Product recalls for the week beginning Jan. 28:
Name of product: Crafters Square Hot Melt Mini Glue Guns Units: About 253,000 Retailer: Dollar Tree Stores Inc. of Chesapeake, Va. Importer: Greenbrier International Inc. of Chesapeake, Va. Hazard: The recalled glue guns can short-circuit, causing the gun to smoke and catch fire. This poses fire, burn and shock hazards to consumers. Sold at: Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, Dollar Express, Greenbacks, Only One $1, and Deal$ stores nationwide from February 2007 through August 2007 for about $1. Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled glue guns and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Dollar Tree Stores Inc. at 800-876-8077 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.dollartree.com
Name of product: Car charging units included with L.L. Bean Raised Insta air beds Units: About 3,900 Importer: The Wenzel Co. of St. Louis, Miss. Hazard: If the car charger is plugged in while the engine is running, the battery-charging unit could overheat and burst. This can pose an injury hazard to consumers. Sold at: L.L. Bean stores nationwide and through the catalog from June 2007 through August 2007 for about $150. Remedy: Consumers should stop using the car charging unit immediately and contact L.L. Bean for instructions on how to obtain a free replacement car charging unit. Only the charger units supplied with this product should be used. Using an alternative charger could result in physical injury and/or product damage. Consumer contact: For additional information, phone L.L. Bean at 800-555-9717 anytime, or visit the company's Web site at www.llbean.com
Name of product: Heart and car sterling silver teethers Units: About 200 Importer: Elegant Baby and Baby Needs Inc. of Burlington, N.C. Hazard: The hearts and cars on the teethers can break off, posing a choking hazard to infants. Sold at: Independent infant clothing boutiques nationwide from February 2005 through September 2006 for about $50. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled teethers away from infants and contact the firm for instructions on returning the teethers for a full refund. Consumer contact: For additional information, phone Elegant Baby at 800-334-5321 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm's Web site at www.elegantbaby.com
Name of product: Girls' hooded jackets Units: About 14,000 Distributor: AJBlue LLC, dba Apollo Jeans of New York Hazard: The jackets have a drawstring through the hood which poses a strangulation hazard for children. In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled on the neck and waist by drawstrings in upper garments, such as jackets and sweatshirts. Sold exclusively at: Marshalls Stores nationwide from August 2007 through November 2007 for about $15. Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the drawstring from the jacket's hood to eliminate the hazard, or return it for a full refund to either the place of purchase or Apollo Jeans. Consumer contact: For additional information, call Apollo Jeans collect at 212-398-6585 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Name of product: Reading and math aids Units: 185,000 Importer: RR Donnelley of Chicago Retailers: SRA and Glencoe of Columbus, Ohio, and Wright Group of Chicago. Hazard: Paint on the products contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. Sold by: SRA, Wright Group and Glencoe to schools nationwide from July 2003 through October 2007. Remedy: Consumers should immediately take the recalled products away from children and contact RR Donnelley for information on returning the products for a free replacement item. RR Donnelley is directly contacting schools that purchased the reading and math aids. Consumer contact: For additional information, call RR Donnelley toll free at 888-240-2730 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the Web site www.mhcares.com Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission