Some Recalled Simplicity Bassinets Include Graco and "Winnie the Pooh" Brand
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware that some bassinets in the Simplicity recall announced August 28, 2008 include the Graco logo and "Winnie the Pooh" motif licensed by Disney Consumer Products. Consumers are urged to check their bassinets to ensure they are not using one of the recalled Simplicity models, including those with the Graco logo or "Winnie the Pooh" motif.
The Simplicity bassinets with the Graco logo were sold between 2001 and 2004. The Simplicity bassinets with the "Winnie the Pooh" motif were sold between 2002 and 2008.
The following retailers have voluntarily agreed to recall the product and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased:
• Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark.
• Toys "R" Us Inc., Wayne, N.J.
• Kmart Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill.
• Big Lots!, Columbus, Ohio
• Target, Minneapolis, Minnesota
• J.C. Penney, Plano, Texas
• AAFES, Dallas, Texas
• Amazon.com, LLC Seattle, WA
• Bed Bath & Beyond, Union, NJ
• Burlington Coat Factory, Burlington, NC
• Buy Buy Baby Garden City, NY
• Chelsea&Scott LTD (One Step Ahead),
Lake Bluff, IL • CSN Stores of Boston, MA
• Fingerhut Direct Marketing, Eden Prairie, MN
• Frogs and Lily Pads, St. Johnsbury, VT
• Kohl's Department Stores, Menomonee Falls, WI
• ShopKo Stores, Inc., Green Bay, WI
• Sweet Pea Dcor, North Beach, MD
• USA Baby #47, Overland Park, KS
• USA Baby #58, Brookfield, WI
• USA Baby #136, Berlin, CT
• USA Baby #141, Waipahu, HI
• USA Baby #142, Virginia Beach, VA
• USA Baby #147, Clovis, CA
CPSC learned that on August 21, 2008, a 6 -month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet's metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of involving the co-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.
The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by velcro. The fabric is folded down when the bassinet is converted into a bed-side co-sleeping position. If the velcro is not properly re-secured when the flap is adjusted, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped in the metal bars and suffocate. This warning does not cover bassinets produced in recent months that have fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.
Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with day care centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning.
Rugs Sold Exclusively at JC Penney Recalled by JLA Home Due to Fire Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Zebra Rug
Units: About 2,900
Importer: JLA Home, of Plano, Texas
Hazard: The rugs do not meet the federal flammability standard for small rugs and do not have the required flammability warning label.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled rug measures 30'' x 54'' and has a black-and-white zebra skin design. The rug was sold under J.C. Penney item number MF728-1050, which is located on the product's packaging.
Sold by: The J.C. Penney Web site and catalog from December 2007 through July 2008 for between $50 and $70.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should contact JLA Home to receive a warning label to be affixed to the backside of the rug, or consumers can contact JLA home for instructions on returning the rug for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact JLA Home toll-free at (866) 456-8852 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.jlahome.com
Name of Product: "Protocol" Remote-Controlled Mini Helicopter Toys
Units: About 78,000
Importer: Ashley Collection Inc., d.b.a. Protocol, of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: The rechargeable battery inside the helicopter can overheat. This can result in the helicopter's body melting, as well as a risk of fire or burns to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received nine reports of incidents of the helicopter overheating, including one minor burn to a consumer's fingertip.
Descriptions: This recall involves the "Protocol" remote-controlled mini helicopter toys with model number starting with 1442. The helicopter is made of foam and plastic and measures about 7 inches long. "Protocol" is printed on the tail and on the side of the helicopter. "1442-X" can be found on the packaging. The remote-control component measures 5 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches.
Sold at: Retail stores nationwide from October 2007 through December 2007 for between $30 and $50.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from children and contact the firm for information on how to receive a replacement helicopter.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Protocol at (800) 261-1193 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, or visit the company's Web site at www.protocoldesign.com
Name of Product: Certain VAIO TZ-series Notebook Computers
Units: About 73,000
Manufacturer: Sony Electronics Inc., of San Diego, Calif.
Hazard: Irregularly positioned wires near the computer's hinge and/or a dislodged screw inside the hinge can cause a short circuit and overheating. This poses a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Sony has received 15 reports of overheating, including one consumer who suffered a minor burn.
Description: The recalled notebook computer models are the VAIO VGN-TZ100 series, VGN-TZ200 series, VGN-TZ300 series and VGN-TZ2000 series. The computers' screen size is about 11.1" measured diagonally. Not all units are affected; consumers should contact Sony to determine if their unit is included in the recall.
Sold by: The SonyStyle stores and Web site, authorized electronics retailers, and authorized business-to-business dealers nationwide from July 2007 through August 2008 for between $1,700 and $4,000.
Manufactured in: Japan and United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled notebook computers immediately and contact Sony to determine if their notebook is affected. The firm will arrange for an inspection and repair, if needed.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sony toll-free at (888) 526-6219 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.sony.com/support
Name of Product: Fairy Dust Pendants and Candle Charms
Units: About 57,000
Importer: Benjamin International, of Middlebury, Conn.
Hazard: The recalled metal pendants and charms contain high levels of lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse health effects.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: The recalled pewter pendants were sold in a collection of 12 pendants. The pendants were sold separately and on candles of various colors and scents.
Sold at: Gift shops nationwide from February 2004 through February 2008 for between $6 and $8 for the pendants and between $12 and $15 for the charms with candles.
Manufactured in: Hong Kong
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these pendants/charms and contact Benjamin International to receive a free replacement pendant/charm.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Benjamin International toll-free at (888) 249-7639 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm's Web site at www.benjamininternational.com