Recalls this week: tents, fuel, step stools, cribs

Children’s folding tents with breakable frames and gel fuel that can ignite unexpectedly were among the consumer products recalled this week.

Also recalled were unstable step stools that can cause falls and cribs with collapsing rails.

Here’s a look at the details:



DETAILS: IKEA North America Service, of Conshohocken, Pa., recalled the BUSA children’s folding tent, manufactured in Vietnam and sold at IKEA stores nationwide from August 2011 through September 2011.

WHY: The steel wire frame of the tent can break, producing sharp wire ends that can protrude through the tent fabric, posing a laceration or puncture hazard.

INCIDENTS: Three incidents reported, one involving injury.

HOW MANY: About 51,000 in the United States and 7,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call 888-966-4532 or visit .



DETAILS: Bird Brain Inc. of Ypsilanti, Mich., recalled fuel sold as Bird Brain Firepot Fuel Gel, Bird Brain Firepot Citronella Fuel Gel and Bird Brain BioFuel Fuel Gel, manufactured in the U.S. and China and sold at Sears, K-Mart, Target and many other retailers as well as online from October 2008 through August 2011. The gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel cup in the center of ceramic firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited.

WHY: The fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning, posing fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.

INCIDENTS: At least 20 reported incidents, resulting in 11 injuries that involved first-, second- and third-degree burns.

HOW MANY: About 1.6 million bottles and cans.

FOR MORE: Call 877-414-0842 or visit .



DETAILS: Ballard Designs Inc. of Atlanta recalled Stafford step stools, which were sold at Ballard Design stores in Florida, Georgia and Ohio, through Ballard Designs catalogs and online from July 2009 through May 2011.

WHY: Plastic tabs on the feet of the step stools can cause the stools to be unstable, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: Six reports that the stools were not stable, including two reports of falls resulting in minor injuries.

HOW MANY: About 2,500.

FOR MORE: Call 888-606-2627 or visit .



DETAILS: J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp. of Plano, Texas, and manufacturer Yu Wei Co. Ltd. of Taipei, Taiwan, recalled drop-side cribs that were sold online and via the J.C. Penney catalog from January 2006 through December 2010. The full-size cribs were sold under the Scroll and Lauren model names in the colors of antique white, pecan and dark cherry.

WHY: The drop-side rails can malfunction, detach or unexpectedly fall down, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position. When this happens, a space is created into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib.

INCIDENTS: The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it is aware of nine incidents, including one report of a child who sustained minor abrasions to the arm.

HOW MANY: About 8,000.

FOR MORE: Call 877-806-8190, visit or email yuweiparts(at) to order a free immobilizer kit.