China Product Hazard Monthly Summary Bulletin, February 2012

The monthly bulletin is a digest of Chinese-made products recalled in the U.S. It is published primarily to help Chinese suppliers avoid similar safety issues in products made for the U.S. market.
March 06, 2012



China Product Hazard Monthly Summary Bulletin was launched in May 2008 to alert Chinese manufacturers of the most commonly occurring hazards posed by products they produced such as excessive lead levels in children’s products, choking hazards caused by children’s upper outerwear garments with drawstrings, and others. More information on specific cases listed below is available by entering the press release number in the search engine at


Press release #

 Description of Hazard


Foot brackets on stand used to support hammock can crack, causing the stand to collapse. This poses a fall hazard.


Children’s pajamas fail to meet federal flammability standards for children's sleepwear, posing a risk of burn injury.


Melamine cups and mugs can break when exposed to hot liquids, posing a burn hazard.


Blade locking mechanism can fail, allowing the blade to fold inward toward the handle, posing a laceration hazard.


Connectors between the solar roof tiles can become loose, posing a fire hazard.


Exposed and unshielded electrical components in the forced air space heater can cause the heater to overheat and melt, posing fire and electrical shock hazards.


GSM radio modules used inside Go!Control Panels for home security systems can overheat and combust, resulting in a fire or burn hazard.


Bicycle frame can break in the center of the downtube during use, causing the rider to lose control and fall.


Plastic toys can break into small pieces with sharp points, posing choking and lacerations hazards.


Teapot handle can get extremely hot when there is hot water in the teapot, posing a burn hazard.


Fire alarm control panel has several defects:  when the alarm verification feature of the system is turned on, the control panel can fail to sound an alarm if a fire occurs. In addition, on systems with 50 or more reporting stations, a delay in sounding an alarm and reporting a fire may occur if the loop for the alarm system is broken.


Ottoman can be converted to a bed and when it is being used as a bed and weight is put on it, it can collapse, posing a fall hazard.


Plastic disc, or T Disc, that holds the coffee or tea in a single serve electric brewer can burst, spraying hot liquid and coffee grounds or tea leaves onto bystanders.  This poses a burn hazard.


Chandeliers contain a mounting loop that can fail during use causing the chandeliers to fall from the ceiling.


Lamp’s electrical cord can fray near the base of the lamp, posing a fire or shock hazard.


Fax machine can overheat due to an internal electrical component failure, posing fire and burn hazards.


Ottoman, which folds out to a bed, contains welding joints on the legs that can break, posing a fall hazard.


Computer printers can short circuit and overheat during use, posing a fire hazard.


Short circuit can occur in floor lamp's wiring, posing a shock hazard.


Electrical short circuit can occur in the small lamp’s internal wiring, causing smoke and posing a fire hazard.


Novelty candle warmers can ignite because the warming bowl is positioned too close to the tea light candle, posing fire and burn hazards.


Power strips have undersized wiring, and the wiring and plastic strip fail to meet the requirements for fire resistance, posing a fire hazard.