Swing sets with defective seats, a rock climbers’ tool that could malfunction posing a fall hazard, and toy rattles that could come apart are among this week’s consumer product recalls.
Here’s a look at the details:
DETAILS: Playsafe Dartmouth Swing Set imported by Pacific Cycle Inc. of Madison, Wis.; sold exclusively at Toys R Us stores nationwide from January through May 2011. The swing sets have two swings with yellow plastic sling-style seats, a yellow plastic sliding board, a two-person glider with yellow plastic seats, yellow plastic trapeze hanging rings and a four-person lawn swing with yellow plastic seats and footboard. The swing sets were manufactured in China.
WHY: The sling-style swing seats can crack or split prematurely, posing a fall hazard.
INCIDENTS: Pacific Cycle has received five reports of the sling-style swing seats breaking during use, including reports of minor injuries involving bruises and scrapes.
HOW MANY: About 5,500.
FOR MORE: Call 877-564-2261; visit www.pacific-cycle.com .
ROCK CLIMBING EQUIPMENT
DETAILS: GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted breaking, used by rock climbers to control the safety rope during a fall or while being lowered, is imported by Petzl America Inc. of Clearfield, Utah; sold at sports and recreation stores in the U.S. and Canada from February to June 2011. The belay devices come in grey, blue and orange colors. They were manufactured by Petzl SAS of Crolles, France.
WHY: Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position. When stuck open, the assisted braking function is disabled, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: Seven devices worldwide, including one in the U.S., were returned after the users noticed that the handle could become stuck in the open position. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 18,000 in the U.S. and about 2,000 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 800-932-2978; visit http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/us/recall-replacement-grigri-2 .
DETAILS: Twirlla Wooden Rattles manufactured by Manhattan Group LLC of Minneapolis, Minn., sold at baby, gift and specialty stores nationwide and online at ManhattanToy.com from March through July 2011. The painted wooden rattles are orange, red, green and pale blue with yellow balls on each end. The toys were made in Thailand.
WHY: The rattle’s U-shaped center parts can break, posing a choking hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 3,300 in the United States and 145 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 800-541-1345; visit www.manhattantoy.com .