More than 200,000 strollers with a hinge capable of amputating a person's finger and pacifiers that pose a choking hazard are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other recalls include dehumidifiers and beds.
Here's a more detailed look:
DETAILS: Britax B-Agile, B-Agile Double and BOB Motion strollers made between March 2011 and June 2013. They have the following model numbers: U341763, U341764, U341782 and U341783 for the B-Agile strollers; U361818 or U361819 for the B-Agile Double strollers; and U391820, U391821 and U391822 for the BOB Motion strollers. The model number and the manufacture date in YYYY/MM/DD format can be found on label located on the inside of the stroller's metal frame near the right rear wheel. They were sold from May 2011 through June 2013.
WHY: The hinge on the stroller's folding mechanism can partially amputate consumers' fingertips, break their fingers or cause severe lacerations, among other injuries, when they press the release button while pulling on the release strap.
INCIDENTS: Eight incident reports, including one partial fingertip amputation, one broken finger, and severe finger lacerations.
HOW MANY: About 216,000 in the U.S. and 8,800 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Britax at 866-204-1665, visit www.britaxusa.com or www.bobgear.com and click on "Safety Notice" at the top right corner or on "Learn More" at the bottom center of the page, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DETAILS: This recall involves 30, 40, 50, 65-pint dehumidifiers with the GE brand name. The brand name, model number, pint capacity and manufacture date are printed on the nameplate sticker on the back of the dehumidifier. They were sold from April 2008 through December 2011. Model numbers include: ADER30LN, ADEW30LN, AHR30LL, AHR30LM, AHW30LM, ADER40LN, AHH40LL, AHR40LL, AHR40LM, ADEH50LN, ADER50LN, ADEW50LN, AHH50LM, AHR50LL, AHR50LM, AHW50LM, ADER65LN, ADEW65LN, AHR65LL, AHR65LM, and AHW65LM.
WHY: The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.
INCIDENTS: Sixteen reports of incidents with the recalled GE-brand dehumidifiers, including 11 reports of overheating with no property damage beyond the units, and five reports of fires beyond the units which were associated with about $430,000 reported in property damage. This is in addition to more than 71 fires and $2.73 million in property damage reported with other brands of Gree-manufactured dehumidifiers in the previous recall. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 350,000 in the U.S. and 2,700 in Canada. Gree previously recalled 2.2 million dehumidifiers under 12 other brand names in September 2013.
FOR MORE: Call Gree at 866-853-2802 or visit www.greeusa.com and click on "Recall" for more information.
DETAILS: Fred & Friends Chill Baby Artiste, Volume and Panic pacifiers. The Artiste's UPC is 728987021282, the Volume style's UPC is 728987020599 and the Panic style's UPC is 728987020605. They were sold from April 2013 through December 2013.
WHY: The pacifiers fail to meet federal safety standards. The beard on the Artiste and the knob on the Volume pacifiers can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. In addition, the ventilation holes on the Volume and Panic pacifier guards are too small.
INCIDENTS: One report of the knob on the Volume pacifier detaching. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 183,000 in the U.S. and 17,000 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Fred & Friends at 855-346-6372, send email to the firm at email@example.com, or visit www.fredandfriends.com and click on "Pacifier Recall" for more information.
REMOTE-CONTROLLED MODEL HELICOPTERS
DETAILS: Blade 500 X BNF and Blade 500 3D RTF and BNF remote-controlled model helicopters with model numbers BLH 1800, BLH 1800M1, BLH 1850, and BLH 4080. They were sold at Hobby stores nationwide and at www.horizonhobby.com. Models BLH 1800, BLH 1800M1 and BLH 1850 were sold from December 2012 through September 2013; and Models BLH 1850 and BLH 4080 were sold from May 2013 through September 2013.
WHY: The tail rotor grip used for securing the tail rotor blade to the tail rotor hub can separate and release from the helicopter, posing a risk of a crash and injury hazard.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 1,980 in the U.S. and 200 in Canada.
FOR MORE: Call Horizon Hobby at 877-504-0233 or visit www.horizonhobby.com, and click on "Product Recalls" listed under "Legal" at the bottom of the page for more information.
DETAILS: System Sensor's reflected beam smoke detectors with model number BEAM1224S and date codes 2111 through 3053. The model number and date code are printed on a label on the back of the detector's cover and on the product's packaging. The reflected beam smoke detectors were used primarily in commercial buildings as part of the fire alarm system. Detectors used with acceptable power supplies, as listed on the company website, do not need to be replaced. They were sold from November 2012 through May 2013.