sold in different color fabric combinations with a metal black and silver frame, including: green seat and canopy; gray seat and canopy with a teal blue stripe across the center of the canopy; orange seat and canopy with a tan stripe; tan seat and canopy with yellow stripe across the center top of the canopy; and tan seat and canopy with an orange canopy rim. “Jeep” is printed on the side of the stroller and on the front of the stroller tray. There is a plastic red toy steering wheel, ignition key and orange shift lever mounted on a yellow base attached to the stroller tray. If your stroller wheels have a gray triangle located on the rim at the valve stem, then your stroller wheels are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Burlington Coat Factory, Sears and Toys R Us nationwide, online and at other mass market and independent juvenile specialty stores from June 2010 through June 2013 for between $150 and $180.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact the company to receive free replacement wheels. Consumers should use a manual bicycle pump to inflate stroller tires to a maximum of 30 p.s.i. Do not use gas station air pumps to inflate stroller tires.
Consumer contact: Call Kolcraft at 800.453.7673 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET Monday through Friday, or go online at Kolcraft.com, then click Safety Notifications for more information.