Recalls this week: Griddles, ATVs, climbing gear

NEW YORK (AP) ? Serious injuries ranging from shocks to falls during rock climbing can occur from using the products recalled this week: griddles, ATVs and rock-climbing gear.

Some injuries have been reported from the items, none of them serious.

Here’s a rundown of the details:



DETAILS: Wolfgang Puck brand combination electric grills/griddles, imported from China by W.P. Appliances Inc., of Hollywood, Fla. The griddles, which bear model number BRTGG010 on a foil sticker label on the bottom, were sold exclusively by The Home Shopping Network and online at between April 30 and May 6.

WHY: A defect in the electrical wiring of the appliances can cause them to overheat. This may result in the plastic housing melting, or an electrical shock hazard for users.

INCIDENTS: There have been four reports of electrical shock and two reports of melted plastic housings.

HOW MANY: About 27,000.

FOR MORE: Call 855-666-0478; visit .



DETAILS: All 2011 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs and some 2012 Arctic Cat XC 450 ATVs, distributed by Arctic Cat Inc., of Thief River Falls, Minn., are involved. The black and orange or black and green vehicles were sold at dealerships nationwide starting in February.

WHY: The vehicle’s steering tie-rod can bend, causing the driver to lose control and potentially crash.

INCIDENTS: The company has received three reports of bent tie-rods. None involved injuries.

HOW MANY About 1,384.

FOR MORE: Call 800-279-6851; visit .



DETAILS: The Joss Cam, a mechanical device placed in the crack of a rock to support a climber’s weight, made in Italy, was sold at Sierra Trading Post stores nationwide from August 2003 through March 2006. The devices come in eight sizes, and have a sling on the end with solid horizontal blocks of yellow, orange, purple, red, green or blue. The “Cassin” logo is also printed on a tag attached to the sling.

WHY: The cams can fail unexpectedly after being set, allowing the climber to fall.

INCIDENTS: One incident has been reported in Europe, no deaths or injuries have been reported in the U.S.

HOW MANY: About 1,280.

FOR MORE: Call 800-713-4534; Email customerservice(at)