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Recalled products this week include toy chairs, face paint, candles

Saturday, May 16, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

NEW YORK — If your children's party includes face paint and ice cream, you might want to check out this week's list of recalled items.

They were among the medley of recalled items, along with rocking bassinets, candles and folding bicycles. Batteries for Hewlett-Packard notebook computers were also on the list because of their potential for overheating. Two incidents were reported in connection with the batteries.

Here's a list of the items manufacturers recalled this week.

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PRODUCT: Toy folding beach chairs for stuffed animals, manufactured in China and imported by Build-A-Bear Workshop of St. Louis. The recalled bears were sold on www.buildabear.com and at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores around the country between March 2001 and October 2008 in the United States and between March 2003 and October 2008 in Canada.

HOW MANY: About 260,000

WHY: Fingers can get pinched, cut or bruised while folding the chairs. Eight injuries have been reported. An additional 9,700 chairs have been recalled in Canada.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Call 866-236-5683; or visit http://www.buildabear.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

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PRODUCT: Lithium-ion batteries used in Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook computers, manufactured in China and imported by Hewlett-Packard Co. of Palo Alto, Calif. The recalled items were sold on www.hp.com and www.hpshopping.com, as well as at computer and electronics stores around the country between August 2007 and March 2008.

HOW MANY: About 70,000.

WHY: They can overheat and pose a risk of burns or fires. Two incidents have been reported.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Call 800-889-2031; or visit http://www.hp.com/support/BatteryReplacement

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PRODUCT: Eddie Bauer Soothe & Sway Play Yards, sold in the U.S. and Canada and distributed by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind. The recall involves all units of the model No. 05046 as well as units with the model No. 05044 made before Dec. 1, 2008. Different models were sold in Canada. The play yards, made in China, were sold at Target, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide and Internet retailers from January 2008 through this month.

HOW MANY: About 76,600.

WHY: A suffocation hazard to an infant. The play yard's rocking bassinet attachment can tilt, presenting a risk of suffocation or asphyxiation when an infant rolls to the corner or side.

The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 10 reports of infants rolling to one side. One child reportedly was turning purple and out of breath. No injuries have been reported.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Call 888-233-4903; or visit http://www.djgusa.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

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PRODUCT: Composite decks, made in the U.S. by Louisiana-Pacific (LP) Corp., of Nashville, Tenn. The recall involves outdoor deck board and railings sold under the brand names LP WeatherBest, ABTCo. and Veranda. Veranda decking products were made by multiple companies. Only products made by LP are included in the recall. The products were sold at The Home Depot (Veranda brand) and building product dealers (LP WeatherBest and ABTCo. brands) nationwide from January 2005 to August 2008.

HOW MANY: About 48 million linear feet.

WHY: The decking can prematurely deteriorate and unexpectedly break. Consumers can fall through broken decking, suffering serious injuries. The company has received 37 reports of composite decks breaking, resulting in 14 injuries, including a broken wrist, sprained ankle, minor lacerations and bruises.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Call 888-325-1184; or visit http://www.deckingnotice.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

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PRODUCT: Dahon and REI Novara folding bicycles, 2008 model year. The recalled products, made in Taiwan and China, were imported by Dahon California Inc., of Duarte, Calif., and Recreational Equipment Inc., of Kent, Wash. They were sold by authorized Dahon California dealers and REI stores nationwide from March 2008 through last month.

HOW MANY: About 11,500.

WHY: The hinge on the handlepost can crack, posing a fall hazard. There have been 25 reports of the bicycle's handlepost hinge cracking, including one minor injury involving scrapes and bruises.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Call 800-442-3511; or visit http://www.dahon.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

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PRODUCT: DayNa Decker 16-ounce Botanika candles, made in the U.S. by Southern California Candle Co. Inc., of Los Angeles, and distributed by Lumetique Inc. The recalled candles were sold by resorts, spas, gift shops and specialty stores nationwide from March 2008 through last month.

HOW MANY: About 7,000.

WHY: The glass can break during use, posing a fire hazard. There have been 10 reports of the glass breaking during use, including two that resulted in fires causing property damage to household items and carpet. One consumer reported a cut on her foot when the glass broke.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Call 888-872-0228; or visit http://www.daynadecker.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.

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PRODUCT: Tofutti Brands Inc. 8-pack Vanilla Cuties mini sandwich frozen dessert novelties. The recalled products were distributed to the New York City metro area, the Midwest, New England, the Middle Atlantic and California. The recalled products have the manufacturing facility code 360-300.

HOW MANY: About 22,000.

WHY: The products could contain milk not declared on the packaging. Those with an allergy, severe sensitivity or intolerance to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening injury if they consume the product. The company said it received reports from six consumers who experienced skin rash after eating Vanilla Cuties.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Call 908-272-2400.

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PRODUCT: Fun Express Inc. face paints made in China by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Ltd. The recall includes face paint in these colors with the following codes:

  • Blue: item No. 85/2077; UPC 8 8760048110 7.
  • Purple: item No. 85/2078; UPC 8 8760048112 1.
  • Red: item No. 85/2079; UPC 8 8760048114 5.
  • Orange: item No. 85/2080; UPC 8 8760048116 9.
  • Black: item No. 85/2081; UPC 8 8760048118 3.
  • Green: item No. 85/2082; UPC 8 8760048120 6.

HOW MANY: Unspecified.

WHY: The FDA warned consumers to stop using the face paints after reports of rashes and skin irritation. The agency said the products were found to have yeast and mold counts above industry guidelines.

The FDA said it learned of children suffering rashes, itchiness, burning sensations and swelling where the face paints were applied.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Any reactions should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration's MedWatch adverse event reporting program at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

 


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