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Recall! 7 Brands of Self-Balancing Scooters and Hoverboards

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More recalls and an advisory have been issued for self-balancing scooters and hoverboards. Many of these products have caused fires, injuries and accidents.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (UPSC) issued an urgent advisory to consumers to stop using LayZ Board hoverboards after the boards were involved in yet another house-destroying fire in Manchester Township, Pennsylvania.

This follows a house fire in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where two young girls died.  A Harrisburg firefighter also died when his car crashed on the way to the fire.

Along with the “stay-away” LayZ Board UPSC advisory, 7 other brands have been recalled.

The problem with the recalled hoverboards, as stated in each recall notice is: “The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding.”

The 7 brands of recalled self-balancing scooters/ hoverboards are listed below. Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled scooters/hoverboards.

·      Smart Balance Wheel Self-Balancing Scooters/ Hoverboards by Salvage World due to explosion and fire hazards. Consumers can contact: Salvage World toll-free at 888-726-9603 from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.salvageworldllc.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

·      Drone Nerds Self-Balancing Scooters/ Hoverboardsdue to explosion and fire hazards. Consumers can contact: Drone Nerds toll-free at 888-785-7543 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at hbrecall@gmail.com or online at www.dronenerds.com and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

·      Go Wheels Self-Balancing Scooters/ Hoverboards by Four Star Imports due to fire and explosion hazards; sold exclusively at Village Mart. Consumers can contact Four Star Imports at 800-780-5231 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT or online at www.villagemart.com and click on Recall Notice.

·      .iHoverspeed Self-Balancing Scooters/ Hoverboards by Simplified Wireless due to fire hazard. Simplified Wireless toll-free at 833-220-1212 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or email at simplifiedrecall@gmail.com.

·      iLive Self-Balancing Scooters/ Hoverboards by Digital Products due to fire hazard. Contact DPI at 800-311-9263 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT or online at www.iliveelectronics.com and click on “Recall Notice” for more information.

·      Tech Drift Recalls Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards due to fire and explosion hazards. Tech Drift at 800-491-0264 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or email techdriftmyk@gmail.com for more information.

·      Sonic Smart Wheels Self-Balancing Scooters/Hoverboards by Dollar Mania due to explosion and fire hazards. Dollar Mania toll-free at 844-333-4457 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online on the Dollar Mania Facebook page for more information. 

For more information and images of all the recalled products, go to: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls?page=1

 

Parenting

Recall: More Than 500,000 Diono Children’s Car Seats

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Diono has announced that it is recalling more than 500,000 car seats after concerns that they may not adequately protect children in a crash. The recall covers the following models: Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica and Rainier convertible and booster seats. The car seats were made from as early as January 2014 to September 2017 by Diono, which used to be called Sunshine Kids Juvenile.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that when the seats are secured using a lap belt without the top tether, children over 65 pounds have an increased risk of chest injury in a crash.

Diono, based in Sumner, Washington, says it has no reports of injuries and that few children who weigh more than 65 pounds will be harnessed into the seats. The problem was discovered in company testing. The company will send owners a kit with an energy absorbing pad and a new chest clip at no cost. The recall is expected to start November 22. Customers with questions can call Diono at (855) 463-4666.

Consumers can also click on https://us.diono.com/safety-notice/ for more information.

To ensure that your child is using the car seat safest for them Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Buy a car seat that is age and size appropriate. Resist the urge to deviate from this so you can better see your child or for other reasons.
  • Make sure that when installing a car seat the latch straps or seatbelt straps are not twisted.
  • A properly installed car seat should not move more than one inch from side to side and front to back.
  • Read the car seat instruction manual as well as the vehicle owner manual for proper installation instructions.
  • Check the return policy on your car seat before you make a purchase in case you buy the wrong size and need to replace it.
  • Delay switching to front-facing car seats as late as possible to ensure safety. Before you make the switch, make sure your child truly has outgrown their current seat.

Story source: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/travel-products/car-seat-reviews/news/a46498/diono-car-seat-recall/

https://us.diono.com/safety-notice/

Parenting

Recall: 587,000 Preferred Kids Wind-Up Musical Toys

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More than 500,000 wind-up musical toys are being recalled because of a choking hazard. The stuffed animals come in a variety of animal characters and colors.

