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Recalls this week: Converter kits, crossbows

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm •  Published: February 15, 2013

About 20,000 travel converter kits for U.S. and Canadian appliances were recalled this week because they can potentially overheat and start a fire. Crossbows that can fire unexpectedly and stuffed animals with flashlight wires that can cause lacerations were also recalled.


DETAILS: Samsonite dual-wattage travel converter kits used to make standard U.S. and Canadian appliances usable abroad. The kit includes one black converter to change 220-volt AC electricity to 110-volt AC, two adapter plugs with round prongs, two with flat prongs and one grounded adapter plug with three flat prongs. The converter has a red switch to adjust the wattage of the appliance from 50 to 1600 watts. The words "Dual-Wattage Converter" and "Do Not Use 50W on Hair Dryer" appear on the front of the converter. The Samsonite logo appears on each piece in the set. They were sold from Jan. 2011 through Dec. 2012.

WHY: The converter can overheat if a load in excess of 50 watts is applied to the converter while in the 50-watt setting. This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 20,000.

FOR MORE: Call Samsonite at 800-382-7259, send email to recall(at), or visit


DETAILS: Middleton Siege Crossbows imported by The Bohning Co. The crossbows have model numbers 315, 330, 355, and 375. "The Siege" and the model numbers are printed in large lettering directly above the trigger mechanism. "Bohning/Middleton Crossbow," ''Patent pending" and serial number are engraved on opposite sides of the rear barrel of each crossbow. The serial number, 12-XXX, is unique for each crossbow. They were sold at sporting goods stores in Texas and Pennsylvania from June 2012 through Oct. 2012.

WHY: The crossbow can fire unexpectedly when the auto-safety mechanism appears to be on and the trigger is pulled, posing an injury hazard to the user and bystanders. In addition, the crossbow limbs can crack or break under normal use

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 150.

FOR MORE: Call The Bohning Company at 800-253-0136 or visit and click Product Recall for more information.


DETAILS: Beamerzzz stuffed animals with LED flashlight made by Purr-Fection by MJC Inc. The stuffed toys come with LED flashlights sewn into the left paw. The toys are 12 inches high and come in five animal types. The model number can be found on the hang tag on the left ear. Affected toys are marked with manufacturing code 111208-02 on the sewn in label located in the left rear portion of the toy. The recalled styles are: Baby Moose with model number 3127FS, Baby Butter Cream Bear with model number 1229FS, Baby Smoky Black Bear with model number 1231FS, Baby Deer with model number 3136FS, and Baby Derby Elephant with 1927FS. They were sold at Cabela's stores and online at from Sept. 2012 through Nov. 2012.

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