China Product Hazard Monthly Summary Bulletin, March 2011

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.




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


Decorative rhinestones and sequins on toddler jeans' pockets can come off, posing a choking hazard.


Bottom of frame on child’s pogo stick can break or come apart and a pin holding the spring in place can break, posing laceration and fall hazards.


Buttons may come off young girls’ dresses, posing a choking hazard.


Baby slippers not sewn properly allowing internal stuffing and rattle to be pulled out by baby, posing a choking hazard.


Knobs attached to children’s puzzle pieces can loosen, posing a choking hazard.


Wiring of a nightlight can have an electrical short circuit, posing a fire or shock hazard.


Heat generated by gel-fuel fireplace causes the plastic mounting screws to deform that causes the unit to fall from the wall, posing a fall and fire hazard.


Misrouted wiring in the electrical outlets on workbench and reverse polarity in workbench power cords pose an electrical shock hazard.


Wine bottle opener causes bottles to break when opened, posing a laceration hazard.


Ear pieces at the end of a toy stethoscope can be pulled off, posing a choking hazard.  This is part of a costume for children.


Fuel can leak from the fuel tank of off road motorcycle, posing a fire and burn hazard.


Improper grounding of the cases in low profile power conditioners and surge protectors and inadequate insulation for the circuit breaker in these products pose an electrical shock hazard.


Decorative bronze powder coat finish on freestanding outdoor fireplace chimney can ignite during use, posing a fire hazard.


Wooden pegs on xylophone activity set for children can come loose, posing a choking hazard.


Wooden playpen can break, split and/or crack at points where screws and other hardware are located. Small, broken wood pieces and hardware from the playpen pose a risk of choking and laceration hazards. Playpens can become unstable and fall over onto a child, posing an entrapment hazard.


Pressure from the metal pot holder against the glass coffee/tea maker can cause the glass to break unexpectedly, posing burn and laceration hazards.


Hard plastic links on both ends of plastic chain on a baby rattle can break, posing a choking hazard.


Control panel on slow cooker can overheat, melt, or spark, posing a fire hazard.


Exercise equipment kit includes a resistance device made from elastic rubber tubing with handles attached (resistance tube).  Plastic clip attaching the resistance tube to the handle can break during use, causing the tubing, handle or clip to strike the user. This poses a contusion and laceration hazard.


Mini travel candle flame can spread from the wick to the wax causing a larger than expected flame, posing a burn hazard.


Beaded door curtains pose strangulation hazard for children.


Jump seat on baby stroller does not properly lock into place, causing it to disengage from the stroller, which poses a fall hazard.