Consumer Ally's Recall Roundup: Walmart Heaters, Hondas and More
Here is this week's roundup of recalls:
- About 37,500 Sterno Portable Butane Stoves were recalled because the stove's "on-off" valve can fail to close, letting butane leak and creating a fire hazard. So far, no one has been hurt, although the Sterno Group LLC has received one report of a stove failing to completely shut off. The stoves were sold at sporting goods and retail stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico from September 2009 through September 2010, and restaurant supply stores from August 2006 through September 2010 for between $20 and $30. The CPSC lists the UPC numbers affected by the recall.
- More than 2 million portable heaters sold at Walmart stores were recalled after reports of the heaters malfunctioning and even causing some fires and injuries.
- Honda Motor Co. recalled about 1.35 million Fit cars worldwide to repair headlight wiring.
- Stihl Inc. recalled about 1,000 of its FS 310 Bike Handle Trimmer/Brushcutters because vibration from the ignition module could make the trimmer head loosen and detach from the mounting. The company has gotten three reports of incidents, but no one was hurt. The trimmer was sold at Stihl dealers nationwide from June 2009 to April 2010 for about $550. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission lists the serial numbers affected by the recall.
- TOA Electronics recalled its Paging Horn Loudspeakers because the speaker housing can crack, sending the speakers tumbling from their mountings. About 2,600 loudspeakers are involved in the recall. Even though no injuries have been reported in the U.S., the company got 18 reports of falling speakers in Japan. The CPSC lists the model numbers involved in the recall.
- Fagor America Inc. recalled about 1,400 of its refrigerators because the control boards can overheat, causing a fire risk. The New Jersey company has gotten 19 reports of incidents, including two fires. So far, no one has been hurt. The refrigerators were sold nationwide between July 2006 and May 2010 for between $2,000 and $2,500. The CPSC listed the affected model numbers.
- Splendid -- a division of VF Contemporary Brands Inc. -- recalled about 900 of its girls' hooded zip jacket and vest sets because they have drawstrings through the hoods that could possibly strangle a child. The CPSC lists the style numbers and colors affected by the recall.
- Chrysler recalled some Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans because the airbags could inadvertently inflate.
- CDX Group Inc. recalled desk and table lamps because the wiring could cause a fire or shock consumers. About 1,600 were sold at stores in New York and Lexington, Ky., between April 2010 and July 2010 for between $5 and $10. CPSC lists the item numbers impacted in the recall and stores in which they were sold.
- Extech Instruments recalled 5,100 of its digital clamp meters and multimeters because they can fail to give an accurate voltage reading when the battery is low, give the operator a false reading that the electrical power is off or low -- and create an electrocution hazard. The meters were sold nationwide from January 2008 to November 2010 for between $150 and $300. Extech has one report of a meter giving an incorrect reading. No injuries have been reported. The CPSC lists the model and serial numbers.
- Ryobi RTS20 portable table saws were recalled because the saw blade could be misaligned, posing a laceration hazard. One World Technologies received a report of one consumer being hit by a piece of metal when using the saw, but no one was hurt. About 21,500 saws were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and in Canada from July 2010 through October 2010 for about $200. The recalled saw has a blue base and warning label with the model RTS20 and the Ryobi name printed on it and attached to the rear of the saw, the CPSC said.
- More than 13 million packages of Rolaids were recalled because of consumer reports of metal and wood bits in the products.
- The home-shopping network QVC recalled an 8-inch cast-iron skillet because its enamel coating can come off.
- Brinkman Turkey Farms of Ohio recalled its some of its gourmet barbecue sauce in bulk containers because it contains milk and soy as ingredients that weren't listed on the labels. The sauce -- in 22-ounce, 40-ounce and 160-ounce containers -- was sold in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists the UPC codes affected by the recall.
- Tofutti Brands Inc. recalled some of its 4-pack Yours Truly frozen dessert cones because of possible trace levels of milk in one lot of desserts. The brand is labeled as milk free. The recalled desserts have the manufacturing facility code 18-387 and the production code of either 2330 or 2350 stamped on the box, the FDA said. Consumers should return the desserts for a full refund. The desserts were sold on the East Coast and in the Midwest.
- Tropical Nut & Fruit recalled all of its products containing walnuts supplied by Atlas Walnuts after Nov. 16 because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The FDA said the company has no reports of anyone getting sick from the products. The products were sold nationwide and the FDA lists of the affected products.
- Reese Pharmaceutical Co. recalled some of its cold decongestant tablets because they were mislabeled as containing only 200mg guaifenesin tablets instead of the ingredients of acetaminophen, phenylehrine and chlorpheniramine maleate. The drug were sold under four brand names and the FDA lists the products and the lot numbers.
- Pampanga Food Co. recalled about 14,430 pounds of sauteed chicken products because they contain whey not listed on the labeling. The products were sent to distribution centers for sale to restaurants in California and Hawaii, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said.