March Recall Roundup - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/26/02

March Recall Roundup

Check the following products to see if you own any of this months' defective products. The products are arranged under the rooms in your house where they will most likely be found.

Kitchen

Orange Juice: Tropicana Products, Inc. is recalling  128 oz/gallon "Super Size" Tropicana Pure Premium Calcium Orange Juice in a plastic bottle with an expiration date of APR15 printed on the neck of the bottle. The recalled product was sold only to Sam's Clubs.

A limited number of bottles of this product may contain a cleaning solution used in the production process. The presence of this cleaning solution in the product could cause mouth and/or stomach distress. The product has already been removed from the sales floor. Consumers should return the 128 oz. Pure Premium Calcium orange juice to the Sam's Club where purchased for a refund. For more information, call 1-800-572-8202.

Supplements: Leiner Health Products  is voluntarily recalling about 14,000 bottles of dietary supplements containing iron. The supplements being recalled are not packaged in child-resistant packaging as required under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act.  If ingested by children, these iron-containing supplements can cause serious injury or death.

The product included in the recall is "Nature's Valley, Women's Formula Multivitamin." The supplement was sold in a brown plastic bottle with a light yellow label. The bottles have UPC code "41163 27006" located on the back of the bottle The recalled product is packaged in containers of 60-tablets and have green screw-on caps. Only bottles with lot numbers IFA2750 and IFA2751 are included in the recall. The lot numbers are written vertically down the back of the bottle.

Albertson's, Jewel, Osco, Sav-On, and Acme sold these recalled supplement bottles nationwide from July 2001 through February 2002 for between $8 and $9. Products sold since February 2002 have child-resistant packaging and are not included in this recall.

Consumers should immediately remove the bottles from the reach of young children and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For additional information, contact Leiner Health Products at 1-800-421-1168.

Gas Ranges: Jade Products Inc. is voluntarily recalling to repair about 7,200 Dynasty gas ranges. The ranges could tip-over if a heavy weight is placed on an open oven door, posing a risk of burn injuries from hot food or liquids in cooking containers.

The Dynasty gas ranges included in this recall are all 30, 36, and 48-inch units with the model number DGRSC. The model number is located on the serial plate that is accessed by lifting the right hand cooking module from the range top. The brand name "Dynasty" appears on the front of the range.

Appliance and retail stores nationwide sold these ranges from January 1996 through December 2001 for between $3,000 and $7,400.

Consumers may continue to use the ranges but are cautioned not to place any objects on the open oven door until an anti-tip bracket has been installed. Consumers should call Jade Products at 1-888-607-5694 to arrange for free installation of an anti-tip bracket. For more information, (click here).

Garage

Car Seats: Graco Children's Products is recalling 918,920 Snug Ride infant car seats. A number of SnugRide Infant Car Seats may have missing components on the base or seat. The components are metal hooks and “U” bars that are used to attach the carrier to the base. If the hardware is missing, the carrier may not be securely attached to the base. In the event of a sudden stop or crash, the carrier may detach from the base possibly resulting in serious injury or death.

The  recalled models are (may be preceded by the letter "A"):

7493G9, 7493RS, 7497HL, 7497SY, 7499LK, 7499N2, 841101, 841102, 841103, 841203, 8412T02, 8457D5, 8457DBV, 8457F3, 8457GP, 8457IND, 8457MA, 8457MV, 8457RG, 8457TMJ, 8457TMP, 8457YL, 8458A5, 8458AE, 8458B7, 8458D8, 8458FKB, 8458HE, 8458HH, 8458KY, 8458N5, 8459VL, 8460LV, 8462HAV, 8462JAM, 8471UVB, 8472BLW, 8472BRN, 8472CYP, 8472GMP, 8472MAD, 8472YL, 8474HAB, 8474MEL, 8476VIN, 8477HAV, 8477JAM, 8477NGS, and 8478SAR.

Consumers should (click here) to download an instruction sheet on how to repair the car seat or call Graco at 1-800-664-5246.
 
