WASHINGTON (AP) — From all-terrain vehicles to ice cream dippers, consumer products recalled this week cover a broad range.
The ATVs have dangerously flawed steering while the dippers have handles that can fly off. Surprisingly, it’s the ice cream dipper that has caused more injuries, though none were serious.
Both were recalled this week, along with a holiday tree set, faulty stroller, exploding battery pack and other items, in announcements made by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A rundown of the products recalled this week:
DETAILS: 2010 and 2011 Can-Am Outlander and Renegade model ATVs, which were made in Mexico for BRP US Inc. of Sturtevant, Wis. They were sold at Can-Am dealerships nationwide between September 2009 and November 2011.
WHY: The Dynamic Power Steering main shaft can crack and pieces can detach. Those pieces inside the DPS can block gears and cause limited steering ability, posing a loss of control hazard with risk of serious injury or death to the operator.
INCIDENTS: BRP has received two reports of broken steering shafts, resulting in limited steering ability. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,600.
FOR MORE: Call 888-638-5397 or visit http://www.can-am.brp.com .
ICE CREAM DIPPERS
DETAILS: Ice cream dippers made in the United States by the Zeroll Co. of Fort Pierce, Fla., distributed by Pampered Chef of Addison, Ill., and sold online between July and September. A non-toxic liquid is sealed inside the handle of the product which conducts the heat of the consumer’s hand to more easily scoop hard ice cream.
WHY: A liquid is sealed inside the handle which conducts the heat of the consumer’s hand in order to make it easier to scoop hard ice cream. When the scoop is exposed to warm water, the cap and seal at the end of the handle can fly off with substantial force, posing an impact injury hazard.
INCIDENTS: The Pampered Chef has received 16 reports including damage to kitchen items and six reports of personal injuries including cuts, bruises and redness caused by caps coming off the base of the handle.
HOW MANY: About 20,000.
FOR MORE: Call 877-917-2433 or visit http://www.pamperedchef.com/recall/cust_info_collection.jsp .
DETAILS: Bugaboo Bee Strollers, made in China for Bugaboo Americas of El Segundo, Calif. They were told at Toys R Us, Buy Buy Baby and other baby product stores nationwide as well as online between February and September.
WHY: The front swivel wheels can lock while the stroller is in motion, causing the stroller to tip and posing a fall hazard.
INCIDENTS: Four incidents reported, with a baby and a toddler suffering minor injuries.
HOW MANY: About 7,000 in the United States and 260 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 800-460-2922 or visit http://www.bugaboo.com/non-swiveling-wheels.
CAR SEAT ADAPTERS
DETAILS: The Bugaboo car seat adapter, made in China for importer Bugaboo Americas of El Segundo, Calif. It was sold at Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, Neiman Marcus and other retailers from December 2005 to July 2011.
WHY: The adapters are devices designed to attach car seats to stroller frames. When used on a stroller that also has a wheeled board accessory attached, for transporting a standing toddler, the car seat can disconnect and fall when positioned so the child faces forward.
INCIDENTS: One minor injury reported.
HOW MANY: About 64,000.
FOR MORE: Call 800-460-2922 or visit http://www.bugaboo.com .
CHILDREN’S TRAVEL CASES
DETAILS: Circo-branded children’s travel cases, made in China for Target Corp. of Minneapolis. They were sold at Target stores and Target’s website from April through August.
WHY: The surface coating on the travel cases contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 139,000.
FOR MORE: Call 800-440-0680 or visit http://www.target.com .
DETAILS: Rayovac-branded replacement battery packs used with cordless power tools. They were manufactured in China, imported by BatteriesPlus LLC of Hartland, Wis., and sold at BatteriesPlus retail stores and online between June 2008 and October 2011.
WHY: The battery pack can explode unexpectedly, posing a serious injury risk.
INCIDENTS: Five reports of exploding batteries received; no injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 111,800.
FOR MORE: Call 877-856-3232 or visit http://www.batteriesplus.com .
HOLIDAY TREE, WREATH AND GARLAND SETS
DETAILS: Brookfield Entry Way Tree Sets, made in China for General Foam Plastic Corp. of Norfolk, Va., and sold exclusively at True Value Hardware stores.
WHY: The battery box that power lights on the artificial wreath can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: 12 reports of battery boxes overheating after batteries were installed. No injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,000.
FOR MORE: Call 855-277-0085 or visit http://www.genfoam.inc .
DETAILS: Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears, made in China for Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. of St. Louis and sold at the company’s outlets and online.
WHY: The teddy bear’s eyes could loosen and fall out, posing a choking hazard for children.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: 284,000 in the United States and 13,200 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 866-236-5683 or visit http://www.buildabear.com .
WOMEN’S DRESS SHOES
DETAILS: Naturalizer “Dare” women’s dress shoes made in China and distributed by Brown Shoe Company Inc. of St. Louis. They were sold at Naturalizer stores nationwide from July through November.
WHY: The heels can lean to either side when pressure is applied, posing a fall hazard when worn by consumers.
INCIDENTS: The firm has received one report of a consumer who fell while wearing the shoes and sustained a minor leg injury.
HOW MANY: About 6,100 pairs in the United States and 700 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 888-443-2019 or visit http://www.naturalizer.com .