January 1, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced recalls on several products that have caused injury to consumers, including heaters sold at Wal-Mart, portable butane stoves, children's hooded jackets, Fagor refrigerators, and pacing loudspeakers. Below are details.
1. Wal-Mart Recalls Electric Heaters Due to Fire and Burn Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11069.html. About 2.2 milllion heaters under Flow Pro, Airtech, Aloha Breeze and comfort Essentials brands were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide efrom December 2001 through October 2009. The Chinese-made heaters have overheated and caused fires, including 11 that resulted in property damage and 4 burn injuries.
2. Sterno Recalls Portable Butane Stoves Due to Fire and Burn Hazards http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11070.html. About 37,500 of the stoves have been sold through sporting goods and other retail stores nationwide from September 2009 through September 2010, as well as to restaurants and restaurant supply stores from August 2006 through Sesptember 2010. they are being recalled due to malfunctions of the on-off valve, which causes butane to leak, posing fire and burn hazards. No injuries have been reported thus far on the Chinese-made products.
3. Girls' Hooded Zip Jacket and Vest Sets with Drawstrings Recalled By Splendid Due to Strangulation Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11071.html. About 900 of the jacket and vest sets made by Spelndid, a division of VF Contemporary Brands Inc. in Los Angeles, have been sold at major department stores and children's boutiques nationwide from August through November 2010.
4. Fagor America Inc. Recalls Refrigerators Due to Fire Hazard http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11072.html. About 1,400 of the 24-inch-wide Spanish-made refrigerators were sold at specialty home appliance stores from July 2006-May 2010. Fagor America has received 19 reports of incidents, including two fires resulting in damage to the refrigerator and surrounding property.
5. Paging Loudspeakers Recalled By TOA Electronics Due to Risk of Impact Injury http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11073.html. About 2,600 hundred of the items by the Burlingame, California manufacturer TOA have been sold by audio retailers nationawide from March 2008-December 2009. Speaker housings can crack at mounting brackets, causing speakrs to fall. TOA has received 18 reports of speakers falling.
Consumers should stop using these products and check links above for remedies, photos, and more information on these recalls, which may include returning items for a refund or repair. Also visit www.cpsc.gov for current info on recalled products. It is illegal to resell products that have been recalled.
To report a dangerous product, call CPSC's hotline at (800)638-2772.