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Snoopy sno-cone machines recalled by LaRose Industries

LaRose® Industries, the New Jersey-based toy and hobby goods supplier, has announced a recall of more than 100,000 Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines. This recall was announced soon after the company received 64 reports of the Charlie Brown-themed sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder dropping brass rivets during usage, posing injury risks to both the mouth and teeth of its consumers. The Cra-Z-Art Sno-Cone Machines come with one of three batch numbers:  BCH003005A28-0812, BCHTRU001A17-0812 or BCHTRU004A16-0712. One of these batch numbers will be printed on the back of the white sno-cone machine which is in the shape of a plastic dog house with a ... Read More

Southern Telecom recalls new Polaroid Tablet chargers due to reports of overheating

Southern Telecom, the fiber optic telecommunications subsidiary of Southern Company, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is now recalling approximately 21,000 A/C adaptors (also known as chargers) that were included with Polaroid PMID 709 Internet Tablets due to the risk of overheating, posing a fire hazard to its consumers. The recalled two-pronged charger/adaptor was included with the Polaroid PMID709 seven-inch Internet tablet (also known as the PMID709KB). One end is dedicated to plugging into an outlet while a wire leading to a single plug is for the tablet. Near the plug prongs, a label on the bottom ... Read More

BreathableBaby announces recall of BreathableSack wearable blankets for infants

BreathableBaby, a baby bedding company, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has issued a recall of about 15,000 BreathableSack wearable blankets for infants. The recall was issued after the discovery that zipper pull tabs and sliders can detach, posing a choking hazard to infants in contact with the blanket. The recalled sleeveless, wearable blankets come in two sizes:  small (10-18 pounds) and medium (16-24 pounds) and come in three colors: kiwi Whoo, pink Hip, and blue Splash. On the left chest of each blanket, there is either an owl, hippo or elephant stitched. The only manufacture date ... Read More

Target recalls 69,000 children’s sitting stools due to reports of stools collapsing during use

Target Corporation, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a recall of approximately 69,000 Circo-brand Chloe & Conner Sitting Stools. The recall is due to the stabilizing bar, which can crack and cause the stool to collapse, thus posing a fall hazard to the user. Sold as part of the Circo-brand Chloe & Conner Collection, the assembled children’s sitting stools measure 11 inches tall by 11 inches wide by 11 inches deep and were sold in red, navy and pink. A printed sticker on the underside of the stools will ... Read More

Reports of fan blade detachment during use lead to recall of Tommy Bahama outdoor ceiling fans

Emerson Air Comfort Products and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of nearly 2,800 Tommy Bahama® outdoor ceiling fans after receiving reports of fan blades detaching, posing a risk of injury. Sold under the style name “The Copa Breeze,” this recall involves the Tommy Bahama® brand outdoor ceiling fans with model number TB311DBZ and a distressed bronze paint. Each of the five oval-shaped paddles/blades has a metal accent in the shape of an oval with a figure-8 inside the oval. “Tommy Bahama” is embossed on the lower part of the motor housing. On the top of the ... Read More

Reports of minor property damage and burns lead to recall of approximately 19,000 pendant lamps

Crate & Barrel, a popular American chain of retail stores specializing in household furniture and accessories, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of approximately 19,000 Finley hanging pendant lamps due to shock and fire hazards. In conjunction, Health Canada will be recalling almost 900 of the hanging lamps as well. The shock and fire hazard risks arise from the lamp’s wires, which can be connected incorrectly because the wires’ polarity labels can fall off or be mislabeled. The Crate & Barrel Finley Collection pendant lamps that are being recalled have a white or wheat (off-white) ... Read More

Chinese pet treats sickened thousands of animals; will humans be next?

The rash of pet illnesses and deaths from possibly tainted jerky treats made in China has raised questions whether federal officials are doing enough to endure imported foods are thoroughly inspected and deemed safe for humans. More than 3,600 dogs and 10 cats were sickened or died after eating the jerky treats, however the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it has yet to identify what in the treats made the animals sick. About 580 of the cats and dogs that fallen ill have died from health problems including kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding. In an effort to identify the ... Read More

Asiana crash pictures trigger San Francisco firefighting helmet-camera ban

The San Francisco Fire Department’s decision to ban helmet-mounted cameras after a 16-year-old Asiana crash survivor was run over and killed on the runway by first responders has sparked sharp criticism from safety advocates and others who question the department’s motives. San Francisco fire chief Joanne Hayes-White issued the edict that explicitly bans video cameras on helmets worn by firefighters responding to emergencies, saying privacy issues were the basis of the decision. “There comes a time that privacy of the individual is paramount, of greater importance than having a video,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chief’s decision comes ... Read More

Chinese whistleblower says drugmaker Sanofi bribed doctors to increase sales

A whistleblower has come forward with allegations that French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi SA bribed hundreds of doctors in China in 2007 in a push to raise sales. The French multinational corporation produces a multitude of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including the blockbusters Plavix, Allegra, and Avandia. According to Bloomberg, the whistleblower provided evidence to the 21st Century Business Herald, a newspaper based in the southern Chinese city Guangzhou, hiding behind the pseudonym “Pei Gen,” which translates to “bacon.” The paper said that although the man making the allegations remained anonymous, the nature of the materials he provided led staff to ... Read More

Asiana’s aborted landing rate at San Francisco unusually high, airport officials say

Asiana Airlines has an abnormally high rate of aborted landings or “go-arounds” at San Francisco International Airport, where one of its planes crashed July 6 after making a failed attempt to abort its landing. About 180 of the 209 passengers and crew aboard Asiana flight 219 were injured and three were killed. According to San Francisco columnists Matier and Ross, the number of Asiana’s go-arounds at SFO is “six to eight times greater than would be expected given the airline’s total number of flights into SFO.” The unusually high number of aborted landings has aviation officials concerned that Asiana’s pilots ... Read More