EPI ID: 
67504

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March 11, 1998

 

Release # 98-078


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), JB Research Inc., of Bellflower, Calif., had voluntarily recalled about 15,000 back massagers sold under the Relaxor, Deep Knead™ Shiatsu brand name. The motor for the massager's Deep Knead™ mechanism can jam and overheat. This will cause scorching to the foam and fabric on back of the unit, presenting a potential fire hazard to consumers.

JB Research Inc. has received 46 reports of units overheating. No fires or injuries have been reported.

To determine if a Relaxor, Deep Knead™ Shiatsu back massager is involved in this recall, check the control wand of the massager. Only massagers that have the words "Deep Knead" on the front of the control wand and the controller model number JDK46H and serial numbers from 000001 to 020000 on the back of the control wand are included in this recall.

These massagers come in 2 sizes, a "seat topper" (measuring 46 inches long by 20 inches wide) and a "seat lounger" (measuring 69 1/4 inches long and 20 1/8 inches wide). The massagers are covered in solid black or gray tweed fabric. The word "Relaxor" is imprinted on the front of the unit and elastic straps on the back of the unit attach the massager to a chair. The massager comes with an AC plug-in/auto adapter and the control wand.

Specialty stores nationwide, including The Sharper Image, Brookstone and Nordic Track, sold the massagers from October 1997 through December 1997 for about $200 to $260.

Consumers should stop using the recalled massagers immediately. Since JB Research Inc. is no longer in business, recalled massagers should be discarded or destroyed to prevent fires and injuries.

No other models of Relaxor massagers are involved in this recall.

Back Massager

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Company Phone Number: (800) 200-2300

November 5, 1998

 

Release # 99-016

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sunbeam Products Inc., of Neosho Mo., is recalling for repair approximately 80,000 Grillmaster gas grills with side burners. The side burner's propane gas hose can twist up toward the aluminum casting of the grill, causing overheating and melting of the hose. Gas leakage or a fire could result from the hose damage.

Sunbeam Products received one complaint from a consumer who requested a replacement hose due to damage caused from the heat of the grill casting. There have been no reports of injuries associated with these grills.

The recalled grills are black and have a side burner for cooking, similar to a gas-range stove top. The model numbers of the grills are: 56GR8, 560R8, 562D1, 562D9, GC548517, GG546517, GS544417, GS544717, GS546517, GG546537 and GG547517. The complete model numbers can be found on the identification label on the back of the grill, and on the assembly instructions and parts list. The word, "GRILLMASTER" is written on the front of these grills.

Mass merchandise stores, such as Bradlees, Caldor, the Home Depot, Service Merchandise and Wal-Mart sold the grills nationwide from 1996 through July 1998 for about $200 to $250.

Consumers should stop using the recalled grills immediately and call Sunbeam toll-free at (800) 200-2300 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, to receive a free retrofit kit. The retrofit kit contains a wire bracket guard and instructions for easy installation that will correctly position the side burner's propane gas hose.

In March 1998, Sunbeam Products recalled grills with model numbers GG 461 EPB, GG 560 EPB, HG 560 EPB and GG 560 EPBS because of a similar hose placement hazard.

Gas Grill

Grillmaster Logo
 

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Company Phone Number: (516) 488-0484

October 28, 1998

 

Release # 99-013

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rubie's Costume Co. Inc., of Richmond Hill, N.Y., is recalling about 6,000 children's vampire capes and about 6,000 children's witch brooms. The capes and the brooms, which fail to meet federal mandatory standards for flammability, could ignite readily and present a serious risk of burn injuries to children.

CPSC and Rubie's Costume Co. Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these capes or brooms. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The vampire capes are made of black vinyl. The edges of the cape are scalloped. The capes are packaged in a plastic sleeve with a cardboard insert, which reads in part, "Child's Vinyl Vampire Cape...No. 50282...Made in China." The Rubies logo and a picture of a boy wearing the cape are also on the insert.

The witch brooms are 27 inches long with a bamboo handle and brush made of twigs. The brooms were sold with a sticker around the handle, which reads in part, "Child's Authentic Witch Broom...Style No. 85." The Rubies logo is also on the sticker.

Toy, party, costume, discount and drug stores nationwide sold the capes and brooms for about $2 each from September 1997 to October 1998.

