We light candles to set the mood or give off a fragrant aroma. But in some cases, a match can give light to lead poisoning. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is banning the manufacture and sale of candles with lead-core wicks. The wicks could cause lead poisoning which is associated with behavior problems and learning disabilities. So, how do you know if your candles have lead wicks?
Shannon Day with Lone Star Candle Company of Lubbock demonstrates an easy technique. First, peel back the wick so you can see the metal core. Then try to write with the core. If, the wick has a lead core it will write like a pencil. If the wick has a tin or zinc core, it won't write at all or it will be very faint. Candles with tin or zinc cored wicks are safe to burn. The technique works best with candles that have not been burned.
Promotional Companies is recalling 4,000 Party Poppers. The rocket-shaped device shoots into the air when the string is pulled. But when the cone-shaped top pops off, it does so rapidly posing an injury hazard. The Party Poppers were sold at Wal-Mart stores between January and March of this year under the label TNT Big Fun Party Popper. Consumers should stop using the Party Poppers and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information, call TNT at 1-800-243-1189.
Now for a recall that may effect those of you who like to snap pictures. Sony is recalling its Cyber-Shot digital cameras for repair. That's because the batteries on the DSCP1 model have a very short life. Sony is offering to inspect the camera and repair it for free.
If you like seafood, this next recall may affect your taste buds. Pacific Seafood is recalling its fresh seafood mix sold at supermarkets. The imitation crab meat contains egg whites and wheat flour. Both products could cause a life-threatening allergic reaction in some people. Consumers should return the product for a full refund. For more information, ( click here ).
You may want to check your child's wardrobe if it includes a girl's iridescent hooded winter jacket. S. Rothschild and Company is recalling 37,000 jackets because the rubber petal and metal snap can break off of the jacket posing a choking hazard. The recalled jackets are blue, lilac, pink, raspberry and magenta colors in various sizes. Their labels include the words "Little Impressions," "Rothschild,' "Izzi's," "Kids" or "Clockwise." Major retail stores sold the jackets nationwide from May 2002 through December 2002. Consumers should contact Rothschild at (800) 301-3411 to arrange for a free repair.
Magic Start N' Crawl
PlaySkool is recalling 300,0000 Magic Start Crawl 'N Stand toys. The toy can tip over easily and fall on the child. For more information, call 1-800-509-9554 or ( click here ).
Little People Animal Sound Farm
Fisher Price is recalling 67,000 Little People Animal Sound Farms. Two metal screws that hold the toy's stall doors in place could come loose. The company has received 33 reports of the screws coming off, including one report where a child needed surgery to remove a screw from his lung. The toys were sold nationwide for $30 between July and December of last year. Affected model numbers are 77973 and 77746 with a six character manufacturing date code that begins with 168 through 212 followed by the number 2 as the fourth digit. Call Fisher Price at (866) 259-7873 for a free repair kit.
Battat is recalling 300,000 sets of toy drumsticks. The end of the drumstick could break off and a screw at the end of the stick could detach. The drumsticks were sold from November 2001 through March 2003 at Target, Sam's Club and small retailers nationwide. The toy was sold with the parents Bee Bob Band Drum Sets. Consumers should return the drumsticks for a replacement.
The CPSC is recalling 52,900 BMX bicycles made by Dynacraft Industries. The stem joints on the bikes could loosen, causing the rider to lose control and fall. The recall involves two models of 20-inch BMX bicycles: Metallic green with model number 8535-99 and the vertical steel blue model with number 8527-99. Owners should return the bikes to the store where purchased for more information.
The Dollar Tree is recalling 407,000 stuffed bears and 221,000 stuffed snowmen. The stuffed toys are wearing jackets with buttons that can come off easily. The loose buttons pose a choking hazard. Parents can take the toys back to any Dollar Tree store for a refund.
Toy Story Dolls
Walt Disney Parks and Resort is recalling 40,000 Woody dolls. The doll is wearing clothing with detachable buttons which pose a choking hazard. The doll is a depiction of the character "Woody" in the animated film "Toy Story." The dolls were sold at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and Disney's Vero Beach Resort. Others were sold at Magic of Disney and Flight Fantastic shops located inside the Orlando International Airport and Disney's Worldport shop at Pointe Orlando. Consumers should contact the resort at (866) 228-3664 for a full refund or you can ( click here ). The talking Woody dolls are not part of this recall.
That wraps up this month's Recall Roundup. For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.