The recalled Preferred Kids Wind-Up Musical Toys have a metal post and /or handle that can detach and get stuck in a child’s throat if they put the part in their mouth.

The firm has received six reports of parts from the wind-up handle detaching from the toy. No injuries have been reported so far.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toys, take them away from young children and contact Kids Preferred for a free replacement toy.

The toys were sold at Carter’s, Target, Walmart and other stores nationwide and online from January 2016 through August 2017 for between $11 and $20.

Consumers can contact Kids Preferred toll-free at 888-968-9268 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recall@kidspreferred.com or online at www.kidspreferred.com and click on “Product Safety” for more information.

The model number and batch code are printed on the smallest white sewn-in label behind the care label.

A list of model numbers and batch codes as well as photos and descriptions of the recalled toys can be found at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kids-preferred-recalls-wind-up-musical-toys

Parenting

Kidde Recalls 37 Million Fire Extinguishers!

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Many families have a fire extinguisher in the home or car in case of a fire. These can be life and property savers – if they work properly. If you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, then be sure to check and see whether it is one of the 134 models being recalled due to failure to discharge.

The recall is for Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.

The plastic handle fire extinguishers encompasses 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.  Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717.  For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.

Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers: The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

The firm is aware of a 2014 death involving a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

The products were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.

Consumers can contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

A complete list of the recalled products is available on https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Kidde-Recalls-Fire-Extinguishers-with-Plastic%20Handles-Due-to-Failure-to-Discharge-and-Nozzle-Detachment-One-Death-Reported

 

Parenting

Cashews Recalled Due to Glass Pieces

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Nuts have become a go-to snack for many families looking to live a healthier life. If you’ve purchased cashews from an ALDI grocery store recently, be sure to check and see if the brand is Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt.

The recall was initiated after the company received consumer reports of glass found in the product. To date, there have not been any reported injuries. Potentially impacted product has been removed from store shelves.

This recall affects the Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt sold in 8-ounce (227-gram) canisters, labeled with UPC No. 041498179366. The affected cashews have best by dates of 11/27/18 and 11/28/18.

The cashews were sold by ALDI stores in 29 states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Consumers who have purchased the product in question are urged not to consume this product and may return the product to their local ALDI store for a refund or dispose of the item.

Consumers with questions may contact Star Snacks at 201-882-4593 or RecallFEQ01@gmail.com, Monday-Friday 9 am – 2 pm EST.

Story source: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm562129.htm

Your Baby

Recall: Infant Bathtubs Due to Drowning and Impact Injury

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This recall involves 86,000 Summer Infant Lil’ Luxuries Whirlpool, Bubbling Spa & Shower with fabric slings.

Fabric slings on the recalled infant bathtubs can detach from the tub, posing a risk of impact injury and drowning.

CPSC and Summer Infant have received reports of 91 incidents of the sling detaching, including 11 reports of infants who received a bump to the head.

The infant bathtub is a battery-operated whirlpool bath with motorized jets intended for use with children from birth to 2 years. The product contains a fabric sling on a plastic frame onto which the infant is placed for bathing. The fabric sling on the recalled bathtubs does not have a white plastic attachment clip to hold the headrest area of the fabric sling to the plastic frame.

Recalled bathtubs have item numbers 18840, 18850, 18863, and 18873 and were sold between October 2012 and October 2013 with date codes starting with 1210, 1211, 1212, 1301, 1302, 1303, 1304, 1305, 1306, 1307, and 1308, which stand for the two-digit year followed by the two-digit month, on the fabric sling.

Consumers should immediately stop using the fabric sling in the recalled product and contact Summer Infant for a replacement fabric sling with a white plastic attachment clip. Consumers can contact Summer Infant toll free at 844-612-4254 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Friday, or online at www.summerinfant.com and click on “Safety Alerts & Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

The recalled items were sold at Toys R Us/Babies R Us and other juvenile product specialty stores nationwide from October 2012 through October 2013 for about $60. CPSC and Summer Infant warn consumers that these tubs could have been and could continue to be sold on the secondhand market.