Consumers should not let their children wear the vampire capes or use the 27-inch witch brooms this Halloween. Consumers should return the products to the stores where purchased for a refund. For questions about this recall, consumers should call Rubies Costume Co. Inc. collect at (516) 488-0484 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Vampire Cape outfit



Witch Broom
 

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December 24, 1997

 

Release # 98-049


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Toys "R" Us, of Paramus, N.J., is recalling about 4,000 Baskets of Bubbles children's craft sets because of a potential fire hazard. If consumers melt pieces of the soap disks that come with the set in a microwave oven for 10 minutes, as instructed, the soap could ignite in the microwave. The instructions should have read 10 seconds rather than 10 minutes.

Toys "R" Us has received two reports of the soap and its container melting together in a microwave and one report of flames inside the oven. No injuries have been reported.

Baskets of Bubbles is a craft set for children 12 years of age and older for making baskets of small, scented glycerin soaps in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. The kit includes disks of colored, scented soap to cut into pieces to melt in a plastic measuring cup that comes with the set. Plastic molds to shape small bars of soap and two baskets to hold the finished soap are included.

Baskets of Bubbles sets are labeled "Arts & Crafts by Alex...Baskets of Bubbles." The sets are identified as Toys "R" Us number SKN 668192, manufacturer number 70, UPC 7-31346-00707-0.

Toys "R" Us stores nationwide sold the soap craft sets from November 1997 to December 1997 for about $15.

Consumers should immediately return the craft set to the nearest Toys "R" Us store for a full refund.
Arts & Crafts by Alex

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Company Phone Number: (800) 338-2670

December 15, 1997

 

Release # 98-044


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Gump's By Mail Inc., of Weehawken, N.J., is recalling about 1,960 three-wick candles. The wax candle can generate high flames that present a fire hazard.

Gump's By Mail has received 14 reports of high flames when the melted wax ignited as the candle burned, resulting in 12 reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

The three-wick candle is contained in a porcelain blue and white Oriental-style bowl, measuring 5.25 inches wide and 3 inches high. A gold sticker on the bottom of the bowl is labeled, "Andrea by Sadek...Made in Japan." A white sticker on the bottom of the bowl is labeled in part, "Charles Sadek Import Co."

The candle was packaged in a brown cardboard box labeled in part, "Gump's...Style: 91637."

Gump's By Mail catalog sold the candle to consumers nationwide from May 1996 through October 1997 for about $25. Gump's is not the manufacturer of the candle.

Consumers should stop using the candle immediately and return it to Gump's By Mail, Inc. at the Postage Due Unit, U.S. Postal Service, McSherrystown, PA 17344-9998, to receive a refund or credit of the purchase price. The candle should be returned in the porcelain bowl. For more information, consumers should call Gump's By Mail at (800) 338-2670 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Three-Wick Candle

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Company Phone Number: (800) 544-2209

December 10, 1997

 

Release # 98-040


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Godinger Silver Art Co. Ltd. of Ridgewood, N.Y., is recalling about 31,000 tree-shaped candle holders. The candle holders contain small glass pots that can overheat and shatter, presenting a fire hazard.

Godinger has received two reports of the glass pots cracking while in use and releasing the burning wick and melting wax. The two reports involved fire damage to a table surface and to carpets. No injuries have been reported.

The circular, tree-shaped candle holders, measuring 14.5 inches high and 7.5 inches wide at the base, are made of silver-plated wire. The candle holders were packaged with four green and five red, small glass pots and with nine tea-light candles. The candle holders have style number 1731 on their packaging.

Major retail department and gift stores sold the candle holders nationwide from October 1996 through December 1996 for about $25.

Consumers should immediately stop using the candle holders and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information, consumers should call Godinger at (800) 544-2209 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Tree Candle Holder

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Company Phone Number: (800) 729-7662

December 10, 1997

 

Release # 98-039


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Roman Inc. of Roselle, Ill., is recalling about 800 train candleholder sets. The candleholders can melt and ignite when exposed to a direct flame, presenting a fire hazard.

CPSC and Roman Inc. are aware of one report of a candleholder melting and igniting a bathroom vanity. No injuries have been reported.

The candleholder set includes one locomotive and two boxcars. The locomotive and boxcars are acrylic and the candle receptacle is brass. Each boxcar has brass plates on the sides which read, "MERRY CHRISTMAS." There is a hang tag attached to the set, which is labeled in part, "Roman Inc...Made in Taiwan...Item 76530."

