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Recalls

January 26, 1983
Hazard:

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, American Toy & Furniture Company, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, and Sears, Roebuck and Co., announced a voluntary repair program of 30,000 children's play gyms sold from 1976 through July, 1980.

Remedy:

Update: Consumers owning affected gyms should discontinue use of the ladder. Firm is out of business.

American Toy & Furniture Company, Inc., and and Sears, Roebuck and Co., are conducting a voluntary repair program of 30,000 children's play gyms sold from 1976 through July, 1980.

Units:

30,000

December 16, 1982
Hazard:

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, two firms announced voluntary recalls of squeeze toys because similar shaped squeeze toys manufactured by another company have been involved in choking deaths. While the squeeze toys described in these recalls have not been involved in any known choking incidents, the handles are small enough to lodge in an infant's throat and obstruct the airway. Consumers should remove these products from use immediately.

Remedy:

Crib Mates Inc.: Consumers should remove these products from use immediately and return them to the retailer where purchased for full refund. Retailers should remove the toys from sale immediately and return to Crib Mates for a refund.

Baby World Company, Inc.: Consumers should remove these products from use immediately and return them to the retailer where purchased for full refund. If desired, consumers may return the squeeze toy to Baby World Company, Inc., Pike Street, Grafton, West Virginia 26354, telephone (304) 265-2120, for full refund. Retailers should remove the toys from sale immediately and return them to Baby World Company, Inc., Grafton, West Virginia.

Units:

Approximately 19,000 Crib Mates toys and approximately 64,800 Baby World toys

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (304) 265-2120
November 18, 1982
Hazard:

Slowing or stopping the flow of water through the unit (resulting from circulator pump failure, electrical power failure, or frozen pipes) may result in water in the unit boiling into steam. If the unit does not have an adequate pressure relief device, properly installed, the build-up of pressure can cause an explosion.

Remedy:

CPSC urges consumers who have one of these units to have its installation checked by a qualified, licensed plumber who has specific knowledge of boilers, water pumps, pipe freezing problems, and pressure relief valves. Of particular importance is the location, pressure rating, and flow capacity of the safety valve. If there is no safety valve, have one installed with a pressure rating and flow capacity suitable for any type of fire.

November 16, 1982
Hazard:

A survey by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that as many as 180,000 stuffed plush mobile animal toys that were originally voluntarily recalled by R. Dakin & Co. in 1979-80, may continue to pose a strangulation hazard to infants. For this reason the importer of the toys, R. Dakin & Co. of San Francisco, has redoubled its efforts to remove the hazard from consumer's hands.

Remedy:

For a full refund of the retail purchase price and reimbursement of postage costs, parents should return the animals to R. Dakin & Co., 499 Point San Bruno Blvd., South San Francisco, California 94080. Consumers who wish to keep the toys should: 1) cut off the three elastic cords, and 2) phone Dakin, toll-free, at 800-227-6598; in California, 800-632-2179.

Units:

Approximately 180,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 227-6598
November 10, 1982
Hazard:

The recalled "Happy-Mates'' squeeze toys are small enough to lodge in the throat of a child and obstruct the airway thus causing choking and/or suffocation.

Remedy:

Consumers should remove these products from use immediately and return to the retailer where purchased for full refund. Or consumers may return the toys to Electra-Plastics, Inc., Bldg. 305, Navy and Neptune Streets, Port Newark, N.J. 07114 for a full refund. The telephone number is 201-589-2525. Retailers should remove the toys from sale immediately and return to Electra-Plastics, Inc. for a full refund.

Units:

Between 8,000-9,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (201) 589-2525
November 03, 1982
Hazard:

Recent tests showed the Playmobil toys failed to comply with CPSC's regulation designed to prevent choking hazards to children under three. 

Remedy:

Consumers with children under three who received these Playmobil toys should discontinue their use and return the toys to a McDonald's restaurant in exchange for a box of McDonald's cookies, a cone or a refund.

Units:

Approximately 10 million

October 21, 1982
Hazard:

The repair program is being conducted as a result of alleged insufficient support for the cradle's masonite bottom board which may allow infants to fall out of the cradle if the board is not positioned properly during assembly by the purchaser.

Remedy:

Consumers owning affected Converta Cradles should write to Grace Metal Products, P.O. Box 200, Elverson, Pennsylvania 19520 or call the firm on its toll-free telephone number, 800-345-4109 (in Pennsylvania, call 215-286-5951), for a free support kit consisting of two steel support rods, fasteners, and assembly instructions. Until the support rods are received, consumers are cautioned against using affected cradles.

Units:

Approximately 67,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 345-4109
September 29, 1982
Hazard:

The unit has a water reservoir below which the coffee basket is attached. The brewed coffee drips into a glass carafe positioned directly beneath the basket. If the coffee basket is not properly secured to the unit, the normal buildup of steam pressure could potentially cause the basket to dislodge and strike the glass carafe, resulting in flying glass and hot liquid.

Remedy:

Consumers who own an EM-l model with date codes specified above should refrain from using their appliance and, should contact the Continental Gourmet Corp. on its toll-free numbers.

Units:

Approximately 22,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 631-5473
September 22, 1982
Hazard:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today warned consumers that in excess of 1,000 "Stralighter" non-full size baby cribs manufactured between 1975 and 1978 by Contemporary Times, Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida, present a neck entrapment hazard.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately discontinue the use of the "Starlighter" crib. There is no adequate and feasible "fix" for the entrapment hazard. Consumers should not attempt to make such a "fix" because it is most likely to present other hazards to babies.

Units:

Over 1,000

August 26, 1982
Hazard:

The General Electric Company (GE) advises owners of certain GE drip coffeemakers that a potential fire hazard may be present in some units manufactured before June 1978. The hazard may occur when a thermal fuse in the coffeemaker occasionally fails to function as intended during an overheat condition. 

Remedy:

GE has voluntarily instituted a national program to replace the drip coffeemakers in question. Owners should call the GE Answer Center, a 24-hour, toll free service, at 1-800-626-2000 for complete information on free replacement. 

Units:

Approximately 200,000

Consumer Contact:
Phone: (800) 626-2000
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