KIDS LAMPS About 300,000 Discovery Kids animated marine and safari lamps sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Bonton, JCPenney, Kohls, Office Max, and Toys "R" Us stores, as well as the online retailers Amazon, Ideeli, JCPenney, Kohls, Macy's, and Overstock, from June 2010 through March 2012 for between $10 and $20. The placement of internal wires near the circuit board can cause electrical short-circuiting and sparking, posing a fire and a burn hazard to consumers. Innovage has received 11 reports of short circuiting. This includes three reports of lamps catching fire, which led to property damage. No injuries have been reported.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Innovage at 888-232-1535, or go to http://www.lamprecall.org/ for instructions on how to obtain a full refund.
BEVERAGE CARBONATION SYSTEMS About 162,700 iSi Twist'n Sparkle Home Beverage Carbonation System plastic bottles sold at Williams-Sonoma, QVC and other national retailers and websites from June 2010 to March 2012 for approximately $50 for the Starter Set and $30 for the Bottle Set. The plastic bottles can explode under pressure, expelling plastic parts, resulting in an injury hazard to anyone nearby. The firm is aware of nine incidents involving exploding plastic bottles including three in which consumers received cuts to various parts of their upper body.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact iSi or the place of purchase for instructions on returning the product for a refund or store credit. For products purchased online, contact the online retailers for instructions on how to ship the returns and receive a refund or credit. Note that the US Postal Service does not accept CO2 gas chargers for shipment by mail. For additional information, contact iSi at 800-645-3595 or go to www.twistnsparkle.com.
MITER SAWS Approximately 22,149 SkilSaw miter saws sold at Lowe's Home Centers nationwide and OC Tanner from January 2012 to April 2012. The lower guard can break and contact the blade during use, posing a laceration hazard to users.
IF YOU OWN ONE Contact Robert Bosch Tool Corporation at 888-727-6109 for a free lower guard replacement kit, or go to www.skil.com.
CPSC OKs new federal safety standard for play yards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a new federal mandatory safety standard to improve the safety of play yards and to prevent injuries and deaths to children. Mandatory requirements for play yards include:
- A stability test to prevent the play yard from tipping over.
- Latch and lock mechanisms to keep the play yard from folding on a child when it is being used.
- Entrapment tests for attachments so a child's head does not get trapped while a bassinet or other accessory is attached.
- Floor strength tests to ensure structural integrity and to prevent children from getting trapped by the play yard floor.
- Minimum side height requirements to prevent children from getting out of the play yard on their own.
- A test to prevent play yards whose top rails fold downward from using a hinge that creates a V- or diamond shape when folded to prevent head or neck entrapments.
There were more than 2,100 incidents with play yards reported to CPSC, including 60 fatalities and 170 injuries, between November 2007 and December 2011. The effective date for the mandatory play yard standard is six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.
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