Modes of transportation, powered by humans and engines alike, are a focus of consumer products recalled this week.
The recalled items include jogging strollers that can suddenly tip over and result in injuries for the adults pushing them, women’s bicycles with breakable frames that cause riders to fall, and all-terrain vehicles that tend to veer out of control.
A summary of the items and reports of the injuries and damage they have caused:
DETAILS: Kelty Speedster Swivel Deluxe single jogging strollers and Swivel Deuce double jogging strollers made in the Philippines and imported by Kelty of Boulder, Colo., a division of American Recreation Products; sold at juvenile product stores and sporting goods stores nationwide and by Web retailers from January 2010 through February 2012.
WHY: The front wheel can come loose when in use and cause the stroller to tip over, posing a fall and injury hazard to children in the stroller and adults pushing it.
INCIDENTS: Three reported incidents involving cuts, scrapes and fractured bones to adults and minor cuts and scrapes to children.
HOW MANY: About 3,000
FOR MORE: Call 866-349-7225 or visit http://www.kelty.com .
DETAILS: Fuji Saratoga women’s bicycles, made in China and imported by Advanced Sports Inc. of Philadelphia; sold at specialty bicycle stores nationwide from November 2007 through December 2011.
WHY: The bicycle’s frame can break in the center during use and cause the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard.
INCIDENTS: The company is aware of 12 reports of bicycle frames breaking, including two injuries, a head laceration requiring 20 stitches and scrapes and bruises.
HOW MANY: About 10,500
FOR MORE: Call 888-286-6263 or visit http://www.fujibikes.com .
BICYCLE HANDLEBAR STEMS
DETAILS: Mountain bicycle handlebar stems, made by Post Moderne Corp. and imported by Shimano American Corp. of Irvine, Calif.; sold at REI, bicycle specialty stores and dealers nationwide from October 2009 to November 2010.
WHY: The bolts holding the front plate of the stem to the stem body can be pulled out of the threads while the bike is being ridden and cause the rider to lose control.
INCIDENTS: Shimano has received one report of an incident in which the rider fell and received torso and arm injuries.
HOW MANY: 213 in the United States; 83 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 800-353-4719 or visit http://www.shimano.com .
DETAILS: 2012 Honda FourTrax Rancher ATVs made in the United States and distributed by American Honda Motor Co. of Torrance, Calif.; sold at Honda ATV dealers from September 2011 to January 2012.
WHY: A weld on the ATV’s front right upper suspension arm can separate, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
INCIDENTS: Four known incidents of suspension arm weld failures, including one in which a rider suffered a sprained wrist.
HOW MANY: About 2,900.
FOR MORE: Call 866-784-1870 or visit http://powersports.honda.com .
DETAILS: Map Pro, Propylene and MAPP gas cylinders made by Worthington Cylinders Wisconsin LLC of Chilton, Wis., containing propylene gas and used for soldering, brazing, cutting and welding; sold at hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowes and other retailers in the U.S. and Canada from October 2004 through January 2012.
WHY: The seal on the cylinders can leak after torches or other fuel-consuming equipment are disconnected from them, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported
HOW MANY: 29 million in the U.S. and 1.4 million in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call 866-511-8967 or visit http://www.MAPCylinderRecall.com .
DETAILS: Gas-powered backpack blowers, manufactured by ECHO Inc. of Lake Zurich, Ill.; sold at Home Depot and ECHO dealers from August 2011 through January 2012.
WHY: The fuel line between the fuel tank and carburetor could have been damaged during assembly leading to fuel leakage, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 16,000
FOR MORE: Call 800-432-3246 or visit http://www.echo-usa.com .
AIR FAN HEATERS
DETAILS: Forced air heaters imported by Meijer Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich.; sold at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio from September through November 2011. The Touch Point brand oscillating forced air fan heaters were manufactured in China.
WHY: Exposed and unshielded electrical components can cause the heater to overheat and melt, posing fire and electrical shock hazards.
INCIDENTS: Meijer received one report of a unit’s base burning, melting and damaging the carpet beneath it. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 6,100
FOR MORE: Call 800-927-8699 or visit http://www.meijer.com .
HOME SECURITY SYSTEM MODULES
DETAILS: GSM radio modules used inside Go!Control Panels for home security systems, made in China for 2GIG Technologies Inc. of Lehi, Utah. Sold to home security companies and security system equipment distributors nationwide and in Canada from December 2010 to October 2011.
WHY: The modules can overheat and combust, resulting in a fire or burn hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: 22 reports of the product overheating, including three reports of minor smoke, heat or fire damage to the wall where the control panel was mounted.
HOW MANY: About 40,000
FOR MORE: Contact your home security company or 2GIG at 855-244-4832 or visit http://www.2gig.com .
UTILITY VEHICLE DOOR LATCHES
DETAILS: Pro Armor Slam Latches made in the United States and imported by LSI Products, doing business as Pro Armor of Riverside, Calif.; sold for use in Polaris RZR, Can-Am Commander and Kawasaki Teryx utility vehicles through Powersports dealers and online from January 2011 through November 2011.
WHY: The latch pin can disengage from the latch, allowing the door to open while the vehicle is moving. This can pose a risk of ejection of an unrestrained rider and impact or laceration hazards.
INCIDENTS: Nine reports of the latch pin disengaging; no injuries reported.
HOW MANY: About 5,200.
FOR MORE: Call 888-312-7667 or visit http://www.proarmor.com .
SOLAR ROOF TILES
DETAILS: SolarBlend roof tiles, made in China by Wuxi Suntech Power Co. Ltd. and imported by Suntech America Inc. of San Francisco; sold by roofing retailers and installers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas and Nevada from October 2009 through March 2011.
WHY: The connectors between the tiles can become loose, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: One report of a fire involving six tiles. No injuries.
HOW MANY: About 300 installations.
FOR MORE: Call 888-770-7122 or visit http://www.suntech-power.com/product-safety .