China Product Hazard Monthly Summary Bulletin, December 2012

China Product Hazard recalls Monthly Bulletin for December 2012
January 02, 2013



The China Product Hazard Monthly Summary Bulletin advises 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 clicking on the link or going to CPSC’s Recalls page.


Recall #

Description of Hazard


The snap on the front of children’s denim jeans may come loose and separate from the fabric, posing a choking hazard.


Defects in design, warnings, and instructions can cause death or severe injuries for infants placed in baby recliners although they are strapped in the seat by a harness.  This is a retailer recall for same product recalled by the manufacturer in July 2012.  Subsequent deaths have occurred since the July 2012 recall.


Foot pedal on-off switch on a lighted artificial Christmas tree can overheat, posing a fire hazard.


Beads inside the clear plastic sphere at the center of infant “rattle” toys can be released and pose a choking hazard to young children.


Stick devices that are used to climb trees can break during use, posing a risk of fall and/or death.


Swallowing two or more of these high-powered magnetic balls or cubes can pinch or trap the intestinal walls or other digestive tissue between them, resulting in progressive tissue injury leading to infection, sepsis, and possibly death.


Bicycle fork's steerer tube can break while in use, posing a fall hazard.


Bicycle frame can crack at the joint where the top tube meets the down tube.  This cracked tube can separate and cause the rider to lose control, posing a risk of injury or death.


Glass components of outdoor fireplace can break when a fire is lit, posing a burn and laceration hazard.


Marble-size toys expand to 400 times their original size when put into water.  If ingested, the toy expands inside the body and causes a blockage in the small intestine, resulting in severe discomfort, vomiting, dehydration, and potential death.


Mattresses fail to meet the mandatory federal open flame standard for mattresses, posing a fire hazard to consumers.


Power adapter for a ceramic collectable can overheat and melt the adapter's plastic housing, posing a fire hazard.


Baby stroller frame can fail to lock in place and collapse while in use, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller.


When extended, the inner side rails of a step ladder can separate from the outer side rails causing the user to fall.


When two or more magnets from the desk toy set are swallowed, they can link together inside the intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis, and death.


Baby bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards, including the requirements for stability. They can tip over, posing a risk of drowning.


Bed rail can separate from the mattress allowing a child's body to become entrapped if it slips between the rail and the mattress. This poses suffocation and strangulation hazards to children.