The week's news in product safety...
Hazard: The magnetic maze board's plastic wand
can separate and expose a magnet that can be a choking hazard to
children. Also, if a child has more than one of these toys and the
magnets detach and are swallowed, the magnets can attract each
other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be
Incidents/Injuries: Lakeshore has received ten
reports of wands separating and magnets detaching, though no
injuries have been reporte
Description: The recall affects about 18,500
magnetic maze boards that read at the top: "Who's Hiding in the
Garden?," "Who's Hiding in the Ocean?," "Magnetic Counting Maze,"
"Magnetic Alphabet Board" or "My Community Magnetic Board."
Where you bought it: Lakeshore Learning
Materials stores, catalogs and online at lakeshorelearning.com from January 2009 through
May 2010 for between $30 and $40.
What to do: Contact Lakeshore Learning at (800)
428-4414 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday,
receive a free replacement product.
Hazard: The warmers can overheat bottles and
the liquid inside, posing a burn hazard to adults and babies.
Incidents/Injuries: Kompan received 19 reports
from BigToys of swings that have had the end brackets replaced due
to both actual or potential for cracking or breakage at the joint
of the top beam and the support posts. The firm has received three
reports of minor injuries to users, however the firm has been
unable to verify the cause or nature of these injuries.
Description: The recalled swingsets include the
"To Fro" models listed below with any numbers in the series of
model number codes listed here.
Where you bought it: Kompan, Inc. from January
1998 to December 31, 2008 for about $700-$3250. Kompan has not
manufactured the swing since December 31, 2003 and has not sold it
since December 31, 2008.
What to do: Consumers should immediately stop
using the recalled swing sets and remove the chains connecting the
seats to the top beam. A retrofit kit will be provided to all
affected customers with installation instructions. Kompan is
contacting swing owners directly by telephone and mail to advise
them to stop using the swing, remove the chains connecting the
seats to the top beam and advising customers that retrofit kits
will be delivered with installation instructions. Kompan will
follow up by telephone and email after the retrofits are delivered
to confirm installation by customers. For additional information,
please contact Kompan representative Joedi Rice at (800) 624-4869
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, visit the
firm's website at www.kompan.com, or e-mail the firm at email@example.com.
April through August, the Consumer Product Safety Commission
received nearly 4,700 incident reports about diaper rash related to
Pampers Dry Max diapers. Almost 85 percent of those complaints came
in May, and the flood dropped off quickly in June.
But federal safety regulators said this week that, after
extensive testing, they had found no clear cause for any increased
risk of diaper rash.
The news is the latest in a back-and-forth between officials and
parents, thousands of whom have taken to Facebook and other online
forums to demand action from Pampers and government regulators. The
Facebook groups - with names like Bring back the Pampers Cruisers, Dump
Dry Max!" "Recall Pampers Dry Max diapers!" and "Pampers, Just Admit you made a mistake
already!" - were flooded with angry parents convinced of a link
between the well-known brand and the all-too-familiar rash.
See more of Chicago Parent's stories here.
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