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Toys, Floats, Lamps Make Recall Roundup

Jun 21, 2002 | KPRC Click2Houston.com

Graco Children's Products, Inc., of Elverson, Pa., is voluntarily recalling about 152,000 toy tracks attached to children's activity centers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the toy track can break, presenting a cut or pinch hazard, and exposed small parts pose a choking hazard to young children.

Graco has received 11 reports of the toy tracks breaking. Four children received minor scratches and one child's finger was pinched.

The recalled activity centers include the Tot Wheels V, models 4511 and 4521, and the Convertible Entertainer, models 4652 and 35225. The model numbers and the words, "made in U.S.A." are printed on a label on the underside of the tray on the activity centers. The green wavy toy track sits on the tray of the activity center. Five objects spin and slide along the toy track.

Discount, department and juvenile-product stores sold the activity centers nationwide from November 2001 through May 2002 for between $30 and $70.

Consumers should stop using these activity centers with toy tracks immediately, and contact Graco to receive a free replacement track. For more information, consumers can contact Graco at (800) 673-0392 anytime or visit the firm's Web site.

Toy Planes
Spin Master Toys, of Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling about 137,000 Firestormer and Skyblazer toy planes.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the plastic air intake chamber of the air-powered toy planes can burst, throwing plastic pieces, posing a laceration, bruise and abrasion hazard to consumers.

Spin Master Toys has received seven reports of Firestormer planes bursting, including four reports of injuries to children. Injuries included one chest abrasion, a cut leg, a bruised shoulder and ringing in the ears. There have been no reports involving the Skyblazer planes.

The recalled Firestormer plane is either red or blue in color with a flame graphic across the body and "Firestormer" printed on the wings of the plane. The Skyblazer plane is purple, green and white in color and has "Skyblazer" printed on the wings of the plane. These toys use a hand pump mechanism to compress air to make the plane fly. Both planes are recommended for children 8 years old and older. The planes have an eight-digit date code on the bottom of the pump. The date code reads MM/DD/YY-KS. Only planes with date codes 12/29/01-KS through 03/24/02-KS are included in the recall. "Made In China" is written on the bottom of the pump below the date code. Planes manufactured before Dec. 29, 2001 and after March 24, 2002 are not included in this recall.

Hobby shops and department stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Target and K-mart sold these planes between January 2002 and May 20, 2002 for about $20.

Consumers should stop using the planes immediately and contact Spin Master Toys at (800) 622-8339 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday to receive a free replacement plane. Consumers also can visit the firm's Web site.

Baby Floats
As the summer season gets under way and swimming pools open, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Aqua-Leisure Industries Inc., of Avon, Mass., reminded consumers of a voluntary recall of about 90,000 "SunSmart" baby floats announced in November 2001.

The leg holes in the seat of the float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into the water and possibly drown.

Consumers should stop using these recalled floats immediately and contact Aqua-Leisure for a free replacement.

Consumers can contact Aqua-Leisure at (866) 807-3998 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.aqualeisure.com.

Fluorescent Lamps
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Luxo Corp., of Port Chester, N.Y., is voluntarily recalling about 18, 300 portable fluorescent lamps.

The ballast (the electrical part located in the arm of the lamp) in these lamps can overheat, short-circuit, and melt the insulating cover of the ballast causing the lamp to fail and posing a skin burn hazard to consumers.

Office furniture distributors and dealers nationwide sold these lamps from January 2000 through February 2002 for between $155 and $170.

Consumers with the recalled units should unplug the lamps and stop using them immediately. Contact Luxo to return the lamp and receive a replacement lamp.

Luxo will extend the warranty on the replacement lamps for 3 years from the date of replacement.

Luxo can be reached at (800) 222-5896 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers may also contact the firm's Web site at www.luxous.com.


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