 

Your Child

Recall: More Than 590,000 Albuterol Inhalers

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Adults and children with breathing problems often rely on metered dose inhalers to open their airways, allowing them to breathe more easily. Albuterol (Proventil, Proair, Ventolin) is a medication called a bronchodilator, commonly found in rescue inhalers for acute asthma attacks.

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling more than 590,000 albuterol inhalers. Three lots of Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers have been voluntarily recalled due to a potential issue with the delivery system, a spokesman for the British pharmaceutical company said.

The affected lot numbers are 6ZP0003, 6ZP9944 and 6ZP9848. The devices have been recalled from hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers in the United States.

The recalled inhalers may not release the correct dose of medication due to a defective delivery system. Albuterol opens airways in the lungs to treat common conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The company said it had received an elevated number of product complaints about a bulging of the outside wrapper, indicating a leak of the propellant that delivers the medicine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the voluntary "Level 2" recall, which only affects products in the United States, GSK spokesman Juan Carlos Molina said.

The defect does not pose a danger to patients, so they are not being asked to return inhalers they have already purchased. However, if the devices are not relieving symptoms, patients should seek medical attention right away.

GSK said it was trying to identify the root cause of the problem and would take corrective action. Patients whose inhalers are among the affected lots can contact GSK’s customer service center at 1-888-825-5249.

Story sources: Robert Jimison, http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/06/health/albuterol-inhaler-recall/

Your Child

McDonald’s Recalls Kid's “Step-iT” Wristbands Due to Burns, Skin Irritations

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About 29 million of McDonald’s “Step-iT” activity wristbands have been recalled in the U.S. due to skin irritations or burns to children.

The recall involves “Step-iT” activity wristbands, which come in two styles—“Activity Counter” and a motion-activated “Light-up Band.” The Activity Counter comes in translucent plastic orange, blue or green and features a digital screen that tracks a child’s steps or other movement. The Light-up Band comes in translucent plastic red, purple, or orange and blinks light with the child’s movement. Both styles of activity wristbands have a square face with the words “STEP-iT” printed on them and a button to depress and activate the wristband. The back of the square face contains the etched words “Made for McDonald’s.” 

The company has received more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, after wearing the wristbands.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled wristbands from children and return them to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or bag of apple slices.

The wristbands were distributed exclusively by McDonald’s restaurants nationwide, from August 9, 2016 to August 17, 2016 with Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals. 

Consumers can contact McDonald’s at 800-244-6227 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT daily, or online at www.mcdonalds.com and click on “Safety Recall” for more information. 

You can see all the models recalled on http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/McDonalds-Recalls-Step-iT-Activity-Wristbands/

Your Child

Recall: CLIF Bars, Due to Possible Nut Allergens

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If your child has a nut allergy, and eats CLIF bars, they could accidently ingest one of an assortment of nuts that may have slipped through the manufacturing process.

CLIF Bar and Company is voluntarily recalling 12 of its products that are primarily marketed for children because they may contain several nut allergens.

The bars might contain peanuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and coconut.

As you know, serious or life-threatening allergic reactions are possible for those with severe allergy to nuts or peanuts. As this time, there have been no reports of illness from this recall.

The bars were sold online and at retail stores throughout the United States. The affected products can be identified by the “Best By” date code found on the back of the individual packaging. You can check the lot codes below:

  • CLIF BUILDER'S 18-count Variety Pack Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint: Lot Code FROM: 24MAR16M; Lot Code TO: 08FEB18M
  • CLIF Kid Zbar Protein 30-count Variety Pack -- Lot Code FROM: 31MAY16M; Lot Code TO: 15OCT17M
  • CLIF BUILDER'S Chocolate Mint 12-count -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF BUILDER'S Chocolate Mint 6-pack -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF BUILDER'S Chocolate Mint 7-pack -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF BUILDER'S Snack Size Chocolate Mint 200-count -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip 10-pack -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip 150-count -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip 5-pack -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint 10-pack -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint 150-count -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 
  • CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Mint 5-pack -- Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3; Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3 

All other CLIF Bar and Company products are not affected by this recall.

The company is asking people to return the products to where they bought them for a refund or exchange. People with questions can call 866-526-1970 or visit the company’s website here.

Story source: Brunilda Nazario, MD http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20170706/clif-bars-recall

http://www.clifbar.com/text/june-2017-recall

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