Card, gift, hardware and specialty stores nationwide sold the candleholder sets from March 1996 through March 1997 for about $16.

Consumers should stop using the candleholder sets immediately. Consumers will receive a refund by returning the candleholder sets to the store where purchased or to Roman Inc. at 555 Lawrence Avenue, Roselle, IL 60172. Consumers will be reimbursed for postage. For more information, consumers should call Roman Inc. at (800) 729-7662 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

Candleholder Set

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Company Phone Number: (800) 347-1466

December 8, 1997

 

Release # 98-036


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC), Guess? Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif., is recalling about 2,300 Guess Jeans Women's Jackets. The reverse fleece jackets failed the federal mandatory standards for fabric flammability. These jackets could ignite easily and present a serious risk of burn injuries in violation of the federal Flammable Fabrics Act. Fabrics that do not comply with the standard typically burn faster than newspaper.

CPSC and Guess? Inc. are not aware of any injuries involving these jackets. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

Only the "Heather Charcoal" color of this jacket's fabric is involved in the recall. The fabric is a cotton-polyester blend material with a raised fiber surface. Its fleecy texture closely resembles that of an inside-out sweatshirt. This fabric is often called Sherpa. The jackets are labeled in part, "Guess jeans," "COLOR: HTCL," "CUT 03500", "An American Tradition," "MADE IN USA," and "STYLE 57 809T18." The jacket is button front, long-sleeved, with two welt pockets and yoke.

Guess? Inc., and other clothing stores nationwide sold the jackets from August 1997 through October 1997 for about $88.

Consumers should immediately stop wearing these jackets and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For more information about this recall, call Guess? Inc. at (800) 347-1466 between 7:30 a.m and 4:30 p.m. PST Monday through Friday, or write to the company at 1444 South Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021.

CPSC learned of the problem through the agency's ongoing garment flammability testing.

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Company Phone Number: (412) 672-2300 

October 30, 1997

 

Release # 98-021


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Magic Creations of McKeesport, Pa., is recalling about 30,300 hand-shaped, three wick Bleeding Hand candles. The Halloween hand-shaped wax candle generates high flames that could present a fire hazard.

Magic Creations has received one report of excess flames resulting in second degree burns to the consumer's hands as the candle was moved.

The Bleeding Hand wax candle is hand shaped with five fingers, three of which have individual wicks. The candle flames could reach 7 inches high as the candle melts down to the palm with the wicks of the three fingers burning together. The Bleeding Hand candle is skin-toned with a red colored base at the bottom of the hand's palm. The candle was packaged in plastic, with attached labels reading in part, "BLEEDING HAND CANDLE...DRIPS RED BLOOD."

Specialty gift stores and small chain discount stores sold the candles nationwide from August 1997 through October 1997 for about $1.

Consumers should stop using these candles immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. For more information, consumers should call Magic Creations collect at (412) 672-2300.

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Company Phone Number: (888) 744-5477

October 1, 1998

 

Release # 99-001

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Philips Consumer Electronics Company, of Atlanta, Ga., is recalling 25,500 Philips Magnavox home audio theatre systems for free repair. The system's speaker voice coil can overheat and lead to a speaker fire, presenting a fire hazard to consumers. Philips has received four reports of speaker fires, with one resulting in scorched carpeting. No injuries have been reported.

Only Model MX920 Philips Magnavox home audio theatre systems are being recalled. The model number is prominently displayed on both the front of the receiver cabinet and on a rear label in the upper left corner when looking at the back of the receiver. The MX920 system includes a surround sound stereo receiver, a subwoofer, a center channel speaker, two surround-sound speakers and two front (left/right) loudspeakers.

Major national superstores and departmentstores, such as Best Buy, Kmart, Lowes, Montgomery Ward, Service Merchandise and Walmart, sold the Model MX920 systems nationwide from June of 1997 through August 1998 for about $350.

Consumers should stop using the systems immediately and call Philips toll-free at (888) 744-5477 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday and between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Sunday for instructions on receiving the free repair. Consumers also may write to the company at Philips Consumer Electronics Company, Old Andrew Johnson Highway, P.O. Box 555, Jefferson City, TN 37760.

 

Philips Magnavox Home Audio Theatre System