China Product Hazard Monthly Summary Bulletin, October 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.
November 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


Batteries in spinning baton-like toy can overheat, posing a burn hazard.


Top step of folding step stool can break, posing fall hazard to consumers.


Snap-hook assemblies on a tree stand used for hunting can fail, causing the tree stand and the user to fall to the ground.


Bottom locking mechanism on infant bassinet can fail to lock properly if a spring is not installed, allowing the bassinet to tip to one side and cause infants to roll to the side of the bassinet. This poses a suffocation hazard to infants.


Hanging strap assembly on a tree stand can dislodge from the tree stand or fail to restrain or hold properly on the tree, posing a fall hazard.


Opening between the tray and seat or the grab bar and seat of an infant swing can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck if the belt is not engaged, posing a strangulation hazard to young children.


Openings in a baby high chair pose a strangulation hazard if the seat belt is not being used.  The front openings between the tray and seat bottom and on the side openings between the armrest and seat bottom can allow a child's body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck.  In addition, exposed springs between the seat and armrest on both sides of the high chair can create a pinch hazard to the child.


Spring button mechanism securing the toddler booster seat to the baby stroller can disengage, allowing for the carried toddler to fall.


Ceramic beer tap handle can break during normal use, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.


Staples in the binding on the back of the chair may come loose, posing a laceration or choking hazard if swallowed.


USB wall chargers can overheat and smoke, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.


High chair's seat can loosen or detach from the base, posing a fall hazard to the child.


Decorative studs on the pockets of girls’ shorts can detach and pose a choking hazard to young children.


Basket on a front-load washing machine can separate during use and break the washer’s top panel, posing an injury hazard to consumers.


TV stand's neck support can break and cause the TV to tip over, posing a risk of injury to the consumer.


Strap length-adjustment buckles of suspension trainer devices can break, posing a fall hazard.