Recalls this week: cameras, heaters, trimmers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm •  Published: March 7, 2014
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A line of Canon cameras with a rubber viewfinder that can cause skin irritations are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include electric heaters and grass trimmers that pose a fire hazard.

Here's a more detailed look:

CAMERAS

DETAILS: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras. The words "PowerShot SX50 HS" are printed on the top of the camera. The affected cameras have serial numbers beginning with "69", "70" or "71" and have "1'' as the sixth digit of the serial number. The serial number is on the side or bottom of the camera housing,

WHY: A chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinders on the camera can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user.

INCIDENTS: One report of itching and two reports of eye redness and pain.

HOW MANY: About 14,000.

FOR MORE: Call Canon Customer Support Center at 855-226-3277 or visit www.usa.canon.com and click on "Recalled for Repair" for more information.

ELECTRIC SPACE HEATERS

DETAILS: Duraflame electric space heaters, model DFS-220, sold in three colors: black, red and white. The heaters' flame effect resembles a fireplace and works with or without heat. The Duraflame logo appears on the front of the unit. The model number can be found on a white label located on the heater's back panel. They were sold from August 2013 through January 2014.

WHY: The heater can overheat and cause the units to melt, catch fire and ignite nearby items, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

INCIDENTS: 32 reports of heaters burning or melting, including eight reports of the units catching fire, one of which resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 31,000.

FOR MORE: Call Twin-Star at 855-884-9651 or visit www.twinstarhome.com and click on "Product Recall" in red at the bottom of the page under the Support column for more information.

GRASS TRIMMERS

DETAILS: Hitachi Koki and Tanaka-brand hand-held grass trimmers sold from March 2010 through November 2013. Model and serial numbers are also located on the circular plate. Trimmers included in the recall have one of the following model numbers and have a serial number that begins with J, P or a number. They include Hitachi with model numbers CG22EAB(SLP), CG22EAD(SLP), CG22EAS(SLP), CG24EASP(SL), and CG27EASP(SL). They also include Tanaka with model numbers TCG22EAB(SLP), TCG22EAD(SLP), TCG22EAS(SLP), TCG24EASP(SL), TCG27EASP(SL), TCG40EAS(LP) , and TCG40EAS(P).

WHY: The grass trimmers can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards to the consumer.

INCIDENTS: None reported.

HOW MANY: About 115,000 units in the U.S. and 12,400 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Hitachi Koki U.S.A. Ltd. at 855-880-6638 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.hitachipowertools.com and click on "Safety Notice Recall" for more information.

AIR BLOWERS

DETAILS: Air movers/blowers distributed by Packaging Tape Inc. They are used to dry floors in commercial and residential buildings. Models OPS-2500-CF and OPS-2500-CFR are black and model OPS-2200Y-CF is yellow. The model number is available on the sales invoice. The CleanFreak.com logo and phone number are printed on a white label with green lettering on the front of the unit and on a silver or yellow label on the back of the unit. They were sold at Packaging Tape warehouses in Wisconsin and online at www.CleanFreak.com, www.AirMovers.com, www.FloorBuffers.com and www.PTIPackaging.com from February 2008 through December 2010.

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