Toro Mowers: The Toro Company, is voluntarily recalling about 13,000 Toro-brand commercial-grade riding mowers. The riding mower's exhaust system can ignite fuel vapors from spilled fuel if the engine backfires.

The recall includes Toro-brand Zmaster Z100 series riding mowers. They are red, equipped with 17 to 23 horsepower engines and have mowing decks from 44 to 52 inches. The mowers have independently controlled rear-drive wheels, front casters, and a centrally mounted mowing deck. The brand and model names (Toro Zmaster) appear on the front of the mower.

Toro dealers nationwide sold these riding mowers between January 1998 and December 2001 for between $6,000 and $7,300.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled mowers and contact Toro at (800) 225-0578 or their local Toro dealer to determine if their riding mower's model numbers and serial numbers are included in the recall. The model and serial number are located on a decal located on the right side of the operating console below the seat. If needed, the dealer will schedule a repair of the riding mower's exhaust system. ( Click here ) to visit the firm's website.

Dixon Mowers:  Dixon Industries Inc. is recalling about 28,000 riding lawn mowers. The fuel tanks on these mowers can crack and leak fuel, posing a fire hazard and risk of burn injuries to consumers.

The recall includes the following model Dixon ZTR riding mowers, which are blue, with the serial numbers in the following ranges:

Dixon ZTR Serial Number Range
Model 2301 2555 through 3100
Models 3303 and 3304 54241 through 66276
Model 3014 14116 through 23741
Model 4421 88987 through 89316
Models 5020, 5022, 5023, 5503 2118 through 6575
Models 5017, 5423, 5424, 5425 4580 through 5835
Model 5502 8484 through 8547
Model 5601 2103 through 2116
Classic Series 97579 through 97798 or 97844 through 97883

The model numbers are located on the body of the mower near the bottom of the seat, or on both sides of the front of the body above the wheels. The serial numbers are located on the left rear corner of the riding mowers, behind the engine. The name "DIXON" is on the front of the mowers.

Dixon dealers sold these mowers nationwide at various time periods from July 1997 through March 2002 for between $2,500 and $7,400.

Consumers should stop using these mowers immediately and contact their nearest Dixon dealer for free installation of a replacement fuel tank. For more information, consumers should contact Dixon at (877) 288- 6673 or ( click here) to get to their site.

Kids' Room

Soap Kits: Rose Art Industries Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 124,400 Soap Making Kits. The soap may get too hot when heated in the microwave oven and leak from the plastic container posing a burn hazard to children.

The soap making kit is sold in a cardboard box with model number 4054 or a plastic case with model number 4121 on the packaging. The model number is located on the upper right hand corner on the front of the packaging. Each kit includes bars of soap, molds, and a plastic cup to melt soap chunks.

Toy and discount stores, including Toys R Us, Wal Mart, Kaybee Toys, Target, and Value City, sold these kits nationwide between August 1997 through December 2001 for about $10.

Consumers should stop using these kits immediately and contact Rose Art at 1-800-272-9667 or (click here ) for a full refund.

Living Room

Fireplace Screens: Pascal Products Company Ltd. is voluntarily recalling about 600 two-paneled fireplace screens. The paint on the metal mesh can ignite when exposed to a direct flame, posing a serious fire hazard to consumers.

The recalled screens are Wal-Mart Home Trends 2-Paneled Fireplace Screens with model number 500RR. The 500RR model screens have a light rust color and use standard Phillips-head hinge pins.Wal-Mart stores nationwide sold the fireplace screens from September 2001 through December 2001 for about $30. Fireplace screens that have a dark brown color or have elongated dual-use-screw heads are not included in this recall

Consumers should stop using the fireplace screens immediately and return them to any Wal-Mart store for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Pascal at (601) 362-6813 Fireplace screens that have a dark brown color or have elongated dual-use-screw heads are not included in this recall.

Humidifer: Hunter Fan Co. is voluntarily recalling about 100,000 humidifiers. The motors in these humidifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

The recalled humidifiers have the following model numbers and date codes, which can be found on a label located on the back of the motor/switch housing.

MODEL SIZE DATE CODE DESCRIPTION
32500 CareFree 5 Gallon 15200 through 36500; 00101 through 36501; or 00102 through 06002 Light beige, made of plastic with a dark beige base, dark beige top vent and tinted water tank
33300 CareFree Plus 3 Gallon 15200 through 36500; 00101 through 36501; or 00102 through 06002  Light gray, made of plastic with dark gray top vent and dark gray base with a tinted water tank
33330 CareFree Plus 3.3 Gallon  15200 through 36500; 00101 through 36501; or 00102 through 06002  Light gray, made of plastic with dark gray top vent and dark gray base with a tinted water tank
33350 CareFree Plus 3.5 Gallon  15200 through 36500; 00101 through 36501; or 00102 through 06002
 Light gray, made of plastic with dark gray top vent and dark gray base with a tinted water tank


Discount, hardware and lighting stores; wholesale clubs; home centers; catalogs; and various online stores sold these humidifiers nationwide from August 2000 through February 2002 for between $50 and $120.

Consumers should stop using these humidifiers and unplug them immediately. Consumers should call Hunter Fan at 1-800-207-5982 to arrange for a free repair or replacement or ( click here) to get to their site.

Treadmills: ICON Health & Fitness  is voluntarily recalling about 7,500 hikers. Hikers are shortened-platform treadmills that operate at a speed of up to six mph. They can be set at an incline of up to 25 or 50%, depending on model, to simulate hiking up steep grades. An electrical component in the control system at the base of the unit can fail and cause overheating. This poses a risk of fire and burns to consumers.

The recall includes the NordicTrack Adventurer with model number NTHK9990 or 831.29897; NordicTrack Teton with model number NTHK2249; and ProForm TrailRunner with model number PFHK9990. The brand of these hikers is written on the console on the front of the equipment. The brand name, model name and model number are written on the front page of the equipment's user manual. The model number also is written on the hiker's serial number decal found on the left-front corner of the NordicTrack Adventurer and Teton units, and on the right side of the support base of the ProForm TrailRunner.

Sporting good and department stores sold these hikers nationwide from April 2000 through December 2001 for up to $2,300, depending on model.

Consumers should stop using and unplug the recalled hikers immediately and contact Icon Health & Fitness to receive a free repair kit or to arrange for a free service call. For more information, contact ICON Health & Fitness at 1-800-999-3756.

Office

Paperweights: Dollar Tree Stores Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 165,000 paperweights. The paperweights can leak petroleum distillates, which can pose ingestion and flammability hazards to consumers.

The recalled paperweights were sold in four varieties:

Pyramid
3 inches long, 3 inches wide and 3 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or hearts floating in clear liquid

Pyramid With a Heart
2 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or multicolored hearts floating in clear liquid

Heart
2 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or multicolored hearts floating in clear liquid

Double Heart
3 1/2 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches high Sailboats floating in blue and clear liquid or multicolored hearts floating in clear liquid

All four varieties of paperweights have a label on the bases that reads, "817718*** OFSC3*** DOLLAR TREE DIST. *** MADE IN CHINA ***K's Collection.". Dollar Tree, Only One Dollar, Only $1, Dollar Express, and Dollar Bills retail stores nationwide sold the paperweights from August 2000 through September 2000 for about $1.

Consumers should return the paperweights to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, call Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. at 1-800-876-8077.

Printers: Longwell Electronics is voluntarily recalling about 2.5 million power cord sets sold with inkjet printers from Hewlett-Packard Company. The connector can break, exposing electrical contacts and posing a shock hazard to consumers.

The gray, two-wire power cord sets with a LS-7C connector were sold with the following HP printers: HP Deskjet 800 series and 900 series, HP Photosmart 1000 series, 1100 series, 1200 series, and 1300 series inkjet printers. The name "Longwell" is molded on the plug between the blades.

To view pictures of these products, click here.  For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.

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