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Swings, Beach Chairs, Hoops, Lanterns Recalled

Apr 22, 2002 | AP Fisher Price has recalled 42,000 infant swings.

The Smart Response Swings are being recalled because if they are not assembled properly -- even if the seat appears secure -- it can come off and the baby can flip forward.

Fisher Price has received seven reports of the seat flipping forward and four babies have hit their heads on the floor.

The product numbers available are: 79644, 79645 and 79647. Those numbers are molded onto the back of the seat.

To see if you have assembled the swing correctly, click here.

For more information call Fisher Price at (800) 942-5912 or visit their Web site at

Free Beach Chairs
A folding mini beach chair, which was given as a free gift at Sears stores, is being recalled after complaints that the chairs can collapse and cause injuries.

Intercon Merchandising Source Inc., of City of Industry, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 100,000 Time Out folding mini beach chairs, which can be used by both children and adults.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (news - web sites) and Intercon are aware of one incident in which the tip of a 3-year old girl's finger was amputated when the chair collapsed.

The recalled mini beach chair was a free gift with the purchase of a Time Out cosmetic product at Sears stores. The mini beach chairs are white aluminum with a blue canvas seat and back. The name "Time Out" is printed on the canvas backrest.

Sears stores nationwide distributed the mini beach chairs with the purchase of $20 worth Time Out cosmetics from June 2000 through August 2000.

Consumer should stop using these mini beach chairs immediately and contact Intercon for a free repair. Consumers can contact Intercon at (800) 634-0469 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Basketball Hoops
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling more than 1.7 million portable basketball hoops.

Clearfield, Utah-based Lifetime Products and Evansville, Ind.-based Escalade Sports make the hoops, which may have a sharp protruding bolt on the player's side of the pole.

The CPSC said at least 28 people have been hurt by the exposed bolts, mostly children.

The hoops were sold between 1994 and 2001 under a variety of names at sporting goods, department, and toy stores.

Consumers may request replacement parts and cap nuts to cover the bolts. Call Lifetime at (800) 225-3865 or Escalade at (800) 467-1397.

Camping Lanterns
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a reminder warning Tuesday about a camping lantern recall issued last August.

Camping goods maker Wenzel Co. recalled nearly 300,000 propane-fueled camping lanterns because they could unexpectedly ignite.

Wenzel said that an insufficient connection between the lantern and the propane cylinder could allow gas to escape, causing the random ignition and presenting a fire and injury hazard.

The ignition glitch can happen while users are trying to light the lanterns or after the lamps are already lit.

Three people have been burned so far, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. One person had burns to the eye and two others were burned on the arm and hand.

Wenzel has received 12 reports of sudden ignition problems with the lanterns.

The products being recalled are the Ozark Trail and Wenzel models.

The Ozark Trail lanterns included in the action are models 824927 and 824928, and the Wenzel models include the 824208, 824226, 824227 and 824401.

Wal-Mart sold the Ozark Trail lanterns nationwide from March 1999 until August for about $18. A number of sporting goods stores and other retailers across the nation sold Wenzel-brand lanterns from January 1999 until August for about $18 to $28.

Consumers can call Wenzel toll-free at (800) 325-8368 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or visit the company's recall page online at .

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ames True Temper Inc., of Camp Hill, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 647,000 wheelbarrows.

The plastic wheel assemblies on these wheelbarrows, manufactured by a predecessor company, can break when being inflated with high-pressure air hoses. This can result in plastic pieces exploding from the rims of the wheels, possibly hitting nearby consumers and causing lacerations and other injuries.

Ames True Temper has received eight reports of plastic rims fracturing, seven of which involve lacerations to consumers' hands, face, chest or arms. Some of the lacerations were severe, and required numerous stitches.

One report involved nasal and other facial bone fractures, three reports involved finger or knuckle fractures, and one report included torn wrist ligaments caused by the force of the pieces striking a consumer.

The wheel assemblies on these wheelbarrows have a black plastic rim and have an approximately 14-inch diameter wheel. They have red, green or orange tubs or trays made of steel or plastic.

The recalled Ames wheelbarrows were sold under the brand name "Mustang" or "Douglas." The brand name was printed on the label attached to the tray at the time of purchase.

Wheelbarrows with metal wheel assemblies are not part of this recall. Also, no "True Temper" wheelbarrow is part of this recall.

Hardware stores and home centers nationwide sold the recalled wheelbarrows from January 1993 through December 2000 for between $20 and $30. Consumers should not inflate the tires on these wheelbarrows.

Consumers should contact Ames True Temper to receive a free replacement steel wheel assembly.

For more information, call Ames True Temper toll-free at (866) 239-2281 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at

The recalled wheelbarrow wheels were manufactured and sold by O. Ames Company, a predecessor company of Ames True Temper.

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