The week's news in product safety...
Hazard: If babies are not properly strapped in,
they can fall through the gap between the seat and the tray, or
their necks can fall against the tray causing entrapment and
Incidents/Injuries: Four deaths, five reports
of entrapment resulting in cuts and bruises and also one report of
an infant who experienced difficulty breathing while in the
Description: The recall includes Quattro and
MetroLite Strollers and Stroller Travel Systems. For a complete
list of model numbers, visit
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11015.html. They are
printed on a label near the lower portion of the back frame just
above the back wheels or underneath the stroller.
Where you bought them: Large retail stores
between November 2000 and December 2007. The stroller ran $90 to
$190, and the travel system ran $190 to $250.
What to do: Stop using the strollers and
contact Graco for a free repair kit. The entrapment and
strangulation hazards posed by the space gap are not present. They
can be reached at 877-828-4046 or at gracobaby.com.
Hazard: The batteries and the
bulb on the flashlight can overheat and may burn children's
Incidents/Injuries: No injuries have been
reported, but there have been two incidents, one in which the
flashlight battery caught on fire and one in which the flashlight
Description: The flashlights come in the styles
of Wolverine, Spiderman and Iron Man 2. They are about six inches
long and have five different covers with images that can be
projected onto a wall or ceiling. The back of the package has the
numbers: 16879-20012-003-1003 and UPC 6 39277 16879 5.
Where you bought them: Dollar Tree stores
nationwide from August 2010 for $1.
What to do: Return the flashlight to the store
of purchase for a full refund. Contact Dollar Tree at 800-876-8077,
or visit their website at dollartree.com.
Hazard: The snaps on the
Infant Overalls can come loose and pose a choking risk for
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recall involves red and brown
Carhartt overalls sold in infant sizes three through 24 months. The
Carhartt logo is sewn on the front of the overalls and style
numbers GG8500 and GG8501 can be found in the label sewn into the
Where you bought it: JRetailers nationwide from
February 2010 to July 2010 for $25.
What to do: Return the overalls to the store of
purchase for a full refund. Lollytogs can be reached at
800-637-9035, or visit their website at ltapparel.com.
Hazard: The intake valve on the submarine bath
toy can suck up lose skin which poses a threat to children.
Incidents/Injuries: 19 incidents of lacerations
to boys' genitals, including one which required medical
Description: The submarine toy is
battery-operated, yellow with turquoise windows, a smiling face and
an orange propeller and periscope on top. The periscope turns the
toy on and off. The intake valve is located on the bottom of the
submarine and sucks in water used to propel it forward.
Where you bought it: Mass retail and children's
retail stores nationwide from November 2009 to September 2010 for
What to do: Munchkin is providing a free
replacement toy, so consumers should contact the company for return
instructions. Call Munchkin at 877-242-3134, or visit their website
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