ShareThis Page
Home

6 companies issue variety of recalls

| Friday, May 23, 2003

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, six companies are voluntarily recalling recliner chairs, toy vehicles, extension cords, ceiling light fixtures, bike helmets and toy drumsticks.

Lane Furniture Industries Inc. is recalling about 620,000 three-position, high leg recliner chairs. A mechanism in the footrest can create a pinch point that can cause injury if consumers open or recline the chair by reaching underneath the footrest. Lane has received 18 reports of incidents involving the chairs, including lacerations, cut fingernails, and broken bones.

The recalled chairs have a five-digit style number beginning with 026 or 027 and a shipping date prior to May 2002. The chairs were sold in furniture stores nationwide from December 1989 through April 2002 for between $500 and $1,200.

Consumers should stop using this chair immediately and contact Lane Furniture at 800-467-9555 or visit its Web site at www.lanefurniture.com, or receive a repair kit.

International Playthings Inc. is recalling about 126,000 toy vehicles because small parts on the vehicles can detach, posing a choking hazard for young children. The company has received one report of small parts detaching, but no injuries have been reported.

The recalled toys, Viking Mini Chubbies, are 3-inch-long wagons, tractors, helicopters, cars, airplanes, and jeeps. The toys were sold in red, blue and yellow. Models included in the recall are AW01119, AW41111, AW61005 and AW81119. The model number can be found printed on the bottom of the toy.

Specialty stores nationwide sold these toys from April 2002 through March 2003 for about $1. Consumers should take these toys away from children immediately and contact the company for information on receiving a refund at 800-445-8347 or through the firm's Web site, www.intplay.com/recall.htm.

About 8,200 extension cords made by United General Supply Co. are being recalled because they have undersized conductors and no over-current protection.

These problems can cause overheating, posing a shock and fire hazard. The recall is a preventive measure, as no injuries have been reported to date. The cords were sold in yellow and brown and in lengths of 9, 25, 50 and 100 feet. The 9-foot cord was packaged in a green sleeve card printed with the words, "Household Extension Cord." All other sizes were packaged in black sleeve cards printed with the words, "Air Conditioner Extension Cord."

The extension cords were sold nationwide from October 1999 through March 2001 for between $1 and $16. Consumers should unplug these cords and mail them to United General Supply Co., Lee-Tools Extension Cords, 9320 Harwin Drive, Houston, TX, 77036 for a refund, including the cost of postage.

United General Supply can be contacted at 800-456-0022.

Sea Gull Lighting Inc. is recalling about 7,100 ceiling light fixtures with wiring that can short, posing a fire hazard. No fires or injuries have been reported, but two units have shorted out.

The units were not sold at retail stores, but sold and installed by electrical supply dealers and contractors from July 2002 through February 2003. The recalled ceiling-mounted fixtures come in six models that can be identified on the packaging or receipts: 5359-01, 5359-02, 5359-15, 5370-15, 5370-98, and 5372-02.

The white glass lights have an antique brass, polished brass, white, or brushed stainless finish and do not have any exposed screws. The light fixture is twisted into the base and locks in place. The fixtures have no visible label or identifying marks on the outside, so consumers are advised to contact the company for more information. Consumers should stop using the lights immediately and contact the company to receive a free replacement fixture.

Sea Gull Lighting may be contacted a 800-347-5483 or through its Web site at www.seagulllighting.com.

Catlike USA is voluntarily recalling about 2,250 Catlike Kompact adult bicycle helmets. The helmets do not meet CPSC standards for impact testing. No incidents have been reported.

The helmets involved are sizes small/medium and large/extra large and were sold in various colors. The sizing label inside the helmet reads "Kompact" and "SM/MD" or "LG/XL."

The helmets were sold at bicycle shops nationwide for about $130 between March 2002 and February 2003. Consumers should stop using the helmets immediately and contact Catlike USA for a free replacement helmet at 877-228-5646 or visit their Web site at www.catlike-usa.com.

About 800 toy drumsticks also are being recalled. The Step2 Co. is recalling the drumsticks because their tips can break off, posing a chocking hazard for young children. The CPSC and Step2 are aware of one incident where a child reportedly began choking on the top of the drumstick. The Heimlich maneuver was performed by a parent to remove the small part.

The 9-inch blue and yellow drumsticks were sold as part of the Step2 Toddle Tunes Big Band Drum set with model numbers 7135B2 and 7135KR. The drum sets are blue and yellow with music decals attached to the front. The word "Step2" is imprinted across the front of the drum set.

The drum sets were sold nationwide in toy stores and online from February 2002 through April 2003 for about $30. Consumers should take this toy away from children immediately and contact Step2 at 800-347-8372 or through its Web site, www.step2.com.

To access color photos of any of the recalled products, visit the commission's Web site, www.cpsc.gov.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me