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 www.cpsc.gov and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.
Name of Product: Range Rider Ride-On Toy Cars
Hazard: The battery can overheat, smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Bluestem has received nine reports of incidents in which batteries smoked or caught on fire and melted the battery's connections or scorched the plastic in the ride-on car. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves battery-powered Range Rider ride-on toy cars with an off-road vehicle body style and plastic tires. The ride-on cars were sold in pink and tan colors. The recalled Range Riders can be identified by their product code and model number. The model number is on the back of the seat of the ride-on toy car. The product code does not appear on the ride-on toy cars but can be found on the product carton. The recalled models include:
- Model: 90407B/Product Code: NI374/Product: Tan Range Rider
- Model: 90407G/Product Code: NU640/Product: Pink Range Rider
Sold by: Fingerhut catalogs and online at Fingerhut.com and Gettington.com from September 2010 through May 2012 for between $200 and $230.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ride-on toy cars and remove the battery and contact Bluestem for a full refund of the purchase price plus reimbursement for shipping and handling. The firm is directly contacting those who purchased the recalled ride-on toy cars.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bluestem tollfree at 866.931.5417 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (CT), Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.fingerhut.com or www.gettington.com and click on Product Recall.
Name of Product: Mother's Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers
Hazard: When the bather is lifted and/or carried with an infant in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly disengage from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather, posing a fall hazard and a risk of serious head injury to infants.
Incidents/Injuries: The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Summer Infant, maker of the bather, have received seven reports of incidents in the US, including five reports of infants suffering head injuries from falls from bathers. Four children between two weeks old and two months old received skull fractures, including one that required intensive care from bleeding on the brain. The fifth childreceived a bump to the head, requiring emergency room treatment.
Description: The recall involves Summer Infant Baby Bathers with a small, nearly square blue or pink plastic base measuring about 13.5 inches long by 12.5 inches wide and with the following model numbers listed below. Model numbers are located either on the side of the baby bather near the warning label or on the front near the wash instructions. Some units have multiple model numbers. Model numbers with an additional letter at the end of the model number are also included in this recall. Model numbers included in the recall: 08020; 08050; 08054; 08070; 08401; 08409; 08404; 08405; 08650; 08655; 08659; 08754; 08940; 08944; 18004; 18040; 18049; 18050; 18120; 18125; 18129; 18254; 18360; 18375; 18379; 18390; 18394; 18440; 18445; 18449; 18470; 18475; 18479; 38510; 38515; 38750; 38755.
The bathers have adjustable side hinges with five rivets each and a white wire frame with a mesh fabric sling seat and two or three positions for the seats. Some also have head support cushion. The fabric comes in various colors including white, blue, green, yellow and orange with fish, turtles, butterflies, frogs, flowers, and duck patterns. Bathers manufactured since July 2007 include the warning "Never lift or carry the bather with infant in it."
Sold by: Mass merchandise stores nationwide and on the web from September 2004 through November 2011 for between $15 and $30.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the bathers and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a locking strap and instructions. Note: Even with the new locking strap installed, the baby bather product should never be used to lift and carry an infant.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Summer Infant at 800.426.8627 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (ET), Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. Do not return to stores as the retailers will not have the repair kit. For information regarding the recall of products in Canada, visit cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-tetraiteng.jsp?re_id=1675.