Dolls that pose a strangulation hazard, off-road motorcycles with an extra crash risk and exercise cords that have caused permanent vision loss are among this week’s consumer product recalls.
Here’s a look at the details:
DETAILS: The Chloe, Sophie and Audrey soft dolls imported by Pottery Barn Kids, a division of Williams-Sonoma Inc. of San Francisco, were recalled. Manufactured in China, the dolls were sold at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide, online at www.potterybarnkids.com and through Pottery Barn Kids catalogs from July 2006 through April 2011.
WHY: The hair on the Chloe and Sophie dolls may contain loops that are large enough to fit around a child’s head and neck, and the headband on the Audrey doll, if loosened, can form a loop that can fit around a child’s head and neck, all posing a strangulation hazard.
INCIDENTS: The company has received five reports of dolls with looped hair, including one in which a loop of the Chloe doll’s hair was found around the neck of a 21-month-old child. The child was not injured.
HOW MANY: About 81,000 in the United States and 1,300 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 855-880-4504; visit www.potterybarnkids.com .
DETAILS: Off-road motorcycles manufactured in Austria and imported by KTM North America Inc. of Murrieta, Calif., were recalled. They were sold at authorized KTM and Husaberg dealers nationwide from April 2010 through May 2011.
WHY: The handlebar clamp can develop cracks during normal use, causing the handlebars to move from their set position. That can result in the rider losing control of the vehicle, posing a fall or crash hazard.
INCIDENTS: KTM received a report of one incident in which the consumer was hospitalized from injuries received in a crash after the clamps cracked and failed to secure the handlebars.
HOW MANY: About 6,100.
FOR MORE: Call 888-985-6090.
DETAILS: Target Corp. of Minneapolis recalled Embark Resistance Cords and Cord Kits, made in China and sold at Target stores nationwide and www.target.com from July 2009 through August 2011. The resistance cords, used for exercising and stretching, are made of green, blue or black rubber with black foam handles and a door attachment.
WHY: A black plastic ball attached to the resistance cord’s door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user, posing an injury hazard.
INCIDENTS: Target has received three reports of incidents in which consumers were struck in the eye by the door anchor ball. Two incidents resulted in permanent vision loss. The severity of the injury in the third incident is not known.
HOW MANY: About 447,000.
FOR MORE: Call 800-440-0680; visit www.target.com .