A line of pacifier holder clips that can break and pose a choking hazard to children are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include baby rattles that also pose a choking hazard to children and gate latches that can fail.
Here's a more detailed look:
PACIFIER HOLDER CLIPS
DETAILS: Playtex pacifier holder clips that attach a pacifier to items like clothing, diaper bags, and strollers. It is a plastic clip with a figure and a "Playtex" copyright logo that slides up and down to adjust the clip, a ribbon and a clear plastic ring that stretches to fit the pacifier. It was sold in green with a monkey figure, pink with a flower and blue with a tow truck, from July 2010 through October 2013.
WHY: It can crack and a small part can break off which poses a choking hazard to small children.
INCIDENTS: 99 reports of the holder cracking or breaking. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1.25 million in the U.S. and 150,000 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Playtex at 888-220-2075 or visit www.playtexproducts.com and click on Recall for more information.
DETAILS: Polyester knit fabric baby rattles with heads and arms to resemble a bear, monkey, and a lion. They measure about 7 inches in diameter by 2 inches thick. Sweet-ums and Midwest-CBK are printed on a hang tag on the rattles. A label sewn into the rattles has Midwest-CBK, the production date 04/2013 and the batch #:00001281 printed on it. They were sold from July 2013 through December 2013.
WHY: The head on the rattle can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children.
INCIDENTS: One report of the head on a rattle detaching. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,900.
FOR MORE: Call Midwest-CBK at 800-394-4225 or visit www.mwcbk.com and click on Product Recall Information.
POOL GATE LATCHES
DETAILS: Magnetic gate latches marked with the "Trident" name and image on the face of the latch body below the key hole. The latch body, which is typically attached to a fence post, contains a knob and a key cylinder on the uppermost portion and a recessed area on the bottom portion designed to engage and retain the striker. The striker, which contains the magnet, is typically attached to the active gate portion of a fence gate assembly, and moves with the gate as it is opened and closed. The Trident Latches are frequently used to secure gates for pools. They were sold from February to October of 2013.
WHY: The magnet contained in the striker portion of the latch assembly can come loose, preventing the latch from securing a gate.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 2,500.
FOR MORE: Call Nationwide Industries at 800-409-3901, send email to Striker@NationwideIndustries.com, or visit www.nationwideindustries.com and click on "Info on Trident Striker replacements" for more information.
DETAILS: Ascent Trainer by Matrix and Matrix Fitness Elliptical machines installed from November 2011 through December 2012. The machines involved in this recall have a decal at the center/bottom of the units with model numbers beginning with A3x, A5x, A7x, E3x, E5x or E7x. They were sold from November 2011 through December 2012.
WHY: Moisture from user perspiration or cleaning liquids can build up in the power socket on the unit, causing a short circuit, posing a fire hazard.
INCIDENTS: 44 incidents of sparking, smoking, charring and/or melting at the power cord and socket. There was one report of the power socket and cord catching fire. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 2,800 in the U.S.
FOR MORE: Call Johnson Health Tech North America at 866-218-3674 or visit www.matrixfitness.com and click on Safety Notice at the bottom of the page.
DETAILS: Rayovac LED Industrial flashlights model ILED2AA with run times of 25 or 50 hours, Rayovac Value Bright LED plastic flashlights model BRSELED2AA-BA, and Rayovac Value Bright flashlights model BRSELED2AA-BDGDI. The following date codes are included in the recall: E/J-C, H/F-C, I/F-C, L/F-C, M/W-C, O/F-C, R/F-C, R/J-C, S/J-C, T/F-C, U/F-C and Y/J-C. The date code is printed on a white sticker inside the flashlight's tube. They were sold from February 2012 through December 2013.
WHY: The flashlight can cause the batteries to overheat and melt the flashlight's plastic casing, posing a burn hazard.
INCIDENTS: 12 flashlights overheating and melting during use. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 225,000 in the U.S. and 7,000 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Spectrum Brands at 855-752-6660 www.spectrumbrands.com or www.rayovac.com and click on Product Recalls for more information.
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